Wright prevails, 54-37 Girls basketball

C. M.

January 15, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Teams trying to beat C. Milton Wright by slowing high-scoring center Stacey Milton should learn something from the Mustangs' 54-37 victory over North Harford yesterday.

Milton, a 6-foot senior averaging 19.1 points, managed just 11 points against visiting North Harford's box-and-one defense.

North Harford's Jennifer Walter played excellent defense, keying Milton in the box-and-one with good double-teaming from Trisha Daughton and Tonia Bruno down low. While Milton grabbed 14 rebounds and had eight steals, the Hawks' trio held her to 11 shots.

But the defending Harford County champs proved that slowing Milton is not enough to beat them.

Forward Joanna Kreps played one of her best games with a team-high 16 points, hitting eight of 13 from the field. Shooting guard Amanda McCulloch added 15 points and had nine steals. Freshman Erin Updegrove, who played three different positions in the game, scored six.

"We knew we were not a one-dimensional team," said Mustangs coach Gloria Leidlich. "If a team wants to play us straight up, Stacey can dominate. If they play Stacey tight, we have two or three other girls who are capable of having a 25-point game."

The Mustangs (7-2 overall, 4-0 league) used a 15-point third-quarter run to bury the Hawks (3-5, 1-2). McCulloch scored seven as the Mustangs ran up a 41-23 lead with 2:20 left in the quarter.

While the Hawks turned the ball over nine times in the run and missed 14 of their first 15 shots, the Mustangs were on target, at one point hitting 10 of 14 shots from the field.

Early on, however, the Mustangs were not in control. North Harford jumped to a 6-0 lead, as the Mustangs forced passes and didn't move well to the ball.

Leidlich, who put in a new offense the day before to try to counter the box-and-one, called a timeout. "I just told them for as poorly as we're playing, we're only down by six. In the first couple of minutes, we were still getting used to the offense. All we needed was the first basket to get us going."

Kreps scored on a follow shot 20 seconds later and the Mustangs quickly tied the game. Daughton (14 points, 20 rebounds) put the Hawks back on top with a foul shot. McCulloch scored on a put back for an 8-7 Mustangs lead.

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