Wilde Lake falls in OT to unranked Southern Groveston sparks 59-58 triumph, trip to title game

Class 2A/Girls basketball

March 15, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

When Southern-Anne Arundel sophomore Alicia Groveston comes off the bench, she's not looking for the spotlight.

Yesterday, however, it found her in a Class 2A state semifinal game at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

The 5-foot-8 guard scored a career-high 13 points, including a game-tying three-pointer late in regulation and a driving layup with 21 seconds left in overtime, to help the unranked Bulldogs to a 59-58 victory over eighth-ranked Wilde Lake.

Southern (14-10) will meet Montgomery County's Wheaton, a 51-37 winner over Towson, at 1 p.m. today for the championship at UMBC.

Linda Kilpatrick will be coaching in her ninth championship game, all for the Bulldogs. Southern has won five state titles, the last in 1985.

But it is her first title, in 1979, that is significant for senior Lindsey Lowman, who finished with 12 points, including a three-pointer 15 seconds into overtime that gave the Bulldogs a 57-54 lead they never lost.

"The seniors were born in 1979, when she won her first, and we want to win it again for her," said Lowman, who turns 18 this month.

Baskets by Katie Troutman and Brianna Herring, a freshman up from the JV who finished with 13 points, gave Wilde Lake a 51-48 lead with 1: 35 left in regulation.

Groveston tied it at 51-all with her second three pointer of the game with 1: 01 left.

"As soon as it left her hands, I knew it was going in," said Lowman, who had the assist.

Following a Wilde Lake turnover, Southern's Jillian Williams scored for a 53-51 lead with 31 seconds to go. The Wildecats (21-5) turned the ball over again and fouled Lowman with 20 seconds left. She made one of two.

Junior guard Toni White (17 points) missed a three-pointer for the Howard County team, but her twin sister, Lashon, picked up a loose ball and sank a three-pointer with six seconds left to send the game into overtime.

"When she hit that three, I was just heartbroken," Groveston said.

Lowman's three-pointer gave Southern a 57-54 lead, but Herring scored on an offensive rebound with 3: 34 remaining.

Both teams missed several scoring opportunities. Then Groveston took Williams' pass, drove the lane and scored with three seconds on the shot clock and 21 left in the game for a 59-56 lead. "The lane was wide open," she said.

Said Lowman: "Alicia came up big. She hit the shots when we needed them."

Toni White's three-point shot to tie the game was tipped by Tiffany Neal. Herring picked up the loose ball and scored from inside the lane as time ran out.

"That shot [by White] wasn't going in," said Neal. "It's worth a try [to block it] rather than have her tie the game."

Neither team shot well from the free throw line: Wilde Lake was 10 of 23 (two of nine in the fourth quarter) and Southern 13 of 25 (seven of 12 in in fourth quarter.) Southern had two starters foul out -- Jessica Downes (14 points) and Beth Smith -- and Wilde Lake had one -- Jesse Roy-Harrison.

Wilde Lake's press helped it take an 11-point second-quarter lead, but Southern outscored the Wildecats, 17-10, in the third quarter to tie the game.

"There's no disappointment in losing, because we played our hearts out," said Toni White, whose team has no seniors.

WILDE LAKE -- Bates 3, T. White 17, Hill 2, B. White 6, L. White 7, Roy-Harrison 6, Troutman 4, Herring 13. Totals 23 10-23 58.

SOUTHERN -- Neal 9, Williams 7, Downes 14, Lowman 12, Groveston 13, Smith 3. Totals 21 13-35 59. Half: WL 27-20

Pub Date: 3/15/97

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