Westminster advances, edging Watkins Mill, 52-50 Lewis, Ibex lead Owls, who play tomorrow at 7

Class 4A/Girls basketball

March 07, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

GAITHERSBURG -- The Westminster Owls each took turns stepping up at one time or another in their well-earned 52-50 win over Watkins Mill last night, sending them to the Class 4A West final.

Junior guard Amy Lewis came off the bench to supply instant offense with eight points in the second quarter after the Owls (19-6) scored only four points in the entire first quarter.

Later, with the Owls protecting a two-point lead in the game's final minute, she pulled down three key rebounds.

Senior center Jill Ibex, banged up with minor injuries after a car accident going to school in the rain and fog on Wednesday, scored 12 of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter. Included were two straight short jumpers in the last minute to give the Owls the lead for good.

Senior guard Kim Frame took care of the basketball against the quick Wolverines (16-7) and took charge in the middle of the third quarter with two straight drives for baskets.

Fellow senior guards Lauren Henry and Courtney Wunderlich played their usual scrappy games. Henry converted a big three-point play with 2: 07 left -- snapping a 44-44 tie. Wunderlich assisted on Ibex's last two baskets.

It was all needed to get past athletic Watkins Mill, which was led by Jennifer Harding, who scored 18 points and seemed to have an answer any time the Owls thought about pulling away.

"This is it, and we just kept reminding ourselves of that. If we lose, we're done. We don't want to be done," said Frame.

Added Lewis: "We said we wanted it, and we took it. We wanted to play again on Saturday. It was just a matter of wanting it -- diving on the floor, playing scrappy -- whatever it takes."

The Owls' reward is a home game at 7 p.m. tomorrow against last night's against Montgomery-Blair.

Trying to top the game that was played last night will be difficult. The fourth quarter alone saw six ties, and the biggest lead either team had in the second half was five -- when Ibex hit a baseline jumper early in the third quarter to give the Owls a 23-18 lead.

As Lewis said, the Owls wanted it a little more down the stretch.

After Harding flashed across the lane, converting a three-point play with 1: 23 left to give the Wolverines a 48-47 lead, Ibex answered with the two short jumpers -- the second coming with 47 seconds left giving the Owls a 51-48 lead.

A jumper from Latreace Harris cut the Owls' lead to 51-50 with 31 seconds left.

After Wunderlich hit one of two free throws to give the Owls a 52-50 lead, Watkins Mill guard Katrina Garey had a driving layup bank off the rim. Out of a crowd of Wolverines-white came Lewis with the rebound for the Owls.

The Wolverines had one last chance inbounding the ball with four seconds left, but Jackie Pitts threw the ball away in a hurry to get it up the floor.

"They're playing together, and that's the key to a successful unit," said Westminster coach Bernie Koontz. "They believe in each other and are having a great time."

Pub Date: 3/07/97

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