Green lights way to Annapolis win Panthers shake Southern with strong 4th quarter

Girls basketball

January 10, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Visiting No. 4-ranked Annapolis found itself up against a scrappy Southern-Anne Arundel team, ranked 17th, in Harwood last night.

For the first three quarters, every time Annapolis appeared ready to pull away, the Bulldogs -- with a packed-in defense and just enough offense -- found a way to hang around.

Then, Annapolis senior guard Kia Green got the green light, and when the final buzzer sounded, her Panthers had won, 44-30.

After Southern pulled within three in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, Green hit the first of her three three-pointers in the last frame to find the Panthers some comfort in their win.

"In the first half, I was ice cold, so coach [Dave Griffith] told me to lay off for awhile," said Green, who scored 11 of her 14 points in the fourth quarter. "They were packing it in, so he yelled at me to shoot it. And when you hit the first one, we always go back to that player to shoot again."

The Panthers (7-1) saw their 30-22 lead after three quarters quickly cut to three when Southern (4-2) got a three-pointer from Dana Pugh and a short jumper from Jessica Downes on its first two fourth-quarter possessions.

A free throw from senior forward Kammi Cottrell (17 points, 15 rebounds) got the lead back to four and, after she missed her second, the rebound eventually came out to Green behind the line along the left side -- swish. Two more threes from Green followed as the Panthers took a double-digit lead.

Jackie Edwards had 11 points and 15 rebounds for Annapolis, which also got 15 rebounds from Emily Dammeyer in dominating the boards. Downes's 10 points led Southern.

"Our game plan worked well," said Southern coach Linda Kilpatrick. "We wanted to pack it in on them inside and make them beat us from the outside. We did a good job on defense but weren't patient enough on offense."

The loss proved doubly costly for the Bulldogs. Kilpatrick announced after the game two of her starters -- seniors Joanne Robinson and Tameka Graves -- would be suspended for next Tuesday's game against South River.

Robinson was ejected in the third quarter after being charged with a flagrant foul for elbowing an opponent. In the last seconds, Graves shoved an opponent to the floor.

"I've never tolerated that in 22 years, and I'm not going to start now," said Kilpatrick. "We're going to play with class, whether we're winning or losing."

Pub Date: 1/10/98

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