Loch Raven slips by Towson, 56-55 Girls basketball

January 27, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Robyn Disney scored 19, including three free throws in overtime, to lead No. 10 Loch Raven over No. 20 Towson, 56-55, yesterday.

Loch Raven (11-0 overall, 8-0 league) is the only unbeaten team in Baltimore County Class 2A-1A, having dealt Towson (7-2, 7-2) both of its losses.

After regulation ended in a 51-51 tie, Disney, a 5-foot-7 senior forward, hit two free throws in the early seconds of the three-minute overtime.

Shelley Klaes added a layup off a steal to give the host Raiders a 55-51 lead with 1:47 to go.

Towson's Abby Burk cut the lead to two with a layup. But after Burk fouled her on a rebound, Disney answered with the game-winner on the front end with 36 seconds left.

The Generals, who turned the ball over six times in overtime, gotwithin 56-55 on Nicki Ramer's free throws.

In the final 16 seconds, the Generals tried to get the ball back by sending Klaes to the foul line twice. The Raiders forward missed both front ends, but Towson couldn't convert on either possession.

On Klaes' first miss, the Generals turned the ball over. After the second -- with six seconds left -- Klaes' defense kept the Generals from moving the ball downcourt quickly enough to get a shot.

Early in the game, the Generals, who lost a 47-42 contest to the Raiders earlier in the season, seemed headed for the upset, running out to a 25-15 lead in the second quarter. Up to that point, they dominated the boards 24-10 and hit six of eight free throws.

But a defensive change turned the game around for the Raiders.

"We were playing a man-to-man and every single one of their shots was in the paint," said Klaes. "We went to a triangle-and-two to put pressure on their ballhandlers, and we were still able to help out on people down low."

Loch Raven pulled within 25-21 with 53 seconds left in the second quarter.

But Towson, which hit 20 of 28 free throws in the game, made four of them to pull back up 29-21 by halftime.

In the second half, the Raiders chipped away at the lead. They pulled ahead for the first time, 33-32, on Robyn Harry's 16-footer late in the third quarter.

However, the Generals weren't finished. Kerry Koch's baseline jumper put Towson back up 34-33, and the Generals didn't trail again until late in the fourth quarter.

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