Rested Wright girls ready for Fallston

January 20, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

C. Milton Wright's girls basketball team is in the midst of a week off, and it couldn't have come at a better time.

"We have a whole week to prepare for Fallston," said Mustangs coach Gloria Leidlich, whose defending Harford County champions will face their first big test of the season when they play host to the Cougars on Friday at 4:45.

Both teams are unbeaten in the Harford County league. Although they play twice, the Mustangs know how important winning this first meeting could be.

"It's the most important game of the season for us," said Mustangs forward Amanda McCulloch. "If we beat them the first time, we'll know we can beat them again. They'll have all the pressure on them if we win the first game."

The Mustangs (7-2, 4-0) tuned up for Fallston with a 54-37 victory over North Harford last Thursday. When North Harford focused on the Mustangs' 6-foot center, Stacey Milton, with a box-and-one defense, the other Mustangs picked up the slack.

McCulloch had 15 points, but Joanna Kreps led the team with a game-high 16 points. Kreps, a senior forward, scored 16 all of last season.

Another key contribution came from versatile freshman Erin Updegrove, the only one other than Milton to make the Mustangs' varsity as a ninth-grader. Updegrove, who played forward, point guard and shooting guard in the game, scored six.

Leidlich said she wouldn't be surprised if any of the three had a 25-point game this season.

"Amanda, Joanna and Erin all have the potential for big games if the other team does key on Stacey," she said.

In addition, the Mustangs have good outside shooters in senior point guard Debbie Keiser and junior guard Nicole Kemp.

But Milton, who had 11 points and 14 rebounds against North Harford, remains the team leader, averaging 18.2 points, 12.1 rebounds, 4.9 steals and 3.1 blocks.

For the Mustangs, county champs two of the past three years, Fallston may be the only team standing in the way of a repeat. North Harford and Edgewood still may challenge, but the Hawks already have two league losses and Edgewood has one.

Last year, C. Milton Wright and Fallston split two meetings. The Mustangs went on to the county title and the Class 3A regional playoffs; the Cougars finished runners-up in the Class 1A state championships.

"Our games with Fallston are always very intense games," said Leidlich. "Fallston is a very good team. They're very quick, and we have to be concerned about their quickness.

"We also have to make the adjustment to playing a team that is predominantly left-handed. That doesn't sound like a lot, but if you don't get it in your mind to play the girl on the other side, she's going to be going right by you to the basket."

Both teams have beaten Elkton and Aberdeen, but Fallston beat Centennial, 54-38, and the Mustangs lost to the Eagles, 45-41.

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