2nd-quarter spree boosts Towson, 77-52

January 13, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Catonsville gave Towson trouble in the final part of the first quarter last night. The Comets often found good shots, scoring nine of the final 13 points of the quarter to trail by only four.

Then came the second quarter.

No. 9 Towson stepped up the pressure on defense, forcing several turnovers that led to easy baskets as it scored the first 25 points of the quarter -- holding Catonsville to one point -- on the way to a 77-52 victory over the host Comets in a Baltimore County Class 2A-1A game.

Towson (7-0, 6-0), switched from a man-to-man to 1-3-1 zone at the start of the quarter. The Generals, led by Sarah Weaver (15 points, six steals), had players popping out on the wings to deflect and steal passes. They then scored several easy baskets in a 27-1 quarter.

"They were making their outside shots in the first quarter," said Towson coach Beverly Snyder, who won her 300th game at Towson on Monday night with a 72-14 decision over Overlea. "It's an aggressive zone. They did a nice job."

The Towson pressure forced Catonsville (5-3, 5-1) into nine turnovers in the quarter and 24 for the game. The Generals also got strong efforts in the quarter from Katie Barnes (18 points) and Katie Walker (14 points).

The Generals made 10 baskets in the quarter, nine from inside 10 feet. Towson hit its first six shots of the quarter -- in the first 1:47 -- to turn the game into a rout.

"We're really quick in the 1-3-1," said Weaver. "We rely on it if we have problems with the man-to-man."

Overall, Catonsville missed 19 shots in a row. The Comets went 9:13 without a basket. During that stretch, Towson opened its lead from four to 32 points.

Catonsville started the game well. The Comets, although having a distinct disadvantage in size, were patient on offense and began getting the ball inside for good shots.

The change in defense stopped that. Catonsville started having trouble passing and shooting -- missing all 17 shots in the quarter -- and Towson took over.

"We didn't go wide enough," said Catonsville coach Dennis Quinby. "We know how to play against that defense. We just didn't do it."

Towson also rebounded well, led by Walker. The forward finished with 17 rebounds as the Generals out-rebounded Catonsville, 43-35. Towson often limited the Comets to one shot while starting its own fast breaks.

Catonsville got a good performance from point guard Meghan Mohler. She scored 11 points and often set up her teammates for good shots with good passes.

Eight other players scored for Catonsville, but all in single figures. The loss of top scorer Cachet Hall hurt the Comets. Hall, a guard/forward who averages 15 points, is the Comets' go-to player and is out indefinitely with a knee injury.

Still, the Comets did not quit in the second half. Catonsville pleased Quinby by hustling right up to the final buzzer.

However, it could not make up for the second quarter.

"If you are going to give up 25 points in a row," said Quinby, "you're not going to win many games."

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