Howard defense wears down Broadneck, 42-32 Pressure helps Lions capture 3A East crown

Girls basketball

March 02, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Howard's objective was to tire out Broadneck with a full-court press, and that's exactly what happened.

Broadneck trailed by six points at halftime but went scoreless, missing all 12 shots in the third quarter, as Howard pulled ahead by 12. Many of those shots were air-balls.

That pressure defense combined with strong rebounding enabled the Lions to win their third regional championship in four years, 42-32.

By defeating Broadneck last night at Howard, the Lions won the Class 3A East region and now have the chance to win their second state title in three years.

"We were tentative at first about how to press them, but we finally got it going and now we're going to the show," said senior forward Megan Boehm, who remembered knocking Broadneck out of the playoffs two years ago on the way to a state championship.

In its previous playoff win against Atholton, the Bruins had a 39-19 rebounding advantage, but they lost the battle of the boards to Howard, 31-28.

Broadneck also failed to take care of the ball, making 20 turnovers to Howard's 17.

Broadneck made four straight turnovers to start the third quarter.

"We turned up our intensity in the third quarter," said Howard junior forward Chanelle Carter, who scored 12 points and had nine rebounds. "The second half was sloppy, but we won and I'm happy. We have such a young team that this wasn't expected."

The Lions started two freshmen, a junior and two seniors.

Howard had upset No. 15 Centennial in its previous playoff game on a shot at the buzzer by freshman guard Thandi Howell.

Yesterday's victory finally put Howard's record over .500 at 13-12.

"I didn't think we'd go this far this season, but we did our best and we're moving on," said Yamika Blackston, who scored 13 points and had 10 rebounds.

Broadneck trailed 13-7 after one period because of Blackston's hot shooting hand in the first quarter. She scored Howard's first nine points as the Lions forged a 9-3 lead.

Alicia Nagowski (seven points, six rebounds) and Amy Vandehei (six points, 12 rebounds) rallied Broadneck in the second quarter. Nagowski scored seven points that quarter, and her three-point basket with 3:48 left in the half put Broadneck ahead for the first time, 21-19.

But Howard scored the final eight points of the quarter and Broadneck was finished for the night.

"Our whole thing was to tire them out, and that's apparently what happened in the third quarter," Howard coach Craig O'Connell said. "We pressed the whole first quarter because we didn't want them walking it down the floor and having time to make decisions. We wanted to make them react to our defense."

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