Potent No. 8 Meade too much for young Old Mill, 56-35 Girls basketball

January 14, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

A fast-improving Old Mill team did all it could last night at Meade, but the No. 8 Mustangs simply provided too many obstacles.

Too much size underneath. And too much talented guard play to go with it, providing constant pressure defense that resulted in Old Mill turnovers and forced shots.

The Patriots were able to keep it close for three quarters, but the Mustangs were able to wear them down in the fourth quarter to come away with a 56-35 win.

Meade, with 18 points from senior guard Angie Creek, improved to 7-3 and remained unbeaten in Anne Arundel's North Division at 4-0, while the Patriots (5-4) dropped their first league game, falling to 3-1.

For Old Mill first-year coach Craig White and his young Patriots, who fell behind 10-0 after the first quarter on 0-for-10 shooting from the field only to get the game tied at 14 late in the first half, it's all part of the learning process.

"Meade has a high-powered program that can go 12-deep," said White. "We have nine people here who have never played a varsity game. To hang with them for three quarters is saying something. And as hard as this team works, we're only going to get better every time we step out on the floor. Meade knew they were in a game."

It didn't appear that way early on with the Mustangs out to the 10-0 lead after one, but after Jen Maltagliati broke the ice with a basket on the Patriots' second possession of the second quarter, they were able to rally behind good two-way play from forward Lisa Feeheley, who scored eight of her team-high 16 points in the second frame. When she got around the left baseline and drove in for a layup with 1: 50 left in the half, the Patriots found themselves even at 14.

"We played one of our best first quarters and then we didn't take care of the ball in the second quarter," said Meade coach Phil Popielski. "In the second half, Megan Poehlman did a good job controlling the boards and our guards played well. Every night someone wants to beat you. Craig's doing a good job with that team. They're playing under control and moving the ball around well."

A 14-4 Mustangs run starting late in the second quarter that extended midway through the third quarter provided a 10-point lead which was stretched in the fourth quarter.

Freshman Nicole Dailey, one of three six-footers in the Meade lineup, went inside for six points to start the third with Creek hitting two more off turnovers. Later in the quarter, it was Tiffany Matys' turn to go inside for two easy baskets to provide a 32-23 lead.

The Patriots would get within 34-28 after Crystal Jones scored on the opening possession of the fourth, but the Mustangs scored the next seven points -- capped by Julie Armitage's three-point play to pull away one last time.

Nine different players scored for the Mustangs, who got 12 points from Dailey to go with Creek's fine all-around effort. Senior guard Seneka Blackwell scored eight points for the Patriots.

Pub Date: 1/14/98

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