Howard comes up big, 53-35

March 03, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Howard High was taller, quicker, more talented, had a more fluid offense and had better shooters.

But until coach Craig O'Connell sent his team into a man-to-man defense at the start of the fourth quarter, the Lions were locked in a tight struggle with pesky underdog South Carroll.

The man-to-man worked perfectly for Howard, forcing 12 Cavaliers turnovers in the fourth quarter and leading the Lions on a 19-0 run that beat South Carroll, 53-35, in an opening-round game of the state Class 3A, Region III girls basketball tournament at Howard last night.

Howard will meet top seed Walbrook tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the 3A, Region III semifinals.

The 19-0 tear began after South Carroll's Amber Clutter had tied the game at 32 with a three-point shot with 15 seconds gone in the fourth quarter.

It was the second straight three-pointer in the game for Clutter, who led the Cavaliers back from a 25-10 deficit late in the second quarter.

However, South Carroll did not score again in the fourth quarter until Amy Thompson hit a three-point shot in the final seconds of the game.

The rest of the final period was a Howard show that displayed all the offensive and defensive talents of Camille Powell, Sharon Ford, Mona Jackson and Teresa Silcott.

Powell scored 13 points in the fourth quarter to lead the winners with 22 points, hitting three straight jumpers at one stretch.

Ford also made a couple of shots in the final period to give her 14 for the game.

Powell and Ford wound up with a combined 36 points to outscore South Carroll by themselves.

And Jackson and Silcott were superb on defense in the fourth quarter, combining for seven steals to set the Howard offense in motion.

When asked what happened after the Cavaliers had fought back to a 32-32 tie, Clutter said: "I guess we got too excited. And their man-to-man bothered us."

O'Connell said: "We're a team with a lot of offenses and defenses and we try everything until we find something that works. When the man worked so well, I said to myself: 'Why didn't you try that sooner?' "

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