Wilde Lake gets past Northern in two OTs Free throws are difference for 'Cats in physical game

Girls basketball

March 07, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Third-ranked Wilde Lake, an average free-throw shooting team at best, made 23 of 28 from the line last night, including 13 of 16 in the second overtime, to hold off visiting Northern, of Calvert County, 72-67, for the Class 3A East region championship.

"Thirteen of 16," said Wilde Lake coach Kelly Storr. "I don't think we've ever shot that. Not even in practice."

The Wildecats (23-2) advanced to the state tournament for the third time in four years. They won the Class 1A title in 1995 and lost in the Class 2A semifinals last season. Their opponent at 7 p.m. Thursday at UMBC will be defending Class 2A state champion Wheaton (24-0), which won its 47th straight game last night, 73-39, over Kennedy to capture the West regional.

Wilde Lake needed every ounce of energy and stamina against a Northern squad that could have won in the first overtime, had it made some free throws.

"This was the most intense, physical game we've ever been in," said Storr, in her seventh season.

Northern's Jen Mitchell (23 points) tied the game for the fourth time in the second overtime, 61-61, hitting two free throws with 1: 18 remaining.

Wilde Lake then turned it over deep in its end, but before Northern could get past mid-court, Toni White (14 points) stole the ball and scored on a driving layup with 60 seconds left. On the ensuing possession, Northern's Chanel Spriggs lost control of the ball, and Natashka Hill (game-high 16 points) picked it up and was fouled.

Hill, who made six of seven free throws in the game, made both free throws to give Wilde Lake a 65-61 lead with 49 seconds left.

From that point Wilde Lake made seven of 10 from the line. Northern got to within 67-64 with 23 seconds, but Toni White made two free throws with 18 seconds to secure the win.

In the first overtime, Bryanna Herring's basket with 50 seconds left gave Wilde Lake a 53-49 lead. Mitchell scored to make it 53-51 with 38 seconds. Seventeen seconds later, Northern's Lisa Brinkley made her first free throw, but missed the second.

Northern got the rebound, and Spriggs was fouled with 11 seconds remaining. She made the first to tie the game, then missed the second. A jump ball was called as the teams fought for the rebound, and Northern got possession with eight seconds. Brinkley got off a hurried shot with three seconds and missed.

Northern scored the last six points in regulation, and tied it at 45-all with two seconds remaining.

Pub Date: 3/07/98

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