Howard surprises Broadneck with pinpoint outside shooting

March 01, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

An outside shooting game that was nonexistent until the final game of the regular season enabled sixth-seeded Howard to upset No. 3 seed Broadneck, 54-50, in Cape St. Claire last night in a girls basketball Class 3A East Region playoff.

The result left both teams 12-11 overall, Broadneck's season complete, and Howard's moving on.

Sophomore Yamika Blackston (16 points) and the team's only senior, Emily Moore, combined for 30 points as Howard won on the road to earn a berth at neighborhood rival Mount Hebron in the East Region semifinals tomorrow.

Sixth-ranked Mount Hebron has taken both meetings with Howard this season, but after the surprising way coach Craig O'Connell's team has shot the past two games, anything could happen.

"We shot about 28 percent from the floor most of the season until the last game with Atholton [a victory]," said O'Connell, a Mount St. Joseph High star who graduated in 1965.

"Against Atholton, we shot about 50 percent and Emily had 31 points. We shot over 40 percent tonight. I hope it keeps up."

Howard's perimeter game enabled the visitors to take a 27-14 lead over the Bruins at the half despite the latter's rebounding advantage.

"I had not seen Broadneck until tonight, and they out-rebounded us in the first half, and dogged us with their halfcourt trap until they got back in it in the third period," said O'Connell.

Julie Barr, who led Broadneck with 19 points, hit a jumper with 1:08 left in the third and Michele Trudeau's front end of two free-throw attempts with 46 seconds left in the third pulled the Bruins within one, 34-33.

Seconds later, Blackston hit her second of three three-pointers for the game to put Howard ahead by 37-33, but Tara Jensen's free throw with three seconds to go closed it to 37-34.

A left-hand layup by Trudeau (three points) to start the final period had the Bruins down by only 37-36, but three consecutive jumpers from the corner by Moore put Howard up by 43-37 with about five minutes left.

Blackston's final three of the game with just more than four minutes to go gave Howard a nearly insurmountable lead at 46-37.

Broadneck managed to get within four points at 50-46 with 1:18 to go on a three-pointer by Jill Smith (10 points) and a steal and subsequent three-point play by Jensen, but Howard answered at the line for the final margin of victory.

The victors made only eight of 16 free throws, but four came in the final period.

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