Pressed for time, Catonsville rallies past Loch Raven, 63-60

January 26, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

When the Catonsville girls basketball team found itself down by six points with just over three minutes to play yesterday against host Loch Raven, Comets coach Dennis Quinby told his players that three minutes, if used properly, could last an eternity.

For the Raiders, that's just what it felt like.

Using a full-court press, Catonsville scored 10 of the next 11 points, forced overtime, and went on to a 63-60 win in a Baltimore County 1A-2A League game.

The win gave Catonsville (7-3 overall, 7-1 in the league) sole possession of second place in the league behind Towson. The Raiders (8-4, 6-2) dropped to third.

But the win meant even more than that to a Comets team that trailed in this one -- by as many as eight points -- for most of the way.

"I think we just came together as a team," said Comets guard Meghann Mohler, who scored 13 points. "We knew we had to play hard to catch up, and I think we did a great job."

The fact that four key Loch Raven players fouled out didn't hurt either.

Point guard Robyn Harry (10 points, seven assists, five steals) began the parade to the bench with 3:20 left and the Raiders leading by six. Guard Maura Lyng, forward Lauren Volk and forward Tiffani Tucker soon joined her.

Midway through the three-minute overtime period Loch Raven had justone starter remaining, and no one left to handle the ball.

Loch Raven, which had turned over the ball 15 times in the first 28 minutes of play, turned it over 12 times in the final seven minutes against the press.

"Once they started to foul out, I thought it was just a matter of time," said Quinby. "They didn't have anybody to bring the ball up the court."

Loch Raven coach Ken Witts said that inexperience at point guard cost the Raiders down the stretch.

"That's the first time we've seen the press all season, and it really hurt us," said Witts. "We have a lot of inexperience at point guard."

Trailing 53-47 with 3:20 left, the Comets -- led by Krista Bayne (14 points) -- outscored the Raiders 16-7 the rest of the way, including the OT.

The Comets helped their cause at the foul line, where they outscored Loch Raven, 21-4. Catonsville shot 75 percent from the line and the Raiders were whistled for 24 fouls.

Center Kelley Powell led Loch Raven with a game-high 17 points and Harry and Tucker added 10 each.

The two teams are scheduled to meet again next Friday at Catonsville. Witts said his team will need to do one thing differently to have a chance at winning.

"We've got to keep our starting lineup in the ball game," said Witts. "That's the only way we can beat the pressure."

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