Towson rallies past Catonsville

February 13, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Towson clinched a spot in the Baltimore County championship game last night by rallying from a dismal third quarter to edge Catonsville, 42-38.

The Generals (16-3) move to 10-1 in the county's Hoopsters Division with one game remaining. Randallstown is second with two league losses and two games left. Even if both teams end up 10-2 in the league, the Generals would advance to the county title game via a tie breaker -- their better win-loss percentage vs. MPSSAA schools.

Last night, the Generals needed a big fourth quarter to fight off the visiting Comets (12-7 overall, 7-3 league). Towson scored only one basket and managed just five points in the third quarter. Two minutes into the fourth, the Generals still trailed by nine.

But the combination of Towson's full-court press and the return of point guard Leslie Hunt, who sat out most of the third quarter in foul trouble, sparked the Generals' turnaround.

"It would have been hard to lose tonight," said Towson guard Sara Lev. "It was frustrating, because we were making stupid mistakes, but when Leslie came back, she really fired us up."

Hunt had a steal and hit a spinner to pull within 36-31 with 3: 50 to go.

Catonsville turned the ball over four times in less than a minute as Towson got a 15-footer from Lindsay Buchanan and a free throw from Hunt to cut the deficit to two points.

Hunt then stole the ball again and Julie Gwiazdowski hit a layup to tie it at 36 with 2: 32 left.

The Comets pulled ahead on Annie Yager's layup from Ellen Gibson (12 points) but Julie Ramer came up with two quick steals and converted both layups to give the Generals the lead for good, 40-38, with 1: 38 left.

The Comets missed their last two shots and had to resort to fouling. Lev's free throws with 12 seconds left sealed the victory.

"That one got away," said Catonsville coach Mike Mohler, whose team had six points and 12 turnovers in the final quarter. "We just collapsed. We were delirious.

"I give credit to Towson. They kept coming, coming, coming and we just couldn't stem the tide."

Pub Date: 2/13/97

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