Wilde Lake sputters but tops River Hill Sloppy game of unbeatens goes to Wildecats, 65-48

Girls basketball

January 08, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Wilde Lake coach Kelly Storr didn't care that her team was up by 17 points at halftime of last night's game against visiting River Hill.

"I wasn't happy," Storr said. "It was a sloppy first half. It just wasn't smooth. We didn't get in a groove."

The seventh-ranked Wildecats never let their advantage slip below 15 in the second half en route to a 65-48 victory.

"The second half was better," said Storr.

River Hill had a rough first half, as well, especially in the second quarter when it was outscored, 19-6.

"Our team played poorly," said River Hill center Cristin Etheridge. "What's really frustrating is that we didn't play as good as we could have, and as good as we've been playing."

Said River Hill coach Karen Saunderson: "I don't think either team played to the best of [its] ability, but Wilde Lake played better. It's hard coming off the break, and it's unfortunate this had to be the first game back. But it's one game, and we look forward to playing them again."

River Hill entered the game tied with Wilde Lake and Centennial for first place. Now, it's just Wilde Lake and Centennial with unbeaten league records, and the defending county co-champions meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Centennial.

"That's a big game, and this one was, too," said Storr. "River Hill is tough. They're scrappy."

Saunderson did not start forward Caitlin Bair, the team's leading scorer, and center Cristin Etheridge because they had missed the team's holiday tournament. When they entered the game with three minutes left in the first quarter, Wilde Lake (7-2 overall, 5-0 league) had used its quickness and pressure defense to take 15-4 lead.

The Hawks (5-4, 4-1) rallied with a 9-2 run to end the quarter, and Greeba Outen's basket 14 seconds into the second period cut Wilde Lake's lead to 17-15. But that was as close River Hill would get.

The Wildecats took advantage of missed shots and turnovers by River Hill to score nine straight points over the next 2: 36. Wilde Lake finished half with a 7-0 run for a 36-19 halftime lead.

Toni White scored 11 of her 13 points and Bridget White eight of her 13 points in the first half for Wilde Lake. Bryanna Herring came off the bench to score nine and Lashon White had eight.

Bair scored all her game-high 16 points in the second half. Outen added 12, eight in the second half.

Pub Date: 1/08/98

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