Western overcomes Lake Clifton

March 05, 1995|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

Western senior Chanel Wright signed an autograph for a fan yesterday and then took a moment to reflect on her last home game, which had ended minutes earlier.

"This is our last year and we want to go out on a positive note," she said. "We know we have the talent. We just have to use it."

The top-ranked and defending Class 4A state champion Doves had more than enough talent yesterday, as they routed No. 3 Lake Clifton, 75-46, in the Class 4A North Region championship game.

Western (24-0), which has won an area-best 31 straight games, advances to the state semifinals for the third consecutive year on Thursday at UMBC.

Wright scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Doves and seniors Kimberly Smith (16 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, six steals), Danielle Davis (12 points, seven rebounds) and Tesha Tinsley (10 points, seven steals, six rebounds) also scored in double figures.

Western, which beat Lake Clifton (17-3) twice during the regular season (69-41 and 62-37), was not as sharp on offense as it was during Thursday's 55-point rout of Dulaney, but the Doves' defense and deep bench compensated.

"It seemed like we struggled with everything," Western coach Breezy Bishop said. "It's hard to play a team for the third time, especially if you've beaten them twice."

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