Women squander 18-point lead

January 12, 1995|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

A last-second loss over the weekend was bad enough for the Anne Arundel Community College women's basketball team, but what occurred Tuesday night was the topper.

This one was excruciating.

The Pioneers blew a 16-point halftime lead to Baltimore City Community College and lost their second straight game, 60-59. They went ahead by 18 before the second half began after Baltimore City's coach was assessed a technical foul and Denise Perrone made both free throws, but little went right for them after that.

They were called for fouls on five of Baltimore City's first six possessions, and "the officials started calling it one way and my girls didn't adjust," said coach Tom Smith.

"We didn't shoot well in the second half, either. It was a combination of things. We made too many turnovers in key situations and our foul shooting has really hurt us. They just got out of control emotionally as far as letting the officials dictate the way they were going to play. They got timid."

Perrone scored 13 points and had seven rebounds and seven steals. Courtney Finch -- who had 21 points in an 89-50 rout of Essex CC last Thursday -- added 12 points and three assists, and Debbi Dadds contributed 11 points and 17 rebounds.

The Pioneers (8-3) were beaten Saturday at Camden CC (N.J.), 67-65, on two free throws by Wendy Garrison with three seconds left. Dadds scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Ginger Breneman added 13 points and Stephanie Carpenter had 12.

The game was tied 28-28 at halftime, and Anne Arundel eventually was hurt by its 12-for-23 shooting from the line.

"We had a lot of opportunities at the end of the game, but we didn't convert," said Smith, whose team will try to get back on track tomorrow against visiting Catonsville CC.

Anne Arundel had opened the season with seven straight wins before losing at Montgomery-Rockville JC. It has lost three of four games since defeating Essex CC Dec. 15.

Men's basketball

Anne Arundel lost for the seventh time in its last eight games Saturday, 86-72, to Baltimore City Community College. And this one was especially disappointing, because the Pioneers led 36-35 at halftime.

Aderio Jones continued his hot shooting, leading Anne Arundel with 27 points (including 13-for-17 from the line) and grabbing 11 rebounds. Tony Curro added 15 points and six assists before fouling out with about four minutes left, and Sylvester Clarke had 13. Clarke also fell into early foul trouble.

"I thought we played well in the first half," said Pioneers coach Mike Tummings, whose team fell victim to an 11-2 Baltimore City run after halftime. "We came out sluggish in the second half and Baltimore made all of their shots."

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