Towson continues habit of beating N. Harford Lev leads 54-51 victory as Generals win 2A North from Hawks for third time

Girls basketball

March 07, 1998|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Something about North Harford brings out the best in the Towson Generals.

For the third time in four years, the two met in the Class 2A North region final last night -- and for the third time in four years, Towson won.

Sara Lev led four scorers in double figures as the Generals continually broke the Hawks' full-court press and won the battle on the boards in a 54-51 victory.

Towson (21-3) advanced in the state tournament to a 5 p.m. semifinal Friday at UMBC against Potomac, of Prince George's County. The game will mark the Baltimore County team's second straight trip to the state semifinals and sixth since 1979.

To get there, the Generals had to survive a North Harford team that scrapped to the end, cutting a nine-point deficit with 2: 53 left to three. In fact, the Hawks (19-6) nearly sent the game to overtime, but Suzanne Eyler's three-point attempt at the buzzer bounced off the back of the rim.

"We didn't play as well as I think we could, but we played as well as [we] needed to, to win," said Towson coach Bev Snyder, who said her team's experience was a key difference.

"We have a more veteran team than they do, plus we have the added knowledge of having played them. We really knew how to break their press."

Said North Harford coach Lin James: "When you press, you can always find a weak link. Tonight, we couldn't find any."

Rebounding made a huge difference, as well. Towson grabbed 18 offensive rebounds to North Harford's nine.

"They didn't get second or third shots. They only had one," said Generals forward Jaimee Reynolds (12 points). "We were able to get the rebounds and get fast breaks."

Jessie Ramer and Lindsay Buchanan each added 10 points for the Generals. Suzanne Eyler and Juli Blevins scored 14 apiece for the Hawks.

Towson began quickly, grabbing a 5-2 lead in the first 3: 02. Tied at 10 later in the half, the Generals outscored the Hawks 13-4 over the next five minutes to take a 23-14 lead with 2: 58 to play before halftime.

They led 28-23 at the break before extending their lead to as many as 11 points three times in the second half.

North Harford's final rally started with back-to-back three-pointers by Sturgill to make it 52-49 with a minute left.

Jessie Ramer's 15-footer extended Towson's lead to five before Eyler hit two of three free throw attempts after being fouled from beyond the arc.

For the Generals, the final moments were too close for comfort.

"It was tiring," said Reynolds.

Said James: "We don't have give-up kids. They're not done until the fat lady sings, and that was pretty evident tonight. We just had a couple critical situations that didn't go our way."

Pub Date: 3/07/98

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