Wright drops Fallston to 2nd Girls basketball

January 23, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Stacey Milton scored 25 points and grabbed 22 rebounds to lead C. Milton Wright over Fallston, 55-48, and preserve the Mustangs' unbeaten league record last night at C. Milton Wright.

The defending Harford County champion Mustangs improved to 8-2 overall and are unbeaten in the league with five victories. Fallston (7-4, 4-1) dropped to second place.

"This was just the biggest win," said Milton, "especially to beat them on our own court. It takes all the pressure off us, because now they have to beat us the second time to have any chance of winning the county championship."

Milton, a 6-foot center averaging 18.0 points and 12.0 rebounds, scored 10 in the pivotal third quarter. She scored eight in a 14-6 run, when the Mustangs pulled ahead 35-32 from a 26-21 halftime deficit.

To open the second half, Mustangs coach Gloria Leidlich switched defenses from man-to-man to a 1-3-1 press dropping back into a zone. That seemed to catch the Cougars, with two starters on the bench in foul trouble, off guard.

"One of the key times in any game is the first two or three minutes after halftime," said Leidlich. "I told the girls at halftime they had to come out with intensity. They couldn't be tentative and play scared like they had in the first half."

Amanda McCulloch's follow put the Mustangs on top 32-31, their first lead since the 16-14 mark. Milton capped the run with a layup on a feed from Debbie Keiser for a 35-32 lead with 3:25 to go.

After that, the Mustangs never trailed. Fallston, in foul trouble early, pulled within one several times in the third quarter but couldn't get closer than within four in the fourth.

Keiser, who had seven points and five assists, scored the eventual game winner on a three-point shot from the top of the key, putting theMustangs ahead 50-42 with 5:03 left in the game.

Early on, Fallston stayed with C. Milton Wright by hitting 10 of 11 first-half free throws. The Mustangs, on the other hand, hit five of 14.

"The free-throw line cost us, but it was funny because they were the ones in foul trouble," said Leidlich, whose team hit eight of 23 in the game while the Cougars hit 14 of 17.

In the first quarter, every Fallston starter had at least one foul, and in the first three minutes of the second, starters Candy Credito and Suzy Harrison each picked up her third. Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson, missing sixth man Jenny Weber to a skiing trip, brought in freshmen Beth Rappold and Suzanne Kontrabecki.

Leidlich expected the Mustangs to turn the game around at that point, but it didn't happen. The Mustangs missed several key follow shots as well as several free throws.

At the same time, Fallston forward Pam Toth, on her way to a career-high 20 points, scored the Cougars' last eight points of the half.

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