Key shakes young Urbana in second half, wins 52-39 23-2 run carries Eagles into final vs. Brunswick

Class 1A/Girls basketball

March 07, 1997|By Ed McDonough | Ed McDonough,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Most nights, Francis Scott Key center Stephanie Stambaugh can dominate a basketball game from the inside.

Last night, she found a more subtle way to help her team, passing the ball out to teammate Cindy Sheedy or stepping away from the basket to nail 10-foot baseline jumpers as the Eagles scored a 52-39 victory over Urbana in the Class 1A South region semifinal in Uniontown.

Urbana, a first-year Frederick County school with a roster of freshmen and sophomores, gave Key a battle in the first half. But the Eagles outscored the Hawks 16-4 in the third quarter and coasted into tomorrow's region final at Brunswick at 7 p.m.

"In the second half, we were able to run our offense a little bit better," said Key coach Alice Smith, whose team was held to three points in the second quarter.

But while Urbana's defense held Key in check in that frame, the Eagles were returning the favor, as the Hawks managed a total of 10 points in the second and third quarters.

"At halftime, we felt really good," said Urbana coach Chris Krivos. "I thought we came out tired in the third period."

Key (22-3) opened a six-point lead when guard Jessie Suter hit a 13-foot baseline jumper to start the second period. But the only other score the Eagles could muster before the half was a foul shot by Stambaugh, who finished with 13 points and four assists.

Urbana's Becky Boteler sank a 15-foot jumper just before intermission to close the margin to 21-20.

But that was the high-water mark for the Hawks (9-15).

The teams traded baskets to start the second half, but Key went on a 23-2 tear and opened up a 46-24 lead by the middle of the fourth quarter.

Several late-game turnovers by Key and four buckets by Boteler -- including two three-pointers -- helped narrow the margin.

The game was Key's second straight against a first-year team. The Eagles survived a one-point game Tuesday night against winless Long Reach of Howard County.

"It's regionals, and every team comes out to play," Smith said. "[Urbana] did a really nice job tonight."

Sheedy lead the Eagles with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Boteler had 18 for Urbana but Kelly Sadtler, who averaged 20 per game, was held to 10.

Brunswick advanced to tomorrow's final with a 79-65 victory over River Hill of Howard County.

Key and Brunswick split regular-season games. The Railroaders are ranked second in the state in Class 1A, one slot ahead of Key.

Pub Date: 3/07/97

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