Lansdowne falls short in semifinal Bladensburg too strong, 61-46 Girls Class 2A semifinals

March 12, 1993|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

Just getting to the Class 3A state semifinals was an accomplishment for Lansdowne.

Playing well against a highly touted team such as Bladensburg was an added bonus.

The 20th-ranked Vikings did not play well enough, however, as Bladensburg pulled away in the fourth quarter en route to a 61-46 victory last night at UMBC.

Bladensburg (24-1), ranked eighth by The Washington Post, will meet Walt Whitman, which defeated Howard, 38-36, for the championship tomorrow at 8 p.m.

Junior guard Jan Jacobs scored a game-high 21 to lead the Mustangs, and Lorac Nix and Kyshia Lewis added 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Senior Casey Smith and junior Jamie Schlaich each scored 14 to lead the Vikings.

Lansdowne (19-6), which upset Randallstown in the Class 3A, Region II final to advance to the state semifinals, never led, but it remained within 11 points until the final minute of the game.

"I think the girls played about as well as we could expect," Lansdowne coach Ron Bareford said. "We threw the ball away a few too many times. But we had a nice season and the girls should be proud."

Neither Bareford nor Bladensburg coach Lester Butler had an opportunity to scout the other team, so neither knew what to expect.

"I figured we'd just come in and play soft the first half," Butler said. "Then we'd find out who the shooters were. [Schlaich] had a good inside game during the first half, so we tried to tighten up on her inside."

Schlaich scored eight in the first half to keep Lansdowne within ++ 32-23 at halftime.

The score could have been closer had the Vikings done better at the free-throw line. Lansdowne missed eight of nine free-throw attempts in the half and finished 1-for-10 from the line for the game.

Lansdowne, making its first state semifinal appearance since 1989, was 5-for-11 from the field in the second quarter, but Bladensburg was able to maintain its lead because of Lewis. She scored 10 of the Mustangs' 17 points in the period.

The Vikings went to a full-court press to start the third quarter, and it seemed to befuddle Bladensburg.

A three-pointer by Danyel Emge and a basket by Smith reduced Lansdowne's deficit to 32-28 during the first 1:30 of the second half.

Lansdowne later closed to 37-34 on Danielle Cascio's outside jumper, but that is as close as it would get.

Bladensburg, seeking its first state title since winning championships in 1975 and 1976, led 41-36 after three quarters, and outscored the Vikings 7-2 to start the fourth period. The Mustangs led by at least seven the rest of the way.

Schlaich fouled out with 4:11 remaining in the game and $H Lansdowne trailing by nine. With Schlaich on the bench, the Vikings were out-rebounded, 11-2, and fatigue started to become a factor.

"I think we probably ran out of gas," Smith said. "And I'm not sure if our hearts were entirely in it at the end. I could see it in some of our players' eyes."

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