Third-quarter drought sinks Westminster in loss to Arundel

No. 9 Owls stall, 59-55, in 4A East matchup

Boys regional quarterfinals

High Schools

March 01, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Westminster's road to College Park fell about 25 miles short.

Ninth-seeded Arundel pulled off a shocker, holding the high-powered Owls' offense to a single field goal in the third quarter and upsetting top-seeded Westminster, 59-55, in a Class 4A East quarterfinal game in Gambrills last night.

Seven of the Owls' 16 field goals came from behind the three-point arc, but the talk afterward centered on the pivotal third quarter during which the Wildcats erased a nine-point halftime deficit to lead, 45-43.

Ranked ninth, Westminster (20-3) missed nine shots in that quarter, while Arundel (10-13) connected on nine of 12 attempts from the field.

"They turned up their defensive intensity, and we never matched it," said Owls junior shooting guard Jon-David Byers, who led all scorers with 23 points. "They made their runs, and we couldn't stay with them."

In the final quarter, Westminster had a 52-49 lead with 3: 26 left courtesy of a layup by senior forward Adrian Lynch (10 points). But sophomore forward Louis Benson (a team-high 14 points) hit a mid-range jumper and a three-pointer from the left corner to give the Wildcats a 54-52 lead.

After Arundel junior forward Rodney Spriggs stole the ball from senior forward Nick Hohenwarter, junior guard Derek Hardin drew a foul with 1: 05 left.

But Hardin missed the front end of the one-and-one, and Owls senior guard David Wynne (11 points) was fouled on the rebound attempt.

Wynne converted one of two free throws to cut the lead to one, but senior forward Justin Roach hit four straight free throws to give the Wildcats a 58-53 lead.

Benson followed Lynch's putback with seven seconds left by sinking one of two free throws to seal the win.

"We knew that they could shoot the tree," said Hardin, who scored 13 points for Arundel. "We wanted to get into the passing lanes and guard against the three pointer."

Four of Westminster's seven three-pointers came in the first half when the Owls enjoyed a 34-25 lead. But Wildcats coach Sam Golder said his team was content to watch Westminster launch their treys.

"Shooting a wide-open jumper is not that hard," he said. "Once we put a hand in their faces, that changed things."

The shocking loss was evident on the Owls players as they emerged from the visitor's locker room. Tears filled the eyes of Hohenwarter and senior point guard Ryan Salkeld. And Wynne, perhaps unfairly, blamed himself for not hitting both free throws in the final minute of the game.

"I could feel the momentum swinging after halftime," said Hohenwarter. "I don't know what it was, but they were making everything, and we couldn't get our shots to fall."

Westminster coach Dave Byers called the loss disappointing, but said it wouldn't overshadow the Owls' year, which included winning the Central Maryland Conference title.

"It's another season," Byers said. "Five years from now, they will remember the experiences they had, the friends they made, and the 20 wins they had. It's not the end of the world."

Class 2A West

Fort Hill 83, Francis Scott Key 73: Fort Hill's 6-foot-5 swingman Jeremy Snyder scored a game-high 52 points to down the host Eagles in a quarterfinal in Union Bridge last night.

Francis Scott Key, seeded ninth, had a 47-40 lead in the third quarter, but top-seeded Fort Hill (19-3) went on a 14-1 run before the end of the quarter and converted 21 of 28 free-throw attempts in the final period.

Junior forward Kdoy Jenkins led the Eagles with 23 points, but all eyes were on Snyder who nailed 12 three-pointers from NBA range.

"We had a man on him the whole time," said Francis Scott Key coach Jeff Cook. "He was unbelievable."

Class 4A North

No. 2 Southern-B 76, Mervo 68: Junior guards Melvin Scott and Darshan Luckey teamed for 44 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (18-5) past the host Mustangs. Southern pulled away from a 27-27 halftime tie to go up by 19 midway through the third quarter.

No. 5 Douglass 71, No. 14 Northwestern 67: The Ducks charged out to a 14-point lead in the third quarter, but had to hold off the host Wildcats, whose fourth-quarter rally led by Gordon Clark fell short.

Clark scored 18 of his game-high 27 points in the last quarter, but it wasn't enough to offset the strong guard play Douglass (16-4) received.

No. 13 Walbrook 74, Woodlawn 67: Daevon Haskins scored 21 points, Lamont Keaton had 17 and Jamaal Booker added 13 to lead host Walbrook (17-4) past Woodlawn (11-13) in a battle of Warriors.

Lake Clifton 68, Dulaney 31: The Lakers had four players reach double figures in their comfortable win over the visiting Lions.

Aarron Cook led the way with 20 points, while Antonio Regis scored 15, Tyrone Burns chipped in 12 and Laysean Hall added 10 in the win. The Lakers (15-6) dominated from the start, taking a 29-8 lead into halftime.

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