Edgewood gets past N. Harford

January 06, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Monica Santana's short turn-around jumper with 47 second remaining helped lift Edgewood over North Harford, 45-41, in a Harford County league game yesterday at Edgewood.

With the shot, the senior point guard snapped a 41-41 tie. She then fed Shelby Washington for a break-away layup with 28 seconds to go to seal the win.

Santana, slowed by a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a cumbersome brace on her left knee, had her best game of the season, scoring 19 points. She also added three assists and two steals.

Even though the season is young, the Rams considered the win an important one.

"It was a very big win for us," said Santana, "because it proves to us we can play with the county's best. They're a great defensive team, and they beat us twice last year."

Yesterday, the Rams (5-3 overall, 2-0 league) played better than theyhad all season, said Edgewood coach Matt Rankin. Their zone defense moved well, and offensively, they mixed up their inside and outside shooting.

Kareema Holmes had 11 points, and Erika Pleasant added 10.

The Rams also played under control down the stretch despite losing Holmes and starting forward Tamika McFalls, who fouled out in the final three minutes.

"We learned a lot from the Poly Tournament," said Rankin, whose squad won one game and dropped two at the holiday tournament. "This time, we were the team, at the end of the game, under control and not throwing the ball down court and throwing it away which is a reversal of fortunes for these two teams."

The Hawks (2-4, 0-1) threw the ball away twice in the final 50 seconds. But what hurt the Hawks even more was their performance at the free-throw line.

In the last 2 minutes, 44 seconds, the Hawks missed six free throws, including the front ends of four one-and-ones. In the tremendously physical game, they hit only seven of 28 free throws.

"I hate to say we beat them on the foul line, because we were lousy. But we were the better of the two," said Rankin, whose team hit only 10 of 23 free throws in the game.

Through the first three quarters, neither team managed to lead ++ by more than five points. The Hawks, however, took a couple of six-point leads, 36-30 and 41-35, in the fourth quarter.

Nicki Bogarty's three-pointer from the corner gave North Harford a 40-35 lead with 4:50 left in the game. A minute later, she hit the front end of a one-and-one to increase that lead to 41-35.

But Edgewood came back quickly. Holmes fed Santana for a short jumper and hit a 17-footer to spark the Rams' rally. Santana added two free throws to tie the game at 41 before hitting the game winner.

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