National Cathedral upsets No. 2 Old Mill in OT, 61-59 IAABO Girls

December 29, 1992|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

RIVERDALE -- No. 2 Old Mill squandered a 19-point lead las night, and National Cathedral claimed a 61-59 overtime victory in the semifinals of the 20th annual IAABO Girls Invitational Christmas Basketball Tournament at Parkdale High School.

The Patriots (3-1), runners-up to Mt. Hebron in last year's IAABO-sponsored event, play Laurel in a 6 p.m. consolation game. Laurel lost to Bishop O'Connell of Arlington, Va., 64-47, in the other semifinal.

The defending two-time state champion Patriots had been expected to play in tonight's championship game at 8.

"You can't win if you don't get any offensive rebounds," Old Mill coach Pat Chance said.

Old Mill, which advanced by defeating third-ranked Hammond, 56-46, on Saturday, appeared headed for the tournament final.

The Patriots opened a 36-17 leadwith 3:09 left in the first half, but then began to fade.

Strong rebounding and shooting by the D.C. school's 6-foot-1 senior center Candace Johnson-Hampton was key. She had a game-high 25 points, including 11 in the third quarter, and tied the score at 43 with 2:34 left in the third. Eight third-quarter turnovers and 3-of-13 shooting by the Patriots helped the Eagles take a 47-44 lead into the fourth quarter.

Senior forward Anne Chicorelli had eight of Old Mill's 12 fourth-quarter points and finished with 12. The Patriots' Lee Anne Lezzer (11 points) and Allison Wentworth (six points) combined on a play to force overtime at 56-56.

National Cathedral's Kim Allen stole the opening inbounds pass in overtime and scored to take the lead. Old Mill had a chance to tie, but Lezzer missed the second of two free throws with 5.1 seconds left.

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