Catonsville cruises past Hereford, 67-46

No. 14 Comets use 26-3 run in 2nd quarter to pull away

Girls basketball

February 10, 2000|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

After Tuesday's 27-point loss to Mercy, Catonsville coach Mike Mohler didn't know what to expect from his Comets last night.

He shouldn't have worried.

The Comets went on a 26-3 run in the second quarter to defeat host Hereford, 67-46, in a Baltimore County Division II game.

Carrie Lowman led the Comets (14-5, 11-0) with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ashley Liggett had 13 points for Catonsville. Hereford's Jodi Anderson scored 13 points.

No. 14 Catonsville, which never trailed, had a 20-10 lead to begin the second quarter before going on the run. The Comets used pressure defense and excellent shooting to blow the Bulls away. Hereford (15-3, 9-2) did not hit a field goal in the second quarter.

Even when Hereford appeared to slow down the Comets' inside game, Catonsville responded by hitting five three-pointers.

The win gives the Comets a commanding two-game lead in the divisional race. The champions of Divisions I and II will meet for the county title later this season.

"I was unsure about what to expect after [Tuesday]," Catonsville coach Mike Mohler said. "We shot the daylights out of the ball tonight. We rose to the occasion in second quarter, and that was the game. Give Hereford credit, though, they never quit."

The Bulls went on a run of their own, outscoring Catonsville, 33-21, in the second half, but by then it was too late.

"Our kids played well, although we didn't shoot the ball particularly well," Hereford coach Dave Schreiner said. "If you can't score, though, it doesn't matter how well you play. The game was pretty much over at halftime."

Liggett, a sophomore, said the Mercy game motivated her and her teammates last night.

"We kind of got embarrassed against Mercy," Liggett said. "They were better than we expected, and it made tonight that much more important. We came out and showed what kind of team we really were tonight."

Liggett said the Comets have been looking forward to playing Hereford since the previous game, a 50-46 Catonsville win.

"We didn't play well then," she said. "I didn't go the basket, and we didn't play defense."

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