No. 10 Fallston overpowers C. M. Wright for 59-30 victory

January 12, 1994|By Mark Hoeflich | Mark Hoeflich,Contributing Writer

C. Milton Wright girls basketball coach Gloria Liedlich knew that if her Mustangs took care of the basketball, they would stand a better chance of upsetting No. 10 Fallston.

But the Cougars forced a lot of bad passes and hurried shots and used an early second-half run to carry them to a 59-30 win yesterday over the host Mustangs (4-2, 2-1) in a Harford County league game.

The Cougars' Candy Credito led all scorers with 14 points and had nine rebounds, and teammate Lori Heffley finished with 12 points and four steals.

Wright was led in scoring by Miranda James' nine points and Becky Gerhart's seven. The Mustangs had 18 turnovers to Fallston's eight.

"The thing that concerned me most about them was their speed, and we really went into this game blank because we didn't get a chance to see them at all," said Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson. "I knew they were very young and it took a little while for us to get going, but I'm proud of my girls' job."

Wright, however, didn't make things easy for Fallston, which came into the matchup with a considerable size advantage. The Mustangs at times took Fallston out of its rhythm on offense and were able to convert several baskets off steals.

But by early in the second half, the Mustangs proved no match for the Cougars (9-0, 5-0), who came out more patient and went on a 9-1 run during the first three minutes to jump ahead by their largest lead yet, 40-18.

"It was important for us to get right on top [to begin the second half]. It does you no good to go in with an 11-point lead and come out and sit on it, and we have done that in the past," said Ferguson.

"Everything they have been getting is inside, so we just concentrated on sealing that and seeing if they could beat us on the outside, and it didn't work for them tonight."

The Mustangs managed two more baskets on layups by Jen Moculski and Gerhart seconds before the end of the third quarter, but still trailed 44-22.

Fallston came out running to begin the final quarter, hitting four of six shots, two of which included layups by Jen Cook off steals, to extend its lead to 53-26. The weary Mustangs were held to two shots the rest of the way.

The second quarter proved to be the best for the Mustangs, as they outscored the Cougars 13-10, thanks to a 7-0 spurt in the opening minutes.

Gerhart led the charge with five points to pull Wright within 18-11.

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