Arundel cruises by Northeast GIRLS BASKETBALL TTC

January 07, 1995|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Northeast's girls basketball team probably wishes it stayed home last night.

After all, the weather was nasty, the roadways were slippery and No. 12 Arundel was not going to be denied.

The Wildcats built a 22-point lead early in the fourth quarter and overcame a deluge of three-pointers by the Eagles before securing their ninth straight victory, 80-66, in Gambrills.

"We survived the onslaught, got in foul trouble and found out some other kids who can play," said Arundel coach Lee Rogers, who has a team loaded with talent but no seniors.

"The kids are getting more and more confidence, they believe in themselves and every game is a challenge. To them it's like a chain link and they go have to go one link at a time."

Arundel (9-0), which is off to its best start in school history, got 23 points and 16 rebounds from junior Chavonne Hammond, 21 points from freshman guard Sherice Proctor and six points and 26 rebounds from Jen Mottar.

The Wildcats, who have made a habit of blowing teams out this season, had trouble running away from the Eagles in the first half.

Arundel went ahead 11-6 in the first quarter after Hammond completed a three-point play at the foul line, but Northeast tied it moments later after a steal and a layup by senior guard Kelly Marshall and a three-point bank shot by Jen Johansen.

The Wildcats went 8-for-23 from the field in the first quarter, but Hammond blocked four shots and went 5-for-5 from the foul line to give the hosts a 21-16 advantage.

Hammond, a 5-foot-11 forward, finished with eight blocks and a steal before fouling out with seven seconds remaining.

Arundel pushed the lead to 11 on a shot in the paint by Proctor, but Northeast hung in by finding success at the foul line and three-point range.

The Eagles, who trailed 35-26 at the half, hit eight three-pointers in all, three from Johansen (13 points) and from junior guard Kristin Briggs (17 points).

Arundel took its biggest lead early in the fourth quarter as freshman Erin Wilmer hit back-to-back layups and a foul shot for five of her seven points.

After an Eagles timeout, Northeast came out gunning to cut the lead to 10 after three-pointers by Johansen, Marcia Gaskins (16 points) and Kelly Marshall.

"They just hurt us on the boards," said Northeast coach Calvin Vain. "We were ready for [Chavonne] Hammond, but I thought Mottar killed us, and that was one we didn't count on."

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