Key struggles but sweeps to title match 'Composure' keeps Eagles in Class 1A state semifinal

November 13, 1996|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Francis Scott Key often depends on its raw power at the net to rack up victories.

But last night, the Eagles had to reach down for something more. Sixth-ranked Key got some offensive power, but relied more on a little tough defense and a lot of composure to defeat Colonel Richardson, 15-6, 15-11, 15-5, in a Class 1A state semifinal at Essex Community College.

Key (21-1) advanced to the state championship match at 2: 30 p.m. Saturday against Williamsport at Catonsville Community College. The Eagles lost to Williamsport in last year's state championship game.

Last night, the Eagles often struggled. They had a hard time getting the ball to the net and working their offense. Colonel Richardson (15-4) jumped to leads in the first two games, but Key rebounded well.

The Colonels scored four of the first five points in Game 1. They also took a 6-3 lead in Game 2, but the Eagles rallied, led by Stephanie Stambaugh, Cindy Sheedy and Erin Ness.

"I was just really pleased with the way my girls kept their composure," said Francis Scott Key coach Leo Totten. "[They] just gradually worked their way back."

The Key offense worked in spurts, but that was enough to knock out Richardson. The Eagles scored the final 11 points of game one and the last six in Game 2. Key then scored the first 10 points of Game 3 to take command.

Pub Date: 11/13/96

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