Funk, Catonsville shake Towson, 61-43 Center sparks Comets to 2A regional title

Girls basketball

March 02, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Her Catonsville teammates don't call Jamie Funk their defensive specialist for nothing.

Last night, the senior forward turned two quick steals into four points within eight seconds to spark the No. 8 Comets to the Class 2A North Region title, their first regional championship in four years.

Despite the lopsided 61-43 final score, the host Comets (22-2) had all kinds of trouble shaking a determined Towson squad that was still flying high after upsetting No. 16 Milford Mill Wednesday.

The Generals (13-7) stayed within six points of Catonsville until the middle of the final period.

Even when Meghann Mohler hit Shannon Rexrode to pull the Comets ahead 45-37, the lead was not a comfortable one. In the third quarter, Towson had whittled a 10-point Comets' lead down to one.

But then Funk took over.

"When she turned it on, it turned the game around," said Comets coach Mike Mohler. "She was really upset at halftime about the way she was playing, and right when we left the locker room, I said, 'Jamie, you're one of the main reasons that got us here. Relax and play your game.' She's a great defensive player."

Funk scored all of her six points in a 16-2 run that finally ignited the Comets' defense and ran their lead to 59-39 with two minutes to go in the game.

Until that rally, however, the Generals gave Catonsville (22-2) all it could handle.

The Generals have played on emotion all week after coach Bev Snyder's husband died on Tuesday. Snyder was not at last night's game, but she wasn't far from her team's thoughts.

"It's been a very emotional, stressful week," said Generals senior Amy Stambaugh. "Wednesday, we won it for Mrs. Snyder and getting here, we did it for her. We put a lot of effort in, but we got tired toward the last quarter. I know she's proud of us."

So was assistant coach Kim Forthuber, who watched three of her starters finish in double figures -- Julie Ramer with 11 and Stambaugh and Jaimee Reynolds, 10 each.

"We played almost evenly for three quarters, but in the fourth quarter their defense took our game out from under us," said Forthuber.

Until the fourth quarter, the Generals' biggest problem was trying to contain the Comets' 6-foot senior center Rexrode, who dominated the inside with 28 points and 17 rebounds.

"When we need somebody to step up, we go to Shannon," said point guard Meghann Mohler, who connected with Rexrode on six of her nine assists.

In the state semifinals, the Comets will meet 23-0 Linganore, an 85-55 winner over Middletown, Friday night at 5 at UMBC. If they win that, the Comets would play for the state Class 2A championship Saturday at 1 p.m.

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