Fallston rolls by Wright, 56-44 Credito's 21 lead key Harford win Girls basketball

February 18, 1993|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson has been waiting for sophomore center Candy Credito to step forward and take control of a game.

She took that step yesterday. And it could not have come at a better time for the Cougars.

Credito scored a game-high 21 points to go along with 17 rebounds and six blocked shots to lead host Fallston to a 56-44 victory over C. Milton Wright in a pivotal Harford County League game.

The victory moved the Cougars (15-4, 11-1) a step closer to unseating defending county champion C. Milton Wright (13-4, 10-2) with two league games remaining, and avenged last month's 55-48 loss to the Mustangs.

"This is her best game to date," Ferguson said of Credito, who had been averaging seven points and seven rebounds. "She really hasn't answered the call that often. But she had to tonight. Maybe now that can show her that she can do it."

It certainly showed Mustangs coach Gloria Liedlich.

"Credito had a great game," Liedlich said. "She was unconscious."

Forward Pam Toth (17 points) and guard Lori Heffley (eight points, six steals) also played well for the Cougars.

It was Credito who set the tone, however.

She had 11 points and six rebounds in the first quarter, as Fallston raced to a 21-7 lead.

C. Milton Wright, which was led by senior center Stacey Milton (14 points, 14 rebounds), made just two of 13 shots in the period and was 5-for-31 from the field in the first half.

The Cougars out-rebounded the Mustangs, 24-14, in the half, including a 13-8 advantage on the offensive boards.

After trailing 30-16 at halftime, the Mustangs stepped up their defensive pressure at the start of the second half.

It seemed to catch Fallston by surprise, as C. Milton Wright pulled within 33-25 on Debbie Keiser's running jumper with 5:04 remaining in the third quarter.

Fallston recovered and ended the period on a 12-2 run to increase its lead to 45-27. But the Mustangs made another run in the fourth quarter, cutting their deficit to 51-44 on Amanda McCulloch's three-pointer with 1:35 left.

Credito answered with a turnaround jumper in the lane, and the Mustangs did not score again.

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