Wilde Lake runs past Centennial for 56-25 victory

February 11, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

The most improved girls basketball team in the county came to play the league's most frustrated team yesterday, and nothing about the game changed those trends.

Visiting Wilde Lake continued its late-season surge by flooring Centennial with a combination of hot shooting and pressure defense that produced a 22-0 run in the first half. The Wildecats then rolled to a 56-25 victory that put another stamp on their comeback story.

"We look at films of our games in the beginning of the year, then look at films now, and there is a huge difference," Wilde Lake coach Kelly Rosati said.

Last year, the Wildecats staggered home with a 9-13 record, a season that included many blowouts and only four victories in the county. The Wildecats (9-5, 6-3) now have equaled last season's victory total.

"I knew we had the potential to do at least as well as last year, but I didn't expect to do this well," said senior forward Tracy Stefan. "It's been a lot more fun this year, a lot more positive."

Stefan led all scorers with 18 points, and grabbed seven rebounds. She also got the Wildecats rolling with a nine-point first quarter and scored 14 in the first half to lead Wilde Lake to a 33-10 halftime advantage.

The Wildecats' defense, led by sophomore point guard Kristen Riismandel, forced 24 Centennial turnovers.

The Eagles (3-12, 0-9) were missing leading scorer Laura Taneyhill (flu), and they lost starting center Sherri Happel early in the second quarter to a sprained ankle. The way Wilde Lake was playing, though, their presence would not have changed the outcome.

"Wilde Lake was awesome today," said Centennial coach Beth Brown, who suffered her 10th consecutive defeat.

Tamika Bell added 10 points for Wilde Lake. Michelle Dugan and Kristin Rennels led Centennial with six point apiece.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.