Annapolis rallies for 53-42 win

January 30, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Through one half of yesterday's game against Southern-Anne Arundel, the Annapolis girls basketball team had six field goals, nine turnovers and 11 fouls.

And the score was tied.

Annapolis coach Teresa Ross took this as a good omen. Her team recovered from a dreadful start to rally past the visiting Bulldogs, 53-42, and extend its winning streak to three games.

Center Shannon Henderson, a 6-foot-1 junior, led Annapolis (10-3) with 29 points and 15 rebounds. She had 13 points in the second quarter, when the Panthers fought back from a 22-10 deficit by scoring the last 12 points before halftime.

"She's getting more and more consistent," Ross said of Henderson. "We're trying new things with her because we know people are starting to focus on her. And the good thing is, she's kept her composure throughout all the defenses that everybody is throwing at her, and she continues to perform regardless of what kind of defense is on her."

Henderson said: "Every time I come into a game, I feel like I can control it. Once the team saw the fire I had, it got everyone else going."

Annapolis needed a jump start. The hosts shot 1-for-11 from the field in the first quarter and fell behind 12-3. Junior guard Janelle Queen (11 points) had the Panthers' only basket, on a short jumper that bounced around the rim and fell through with 1:37 left.

"The way we came out and started slow is something we've done

all year. I told them I didn't want to do that this game, and we went out and did it," Ross said.

The Bulldogs (7-7) took three leads in the third quarter, the last on Leketia Mullen's follow that moved her team ahead 32-30 with 3:51 left.

Capitalizing on Southern's poor ball-handling and passing and the strong inside play of Henderson, Annapolis moved ahead for good, 35-34, on Cristi Samaras' two free throws with 2:45 left in the third quarter. Samaras (seven points) opened the last quarter with a steal and layup, Henderson made a three-point play, and the Panthers gradually pulled away.

"When you're allowed to play like that, as physical as [the referees] allowed the game to be, a player like [Henderson] is going to be very successful," said Bulldogs coach Linda Kilpatrick, whose team has lost three straight.

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