AACC holds on against Essex

January 07, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Coming off a one-point, overtime win against a nationally ranked opponent Tuesday, and with another big game this weekend, Anne Arundel Community College was primed for a letdown yesterday against Essex.

Fortunately for the host Pioneers, it didn't last the entire 40 minutes.

Despite shooting 31 of 87 from the field and 1 of 14 from the line, Anne Arundel defeated undermanned Essex, 65-51, yesterday afternoon in a junior college women's basketball game.

Ann Heiser and Lindee Sisk each had 16 points for Anne Arundel (4-1 overall, 3-0 in the league), which meets seventh-ranked Allegany Saturday afternoon.

Tammy Brown, the flashy point guard who recently accepted a scholarship to the University of Maryland, added 14 points, 10 assists, six steals and five rebounds. She had 44 points in a 68-67 upset of No. 10 Frederick.

"She was opening up the court and giving it up to a lot of players, getting everybody involved in the offense," said Pioneers coach Tom Smith, whose team has won three straight.

Tiffany Clayton had 12 points and 14 rebounds for Anne Arundel. Sarilee Seeger paced Essex (2-8), which had only five players in uniform, with 23 points and 16 rebounds.

Essex led once 2-0 and only trailed 16-15 with about four minutes left in the first half, before Anne Arundel closed with a 12-4 run.

Clayton hit from the baseline to begin the run. Brown drove for a basket and scored on a follow, increasing the lead to 22-15. It was 24-19 when Sisk put back a miss and scored on a nice pass from Brown with three seconds left.

The momentum from that sequence appeared to carry over into the second half, when Anne Arundel finally looked to be playing at full speed. With their fast break creating easy baskets, the Pioneers opened a 45-23 lead.

But another lull, when the Pioneers failed to box out and got careless with the ball, allowed Essex to get within seven points, 56-49, with 3:30 left. Brown repelled the Knights' rally by making a three-pointer from the right corner, blocking a shot and assisting on layups from Heiser and Sisk.

"I give them a lot of credit; they just wouldn't fold," Smith said of the Knights. "They kept coming back on us, coming back on us. They play with a lot of heart.

"I knew we'd have a letdown. We even talked about it before we came out, to try to pick ourselves up."

A jump hook from Jill Fennekuhl reduced Anne Arundel's lead to 59-51 with 2:15 left, but Brown passed to Heiser on the break for a layup, and dished to Sisk for another basket.

"There wasn't any doubt that we weren't going to win," Sisk said. "It just wasn't very pretty."

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