Fallston upends Woodlawn, 63-50 Cougars advance to fifth semifinals in six years

Class 3A/Girls basketball

March 09, 1997|By John Stewart | John Stewart,SUN STAFF

Fallston combined a streak of accurate shooting with tough defense for a 13-0 run in the first quarter, and went on to a 63-50 conquest of visiting Woodlawn in Class 3A North region championship game last night.

The victory sends coach Nancy Ferguson and her overachieving 21-2 Cougars to the state tournament for the fifth time in the past six years. They will play Liganore in a semifinal Thursday at 9 p.m. at UMBC.

Seniors Karen Tiedemann (28 points, 13 rebounds) and Jenn Cook (11 points, 10 rebounds) dominated the play for the 18th-ranked Cougars as they have all-year, but it was rapidly improving Lacey Anzelec, a junior forward who took charge early.

With second-year Woodlawn coach Dave Shriner using a box-and-one defense, it was Stephanie McPherson who challenged Teidemann, a 5-foot-10 forward with averages of 20 points, 11 rebounds.

It worked for awhile, but it was Anzelec who picked up the weak-side baskets, getting four in the first quarter, as the Cougars battled back from an 11-6 deficit.

Their 13-0 run, featuring three Anzelec baskets, built a 19-11 margin, and when the Warriors made only two of 14 shots from the floor and tossed in a succession of turnovers, the halftime cushion was 31-17.

With McPherson in foul trouble, Shriner went straight zone in the third quarter, and Teidemann rose to the occasion.

She had five baskets, three of them three-pointers, and an assist, as the gap grew to 51-33.

"During the National Anthem, Cook and I realized it was our last home game and we wanted to make it a good one," Teidemann said.

"I was more pumped because this was a team we hadn't seen before, and we knew we had to go out and play well," Cook said.

For Anzelec, who has moved into the starting lineup only recently, it was case of being nervous, but not taking long to get the adrenalin flowing. "Then, you think nothing can stop you. You run and you're not tired," she said.

No. 15 Woodlawn (21-3) did not bring the same team it had on the floor when it beat Bel Air in a semifinal Thursday. They were the same players, they just did not bring their best games.

Carissa Ingram-Hall was the team's top scorer with 16. Where the Warriors had been aggressive in their offense and rebounding against Bel Air, this time it did neither. They resorted to a lot of long range shots that were off line, even attempts from around the basket spun in and out, helping to account for Fallston's 55 rebounds.

Pub Date: 3/09/97

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