Owls beat Liberty to remain unbeaten

Westminster's Walkling, Selby deliver in middle late against Lions, 55-52

Girls basketball

High Schools

January 04, 2001|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Dick Ebersole knows it's simply a matter of time. His shocking Westminster girls basketball team, 4-19 a year ago, can't possibly go the entire season without a loss.

As the Owls showed again last night, however, they're certainly willing to give it a shot.

Trailing for much of the second half, Westminster finally got its inside game going down the stretch, with the tandem of Jennifer Walkling and Katie Selby combining for 10 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Owls to a 55-52 win over Liberty, improving them to 8-0.

"We were hoping for that all night, but it just wasn't happening until the very end," Ebersole said of the offensive spark from the middle. "There were some things we didn't do very well, yet we were lucky to pull that one out. We stepped up at the end."

Emily Bollinger led the Owls (1-0 Carroll County league, Central Maryland Conference) with 13 points and Walkling added 12, including a layup with 1:31 left that put the Owls on top for good.

Leading by a point with nine seconds left, Westminster built its lead to three when Kasey Owings (10 points) hit a pair of foul shots. With a final chance to tie with a three-pointer, Liberty was unable to get off a shot before the buzzer.

"It took us awhile to find our rhythm and tempo in the game, but once we found it, we got on a roll," Bollinger said.

For Liberty coach Dave Trumbo, whose team had played step for step with the Owls all night, the loss was agonizing.

"We played hard," Trumbo said. "They just got the ball inside and we weren't able to defend it."

Holly Steinacker led the Lions (4-4, 0-1, 0-1) with 15 points.

It was another in a series of impressive wins for the Owls, who already this season have knocked off perennial Harford County powers C. Milton Wright and Fallston, as well as an imposing team from nearby Francis Scott Key.

To players, however, starting league play with a solid win was perhaps even more important.

"I think this sends a message to all the county teams," Bollinger said.

Are the Owls' bound to lose at some point?

"No question," Ebersole said, "but we'll just keep playing them until it happens."

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