Western powers past N'western Doves' win streak reaches 21 with 74-31 victory

Class 4A/Girls basketball

March 09, 1997|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

After a 15-point loss to Gwynn Lake in December dropped Western's record to 3-3, Doves coach Breezy Bishop held an intense hour-long meeting with her team in the locker room.

"Miss Bishop didn't say too much to us. She let us say what we felt," Western senior Marion Moore said. "We were just thinking about the season and the goals we wanted to accomplish. It made us very determined. It was emotional."

Western hasn't lost since.

Yesterday, the 13th-ranked Doves won their 21st straight, a 74-31 rout of visiting Northwestern in the Class 4A North region championship game.

Western (24-3), which suffered a stunning one-point loss to Perry Hall in last season's region final, returns to the state semifinals for the fourth time in five years since the city schools joined the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

The Doves, who won state titles in the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons, will meet Montgomery Blair in the semifinals at 5 p.m. on Thursday at UMBC.

Moore, a versatile, 5-foot-10 guard, scored 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Doves. She is being recruited by Maryland -- Terps coach Chris Weller was in attendance yesterday -- N.C. State, Florida, Florida A&M and Northeastern.

Delena DeShields added 10 points and five steals for Western, and Crystal Falline pulled down 14 rebounds.

The Doves, who have won their four playoff games by an average margin of 53.7 points, jumped out to a 21-5 lead and were never threatened. By halftime, Western had stretched its advantage to 44-16.

Northwestern (20-5), which lost to Western for the third time this season, could not match the Doves in quickness, height or depth.

"They just outmatch everybody in the city," Northwestern coach Dwayne Burroughs said. "When you have an inside game and an outside game, it's tough to beat that."

The Wildcats attempted to beat Western with their outside game, but the shots just wouldn't fall. Burroughs said his team usually makes about nine or 10 three-pointers per game, but Northwestern was just 5-for-31 from three-point range yesterday.

Western, conversely, hit six of 13 three-point attempts -- all in the first half.

No one scored in double figures for the Wildcats, including point guard Melita Dennis, who was held to four points after a 34-point effort against Western in the city championship game on Feb. 26.

Pub Date: 3/09/97

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