Douglas hits big free throws N. Carroll wins

January 16, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Ashlee Douglas didn't have one of the better nights of her basketball career last night.

But in the end the senior North Carroll point guard showed why she is always a force.

Douglas hit four crucial free throws on one-and-one situations in the final seven seconds to nail down a 61-56 victory for the ninth-ranked Panthers (9-2) over Damascus (7-3) at North Carroll.

The Panthers were clinging to a 57-56 lead with nine seconds left when Douglas came up with two big plays.

First Douglas collected a long rebound of a missed free throw by Damascus' Danielle Ball and was fouled by Ball. Douglas hit both ends of the one-and-one with seven seconds remaining to send North Carroll ahead, 59-56. Then with three seconds left, Douglas stole the ball from the Hornets' Theresa Arnett, and Arnett promptly fouled Douglas. The North Carroll standout again hit both free throws.

The heroics atoned for a rather shaky performance by Douglas.

Douglas finished with nine points, five assists, three steals and five turnovers. "Ashlee has the physical talent to do things but she needs more experience at running our offense against the top teams like Linganore, Hammond and Damascus," said North Carroll coach Greg Knill.

North Carroll has now won two straight since a post-holiday slump in which the Panthers lost two in a row to Hammond and Linganore. North Carroll defeated Frederick, 60-52, Tuesday.

Michele Jeffery played a major role in the victory last night, scoring 17 points and getting 14 rebounds to help offset a strong game by Kristi Geary of Damascus.

Geary, 6 feet 1, scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds before fouling out with 1:48 left.

Geary had six points in the first quarter to help the Hornets gain a 16-13 lead, but collected her third foul in the second quarter and was taken out of the game. North Carroll rallied with Geary sitting out and took a 29-28 advantage at halftime.

That set the stage for a close duel throughout the second half that was decided by Douglas' foul shooting.

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