Howard girls repeat as champs with 61-39 win over Liberty Liberty Belle

December 30, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Howard County teams enjoyed a banner Liberty Belle Christmas Tournament in Eldersburg yesterday.

They went a perfect 3-for-3 in the tournament's second day, as the Howard girls and Glenelg boys came home with titles and the Howard boys claimed a consolation victory.

The Howard girls repeated as tournament champs with a convincing 61-39 win over host Liberty.

Howard coach Craig O'Connell was looking for a fast start and got just that from his Lions. They scored the game's first 14 points and took a 17-4 lead after forcing 13 Liberty turnovers in the period.

"We tried to exert a lot of pressure in the first and go from there. We knew if we could keep the ball out of [Amy] Wolff's hands, we could get some turnovers," O'Connell said.

Guard Camille Powell did most of the damage defensively for Howard, coming away with a handful of steals with constant pressure on the Liberty guards. She also finished the night with 13 points.

Sharon Ford led the winners with 16 points, and Emily Moor chipped in 12.

Wolff enjoyed a 10-point third quarter to finish with 15, but the Howard defense never let her get completely on track.

The closest game of the day was the boys finals, where Glenelg held off Bel Air, 58-48.

Jason Beall led the way with 24 for the winners.

Glenelg coach Terry Coleman was concerned with his team's free-throw shooting, which enabled Bel Air to stay close. Glenelg got to the foul line 48 times, but connected on only 28 of them.

Beall scored 10 of Glenelg's 14 points in the second quarter t help give it a 27-20 lead at the half.

Bel Air got to within three at 35-32 with just under three minutes left in the third quarter when David Grimm hit a layup and was fouled.

Glenelg answered with an 8-3 run to close the quarter at 43-35, and pulled away in the last quarter.

Liberty boys coach Scott Kohr said his kids were looking forward a rematch with Howard, but hoping it would be in the tournament finals.

Earlier in the season, Howard handed Liberty a 90-57 loss. It was a little bit of the same the second time around, as Howard came away with a 72-58 win in the consolation game.

Howard got a 30-point effort from Javier Michaux and its overall team size and quickness was too much for Liberty to overcome.

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