Catonsville stops N. Harford

March 01, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Four different Catonsville players scored a basket during a two-minute span of the third quarter, enabling the Comets to break away from homestanding North Harford en route to a 41-31 Class 2A North victory last night.

Fifth seed Catonsville (16-5) moves on to play at No. 1 seed Fallston (18-0) tomorrow night. The Cougars won a December game at Catonsville, 66-62.

The four Comets baskets -- by Christina Tanner, Krista Bayne, Elissa Rellihan and Shannon Rexrode -- pushed them to a 26-18 lead. Moments later, Meghann Mohler hit Rellihan underneath for a 28-18 lead.

Meanwhile, North Harford (13-6) was in the midst of a scoreless streak that was to reach five minutes before Melissa Storrs got a basket with 35 seconds to go.

From a tie at 18, early in the third quarter, the Comets went out to a 29-20 margin with eight minutes left.

The closest the Hawks came in the fourth quarter was 35-29 when forward Melissa Anderson, a solid scorer and rebounder all season, made her only basket of the game off a rebound.

Everything Catonsville did, especially playing tight defense on the perimeter, revolved around controlling Anderson. "I thought we took her out of her game," Comets coach Dennis Quinby said.

"At the same time, they couldn't press us because of Mohler." A short but effective point guard with a good basketball sense, Mohler controlled much of the action for her side.

"We just didn't execute," said Lin James of her North Harford team. The shots were there; the Hawks just could not convert.

They hurt their own cause, too, with 22 turnovers, including a dozen in the first half when play was ragged on both sides, and another eight in that third period when they got only two baskets.

Rellihan came off the bench to top Catonsville scorers with four baskets for eight points. Tanner added seven points, and the pair provided rebounding strength.

For North Harford, senior scoring leader Nicki Bogarty was checked on just two baskets, and ended with 10 points. Melinda Virts added eight.

Such were the team's shooting woes that no player made more than two field goals and the game total was just 10.

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