Barnes gets 27 points, but Joppatowne falls to No. 5 Fallston, 69-54

January 21, 1995|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Trying to contain Brandi Barnes hasn't been easy for any of Joppatowne's opponents this season.

Heading into yesterday's Harford County League matchup with No. 5 Fallston, the 6-foot junior was averaging 20.5 points and 18.7 rebounds.

Barnes got her points and rebounds again yesterday at Joppatowne, but it wasn't nearly enough as the Cougars tightened their defense and rolled past the Mariners, 69-54.

Barnes finished with 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and teammate Erica Adams added 17 points, but the next-highest scorer for Joppatowne, Raygan Harris, had only three.

Fallston had three players in double figures and another, Rachel Simon, added eight points. Senior guard Lora Heffley led the Cougars with 19 points, followed by 6-1 senior Candy Credito with 15 and senior Jenny Weber with 14.

"We have a good, quick group of kids who are willing to play defense the full length of the court," said Cougars coach Nancy Ferguson. "We were tentative in the first half and we weren't utilizing the middle. Not that we were going to get much done in tTC there, but at least we had to create some situations where they were going to get in foul trouble."

Joppatowne (6-3, 3-2) stayed with the Cougars in the first quarter as Barnes converted offensive rebounds into points. Barnes scored nine points in the opening period and her team trailed only 17-16.

Fallston applied its full-court press in the second quarter and the Mariners had trouble adjusting to it. Joppatowne committed nine turnovers in the second period, but a 5-for-16 shooting effort by the Cougars helped keep the visitors in the game.

The Cougars (10-1, 5-0) took a 28-20 lead with 2:21 left in the half after two free throws by Raffold, and a driving jump shot by Weber put Fallston on top at the half, 32-24.

Fallston came out in its baseline-to-baseline press in the second half and Joppatowne continued to turn over the ball. An inbounds steal by Weber and an ensuing layup by Heffley gave the Cougars a 51-33 advantage with 58 seconds left in the third and a field goal and two foul shots by Weber in the closing seconds put Fallston ahead 55-34 with one quarter left.

Fallston took its biggest lead -- 26 points -- on a Credito jumper midway through the fourth quarter. The Mariners closed the gap some with a 10-2 run late in the game, but it wasn't enough.

"They ran away with it in the third quarter," said Joppatowne coach Lynette Shelley. "With a team like Fallston, you don't go to slow them down, you just go to give them the shot that they want, and you do that by tightening up around the key. They have some good outside shooters, but they're not great.

"We knew it was going to be an aggressive game and we knew they were going to press us. Fallston is a well-coached team, and a lot of their kids have been around for four years and we knew we had to just go in and not try and give it away to them."

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