Linganore makes Fallston No. 52 in row Top team never trails in running by Cougars, 71-43

Class 3A/Girls basketball

March 14, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Nancy Ferguson has engineered some amazing feats while coaching at Fallston, but she would have had to be a magician to pull this off.

Short of pulling four more Karen Tiedemanns out of her hat, Ferguson could find nothing to counter Linganore and its exceptional senior combination of Cara Consuegra and Mimi Ritter.

The Iowa-bound Consuegra had a triple double -- 23 points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists -- and Georgetown-bound Ritter had 16 points as the Lancers won their 52nd in a row, 71-43, over No. 12 Fallston (21-3) in last night's Class 3A state semifinal at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

The Lancers (27-0), from Frederick, will meet No. 7 Centennial (21-5), a 35-33 winner yesterday over Friendly (24-3), for the Class 3A title at 8 p.m. tomorrow.

Tiedemann, a 5-10 senior, finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and two blocks before fouling out with 2: 27 left. But the efforts of Tiedemann and her over-achieving teammates were no match for Linganore's team.

"Not to take anything away from [the Cougars]," said Ferguson. "They played good steady ball, but you need a little bit more when you get down here. You need depth, and we're running the well kind of dry."

Linganore, top-ranked in the state and averaging 81.4 points a game, never trailed. The Lancers scored eight points in the final 50 seconds of the first quarter to run their lead to 20-7.

Consuegra, a 5-8 forward-guard, and Ritter, a 5-11 guard, staged a three-point shooting contest late in the first quarter and early in the second. Consuegra hit three and Ritter one; they had 33 of Linganore's 39 first-half points.

The Cougars closed to within 26-14 on two Jenn Cook free throws, but Fallston was simply outmanned. Tiedemann, under tight pressure from Consuegra in Linganore's man-to-man defense, scored seven in the first half and assisted twice, but the Cougars needed much more.

"They were running us up and down the court, and we're not used to that kind of play, obviously," said Tiedemann.

The Lancers' lead grew to 60-25 early in the fourth quarter after outscoring Fallston 21-4 through the third quarter and two minutes of the fourth.

Every team that bows out in the semifinals talks about how great it was just to get there, but for the Cougars the story was true. After losing 5-10 forwards Stephanie Manfra and Leslie Bubb to knee injuries, torn anterior cruciate ligaments, early in the season, the Cougars looked like a team that might struggle.

"No one had us winning counties, much less getting through regionals," said Ferguson. "This is a testimony to what hard work can do."

Pub Date: 3/14/97

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