Meade overcomes Arundel Mustangs' 17-4 run in 4th cuts down Wildcats, 62-57

January 28, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Arundel coach Lee Rogers talked about all the things his No. 6 Wildcats did right in building a comfortable lead against No. 7 Meade going into the fourth quarter last night in Gambrills.

Those same things -- rebounding, good shot selection and hitting free throws -- is exactly what the visiting Mustangs came back to do in that fourth quarter, erasing a nine-point deficit to come away with a 62-57 win.

A 17-4 run in the final period turned a seven-point deficit into a 58-52 lead for the Mustangs, who took the lead for good when Dena Eldridge (13 points) hit two free throws with 3: 25 left. The 53-52 lead was the Mustangs' first since the opening minutes of the game.

Junior guard Angie Creek and freshman forward Nicole Dailey each finished with 15 points to lead the Mustangs back.

All of Creek's points came in the second half, including nine in the final eight minutes as she took the game over with her drives to the basket. Dailey also did her part in the last quarter with eight points -- scoring two baskets inside and going a perfect 4-for-4 from the line.

"I knew I had to step up, play good defense and take it to the hole," Creek said. "We all stepped up and I'm proud of the team. In the fourth quarter, we came out and played hard. This is a big win."

For the first three quarters, it was Arundel (9-3) doing all the right things. The Wildcats got their usual solid play from guards Sherice Proctor (13 points) and Megan Rollins (12 points), rebounded well against a taller Meade team and was getting contributions from everyone. Most importantly, they were getting to the free-throw line, hitting 19 of 23 through three quarters and finishing the night 24 of 29.

A three-pointer from Breanna Kitchen early in the third quarter provided the Wildcats with a 34-24 lead and when Proctor scored on a drive with two minutes left in the frame, they had built their biggest lead at 45-33.

"What happened in the first three quarters was we took ourselves out of things letting them get to the free-throw line. They're extremely productive from the free-throw line," said Meade coach Phil Popielski. "Then we started getting the ball in Angie's hands more and Katie [Netherton] and Nicole [Dailey] started finishing inside. We started making our free throws and finished around the basket and that was the difference in the game."

Said Rogers: "I was disappointed how we handled things [in the fourth quarter]. We rushed things, just weren't patient enough. We'll definitely learn from this."

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Pub Date: 1/28/98

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