Central proves too much for Northeast Class 2A, Region III girls

March 03, 1993|By Pat Overton | Pat Overton,Contributing Writer

Northeast was dominated last night by host Central of Prince George's County, which routed the Eagles, 78-47, in a girls Class 2A, Region III opening-round playoff game.

Northeast coach Calvin Vain's young lineup was no match for the bigger and quicker Falcons.

"We were too inexperienced and they were too quick on defense for us," Vain said. "I was pleased with their effort, though. We have a team of mostly ninth and 10th-graders, so I think we have a lot to build on for the future."

For Central's team, the future is now. The Falcons came after Northeast from the opening tip and never let up.

The Falcons' suffocating defense created numerous points off turnovers, and when they had to go to a half-court offense, center Latia Howard answered. Howard scored 10 of her game-high 25 in the first quarter, as Central built a 23-9 lead.

Central point guard LaKeisha Cooper took over in the second quarter, scoring 11, including seven during a 10-3 Falcon run that took the lead to 38-16. The Eagles cut the lead to 20 at the half, but that would be as close as they would get.

Whenever Northeast would shut down one scorer for Central, another would take her place. When Cooper and Howard could not get going in the second half, LaKisha Dent stepped to the front, scoring 17 of her 23, including three three-pointers.

Cooper finished with 19 on the night.

Maleah Rey and Kelly Marshall did their best to keep things close for the Eagles, scoring 11 and 10, respectively.

Central's next step in the 2A bracket will be a trip to Southern of Harwood tomorrow.

Falcons coach Quinton Addison has become familiar with the Bulldogs in recent years.

"We've played Southern in the playoffs the past three years, and Southern has beaten us the past three years," he said. "We rely a lot on our defense, and that is going to be the deciding factor on whether this team can advance."

"Most of these girls have been around for two of those losses," Addison said. "But I think we're ready to take the next step."

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