Southern-AA downs bumbling Dunbar Western streak now 21 after topping Perry Hall

March 05, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Dunbar had trouble taking care of the ball, and Tiffany Neal and Southern-Anne Arundel took advantage last night. Neal, a 5-foot-6 senior guard, led all scorers with 18 points, had a game-high 12 steals, seven rebounds and a blocked shot as Southern (14-10) eliminated Dunbar, 59-44 in the Class 2A East semifinals.

Southern, the defending region champion and a state finalist last winter, plays at Poly on Friday at a time to be announced. Poly was victorious at North Caroline on the Eastern Shore yesterday.

Host Southern lost three-year starter 5-foot-11 junior Alicia Groveston, its second-leading rebounder, to an ankle injury midway through the second period. Groveston had her left foot X-rayed after the game.

Dunbar committed 18 first-period turnovers and finished with a total of 38. Southern had 23 turnovers, making it a total of 61 for the game, and, strangely enough, the difference of 15 giveaways was the margin of victory.

The extremely quick Neal had a lot to do with the Poets (16-7) being out of kilter. She pilfered the ball eight times and scored nine points.

No. 6 Western 66, Perry Hall 40: Latia Few scored 15 points, and Delena DeShields added 11 to lead the Doves (24-2) over the Gators (11-12) in a Class 4A North region semifinal at Poly. Western, which extended the area's longest winning streak to 21, will meet Mervo in the region final tomorrow at Poly at a time to be determined.

Alyssa Phoebus scored a game-high 18 for Perry Hall.

The Doves trailed for much of the first quarter before taking an 18-15 lead at the end of the period. Western then outscored the Gators, 21-5, in the second quarter to take a 19-point halftime lead.

Potomac 44, No. 20 Centennial 43: The Eagles (19-6) trailed by six in the third quarter before freshman Ashley Evans (11 points) scored nine straight points to get Centennial back in the Class 2A South game. The Eagles closed within one point in the final seconds but could not hit the game-winning shot.

Catonsville 59, Parkville 52: Dannie Packer scored a team-high 13 points as the Comets (17-8) advanced to the finals in Class 3A North against Milford Mill (21-4) on Friday. Marci Brewer (10 points) was the only other player to score in double figures for Catonsville, whose biggest lead was eight in the third quarter.

No. 20 North Harford 57, Franklin 41: Alison Morval scored all 16 of her points in the first half and Ann Anderson knocked in 15 to lead the Hawks (19-5) over the Indians (13-9) in Class 2A North. North Harford went on a 23-9 run to close out the first half, and Franklin could only close within 16 in the second half.

Northern-Calvert 51, Broadneck 33: Northern-Calvert (23-1) jumped out to a 13-4 lead in the first quarter and never trailed in the Class 3A East semifinal. The Bruins (6-18), led by Lauren Peck's 16 points, got within 10 points in fourth quarter but could not close the gap.

Poly 56, North Caroline 41: Shanne Wooberry led the Engineers (15-9) past the Bulldogs in Class 2A East action. Poly built a 19-point halftime advantage, 39-20, en route to the win. Jeni Myers led North Caroline with 14.

Hereford 71, Havre de Grace 43: Jessica Fisher had 13 points as the Bulls (20-4) blew by the Warriors in Class 1A North. Freshman Gina Allen had a season-high 10 assists for Hereford, who plays at Rising Sun on Friday for the regional title.

Pub Date: 3/05/98

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