Fallston falls short again against Williamsport, 41-39 Girls Class 2A

March 13, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Fallston's offense disappeared early, and despite a second-half surge the Cougars fell to defending champ Williamsport, 41-39, for the second straight year in the girls Class 1A state championships last night.

The Cougars, who trailed 6-0 early in the semifinal, missed their final four shots, including a three-point attempt by Lori Heffley with two seconds left that rattled around the rim and popped out.

With 1:38 left, the Cougars tied the game at 38 on Pam Toth's free throw. But the Cougars (18-5) could not take the lead.

Carla Houser, who led Williamsport with 22 points, hit both ends of a one-and-one to give the Wildcats a 40-38 lead with 1:19 to go.

Jenny Weber, who led Fallston with 13, brought the Cougars within 40-39 on a free throw. But Houser added another free throw to seal the win.

Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson said the Cougars got the shot they wanted at the end, but the damage was done.

"We've just got to find a way to score at states," said Ferguson, whose team lost to Williamsport 34-21 in last year's title game.

The Cougars, who trailed 16-13 at halftime, rallied in the third quarter with a full-court press. They pulled within two but couldn't get closer.

In the final three minutes, Fallston outscored Williamsport 9-3.

In a first-half rerun of last year's title game, the Cougars played well defensively but couldn't convert on the offensive end.

The Harford County champs shot 5-for-20 from the field and 3-for-10 from the line in the half.

Williamsport had a 6-0 lead before Weber scored the Cougars' first basket on a driving layup with 1:58 left in the quarter.

The Wildcats (19-5) didn't do much better hitting just six of 23 and four of seven from the line.

Fallston got within 14-13 late in the first half on Toth's follow with 47 seconds left in the half. It was the first basket for Toth, who went on to match her season average of 11 points.

The Cougars never got into serious foul trouble, although 6-foot sophomore center Candy Credito went to the bench in the second quarter with three fouls. Fallston scored one more basket than Williamsport, but the Wildcats hits 14 of 21 free throws. The Cougars had more chances but hit only 11 of 23.

"These teams play defense," said Williamsport coach Glenn Smith. "You saw that last year. Every time we moved they were in our face. They're very quick."

Fallston's third-quarter press forced six turnovers and helped the Cougars get back into the game.

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