Strong second half carries Broadneck over Chesapeake

January 13, 1993|By Tom Worgo | Tom Worgo,Contributing Writer

When Chesapeake's defense collapsed on her in the first half yesterday, Broadneck center Julie Barr struggled. She scored two points, as the Cougars took advantage of the Bruins' failure to make their outside shots consistently.

Broadneck shot 17 percent (6-for-34) from the field in the first half. But in second half, Broadneck (5-4) starting hitting from outside and Barr went to work inside, scoring 15 points and leading the Bruins to a 47-40 victory.

"She struggled early in the season because she was not shooting well," Broadneck coach Bruce Springer said of Barr, who had a season-high 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, including 11 in the first half. "But her confidence level has gone up."

Broadneck led early in the first quarter, but the Cougars (5-3) were ahead 8-5 at the 34-second mark, as the Bruins went scoreless for the last 4:44.

The Bruins regained the lead less then two minutes into the second quarter, when Alicia Nagowski made a pair of free throws.

Broadneck led at the half, 16-15. Chesapeake also struggled from the field through two quarters, shooting 23 percent (6-for-26).

When Chesapeake opened the second half by missing its first seven shots, the Bruins took advantage, going on a 10-0 run to make it 26-15.

Broadneck's third-quarter surge was sparked by Barr's 10 points. The Cougars, however, outscored Broadneck 10-4 in the last 4:30 of the quarter to cut the deficit to seven.

"I never have complained about officiating before," Chesapeake coach Dennis Thiele said. "But it was the worst I have seen in my life. It took the starch right out of our kids. They got some breaks and we didn't. They, however, did a nice job of coming back."

The officials were not available for comment.

In the final quarter, Broadneck's margin ballooned to 11 points when the Cougars missed their first six shots.

"We are slowly improving every game," the sixth-year coach said. "We are getting more confidence in ourselves. The players are starting to realize what their roles are on this team."

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