The Linganore Lancers are leaving opponents with little room for error these days. The Westminster Owls were the latest team to find that out.
The Owls did their best to stay close last night, but in the end, it was simply too much Cara Consuegra and Mimi Ritter as the visiting Lancers remained perfect at 10-0 on the season with a 65-50 win.
Consuegra and Ritter scored 20 points apiece -- including back-to-back jumpers midway through the fourth quarter to extend the Lancers lead to 59-45 and put the game out of reach.
There were plenty of positives from the Westminster side, and coach Bernie Koontz was pleased with his team's overall play. The Owls (5-5) saw their four-game win streak come to an end, but not without a fight against a more experienced and talented Linganore team.
"We played good basketball and still had a chance to win the game going into the fourth quarter," Koontz said. "They have a lot of experience and are a good basketball team and they showed it in the fourth quarter. Our kids left it all out there and played hard."
The Owls got another good all-around performance from center Jill Ibex, who scored nine points and controlled the boards most of the way before getting into foul trouble in the fourth quarter. Guards Kim Frame and Lauren Henry did all they could to keep up with Consuegra and Ritter, handling Linganore's pressure defense and working hard themselves at the defensive end.
They also got some scoring from the bench with Ashley VanDoren leading the way with nine -- including seven straight late in the second quarter to get the Owls back within one at 28-27 with 1:55 left.
Linganore began to pull away in the third with Ritter hitting a jumper and then hitting three straight free throws after being fouled while shooting a three-pointer. It came with 2:31 left and gave the Lancers a 48-40 lead.