No-quit G. Lake falls to St. John's First-year Lakers scare highly regarded team before bowing, 86-81 defeat

Girls basketball

February 14, 1997|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The scoreboard indicated that his team had lost, but Gwynn Lake coach Roland Hall couldn't have smiled any wider or been prouder last night.

That's because the first-year Lakers had just pushed St. John's at Prospect Hall -- one of the state's premier teams with perhaps the nation's best player -- to the brink before falling, 86-81, in the Valentine's Day Mixer at Baltimore City Community College.

"This is definitely a moral victory," Hall said. "This year should be a learning experience for [our players], and next year we probably can win a close game like this."

In the mixer's other game, No. 2 St. Mary's edged No. 5 John Carroll, 76-73.

Sixth-ranked Gwynn Lake (22-3) battled back from an 18-point deficit in the third quarter to pull -- three times -- within three points in the final four minutes.

All-American Nikki Teasley, however, proved to be the deciding factor for the Frederick private school. The 6-foot guard scored nine points in the last two minutes, including a 7-for-8 performance from the foul line on four successive one-and-ones.

Teasley, despite picking up her fourth foul at the end of the third quarter, finished with 35 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists and six steals.

"It was like playing the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan," Hall said of Teasley. "She can do whatever she wants because she's just so far above everybody else."

Against senior-laden St. John's at Prospect Hall (25-3), the third-ranked team in the state, Gwynn Lake showed remarkable poise for a team comprised of five freshmen (three of whom are chronologically seventh- or eighth-graders) and three sophomores.

Sophomore Quante Toney scored 21 points to lead the Lakers, and sophomore Jimea Barner (14), freshman Vonnell Baylor (13) and freshman Latonya Blue (11) also scored in double figures.

"It was surprising how young they were," Teasley said. "They are going to be an excellent team in the future. We tried as hard as we could to stop their running game, but they did a very good job."

Gwynn Lake took its last lead at 9-8 midway through the first quarter. From there, the Vikings went on to build several double-digit leads, but they couldn't put the Lakers away.

St. John's at Prospect Hall twice built a 12-point lead in the second quarter, but Gwynn Lake ended the half on a 9-2 run to make it 42-37.

The Lakers came out hot in the third quarter, narrowing their deficit to 44-43 after consecutive three-pointers by Baylor.

St. John's at Prospect Hall responded with a 22-5 run to take its biggest lead at 66-48 with 2: 18 remaining in the third quarter. Gwynn Lake, however, wasn't about to wilt, and ended the third quarter on an 8-0 run to get within 10.

Blue then seized control for Gwynn Lake in the fourth quarter. A transfer from West Baltimore Middle School in November, Blue scored six points in another 8-0 spurt to bring the Lakers to 71-68.

St. Mary's-John Carroll

The St. Mary's-John Carroll game didn't count in the Catholic League standings, but it had all the intensity and drama of a championship game.

The Saints (17-4), who split with John Carroll (16-5) during league play earlier this season, prevailed behind sophomore guard Emily Lipton's clutch performance and sophomore guard Terri Daniels' triple double.

Lipton scored a game-high 24 points to go along with seven assists. Daniels contributed 15 points, 11 rebounds and a single-game school record 12 assists.

Junior forward Tiffany Schummer added 18 points, six rebounds and six steals for St. Mary's.

The Saints had led by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter and did not trail until Jenny Biscoe's transition basket put the Patriots ahead, 73-72, with 1: 23 left.

John Carroll got the ball back after St. Mary's failed to convert on offense, but then Lipton stepped up.

AIS tournament

McDonogh 65, Severn 34: Sophomore point guard Vicki Brick had 18 points, 13 steals, seven assists and six rebounds to help No. 4 McDonogh (20-2) advance to the finals of the AIS A Division Tournament. The Eagles will face Roland Park in the championship game 7 p.m. Saturday at Loyola College.

Roland Park 57, Notre Dame Prep 33: Junior forward Lauren Miller scored 16 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked eight shots, and sophomore guard Betsy Gaines scored 16 points with six assists to help the No. 20 Reds (21-2) to a berth in the AIS A Tournament championship game. IND senior guard Tiffany Baker led all scorers with 17 points.

St. Timothy's 33, Oldfields 29: Freshman center Amy Porterfield scored 13 points as St. Timothy's (11-3) advanced to the finals of the AIS B Division Tournament. Sophomore Greta Miller added 11 points for St. Timothy's, which plays Seton Keough in Saturday's championship game at Loyola College at 9 p.m.

Seton Keough 38, Lutheran 37: Lutheran's Leslie Caple scored in the final seconds to cut the deficit to one point, but the Gators (7-6) dribbled away the final moments to advance to the AIS B finals.

Pub Date: 2/14/97

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