Wilde Lake makes first state title game 1A GIRLS BASKETBALL

March 11, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

The last time Wilde Lake reached the state basketball tournament, only two girls on this year's roster were even born.

It was worth the wait.

The No. 15 Wildecats used a ferocious pressure defense and a dominating inside game to beat Pocomoke, 64-47, last night in a state Class 1A semifinal at UMBC. They move on to their first appearance in the state title game tonight at 6.

The Wildecats (16-7) will meet a familiar foe in Southern (19-5), a Garrett County team they have beaten twice. Southern routed Joppatowne, 74-38, in the other semifinal last night.

Pocomoke (23-2) could not hold off the Wildecats' inside attack of Krista Entrop (11 points, 14 rebounds) and Adrean Mabry (14 points, seven rebounds).

Entrop scored seven in the first quarter, including five in the opening 2 1/2 minutes, but Mabry, with help from the defense, helped put the game out of reach.

The 5-foot-10 forward hit four layups -- three assisted by Kristen Riismandel -- in the first minute and a half of the fourth quarter. That boosted Wilde Lake's lead from eight points to 52-39. Pocomoke couldn't get closer than 12 the rest of the way.

"[Entrop] hurt us bad in the beginning, so we tried to collapse on her and we stopped her for a long time," said Pocomoke coach Gail Tatterson Gladding. "But then [Toni White] was hitting from outside and [Riismandel] hit from outside as well and it drew us back out. That's when [Mabry] hurt us inside."

The Wildecats struggled from outside in the first half, but they started hitting from all over in the second. Toni White finished with 13, Lashon White had 14 and Riismandel, 10.

The Wildecats made their first break early in the second quarter when the defense sparked a 9-2 run for a 22-15 lead. They had a chance to blow it open as Pocomoke committed 11 turnovers in the quarter.

But the Wildecats converted only two of those turnovers. They hit eight of 23 shots from the field, but their defense held the Warriors to nine shots in the quarter.

"We got the ball quickly and we were excited," said Wilde Lake coach Kelly Storr. "We had more of our younger players in at the time, and their hustle made up for not converting."

The Warriors made their last stand late in the third quarter when Juli Byrd came off the bench to hit two quick baskets and a free throw. Then Miketta Mills added a follow shot to pull Pocomoke within 37-36 with two minutes left in the quarter.

Entrop hit a follow and the Wildecats scored seven straight to end the quarter with a 44-36 lead before Mabry opened the fourth with her four baskets.

The Wildecats will have to get off to a quicker start to beat Southern, a team they edged 49-46 and 48-42 in December.

"We can't miss layups and we can't turn the ball over," said Storr. "They're a good team. We wanted them to win. When we play them, we seem to play better."

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