Consuegra, Linganore too much for Catonsville Guard's near triple double ends Comets' bid, 68-43

March 09, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Every time No. 6 Catonsville tried to make a move against beaten Linganore, Cara Consuegra had an answer.

The multi-talented 5-foot-8 guard came within one steal of a triple double as she led the Lancers to a 68-43 victory over the Comets in a state Class 2A semifinal last night at UMBC.

Consuegra scored 27, grabbed 12 rebounds, had nine steals and dished out six assists in what Linganore coach Brian Matthews called an "average" day for her.

To the Comets, Consuegra was anything but average, especially at the end of the first half when she all but ended hopes for Catonsville's first girls basketball title.

Despite spotting Linganore a 10-point lead and hitting just five of their first 17 free throws, the Comets remained within 10 points of the Lancers until the final 11 seconds of the first half. Then Consuegra engineered a six-point spurt to send her team into halftime with a 36-20 lead.

Consuegra fed Mimi Ritter for a three-pointer from the top of the key and then stole the ball from Ellen Gibson, who had just come off the bench after point guard Meghann Mohler picked up her third foul. She hit the layup, drew the foul and converted for the three-point play.

Nothing the Comets threw at Consuegra slowed her -- not even their defensive gem Jamie Funk.

"She just could do everything," said Funk. "I tried to play the best defense I can. I tried to hustle after her, put my hands in her face, everything, but she'd go left, she'd go right, she'd pull up for the jumper, she'd drive, she'd do it all. There was no way I could stop her."

And there was no way the Comets (22-3) could stop Linganore (24-0) from gaining a shot at defending champion Hammond in today's Class 2A title game at 1 p.m.

Although they rebounded from the 10-0 start to pull within 14-12 late in the first quarter, the Comets never recovered their confidence.

"Getting behind early put the bigger doubt in our minds," said Catonsville coach Mike Mohler. "If we could have gotten off a little bit quicker, gotten a little bit of a lead and gotten that confidence we can play, it might have been different."

Instead the Comets never got into the flow of the game, especially offensively.

"I don't know what the problem was with our offense," said Meghann Mohler, who had just two assists, six below her season average. "That one time, we came out and we played so well. Then we got scared. People were not moving."

Mohler led the Comets with 13 points. Leading scorer Shannon Rexrode, averaging 19.4, managed just seven points -- five from the free throw line. However, Rexrode, a 6-0 senior forward, grabbed 14 rebounds as the Comets were out-rebounded, 41-34.

In the second half, the Comets scored the first basket, but the Lancers answered with 11 straight points -- six by Consuegra -- to run their lead to 47-22. The Comets never got closer than 19.

"They beat us in every facet of the game," said Mike Mohler. "They shot the ball better, they rebounded better, they ran the floor better, they played better defense. I thought we played as hard as we could. I didn't think we executed as well as we could."

LINGANORE -- Stevens 2, Stadtler 2, Consuegra 27, Ritter 14, Polansky 10, Crampton 2, Beall 2, Kelly 9. Totals: 26 14-17 68.

CATONSVILLE -- Mohler 13, Brewer 2, Bayne 7, Rexrode 7, Yager 2, Funk 5, Fetter 5. Totals: 14 13-29 43.

Halftime: Linganore, 36-20

Pub Date: 3/09/96

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