Liberty hopes dim with 74-41 loss Conference leader Linganore wins

February 24, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The Liberty girls saw their playoff chances continue to fade as they dropped a 74-41 decision to host Linganore last night.

The loss -- the Lions' sixth straight -- puts them at 7-14 on the season and in dire need of a win tomorrow against Carroll County champ North Carroll to have any chance of gaining a layoff berth. Central Maryland Conference front-runner Linganore improved to 16-3 overall and a perfect 11-0 in conference play.

The Lions played a strong first quarter and stayed relatively close with the powerful Lancers for the first half before the latter put together a 16-3 run to open the third and give them a 20-point lead at 45-25 with 3:03 left.

The Lancers' overall size, speed and full-court press proved too much for the Lions.

It was the Lions, however, who took a 14-13 lead into the second quarter.

Lions senior guard Amy Wolff scored from all over the court, finishing the quarter hitting four of six from the field and two of two from the line. She would finish the night with a team-high 20.

The rest of the night pretty much belonged to Linganore. It opened the second quarter with a 13-4 run to open up a 26-18 lead with just over four minutes left in the half.

The Lions would cut the lead to 26-21 on a jumper from Wolff in the final minute of the half, but senior guard Carrie Jenkins hit a three-pointer with 20 seconds left to give the Lancers a 29-21 halftime lead.

The Lancers got out of the gates quickly in the third with senior center Betsy Roberts getting free inside for a basket and Jenkins following that up with a three-pointer to give the Lancers a 34-21 lead.

Jenkins would have to leave the game after suffering an apparent separated shoulder with just over three minutes left in the third.

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