Perry Hall stuns Western, 58-57, to earn region crown Campbell last-second shot ends Gators' comeback

Girls basketball

March 02, 1996|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

During the regional playoffs last season, Perry Hall guard Bev Campbell was dismissed from the team by coach Linda Caccavalla for making derogatory comments toward her teammates.

Last night, Campbell more than atoned for any previous mistakes.

Campbell's 12-foot jumper from the right side with two seconds remaining gave the Gators a 58-57 come-from-behind upset victory over No. 19 Western in the Class 4A North region final at Perry Hall.

The Gators (12-6) will make their first appearance in the state semifinals on Thursday at UMBC.

"She told me during the summer that she was ready to come back, and I watched her during soccer season and her attitude was in check," Caccavalla said. "This is the best thing that could have happened to Bev. She worked so hard this season to become a team player and control her attitude. We wouldn't be going to the states if it wasn't for her."

Campbell's winning basket capped a flurry of action in the game's final minute.

The Doves (19-6), who led by as many as 15 points in the first half and by six at halftime, had taken a 57-56 lead on Marion Moore's basket with :25 left.

Western's Ashley Davis then came up with a steal and was fouled with nine seconds left.

Davis missed the front end of the one-and-one and Moore missed the follow. Ashley McClinton grabbed the rebound off Moore's miss and passed to Stefanie Koman, who found Campbell open on the right side.

"Alisha McClinton took the ball, and at first I thought she lost her dribble, but then I saw her pass it to Stef. The back door was open all night, so I just cut to the back door and called for the ball and Stef gave it to me," said Campbell, who scored 15 points. "I faked the girl and as I went underneath of her I hit the basket. At first I thought it didn't go in."

But it did. Seconds later, the partisan Perry Hall crowd poured onto the court.

The crowd was quickly ushered off the court, however. There was some confusion at the scorer's table as to whether the clock had been started on time.

The officials were called back, but after several minutes of discussion with the Perry Hall student who ran the clock, the game was declared official and another celebration erupted.

Six-foot sophomore center Alyssa Phoebus (24 points) and McClinton (15 points) also stepped up for Perry Hall.

The loss ended Western's bid to win its third consecutive Class 4A state championship.

"When you blow a 15-point lead, it's hard to take," Western coach Breezy Bishop said. "But Perry Hall had the fight and the drive and they're a great team."

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