Fallston girls fall short again

March 15, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Fallston's girls basketball team never expected a blizzard o scoring but would have liked a few more flurries at Friday's state Class 1A semifinals.

For the second straight year, the Cougars (18-5) played strong defensively but struggled offensively as they fell to Williamsport, 41-39, at UMBC.

"We've just got to find a way to score at states," said Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson, whose squad fell to Williamsport, 34-21, in last year's title game, the lowest scoring game in the 21-year history of the girls state tournament.

The Cougars had their chances to win but missed four shots in the final minute. With two seconds left, sophomore guard Lori Heffley nearly pulled off the upset with a three-point attempt that rattled around the rim and popped out.

Ferguson said the Cougars got the shot they wanted at the end. They were looking for Heffley outside or to forward Pam Toth inside to try to draw a foul.

But the damage had been done before Heffley's miss.

The Harford County champs shot just 14-for-54 from the floor and 11-for-23 from the line. They missed their first nine shots and didn't score until there was just 1:58 left in the quarter.

Shooting 5-for-20 from the field and 3-for-10 from the line, the Cougars were lucky to be within 16-13 at the half.

Defense kept them in the game and in the second half, when the Cougars' full-court pressure held the Wildcats to just 15 shots.

In the third quarter, the press forced six turnovers and finally sparked the Cougars' offense.

"Every time we moved they were in our face," said Williamsport coach Glenn Smith. "They're very quick."

Heffley started hitting from outside in the third quarter, scoring all six of her points, and Toth scored four.

The Cougars, however, could not stop Williamsport's 6-foot-2 center Carla Houser, who scored a game-high 22. Every time the Cougars closed to within two or three in the third quarter, Houser answered.

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