This time, Edgewood prevails, beating C. M. Wright, 41-40

February 03, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

After a two-point loss a week ago, Edgewood girls basketball coach Matt Rankin told his Rams what they must do next time to upset league-leading C. Milton Wright. Yesterday, they did it.

The Rams (10-6 overall, 6-3 Harford County League) shot better, dominated the host Mustangs on the boards and, most of all, did not panic en route to a 41-40 victory.

Kareema Holmes, who led all scorers with 15 points, won the game by hitting both ends of a one-and-one with 20 seconds left.

The Rams learned every lesson necessary after their 45-43 loss to the Mustangs (10-3, 7-1) on Jan. 26. Just as in last week's game, the Rams took a big fourth-quarter lead. But this time, they didn't squander it.

"Last time, we thought we wouldn't make it, even though we had them by eight," said Holmes. "But in the second half [yesterday], when the game was close, we knew it was ours. We were scared, but we wanted it this time."

There was no shortage of heroines for the Rams, as Holmes, Nichole Wilson and Cathy Johnson each turned in key performances.

Wilson, a 5-foot-10 forward, scored 12 and grabbed 15 rebounds

while also playing strong defense on the Mustangs' 6-0 center, Stacey Milton, in the box-and-one defense. Milton, who averages 18.0 points and 13.0 rebounds, managed 13 points and 11 rebounds against Wilson.

Johnson came off the bench to provide a spark in a huge second-half Rams rally. Her 12-footer gave the Rams their first lead of the game, 29-27, with 1:47 left in the third quarter.

The 5-7 forward scored six in a 14-0 run that took the Rams from trailing by six midway through the third quarter to leading 35-27 early in the fourth.

In the final 3:49 of the third quarter, the Rams held C. Milton Wright to six shots and one rebound. The Rams, who had six sequences of three or more straight offensive rebounds in the game, won the rebounding battle 52-33.

"I don't think any other team dominated us on the boards the way Edgewood dominated us," said Mustangs' coach Gloria Liedlich. "They out-rebounded us by 20, and many of them were offensive. You just can't give a good team second and third opportunities like that."

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