Free throws lift Joppatowne to title game, 53-50

March 12, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Joppatowne, backed by a second half that was as good as its first half was bad, used three foul shots by Takesha Holly in the last 20 seconds to make off with a 53-50 victory over Southern-Garrett in a state Class 1A girls semifinal at UMBC last night.

Joppatowne will play Easton in the title game tonight at 6.

The game came down to the final 3:33 after Aaron Buser made one of two foul shots for a 48-41 Southern lead. No. 19-ranked Joppatowne (18-3), which had a string of seven straight misses, got on track after Brandi Barnes rebounded Buser's second shot.

Showing the balance that got them this far, the Mariners got baskets from Santae Boyd, Erica Adams and Barnes (who also forced two Rams turnovers in the run) to pull within 48-47 at 1:20.

Boyd, the team's go-to player, then threw in an off-balance shot from outside the arc. It sent the Harford County team ahead, 50-48, with 50 seconds to go.

Carrie Newcomb hit one of two free throws for Southern (17-4), and when Holly made both ends of a one-and-one at 0:20, it was 52-50.

Joppatowne's Lauren Glaze drew a charge, then lost the chance at a one-and-one on a lane violation. At the other end, Boyd fouled Buser, but she bounced her free throw off the rim; Kristen Conway had it, then saw it go off her foot.

Southern inbounded the ball, was tied up, then got the ball back on the alternate possession with 7.7 seconds left. Coviello, 1-for-6 from the field, missed a shot from the corner and a moment later Holly was fouled. She made one of two, and Southern could not get off a shot.

Contrast that 41-29 Joppatowne scoring edge in the last 16 minutes with the first 16, where it made six of 30 from the field and was 0-for-4 from the line in falling behind, 21-12.

"I looked at them in the first quarter and they didn't want it [the game]," Joppatowne coach Lynette Shelley said of her team. "At halftime, I told them to relax, they had to want it. They didn't come this far to lose this badly."

Boyd took the words as a challenge and came out of the locker room to sink a three-pointer and key a 14-2 run that produced a 24-23 lead for Joppatowne with 3:08 gone.

From a tie at 29, the Rams went ahead, opening a 47-39 lead with 6:14 left in the game.

"We weren't playing our game in the first half, not giving 100 percent," said Glaze, one of four senior starters.

Boyd, who admitted to a little pressure knowing she was the one they looked to down the stretch, cited the second half as a team effort.

"We played better and our shot selection was better. And we played with more confidence," she said.

Boyd wound up with 27 points. Barnes, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, had 14 rebounds, and the 5-11 Holly had 13 rebounds.

* Easton 62, Catoctin 34: Top-seeded Easton (24-1) bolted to a 17-4 lead in the first quarter and was never threatened in beating Catoctin (18-6) in the other 1A semifinal.

Kelley Gibson, a 5-foot-11 senior who averages of 28 points and 15 rebounds and who has signed with Maryland, led Easton with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Tamara Coursey, a senior guard averaging 20 points, added 16.

For Catoctin, Jessie McIlrath, who averages 19 points and 11 rebounds, had 22 and eight.

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