Third-quarter run boosts Arundel

January 05, 1996|By John Harris III | John Harris III,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Just as they had done the night before against Severna Park, Arundel waited until the end of the third quarter to take action.

This time, the No. 2 Wildcats began their dominance of host Annapolis during the first 3 1/2 minutes from the quarter's opening seconds, using a 14-3 run to down the No. 14 Panthers, 68-48.

Senior center Chavonne Hammond (24 points) and sophomore guard Sherice Proctor (15 points) combined to score 10 consecutive points during the pivotal spurt. Hammond connected on a drive and hit two of her 18 free throws (on 24 attempts).

Proctor then hit a jumper and converted two straight fast-break layups off of turnovers forced by a sticky 1-2-2 press to give the Wildcats (7-2) an insurmountable advantage.

Proctor and freshman backcourt mate Megan Rolling (eight points) combined to disrupt Panthers ballhandlers.

"We're just starting to play them together," Rogers said. "We played with the lineup a little after the Christmas break, and now this is starting to work."

Annapolis (5-4) led for most of the first quarter, as Jackie Edwards (team-high 14 points) gave her team a 9-6 lead with two minutes left in the quarter. Three straight baskets by Jen Mottar (eight points), Kara Kitchen and Proctor gave the visitors an 11-9 lead at the end of the quarter.

A long three-pointer from beyond the top of the key by Kristen Kapusta (eight points) capped a 13-6 run for the Panthers during the final five minutes of the second period.

"We weren't intimidated by them at all," said Annapolis coach Dave Griffith. "We didn't want their big people to win the game for them, so we were physical with them -- maybe a little too much so. Any time you allow a team to shoot 51 free throws [Arundel made 31] and you only make eight out of 18, you're going to be in trouble."

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