John Carroll wins, 57-56, reversing earlier nail-biter Patriots get back at Mercy, which muffs 2 win chances

January 29, 1998|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

When Mercy edged John Carroll by two points earlier this season, the game hardly could have been closer. At least that's the way it seemed at the time.

Last night, No. 5-ranked John Carroll nipped the No. 9 Magic, 57-56, to avenge that mid-December loss and boost the Patriots (13-5) into second in the Catholic League. At 6-2, the Patriots trail only No. 3 St. Mary's, which remains unbeaten in the league.

Jenn Westervelt scored the game winner last night on a put-back with 1: 20 to go, but plenty of drama was yet to come.

The Magic missed two shots in the final 40 seconds, including Jamie Vogtman's desperation 22-footer with three seconds left. Vogtman had the ball for about 10 seconds before she put up the bomb, but she didn't realize time was running out.

Ashlee Courter had grabbed a rebound off a Patriot miss with 14 seconds to go. She sent the outlet to Jessie Whippo, who passed to Vogtman at midcourt. Vogtman drove to the paint and then surprised everyone by pulling out.

"I thought she was taking it all the way," said Courter. "I don't think she knew how much time was on the board, and our coach was trying to get our attention to call a timeout. Jamie looked at me. I pointed at the basket, and she knew she had to shoot."

Vogtman, a 5-11 All-Metro forward who finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, sparked the Magic to the biggest lead of the game, 33-26, at halftime. She had six points, three steals and an assist in a 12-2 Magic run.

Most of that run came with Westervelt, also a 5-11 All-Metro forward, on the bench with a couple of fouls.

When Westervelt returned after the half, she brought the Patriots right back with five points and two steals in an 8-0 spurt. Kristen Jasper's three-pointer capped the run that put the Patriots up 34-33.

"That was big, because the momentum totally shifted," said Westervelt, who finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds. "That little run gave us more confidence, and we picked up our defense. It set the pace for the half."

Neither team led by more than four points the rest of the way.

In the final three minutes, Mercy took a 56-53 lead when Becky Wilson banked in a 10-footer and Vogtman nailed a 15-footer.

Patriot Darby Burke hit a layup on a feed from Jenny Biscoe (11 points, three assists) to cut the lead to 56-55. A Mercy turnover then paved the way for Westervelt to convert the game winner.

Franklin 48, No. 11 Towson 45: Ann Marie Molinaro had 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Indians (9-5, 7-2) handed the Generals (12-2, 8-1) their first Baltimore County Hoopsters Division loss. Franklin outscored Towson 16-7 in the fourth quarter.

Pub Date: 1/29/98

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