Edgewood beats Catonsville, 58-44

March 05, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Edgewood, relaying on its quickness and athleticism to go with its depth, led all the way in thwarting visiting Catonsville, 58-44, in a Class 2A North regional semifinal last night.

The winners (16-4) will be home again tonight, facing Overlea, a 79-74 winner at home over Aberdeen in a meeting of the second and third seeds.

Catonsville (16-8), which had whipped Loch Raven in a first-round game, 74-52, fell behind early this time. As it developed, the Comets had their problems, except for a five-minute stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters when they climbed into contention.

Edgewood, featuring inside and outside scoring and strong rebounding, went ahead 5-0 in the first three minutes and stretched the margin to as many as 14 (28-14 before halftime).

The Comets finally got going in the third period, as Tom Carey, a senior guard with a 14-point average, got his first points of the night. A three-point basket and two free throws helped the Baltimore County team draw within 38-30 going to the last eight minutes.

Carey opened the quarter with a basket and after Eric Briggs drove the baseline to offset it, Herman Cooper's rebound brought the visitors to 40-34, but it was as close as they were to get the rest of the way.

Alfred McAllister, Edgewood's scoring leader at 14.2, who made contributions at both ends without much scoring -- a basket and three foul shots through three quarters -- hit two free throws for 42-34, and then got a three-point play after reserve Chris James forced a turnover out of a scramble at the Catonsville end.

With Carey missing his first eight shots from the field, Edgewood's aggressive man-to-man defense could back in and make it difficult for the Comets to get the ball inside to Ed Garrett, their 6-foot-5 senior scoring and rebounding leader.

"We knew what we wanted to do with Garrett, and the kids responded well," said Edgewood coach Bob Slagle. "That's been one thing all season: give them something to do and they'll do a good job with it.

"Here, we played off Garrett a step or two and made him beat us with his jump shot. His favorite move is to fake and drive and create havoc underneath. We did s good job of forcing him to his left."

He had seven points in the first half, five in the third-quarter rally, and only a foul shot in the final quarter.

Backed by respective scoring and rebounding averages of 18 and 11, Garrett was challenged most of the night inside by either senior Dwayne Winder or junior Eric Briggs.

Briggs finished with 16 points, followed by McAllister, 14 (nine in the last quarter). Outside shooters loosened a Catonsville zone defense with four three- pointers, and for one stretch went man-to-man.

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