Meade runs away from Broadneck in 2nd half Mustangs capitalize on 26 turnovers in 58-47 win

Girls basketball

February 01, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Meade coach Philip Popielski said his team was still smarting from Tuesday's tough loss to Annapolis during the first half of last night's game against visiting Broadneck.

With a whirlwind 12-minute stretch to open the second half, however, that pain quickly went away.

Tied at halftime, the 17th-ranked Mustangs turned up the intensity on defense and turned the game into a one-sided affair, forcing 13 turnovers in a 27-6 run en route to a 58-47 victory over the 20th-ranked Bruins.

It's believed to be the first time Meade has defeated Broadneck in the 1990s.

After watching his team blow a 17-point lead against the Panthers earlier this week, Popielski said he was glad to see them jump right back on the horse, using tenacious defense to create offense.

"Defense is the key for us. We generate so much of our offense off our defense," said Popielski. "When Lindsay [Meyer], Dena [Eldridge] and Angie [Creek] really pick up the pace, a lot of good things usually happen."

Eldridge finished with a game-high 21 points, Creek had 18 and Meyer added five, with all three contributing to help Meade (13-3) force 26 turnovers overall and hold the Bruins to 2-for-22 shooting in the first 13: 30 of the second half.

"I think our defense was better in the second half," said Eldridge. "We were able to force turnovers and push the ball up the court."

Broadneck (11-5) had played well early.

Led by Sarah Brino (14 points), Katie Pickett (10) and Susie Conrad (nine), the Bruins connected on 10 of their first 15 shots from the field, taking as much as a six-point lead in the first quarter.

Though struggling on offense toward the end of the half, Broadneck went into the locker room tied at 29 at the intermission.

Once the second half began, however, things quickly began to fall apart.

"We worked real hard in the first half, but they wore us down," said Bruins coach Bruce Springer. "I think their defensive pressure made us hurry a little in the third quarter more than we wanted to. They got on a roll, and once they get going, they're tough."

Meade grabbed a four-point lead on baskets by Megan Poehlman and Eldridge, and after Broadneck's Brino scored on a baby hook in the lane, the Mustangs quickly reeled off 11 straight points to extend their lead to 49-31.

The Bruins trailed by as many as 21 before rallying late.

"We hung in there and cut it back down," said Springer. "Who knows? If we would've hit a few foul shots and a few layups, it might have been a little closer."

Broadneck made six of 15 shots from the foul line.

Pub Date: 2/01/97

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