Edgewood pulls away from Mustangs

February 02, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Edgewood, involved in a couple of close games in the past several days, made sure it didn't happen last night. It just took awhile for the Rams to do it.

This time, it was Kenton Worthington who helped Edgewood (9-3, 5-0) to its fifth win in eight days, as it put away homestanding C. Milton Wright, 53-40. Last week, Wright (5-4, 3-3) had pushed to the end, losing in the closing seconds at Edgewood, 43-41.

John Bowman's three-point shot at the start of the fourth quarter got Wright within 35-34 after there had been four ties and 10 lead changes through three periods. That was as close as the home side would get the rest of the way.

Four baskets by as many players -- one of the keys to Edgewood's success this season -- and a series of missed Wright shots helped shoot the visitors ahead 44-37 with 3:45 left.

Nine players scored for Edgewood, led by reserve Mike Baldwin (three threes) and Eric Briggs, who scored nine points each.

Worthington, a senior starter who averages eight points, hadn't scored in two of his past three starts, but came back with three baskets for six points.

"He's come through a tough stretch," Edgewood coach Bob Slagle said of Worthington. "When you're used to scoring and don't, it's hard. It shows his character, though, because he has contributed in other ways -- defense and rebounding."

One thing will be different today -- Edgewood will practice. It has had only one in the past eight days and coaches and players alike confirmed the practices were needed.

"One practice, five games -- three on the road -- and three against very good teams. It's been a tough week," Slagle said.

"This one had to be won on guts and guts alone and they did it. It was a team effort and everybody contributed.

"One thing about a veteran team -- they are smart enough to know what to do. We give them direction, but they do the things it takes to win."

The Mustangs had all kinds of shooting woes -- 33 percent -- with misses on some good close-in attempts.

"It was a combination of things," C.M. Wright coach George Constantine said, "but the game was probably won on the boards. Edgewood played good defense and then we had the good shots we couldn't get to go down.

"We made one comeback [from down 27-21 near the end of the half to go ahead, 29-27 with 3:45 to go in the third quarter], but then went ice cold."

John Bowman, whose 20-point average of last week has shrunk with seven- and 10-point outings against the Rams, was his side's high scorer. Brian King, a 6-1 center, added eight points.

Edgewood will play at Fallston on Friday, while Wright will be back in action tonight at 7 at home against Perry Hall.

The Mustangs go to Havre de Grace on Friday, then return home Saturday afternoon for a 1:45 makeup against Elkton.

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