Wilde Lake picks up 53-38 win over Central 1A SOUTH GIRLS

March 03, 1995|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Special to The Sun

On the eve of Wilde Lake coach Kelly Storr's birthday, the Wildecats presented her with a birthday present with a 53-38 victory over visiting and sixth seed Central of Prince George's County in last night's Class 1A South Region semifinal at River Hill.

Wilde Lake's leading scorer, senior Kristen Rissmandel (13.7 ppg), was held scoreless, but her teammates picked up the slack while the senior point guard dished out a team-high eight assists.

"If you told me before the game Kristen would not score, I would have said somebody else would pick her up because we stress the four others on the court can get it done," said Storr.

Second seed Wilde Lake (14-7), coming into the game ranked No. 16 despite losing three of its last five regular-season games, will play at top-seeded Brunswick tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the region championship game.

Brunswick beat Smithsburg, 65-55, in last night's other semifinal.

Against Central (8-13), Wilde Lake used a 1-3-1 press and zone defense to take a 9-0 advantage and a 21-10 lead after the first quarter.

"We made a lot of mental mistakes -- didn't convert layups," said Central coach Quentin Addison. "It was a matter of not focusing on what we're supposed to and the mental lapses and out-of-position playing put us in a 9-0 hole."

Senior forward Anika Middleton led all scorers with 22 points, while senior center Krista Entrop dominated the boards with a game-high 13 rebounds and junior forward Adrean Mabry chipped in with 10 points.

A case of double-vision provided the second-quarter highlight as Wilde Lake countered Central's identical twins -- seniors Letoya and Lolita Love -- with identical freshman guard twins Toni and Lashon White.

While the Loves combined for 15 points in the game -- 10 in the first half -- it was the Whites' hot offensive hand early in the fourth quarter that helped put the game out of reach. Two jumpers by Toni White (six points) sandwiched a put-back basket by sister Lashon raised the Wildecats' advantage to 47-33 midway through the fourth.

"We play with one forward and four guards, so we live by the jumper and die by the jumper," said Addison, whose team made four three-pointers in the first three quarters and zero in the fourth.

Wilde Lake's 1-3-1 zone shut down Falcon guard Nikis Butler (six points), who scored 31 against Catoctin in a 60-57 upset on Tuesday. The Wildecats also limited Central's leading scorer Jacquelin Bush (16 ppg) to 13 points.

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