Montgomery Blair tops Westminster on basket in OT

January 28, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

All season long, the Westminster Owls have been doing the little things to get the job done. Last night against a Peppi Browne-led Montgomery Blair team, it simply wasn't the case.

Browne's drive and basket with eight seconds left in overtime gave the visiting Blazers a 45-44 win, avenging a nine-point loss to the Owls earlier in the season.

The Montgomery Blair junior left the game with a knee injury midway through the second quarter with 11 points, returned in the second half to finish with 20 points, 12 rebounds, five steals, two steals and two blocked shots.

Despite Browne's effort, the Owls (12-3) appeared to be in control after sophomore Jill Ibex (13 points) scored on a put-back with 2:45 left in the fourth quarter to give them a 39-34 lead.

But Montgomery Blair (12-2) scored the final five points of the quarter -- the last two on a basket by Cecily Moyer with eight seconds left to tie the score at 39. Ibex's long jumper at the buzzer rimmed out, sending the game into overtime.

Blair twice had two-point leads in the extra session before Ibex had a block at the defensive end and followed it with a jumper at the other end with 1:16 left to tie the score at 43.

Westminster took its only lead in overtime when Cassandra Conklin hit one of two free throws with 28 seconds left. The Owls' 11-for-25 effort from the free-throw line proved most costly.

"We did a lot of things to give them the game," said Westminster coach Bernie Koontz. "We did the right things defensively, but on offense it was the little things. We missed shots here and

there and didn't hit our foul shots. They're a good team and we'll learn from it and go on."

Down one, Blair went right to Browne on its last possession. She took the ball to the right of the foul line, got a step on her defender and laid it in for the winner.

"I knew when she got the ball and turned and had access to the basket something was going to happen. She would either get fouled or make the basket," said Montgomery Blair coach Bill Lindsay. "It was a big shot from a big player."

"I'll tell you what, personally watching how our girls reaction after the game tells you what a big win this was. We have a lot of respect for them and we wanted to make this trip worthwhile."

Defense dictated throughout as the biggest lead either team could manage was a 32-25 lead by the Owls late in the third quarter.

Westminster senior forward Beth Lister (10 points) was kept in check for most of the night, but hit two follows early in the fourth quarter to help the Owls maintain the seven-point lead at 36-29.

But every time the Owls would appear ready to pull away, Blair would have an answer. Jamilia Jackson hit two free throws and added a basket midway through the fourth to cut the Owls' lead to 36-34. Shelly Browne hit a key jumper with 47 seconds left to again get Blair within two before Moyer's basket sent the game into overtime.

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