Fallston claims Harford title, 44-34

February 24, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Fallston's girls basketball team suffered from a bit of a sophomore slump a couple weeks ago, but the Cougars emerged just in time to win the Harford County championship.

The Cougars (16-4 overall, 13-1 league) clinched the title yesterday with a 44-34 victory at Edgewood. The victory comes on the heels of a 55-48 upset of defending champ C. Milton Wright a week ago.

"Our problems this season have been with consistency," said Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson. "But when they have to, these kids rise to the occasion. They did it beating C. Milton Wright, North Harford and Edgewood [in the past two weeks]."

The Cougars, winners of nine in a row and 13 of their past 14, suffered most of their lapses against the league's weaker teams. But they were wary of Edgewood, a team riding a six-game winning streak, including an upset of C. Milton Wright.

The Rams (14-7, 10-3) had plenty to gain. If they had beaten the Cougars, they might have ended up with a share of a three-way county title with Fallston and C. Milton Wright.

Yesterday, the Cougars couldn't shake the Rams until the final minute. The Rams rallied from six-point deficits in the second and fourth quarters.

Early in the fourth, they used their press to spark a 6-1 run and pull within 31-30. Erica Pleasant hit back-to-back jumpers -- the second off a steal right under the Rams' basket -- to bring the Rams within one.

But the Cougars adjusted to the press and scored eight straight for a 39-31 lead with 3:11 to go.

"I left the press on too long," said Edgewood coach Matt Rankin. "We just wanted to surprise them and it worked initially. If I had followed my original idea to use the press to surprise them and then take it off, I think we might have been OK. But they started getting layups and we were tired."

Jenny Weber scored four of her eight points on layups in the run. After Suzy Harrison fed Weber for a 33-30 lead, Pam Toth tossed in two free throws, the eventual game-winners, for a 35-30 lead with 4:36 left.

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