A power failure at Woodlawn yesterday necessitated a change of venue to Milford Mill for a Class 3A North region game against Bel Air, and when push came to shove, the Warriors found enough power at the right time to get past the Harford County team, 68-59.
The win sends Woodlawn (20-2) into the region championship game at 7 p.m. tomorrow against another Harford team, Fallston, an overtime winner last night.
Woodlawn never trailed after the first three minutes, although Bel Air (21-3) closed to within one or two points on several occasions, but could not get over the hump. The last was at the end of three quarters when the gap was 44-42.
Warriors coach Dave Schreiner challenged his squad at the break, saying, "Let's go. This is what it's all about." His troops responded nobly after the Bobcats started their third straight period with a turnover, pulling within 48-45 with about five minutes left.
Stacie Allen threw in an off-balance shot, added a free throw, and a 15-foot shot by Mandi Clark hiked the count to 53-45.
Bel Air contributed to its woes with three turnovers in that stretch and never got closer than five the rest of the way.
During a timeout with 1: 20 leftand the Warriors up 63-56, Schreiner was emphatic in telling his players they didn't need to score another point.
How right he was. The best the Bobcats could do was a three-pointer by Becca Jones to get her side within five, but Woodlawn followed with a basket and three free throws.
The "home" team was in the midst of a seven-point run in the opening minutes of the second quarter when junior guard Anitra Smith went down (and out of the game) with a twisted right ankle. She was to go for X-rays following the game.
"We're a different team without her," Schreiner said. "She makes go. She's quick and plays great defense."
Some of that slack was taken up by Stacie Allen, a 5-foot-10 sophomore who was the team's top scorer a year ago. She had the basket that made it 48-45, and the three-point play that helped Woodlawn establish control.
This year's leading scorer/rebounder is Carissa Ingram-Hall, a 5-10 junior. She scored 25, and Allen, 20. For Bel Air, which had a seven-game winning streak ended, Colleen Keefe had 14 points, and season-long scoring/rebounding leader Kellie Flynn, 13 points.
Towson 49, Lansdowne 34: Lindsay Buchanan scored 13 and Leslie Hunt added 10 as the Generals (18-4) defeated host Lansdowne in a Class 2A North.
North Harford 58, North East 56: Amy Scotten scored 16, the last two on a layup at the buzzer, to lift host North Harford (15-10) over North East (18-5) in a Class 2A North semifinal. North Harford and Towson play for the region titte tomorrow.
Sparrows Point 53, Havre de Grace 49: Heather Lucas scored 16 of her 30 in the second half as the Pointers erased a 29-20 halftime deficit to win at home in a Class 1A North semifinal. Allison Fowst led Havre de Grace with 11.
Rising Sun 66, Joppatowne 30: Monique Washington scored 16, but Joppatowne fell in a Class 1A North semifinal. Sparrows Point and Rising Sun play for the region title tomorrow.
J. M. Bennett 53, Dunbar 47: LaToya Peace had a game-high 17 for the Poets, but Erin Christensen scored 15 and Brooke Murphy added 12 to lead the host Clippers in a Class 3A East semifinal.
Centennial 55, Mount Hebron 18: Meredith Price scored 12 for No. 7 Centennial (19-5) in a romp over the league-rival Vikings in a Class 3A East region semifinal. Centennial and J.M. Bennett place in tomorrow's final.
Pub Date: 3/07/97