Mt. de Sales edges N. Harford, 50-48 Sailors go to final of Holly & Hoops

December 27, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Mount de Sales coach Bill Held said the key to beating North Harford would be holding them below 58 points. He was at least half right.

Held's Sailors also needed some clutch free-throw shooting to edge North Harford, 50-48, in a Mistletoe Division game at the 7th Annual Holly & Hoops Women's Basketball Tournament at Essex Community College yesterday.

In a physical game with 56 free throws, Katy Santry and Jayne Hammen hit two each in the final 1:45 to help the Sailors hold off a late North Harford rally.

The Hawks (2-2) battled back from a 14-point deficit to tie at 46 and again at 48, but Hammen's free throws with 20 second left gave the Sailors (5-2) the win.

"This is a gift, a great Christmas present," said Held. "I was prepared for a high-scoring game, because their lowest score has been 58 and ours was 53.

"I thought if we could hold them down, we had a chance to beat them. We got some early breaks and it may have thrown them off a bit."

The Sailors held off the Hawks' comeback attempt despite losing two of their top players -- Christina Tirocchi and Santry, who fouled out in the final three minutes. Tirocchi, who led the Sailors with 13 points, and Santry were their team's best ball-handlers.

"I thought we were going to have some problems there," said Held. "With their pressure and our fouling at the end of the game, it was really scary."

The Sailors never trailed until the final minutes of the fourth quarter, but they had some trouble with the Hawks' man-to-man press. With 2:05 left, North Harford took a 46-44 lead on Jennifer Walter's fourth three-pointer of the game.

Santry answered Walter's jumper with two free throws 20 seconds later. Ana Martinez added a 16-footer to give Mount de Sales a 48-46 lead with 52 seconds remaining.

But Martinez fouled Walter on the inbounds play. Walter, who scored a game-high 17, hit both ends of the one-and-one to tie the game at 48 with 47 seconds left.

Martinez and Hammen missed shots at the other end, but Nicki Bogarty fouled Hammen on the rebound. Hammen hit both.

With point guard Bogarty on the bench with five fouls, the Hawks had trouble holding onto the ball against the Sailors' press in the final 20 seconds. Still, the Hawks got the ball to Walter for a three-point attempt with three seconds to go.

"We got the shot we wanted," said North Harford assistant coach Walter Bogarty, filling in for head coach Lin James. "The play was for Jennifer to take the shot, but she hesitated a little bit. She wasn't comfortable taking the first shot."

The Sailors will play Parkville for the Mistletoe Division championship tomorrow at 5 p.m. In the 11 a.m. consolation, North Harford will face North County.

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