Wilde Lake, Storr bury bad memories

March 05, 1995|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

BRUNSWICK -- Wilde Lake created a milestone in the four-year coaching career of Kelly Storr yesterday.

For the past three seasons the Wildecats have lost in the regionals -- twice in the finals.

But their 37-30 triumph over top-seeded Brunswick (19-5) buried those past memories and left Storr smiling from ear to ear as she studied the Class 1A South Region championship plaque.

"We really wanted to win this one for her," said Adrian Mabry, who played her best game of the season with 19 rebounds and six points.

Mabry's performance was more impressive because she was going against two much taller opponents in 6-foot-3 Jessica Sowers (eight points, 13 rebounds, seven blocks, four steals) and 6-2 Kristie Stockman (11 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks, three steals).

"She [Mabry] has really stepped up the last three weeks," Storr said. "She's been real focused and has gotten the girls up."

Wilde Lake (15-7) used its superior quickness and a zone press to force Brunswick into 11 first-half turnovers. The Railroaders showed little patience on offense and made just two of 13 shots in the first half, as they fell behind 23-13 at halftime.

"They took us out of our game with their quickness," Brunswick coach Bill Martin said. "We usually shoot much better than we did tonight."

Brunswick sank 12 of 54 shots and made six of 18 free throws. Wilde Lake didn't shoot much better, making 16 of 59 from the floor and four of 11 at the line.

Katie Douglas stole the show offensively for the Wildecats in the first half with 10 points -- eight in the first quarter. Three of her baskets were from 15-foot range.

"Katie normally plays a side role, but tonight she was in the spotlight and did a real fine job," Storr said.

Sowers kept Brunswick in the game by scoring seven points in the second quarter.

Brunswick played much better on the boards in the second half and also cut down its turnovers. That enabled the Railroaders to rally to within 29-25 early in the fourth quarter.

But after Brunswick missed two free throws, Wilde Lake went on a 5-0 run and that mushroomed the lead to 33-25 with four minutes left.

Brunswick cut the lead to 35-30 with 50 seconds left on a three-point shot by Stockman, and a Wilde Lake turnover created a further opening for a Brunswick comeback.

But the Railroaders failed to convert, and Jashon White scored an uncontested layup with 20 seconds left for the final 37-30 score.

Kristen Riismandel, playing with a sinus infection, scored 10 points and had 10 rebounds. Three of her baskets were fast-break layups. And she hit a three-pointer.

Wilde Lake played a 2-1-2 half-court defense to combat Brunswick's height inside.

"We have averaged-sized girls with a lot of heart who just play hard and that's what enabled us to win," Storr said.

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