Lowman steps up, leads Southern to region title Injured senior inspires Dawgs over South River

Class 2A/Girls basketball

March 09, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Lindsey Lowman scored 14 of her game-high 19 points in the second half to lead host Southern of Harwood to a 46-37 victory over South River in last night's 2A East region final.

Lowman, who turned an ankle and went down, left the floor with about two minutes to go in the first half to get help from the team doctor. It was surprising to see the senior guard come out for the second half.

Southern (13-10) had just finished a horrendous second period in which it hit only one (a three by Alicia Groveston) of 15 shots from the field while South River (8-16) was on an 11-3 run to take a 20-16 lead at the half.

Lowman, who had her ankle heavily tapped, hobbled out for the second half because, as she said, "I knew if we were going to win, I had to suck it up and play tough."

One of three seniors, Lowman led a decisive 13-1 third-period run by scoring five points and she scored nine more points, with three steals, in the final period to give head coach Linda Kilpatrick her 325th (325-156, .676) career victory and 10th region title in 20 years, the first during the '90s.

Southern, winner of five state titles (1979, '80, '83, '84, and '85) under Kilpatrick, last made it to the final four in 1989 losing in the state semifinals.

The Bulldawgs will play the No. 8 Wilde Lake at 3 p.m. Friday at UMBC.

"Last year, we had it [region title] taken away from us by North Caroline, and being a senior this year, I wasn't going to let that happen again," said Lowman, who praised the other two seniors. "Beth Smith was awesome rebounding and Jill [Williams] had a couple big baskets for us."

Smith had a team-leading seven rebounds while Williams scored four points.

Playing in its second straight region final and 15th overall, Southern won its second game in three tries with the Seahawks of first-year coach Dirk Rinehart.

"That's the mark of a quality team over there," said Rinehart.

"Lindsey Lowman goes down and came back, she stepped up. Quality teams step up."

Rinehart got 11 points each from juniors Katie Wilhelm (four steals) and Adria Lewnes, who also had two steals and six rebounds. Danielle Mitchell, a 6-2 sophomore scored five points and had a game-high 11 rebounds.

South River gained a lot of confidence when it played Southern the second time in regular season and it carried over. An upset might have been theirs had it not been for the third period when they missed all 10 shots from the field and scored only one point.

In the first meeting on Jan. 3, Southern won at home by 56-28 but the Dawgs lost at South River, 49-48, on Valentine's Day.

The loss at South River came three days after the Dawgs upset defending county champion Class 4A Arundel, 56-47, on the Arundel's court.

"Losing to South River the second time helped our intensity," said Kilpatrick. "That game was a god-send and I said to my assistant [Bill Madden], this can be a positive thing.

"I've always said it's hard to beat anybody three times and it was much easier to get them up by saying, 'when we don't play well look what happens.' "

Pub Date: 3/09/97

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