Linganore deals Westminster first loss GIRLS BASKETBALL

January 14, 1995|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

NEW MARKET -- The end of Westminster's 10-game winning streak came rather unceremoniously last night against an inspired Linganore team and Cara Consuegra.

Consuegra, a 5-foot-7 sophomore, was virtually unstoppable, rolling up 31 points, 17 rebounds and five assists to lead Linganore to a 76-59 victory over the previously unbeaten and 13th-ranked Owls in a Central Maryland Conference game.

Consuegra set the tone by outscoring the entire Westminster team, 13-11, in the first quarter when the Lancers bolted to a 26-11 advantage.

"Cara was fired up for this game," said Linganore coach Brian Matthews. "She took it kind of personally last year when Julie Backof [now graduated] shut her down and Westminster beat us. Cara was ready to lay."

When Consuegra faked right and drove left for an easy layup for a 30-14 lead with 5:30 left in the second quarter, Owls coach Bernie Koontz had seen more than enough.

He went to his bench for sophomore Lauren Henry who came in and did a superb job on Consuegra the rest of the second quarter.

With Henry holding Consuegra to one point in the final four minutes of the first half, Westminster (10-1, 1-1 in the CMC) fought back to trail the Lancers (10-2, 3-1) by only eight points (38-30) at halftime.

But Koontz elected to begin the second half with his usual starting lineup, putting Henry on the bench.

"I felt the problem was mainly our failure to rotate as a team in our defensive schemes," said Koontz.

"It wasn't just Cara who was beating us. We came out flat and they took it to us. We were standing around and trying to rebound."

Koontz would not buy the excuse that his team had a letdown after Wednesday night's big win over Montgomery Blair and was lookingahead to South Carroll Tuesday night.

"You have to be ready to play every night," he said.

Four-time defending CMC champion Linganore built a 56-41 lead at the end of the third quarter, and things went from bad to worse in the first minute of the fourth quarter when Westminster leading scorer Beth Lister (15 points) collected her fourth foul.

Lister was having trouble under the boards before the severe foul trouble, getting boxed out by Mimi Ritter, and the fourth foul virtually took her out of the game.

Fifty-seven seconds after getting her fourth foul, Lister fouled out when she tried to stop a Consuegra drive to the basket.

"I'm not happy with this loss," said Lister. "I think they out-hustled us and shots weren't falling. Ritter kept me from the boards but at times it seemed as if we were playing against seven people."

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