Sluggish Annapolis still repels Broadneck, 42-39

January 08, 1994|By Pat Overton | Pat Overton,Contributing Writer

It wasn't pretty, but the Annapolis girls basketball team managed to pull out a 42-39 win over visiting Broadneck last night.

For a team that has been averaging more than 50 points a game, the Panthers (4-4, 2-2) were really more relieved than happy after the game.

"I thought we were outplayed tonight," said Panthers coach Dave Griffith. "They out-hustled us and they wanted it more. We just did enough things right at the end of the game to get the win."

The out-hustling showed in the first quarter when the Bruins (4-3, 0-0) opened a 12-4 lead after one quarter. Broadneck did most of the damage inside going to center Julie Barr, who scored six points during the period.

Annapolis began its comeback in the second quarter by going into a 2-3 zone to take away the Bruins' inside game. It also started hitting its shots and outscored the Bruins, 13-10, to close to within 22-17 going into halftime.

The Panthers kept the defensive pressure up when the third quarter started, forcing the Bruins to take more outside shots. Barr would be the game's high scorer with 15 points, but while the Panthers were making their comeback, she was ineffective because of the zone.

"We have some good perimeter shooters," said Broadneck coach Bruce Springer. "We hit some shots but we're a much more effective team when we can get the ball inside."

Annapolis scored the first four points of the third quarter when Cristi Samaras gave sister Stephy Samaras a nice backdoor pass and Emily Nugent put in a layup. Broadneck built its lead back to 28-24, but the Panthers tied the score for the first time when Stephy Samaras and Nugent each hit again.

Annapolis took its first lead with 2:11 left in the third on two foul shots by Janelle Queen, but Barr retied the game at 30. The score was tied at 33 going into the final period.

Annapolis changed its strategy for the final period as it began driving the lane more. Center Shannon Henderson had not been able to get on track, so the Panthers began to force the issue.

Cristi Samaras made the strategy work, putting her team up with a drive and then being fouled her next trip though the lane and hitting one free throw. Nugent had similar luck, drawing a foul and hitting a free throw for a 37-33 Panthers lead.

"Our game is running and gunning," said Cristi Samaras (team-high 12 points). "In the first half we got into a half-court game with them. Coach Griffith told us to take control of the game and play to win, not lose."

With less five minutes to play, Annapolis was still up by four. But Smith recorded her eighth point to draw the Bruins within two, and Taci Williams hit a shot to tie it.

Two more drives through the lane by Henderson and Cristi Samaras put the Panthers back up by four with 1:23 left, sealing the win.

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