Carroll Christian plays tough defense, shuts down Stubbs

Patriots take revenge, pound Granite Baptist

January 22, 1999|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Carroll Christian, burned by a 31-point show from Granite Baptist senior Alana Stubbs last month, made sure it did not happen again.

The Patriots (8-3), with an effective double-team on Stubbs, ran off 13 successive points in less than three minutes midway of the first half, and went on to beat the visiting Braves (4-6) last night, 47-29.

Carroll Christian, using a box-and-one on Stubbs, had lost the earlier meeting in Glen Burnie, 50-44.

Aside from the Patriots' brief scoring flurry, the rustiness of both teams was obvious. The holidays and the adverse weather had played havoc with the schedules.

With Carroll Christian coach Matt Reisberg shuttling players in and out to keep fresh legs in the game against Stubbs, the 1,000-point career scorer had only two free throws until making her first basket with two minutes left in the game. She finished with six points.

From the succession of missed shots and turnovers, there was no reason to expect the sudden scoring burst by the Patriots. Junior Katie Kirk, a 5-foot-3 guard who averages nine points a game, had that many in helping her side boost the count to 21-6 with 90 seconds gone in the second quarter.

As quickly as the scoring touch arrived, it disappeared.

While the Westminster team went scoreless the rest of the period, Granite was a little better with three free throws and its first basket in an 11-minute stretch.

Carroll Christian's normal 1-2 scoring punch of senior Julie Wike and sophomore Krystal Dixon highlighted the third quarter with five points apiece, and the Patriots went to the final eight minutes with a 33-18 cushion.

"We decided to put two players on Stubbs, and use a triangle, with a chaser out front," Reisberg said of his defensive alignment.

"Although I have a definite starting five, we are deep enough that I can get nine players into the game in the first quarter without much drop-off. The young ones are not far behind.

The result was frustration for Stubbs, who was hounded all over the floor and then the 6-footer had the 6-1 Wike to contend with around the basket.

Where Reisberg was able to run in fresh troops, Stubbs and outside shooter Alex Ford were in for most of the game. Ford was her team's top scorer with 14 points.

"That's the first time Alana has seen a double-team," Granite Baptist coach Rona Baab said. "She's tough and aggressive and will tear up a box-and-one. It was just one of those nights."

As for Reisberg, he said it was obvious his team's offense and defense needed work. "Our last game was more than two weeks ago, though, so we know this was not a true picture of our team," he said.

"They were just getting into a groove before Christmas, but with that break, and the weather, it's been tough. Now, it is hard to tell where we are. However, we have a game tomorrow [today] at Perry Hall Christian and three next week, and we should be much better by then."

Pub Date: 1/22/99

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