Western comes up empty-handed, 49-46

Missed rebounds costly in loss to Oxon Hill

Girls 4A state semifinals

High Schools

March 10, 2000|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Oxon Hill grabbed only two more rebounds than No. 7 Western in last night's state Class 4A semifinal, but those two missed opportunities kept the Doves from advancing to tomorrow's state final.

Trailing by two points in the final 38 seconds, Western sent the Clippers to the free-throw line three times. Twice, the Doves failed to box out and on the other, 5-foot-11 Tyecia Powell and the Clippers' 6-2 center Rebekkah Brunson both grabbed the ball but possession went to Oxon Hill.

Unable to make up any ground in the waning seconds, the Doves fell, 49-46, in their third straight trip to the Class 4A final four at UMBC.

The Clippers (21-4), who knocked off defending state champion Suitland in the South Region semifinal, advance to tomorrow's final and will meet No. 6 Arundel, a 73-58 winner over Frederick yesterday.

The Doves (19-7), who trailed 46-44 after Stephanie Tolbert hit a three-pointer with 45 seconds left, had to put their Prince George's County opponents on the line if they hoped to get the ball back. The Clippers, in the one-and-one, hit only one of four free throws, but the Doves couldn't get the rebounds.

"We didn't box out," said Doves coach Artie Uhlich. "There's no reason on a foul shot that they should be getting the rebound. On those foul shots, they weren't making the one-and-ones, but we've got to get that rebound to come back."

After Tiffany Brooks missed the front end of a one-and-one with 38 seconds left, Brunson grabbed the rebound and converted the follow for a 48-44 Clippers lead.

Powell converted a follow shot at the other end to pull the Doves within 48-46 with 21 seconds left.

Five seconds later, the Doves sent Latasha Ford to the line. She missed the first shot, but when Powell and Brunson got tied up on the rebound, the possession arrow gave the ball back to Oxon Hill.

Moving the ball quickly, the Clippers kept the Doves from fouling until 4.5 seconds remained. Jesthela Lopez hit the first shot, missed the second and Clipper Alexis Lewis grabbed the rebound.

The loss was particularly heartbreaking for the Doves, because they led until the final 33 seconds of the third quarter. Early on, they ran up a 26-13 lead, powered by 13 points from Lillian Drumgold. Her layup with 5: 43 left in the second quarter capped an 18-3 run in which she scored 10 and Tolbert hit a pair of three-pointers.

But the Doves, who scored 22 points in the first quarter, couldn't keep the offense clicking and scored just 24 points in the final three quarters.

Oxon Hill, which got only eight points from Brunson in the first half, started going inside where the senior had at least a five-inch height advantage over everyone but Powell. The Georgetown-bound center scored a game-high 21 points to go with 21 rebounds.

OXON HILL -- Brunson 21, Oliver 12, Lopez 1, Williams 5, Brooks 2, Ford 4, Pain 2, Jones 2. Totals: 18 10-24 49.

WESTERN -- Drumgold 17, Tolbert 15, Gorham 1, Powell 6, Brown 2, Hughes 2, Young 3. Totals: 20 1-3 46. Half: W 28-23

No. 6 Arundel 73, Frederick 58: The Wildcats (24-2) overcame an early 10-point deficit, relying on their relentless pressure defense that eventually wore on the overwhelmed Cadets, to come away with an easy win and a return trip to the state title game.

Junior guard Jill Marano led Arundel with 21 points.

FREDERICK -- Brennan 25, Jobe 10, Andrews 6, Hood 6, Brown 5, Bryan 4, Peterson 2. Totals 23 8-15 58.

ARUNDEL -- Marano 21, Pucci 18, Fauntleroy 14, Washington 4, Gonzales 3, Collins 10, Sutton 3. Totals 24 22-34 73. Half: A 32-31.

Girls basketball playoffs

State semifinals (At UMBC)

Yesterday's games

Class 4A

Arundel 73, Frederick 58

Oxon Hill 49, Western 46

Class 3A

DuVal 55, Paint Branch 49

Milford Mill 75, Thom. Stone, 63

Today's games

Class 2A

Parkside vs. Linganore, 3

Gwynn Park vs. Dunbar, 5

Class 1A

Pocomoke vs. Allegany, 7

Glenelg vs. Rising Sun, 9

State finals

Tomorrow's games

Class 2A, 1 p.m.

Class 4A

Arundel vs. Oxon Hill, 3 p.m.

Class 1A, 6 p.m.

Class 3A

DuVal vs. Milford Mill, 8 p.m.

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