Fallston sneaks by N. Harford Weber's layup wins it, 41-39

February 12, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Jenny Weber didn't score a basket until the final four seconds, but her layup lifted Fallston over North Harford, 41-39, in a Harford County league game yesterday.

Shooting 26 percent from the field, the host Cougars (14-4 overall, 11-1 league) trailed for much of the game, but they hit everything in the final minute.

Clinging to a 35-34 lead, the Cougars got a 15-footer from senior guard Cindy Jenkins to move ahead 37-34 with 1:01 left. Tonia Bruno's follow shot quickly cut that lead to 37-36.

On Fallston's next possession, Weber was fouled at midcourt and hit both ends of the one-and-one for a 39-36 lead. But Melissa Anderson, who scored a game-high 20, hit a 19-footer with 16 seconds left to tie the game at 39.

As soon as Anderson's shot hit the net, however, Weber sneaked up-court. Lori Heffley, who also fed Jenkins for her shot, saw Weber all alone and passed her the ball for the uncontested game-winner with four seconds to go.

Two weeks ago, the Cougars beat North Harford, 65-48, but Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson said yesterday's battle was not completely unexpected.

"The first time we beat them, we played exceptionally well, the best we've played all season," said Ferguson. "We haven't played that well since, and anything less than that against a team as balanced and aggressive as North Harford is going to make it hard for us."

In an extremely physical contest, both teams struggled offensively in the early going. Fallston missed its first 10 shots and North Harford missed 11.

Bruno, who finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds, finally broke the scoreless tie 4:22 into the first quarter.

Like Fallston, the Hawks (9-7 overall, 7-4 league) had trouble getting even their best shots to fall. They shot 23 percent and only three Hawks -- Bruno, Anderson and Nicki Bogarty (six points) -- scored in the game.

Fallston got another big game from senior forward Pam Toth with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Toth scored the first 10 Cougars points before reserve guard Daina Burton hit a 15-footer just 1:27 before halftime.

The win kept the Cougars in the hunt for the county title. Tied with defending champ C. Milton Wright at 11-1 atop the league standings, the Cougars will play host to Wright on Wednesday.

Even if they knock off Wright after falling, 55-48, last time, the Cougars won't be celebrating.

"We can't tell ourselves that [game] decides the county title right there," said Jenkins, "because we still have Aberdeen and Edgewood left, and we can't take anyone for granted."

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