Towson's 26-2 opening buries J'towne Generals' 'man' defense baffles young Mariners

March 05, 1998|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Joppatowne won the opening tip-off in last night's Class 2A North semifinal, and junior Monique Washington gave the visiting Mariners the early lead by gliding in for a layup just four seconds into the game.

From there, it was all Towson.

The 13th-ranked Generals answered the opening basket with a 26-point run and then coasted to a 52-23 win over the young Harford County contingent.

Towson (20-3) opened a 23-2 lead in the first quarter, which saw the Mariners turn the ball over 10 times and hit just 1 of 14 shots from the floor. The Generals will visit either Hereford or North Harford on Friday for a shot at a region tile and a berth in the state tournament.

"We have a young team. Towson's man-to-man defense was a little too much for them," said Joppatowne coach Roy Washington. "We've been having trouble with man-to-man all season. I think we could have done a lot better tonight, but at least it was a good learning experience."

Brian Martin's free throw early in the the second quarter, which proved to be the game-winner, was followed by Sara Lev's follow-up that gave the Generals' a 26-2 advantage.

Monique Washington, a 5-foot-6 foward, ended the Mariners' 10-minute scoring drought with a short jumper with 5: 12 left in the half. Washington led all scorers with 14 points.

A series of turnovers and poor shots kept Towson from really running it up, but the Generals were still sitting pretty at the half, 33-9.

The Generals, who advanced by defeating Baltimore County-rival Lansdowne, 61- 54, in first-round action, had eight players with points in the scoring column. Senior guard Leslie Hunt was the only General to score in double-figures, finishing with 10 points.

Senior swingman Lev and junior guards Julie Gwizdowski and Lindsay Buchanan each had seven points. Julie Ramer and seniors Julie Ramer and Jamiee Reynolds chipped in with six apiece.

Rounding out the scorers for Towson were Martin with five and Leigh Milovicz with four.

The unranked Mariners (11-11), who advanced by defeating Western Tech, 60-35, sent Towson to the line numerous times, enabling the Generals to pick up 15 points on 34 attempts.

"We played well in the first half but not in the second. But sometimes that happens when you're ahead by a lot," said Generals coach Bev Snyder.

Pub Date: 3/05/98

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.