Poly can't stop Jackson in 66-57 loss to Howard 3A EAST GIRLS

March 03, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

There is one thing that No. 19 Poly did against No. 13 Howard, and one that it didn't. Combined, the factors led to the Engineers' 66-57 downfall against the visiting and defending 3A state champs in yesterday's East Region semifinal.

What the Engineers (18-6) didn't do was stop 5-foot-9 senior forward Mona Jackson, who scored 19 of her 31 points in the first half. She had a trio of three-pointers, four blocked shots and five assists.

What fourth seed Poly did, too often, was send 5-10 sophomore forward Chanelle Carter (21 points) to the line, where she converted nine of 12 attempts. The fifth seed Lions (16-8) were 15 of 24 as a team.

"We tried two different people on Jackson, with No. 33 [Jawai Maith] early in the first half, and No. 25 [6-0 Lindsay Willemain] late in the second quarter," said Poly coach Mark Sawyer, who watched a frustrated Maith (seven points), his top scorer, foul out with 4:12 left in the game.

"She had three fouls in the first half. And I think that was in her head, along with the fact that she couldn't stop No. 21 [Jackson]. The difference in the game was probably their ability to score on fast breaks."

Jackson scored the first 10 of Howard's 12 points in the first quarter -- including a three-pointer -- and assisted on the other basket by Carter. But Poly trailed only, 12-11, entering the second period.

But Howard, which travels to No. 11 Mount Hebron tomorrow at 7 p.m. for the region final, expanded its lead to 33-24 by halftime as Jackson and Carter combined for 17 of Howard's 21 points in the second period.

Nine of those went to Jackson, while Carter netted half of her eight second-quarter points on four-of-six free-throw shooting.

"There was a guy yelling every time, just as I'd release, but I just concentrated," said Carter. "My percentages have been improving since my freshman year, and I've really worked on that."

Kendall Peace (18 points), Kelly Logan (14) and Willemain (14) stepped up the tempo for Poly, whose pressure defense limited Carter and Jackson to four points each in the third period.

During that stretch, the Engineers got the first of two three-pointers from Peace to pull within 43-38. But Lisa Pasteur (eight points) scored the final basket of the period to give the Lions a 45-38 edge.

"I was kind of drained in the third quarter when that big girl [Willemain] was on me, but I think we adjusted defensively plus we got some good play from others," said Jackson.

Peace scored nine points in the final period, and Willemain had eight, but the Lions kept pace with eight from Jackson and seven from Carter.

"When the pressure's on," Jackson said, "I think the whole team is ready to respond."

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