Howard wakes up Spalding just in time to nip Reds by 4

Guard's 7 points boost Cavs in last 2 minutes

Girls basketball

February 03, 2000|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Archbishop Spalding's girls showed last night they can beat a quality opponent without playing their best basketball.

Having problems finding the basket most of the way, the 11th-ranked Cavaliers relied on pressure defense before finally executing offensively in the final minutes to get a 47-43 win over No. 13 Roland Park in Severn.

Senior point guard Carlisa Howard was the Cavaliers' only steady scorer, finishing with a game-high 21 points -- seven in the decisive, final 2: 02.

"We were just flat," said Spalding coach Deb Taylor. "How long is a game, 32 minutes? We were flat for the first 30. Defensively, we stayed tough long enough to hang around."

The Cavaliers (16-4) missed 14 of their 15 shots in the first quarter and then, trailing 36-31 to start the fourth, missed on their first eight shots before getting points from the free-throw line.

But Roland Park, continually slowing the game down and looking inside to Esther Ehrmann, who finished with a team-high 13 points, was never able to take advantage fully.

With time running out but the game still there for the taking, the Cavaliers' got greedy offensively.

With 1: 31 left, senior Lauren Schaech (10 points) hit a clutch three-pointer that cut Roland Park's lead to 42-40.

After the Reds (12-8) got a free throw from Kelsey Twist, Howard converted a three-point play, finishing a drive with her left hand and making the subsequent free throw, to tie the score at 43.

With 42 seconds left, Howard found Amy Altig inside to give the Cavaliers their first lead, 45-43.

Howard then wrapped up the game with another gutsy drive as the shot clock wound down with the game clock showing five seconds remaining.

"Being the point guard, coach [Taylor] talked with me about picking the right times to take over a game. Today was the time," said Howard. "We were sluggish but able to pick it up at the end. Everyone was feeding off each other, and we were able to come through."

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