Fallston foils Joppatowne again, 53-42

March 07, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

For the second straight year, Fallston turned back upset-minded Joppatowne to win a trip to the girls Class 1A state semifinals.

Even after taking their two regular-season meetings against the Joppatowne Mariners by 10 points each, Fallston had worried about getting past the young and improving team. But yesterday, the top seed and host Cougars (18-4) held off several rallies to beat Joppatowne, 53-42, for the girls Class 1A, Region III championship.

"We were worried that the third time would be the charm for them," said Fallston center Candy Credito. "We read about a few teams that lost in the regionals because they played a team three times, so we were worried about that."

The Cougars, however, struck quickly. They rolled up an 18-4 first-quarter lead, after the Mariners (10-13) missed all 15 of their shots from the field.

Senior guard Cindy Jenkins, who led the Cougars with a #F career-high 15 points, hit a couple of long jumpers and later capped the quarter with her first three-pointer of the season.

The third-seeded Mariners, who upset No. 2 seed Kent, 50-43, Thursday had plenty of missed opportunities. During one possession they missed six straight shots.

"The kids really have to work on being under pressure," said Joppatowne coach Lynette Shelley. "They always look inside instead of taking the outside shots, but that's basically inexperience."

At the quarter, Shelley must have gotten her point across. The Mariners started looking for the outside shots -- and they started hitting.

After missing their first 17 shots, the Mariners hit four of their next six. Santae Boyd fed Betzi Faust for a layup, and then Boyd moved outside. She hit back-to-back three-pointers that pulled the Mariners within 20-14.

Boyd missed her next 20-footer, but Takeisha Holly grabbed the rebound and scored. On the next possession, Boyd hit one of two free throws, and the Mariners were within 20-17 with three minutes to go in the half.

Jenkins, however, doused the Mariners' nine-point run with a 17-footer and fed Suzanne Kontrabecki for a layup to get Fallston going again. After Dionna Bishop hit a free throw for Joppatowne, Suzy Harrison hit a follow shot to give the Cougars a 26-18 halftime lead.

Joppatowne, however, wasn't finished.

The Mariners cut the lead to five several times in the third quarter. Boyd continued to shoot from outside hitting a three-pointer to cut the lead to 30-25 with 5:40 left in the quarter. But the Mariners couldn't get closer.

The Cougars had the better inside-outside game, and they began pulling away late in the quarter.

Boyd, with four three-pointers, scored a game-high 19 and grabbed seven rebounds for Joppatowne.

The Cougars will be No. 1 seed in the championship semifinals. They will open their title bid at 9 p.m. Friday at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Catonsville. If they win, the Cougars would play for the state title at 6 p.m. Saturday.

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