Westminster holds on to win, 41-39, after squandering lead

January 30, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

This one won't go down as a classic victory for the Westminster High girls basketball team.

But the inconsistent Owls aren't in a position to be too particular these days, and they will gladly take last night's 41-39 decision over Montgomery Blair at Westminster.

Kenya Warfield scored 18 points to lead the Owls, and Brooke Holland had 14.

Westminster (7-7) held off the Blazers (10-4) in the final seconds after squandering a 10-point third-quarter lead.

Blair was down 40-39 with 14 seconds left when the Blazers missed two straight layup opportunities inside.

Blair's Joei Olson grabbed the rebound of the second miss and tried to dribble out of trouble for a clear shot in the lane, but Tinah Houck stole the ball from Olson with eight seconds on the clock.

Houck started to dribble down court and Olson reached out and fouled her with six seconds left.

Houck hit the front end of the one-and-one to send Westminster ahead, 41-39, but she missed the second shot.

Blair came down with the rebound of the missed second shot but couldn't get the ball down court in time to get off a potential tying shot.

That touched off a Westminster celebration in the middle of the court.

"There were two good ball clubs out there on the floor, and at the end we out-hustled them," said Westminster coach Bernie Koontz.

Koontz wasn't happy with his team's trouble handling the ball.

Koontz used three point guards, Heather Moritz, Lauren Zuskin and Gena Magrin, and the results never changed that much.

Westminster held a 17-13 lead at halftime.

Blair coach Bill Lindsey said: "What else can you expect when you only score 13 points in the first half?"

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