Adams' 20 lead Joppatowne over Bohemia Manor for title 1A NORTH GIRLS

March 05, 1995|By Mark Hoeflich | Mark Hoeflich,Contributing Writer

Bohemia Manor coach Larry Garber didn't know much about Joppatowne going into last night's Class 1A North Region final but what he did know became evident by the second quarter.

Hutton realized the Mariners outmatched his Eagles in size and strength as seconded-seed Joppatowne built an 11-point halftime lead on its way to a 44-40 victory over top-seeded Bohemia Manor of Cecil County.

The win gives Joppatowne (19-7) a return trip to the state semifinals at UMBC.

"We definitely could not take them lightly even if they were a lot smaller," said Joppatowne coach Lynette Shelley. "After all they're record is 19-1."

Joppatowne's senior guard Erica Adams led all scorers with 20 points, while 6-foot-10 center Brandi Barnes added 14 points and 18 rebounds. Lisa Hutton scored a team-high 17 points for the Eagles.

Despite the mismatch, Joppatowne got a little complacent and sloppy late in the game and Bo Manor, which trailed by 15 points most the game, rallied to make it close.

Ahead 44-32 with 4:10 remaining, the Mariners seemed to have things well in hand but missed shots and turned the ball over, opening the door for the Eagles. Hutton made two free throws and after a steal and layup by the Eagles' Tatum Young, Bo Manor cut the lead to 44-36. Another steal and a short jumper in the lane by Hutton made it 44-38, but the Eagles ran out of time.

Joppatowne began to assert itself midway through the second quarter with inside defense that led to a couple fast-break baskets.

The Eagles scored four points in the quarter, including a three-pointer by Hutton at the 7:40 mark. The Eagles then missed their next seven shots and after a six-footer by Adams, the Mariners had a 20-12 lead.

Joppatowne came out quick to open the third quarter, while the Eagles' drought continued, as Adams scored six straight points to push the Mariners to a 30-13 lead.

"We've had a good third quarter all season and we seem to over-power teams with a lot of energy coming back from halftime," said Shelley.

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