Owls seniors reign in home finale Warfield's 24 lead 56-41 win

February 25, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The Westminster seniors enjoyed the final home game of their high school careers last night with a 56-41 win over Central Maryland Conference foe Thomas Johnson.

Westminster coach Bernie Koontz started all five of his seniors -- Kenya Warfield, Denise Bollinger, Jessica Farinholt, Tinah Houck and Heather Mauritz -- and they responded with 45 of the Owls 56 points.

Warfield led the way with 24 points, 13 rebounds and five steals. Farinholt added 14 points, including a pair of three-pointers.

"I started them all and tried to get them all a good bit of playing time and they responded," said Koontz of his seniors.

The win improved the Owls to 10-11, with their season finale scheduled for Quince Orchard tomorrow. Thomas Johnson closed out its season 7-15.

The Owls' defense set the tone early. They started out with a tight man-to-man and tossed in an occasional press that forced Thomas Johnson into countless first-quarter turnovers.

"We tried to put a little pressure on them early and we did just that," Koontz said.

"We played good defense all year long, it was just a matter of putting the ball through the hoop. We came out tonight and shot the ball pretty well at the start."

Farinholt got things started offensively with two straight driving layups -- the first coming off one of Mauritz' nine assists -- to give the Owls a 4-0 lead in the opening minute.

Warfield dominated inside and scored seven of her game-high 24 in the quarter and the Owls owned a 17-9 lead after one.

The Owls opened up a 28-9 lead with an 11-0 run to start the second. Warfield converted one of her five steals into a layup, Mauritz hit a jumper, followed by a Farinholt three-pointer and an inside basket by Houck.

All this came in the first 3:10 of the quarter and the visiting Patriots closed it out with a 7-0 run to get within 28-16 at intermission.

It was more Warfield in the third quarter as the Owls built up a 20-point cushion midway through only to see Thomas Johnson climb back into the game with a 12-0 run to get within within nine at 41-32 after three.

The closest Thomas Johnson would get in the fourth quarter was at the 5:34 mark, when Andrea Tavernia -- who finished with a team-high 15 -- hit a turnaround jumper to cut the Westminster lead to 45-37.

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