Freestaters team up for all-star win

March 22, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Last Wednesday, Old Mill's Anne Chicorelli and Stacy Himes battled against Western's Kelly Evans and Kia Damon in the Class 4A state girls basketball title game.

Yesterday, they were teammates.

And this time, they were all on the winning side.

Chicorelli scored a game-high 18 and had four blocks while Evans added 16 points and seven rebounds to lead the Freestaters to a 70-60 victory in the Maryland Women's Basketball Coaches Association Second Annual Senior All-Star Game at Cole Field House.

Their opponents, the Old Liners, also forgot about the team rivalries as perennial foes teamed up.

Howard guard Camille Powell enjoyed playing with one of her longtime adversaries. "It was a lot of fun, because I finally got to play with [Mount Hebron guard] Erica McCauley after playing against her all the time," said Powell.

For players from No. 1 Old Mill and No. 2 Western, it didn't matter that yesterday's game came on the heels of Old Mill's lopsided win at the state championships.

"It was tough to accept, the loss," said Damon. "But we said before the game, no matter what happened we would all be friends. We had a lot of fun today."

For the Freestaters, who included players from Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Carroll counties as well as Baltimore City, the game began slowly. The Old Liners, including players from Harford and Howard counties, took a 16-9 lead in the first quarter.

"We missed a lot of early shots," said Freestaters coach Diane George (Loch Raven). "It was like they had a lid on the basket, and it took a little time for the kids to get used to each other, too."

By the second quarter they hit a groove, outscoring the Old Liners, 13-4, in the first five minutes of the 10-minute quarter to lead 26-20.

Chicorelli, a 6-1 forward, scored six straight points to give her squad a 22-20 lead midway through the quarter. It was the Freestaters first lead since 4-2, but they would never trail again.

Early in the third quarter, the Old Liners threatened with a 9-2 run to tie it at 39. Lindsay Seawright (Walt Whitman) drove the baseline for an easy layup with 3:25 left.

But the Freestaters closed out the quarter with a 12-2 run, including four points from Himes, three from Damon and two from Amy Langville (Spalding) to lead 52-41.

To start the fourth quarter, Erin Murphey (Francis Scott Key) fed Evans for two quick baskets and Yolanda Matthews (Milford Mill) fed Missy Lewendowski (Broadneck) for another as the Freestaters started to pull away.

This all-star game, designed to promote the sport and showcase the best senior talents in the area, included five All-Metro first-teamers (Chicorelli, Himes, Langville, McCauley and Powell) and three second-teamers (Milton, Matthews and Mercy's Gayle Belz).

"It's a coach's dream," said George. "You have strength at every position."

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