Annapolis, Henderson thump Arundel, 62-49

March 01, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

No matter how well Arundel is playing, Annapolis seems to have its number.

Yesterday, the number that had the greatest impact was 21, worn by Panthers senior center Shannon Henderson.

Despite sitting out most of the third quarter in foul trouble, Henderson scored 23 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to lead the fifth-seeded Panthers past fourth-seeded Arundel, 62-49, in the Class 4A, East Region playoffs.

Henderson picked up her fourth foul and departed with 5:16 left in the third quarter and the score tied, 28-28. The lead went back and forth after that until Henderson returned with 6:26 remaining in the last quarter and Arundel in front, 41-37.

The Panthers then ran off the next seven points, including four from Henderson. Arundel went back ahead, 45-44, on a basket from Chavonne Hammond (14 points), but a three-point play by Henderson started a 9-0 run for Annapolis that decided the outcome.

"I'm experienced at playing with four fouls," she said. "I used to get that many all the time my sophomore year, so I'm used to it. Now, I can go out there with four fouls in the second quarter and continue without fouling out."

Senior guard Cristi Samaras added 16 points and six steals for Annapolis. She scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, including a layup after a steal and pass from Henderson for a 49-45 lead.

"I thought [Henderson's fourth foul] was going to be the turning point for them," said Annapolis coach Dave Griffith, "but we turned it up a notch. We were able to stay close until I could get Shannon back into the game. I kept watching the clock, and when they got four points up and the clock was going down, I figured we had to make it or break it with Shannon."

The victory sends Annapolis (17-6), ranked No. 12 in the metro area, into tomorrow night's semifinal at top-seeded Old Mill, the three-time defending 4A state champions. The Panthers have lost to Old Mill twice this season.

They've had much better luck against 14th-ranked Arundel (17-6), however, winning three times by a combined margin of 39 points.

"In the second half, my players got tired," said Wildcats coach Lee Rogers. "We tried to go man-to-man and they just went right through it. They shot a lot of layups. They broke down what we were doing."

The score was tied 11-11 after the first quarter, and a late basket from Hammond gave Arundel a 24-22 lead at halftime.

Hammond went to the bench with her fourth foul with 4:02 left in the game and didn't return until 1:42 remained. In that time, Annapolis stretched a 46-45 lead to 53-45.

"The last week we've been working on a different look on offense," Griffith said. "They were playing a collapsing zone and a man, so we went to a 1-4 set with the guard up top and we were getting a lot of one-on-ones up the lane. We wanted to wait until the fourth quarter to use it and it seemed like it confused Arundel a little bit. By doing that, it spread them out more."

Emily Nugent (10 points) also scored in double figures for Annapolis. Jenny Mottar had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Arundel.

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