Fallston's streak ends in semis

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

There is something about a state tournament and a Fallston High School offense that just don't mix.

The Cougars (21-1) came up empty for the third straight year yesterday, bowing to Middletown, 45-30, in a Class 2A girls semifinal at UMBC. It was the 50th straight victory for the defending 2A champion (22-0) from Frederick County.

This was Fallston's fifth state appearance. In 1992, it suffered a Class 1A final loss to Williamsport, and last year it lost to Williamsport in a Class 1A semifinal.

This marked the third straight state loss for four junior starters for the Cougars, and they could do nothing more than shake their heads.

"I thought we were very nervous before the start," guard Lori Heffley said. "I know I was. It seems that every state we have no offense, and this time, our defense wasn't very good either."

Heffley, the team's scoring leader with a 10.7 average, made one of 13 attempts from the field and ended with five points. In the past, when the 5-foot-4 guard was off, one or more of her teammates would step forward.

Not this time. It was a collective disaster.

Actually it was pretty miserable on both sides. Fallston was 1-for-16 for the first quarter, 2-for-25 for the half, and finished 7-for-41 from the field. Middletown started 2-for-15, 4-for-26, and wound up 14-for-56.

The Cougars opened the game with two turnovers on their first three possessions and went on to total 25. Middletown had 17.

Despite its start, the Harford County school was only down 9-4 at the quarter and 9-6 after a Rachel Simon basket one minute into the second quarter. The next time the team scored was at the two-minute mark when a Jenny Weber foul shot made it 14-7. The Knights led at the half, 18-9.

Middletown took charge in the third quarter with an 8-2 burst, including two baskets by 5-7 senior guard Kara Reed, making it 26-11.

Fallston still had chances to get within 10 in the final minute, but missed three shots from the field, two from the line, and had three turnovers.

Another 8-2 run sent Middletown in front, 41-20, with 5:30 left, but it got only a basket and two free throws the rest of the way.

Weber topped the Fallston scorers with a basket and five foul shots for seven points, trailed by sophomore Rachel Simon with six.

Candy Credito, a 6-foot junior and an 8.8 scorer for the year, was the only Cougar with more than one field goal, as she got two within a minute of the third quarter. She ended with five points.

For Middletown, Reed had four second-half field goals and totaled 13 points, followed by 6-foot senior reserve Lesley Kline with 10. Kristen Hofer, with Reed the only senior starters, led the defense, harassing Fallston's outside shooters.

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