North Harford delivers with game on line, 52-48 Class 2A, Region IV girls

March 03, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

ELKTON -- Nicki Bogarty had a career-high 26 points, North Harford (13-7) outscored Elkton by 10 at the foul line and the visiting Hawks escaped with a 52-48 victory in a Class 2A, Region IV girls basketball game last night.

Bogarty's fourth three-pointer of the game 38 seconds into the fourth quarter broke a 39-39 tie and sent North Harford ahead to stay -- but it wasn't easy, or pretty.

Elkton got within two twice, the last at 47-45 with 3:24 left, but Tonia Bruno, the Hawks' lone senior starter (with four juniors) converted a pass from Melissa Anderson (15 points) for a 49-45 score and Trisha Daughton provided a cushion of 51-45 with 1:30 remaining.

A basket by Addie Head after a free throw cut the margin to 51-48, but the Golden Elks got no closer, missing four successive put-back shots in the closing seconds. Bogarty made a foul shot at the end to take the game out of three-point range.

"This is the first year we hadn't played them during the regular season, but we knew they could shoot and were deadly at the foul line," Elkton coach Bill Reese said.

North Harford made six of seven from the line in the second quarter and nine of 13 in the second half, including seven of eight in one stretch.

For the game, North Harford hit 15 of 22, compared with five of eight for the opposition, which had two of its senior leaders, Head and Meggan Megee, hampered by foul trouble.

North Harford was nearly blown out in the first half, when it had more turnovers (eight) than points in falling behind 14-7. The Hawks rallied for eight straight points in the second quarter, though, and led 31-26 at halftime. Bogarty, a guard, had 17 of the points, 14 in the second period. Elkton went one span of six minutes with just two baskets.

Wesley Chantele, a senior center, had been Elkton's top scorer and rebounder in recent weeks, but, "we just didn't get the ball inside to her," Reese said.

North Harford used a 1-3-1 defense, something Elkton had not seen this year, did a good job of harassing the ballhandler and rebounded well.

"When we got behind in the first quarter, I thought we'd fall apart," Bogarty said, "but Coach [Lin] James encouraged us to stay together, take our time, and get good shots."

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