Frederick holds off Centennial, 32-30

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

Centennial girls basketball coach Tony Miceli just wants his team to be in every game this season.

In their first three games, the Eagles (1-2) have accomplished that -- even in yesterday's 32-30 loss to Frederick.

The host Eagles fell behind 14-3 in the first quarter but rebounded to pull within one point of the Cadets midway through the fourth quarter.

"I think they're glad to know they're in the ball game and not getting stomped," said Miceli, a first-year coach who inherited a team that went 1-13 last season. "I'm not that familiar with last year's scores, but I know they got blown away in a lot of spots. We're going to try to make sure that doesn't happen."

It looked like it might happen yesterday when the Eagles hit one of nine shots in the first quarter. Shooting percentage has been a problem, and the Eagles shot just 25 percent yesterday.

have the [good] shots," said Miceli. "We're just not making them."

The Cadets (1-2) were hot early. They nailed seven of 12 in the first quarter and appeared ready to roll.

But the Eagles opened the second quarter by cutting the Cadets' lead to 16-11. Kathy Gallagher scored four and Michelle Dugan added three.

After Tanika Gee hit a 17-footer to extend the Cadets' lead to 19-11, Michelle Brown cut it back to three. However, Gee sank a 20-foot buzzer beater to give the Cadets a 19-13 halftime lead.

Brown had three steals and two points in the third quarter as the Eagles cut the lead to 22-19.

Gallagher found Jeanine Lee on the inbound to pull the Eagles within one early in the fourth quarter.

Shannen Connolly put the Cadets ahead 24-21, but Kristin Rennels answered to keep the Eagles within one.

Connolly, however, dealt the Eagles a big blow by capping a three-point play to give Frederick a 27-23 lead with 2:22 left.

"They boxed out, got the rebound and we fouled them going up," said Miceli. "We came back to 22-21, and from that point it was neck-and-neck, but that was a big play."

Even though they had plenty of time to rebound, the Eagles could not pull any closer than within two. Dugan hit a prayer of a three-pointer with seven seconds left to pull Centennial within 32-30.

The Cadets ran four seconds off the clock on the inbound before Centennial could foul Amy Doane. She missed the front end of the one-and-one, but there was not enough time for the Eagles to get off a final shot.

"That three-pointer made it close, but Amy Doane played a great floor game " said Frederick coach Mike Sanino. "She had three fouls in the first half and didn't pick up another one. That's the kind of experience you need to take a young team through a

tough spot."

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