Westminster feels growing pains

No. 17-ranked girls fall to Frederick, 64-45


January 10, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The extremely young, No. 17-ranked Westminster Owls girls basketball team looked at last night's 64-45 loss to Frederick as a learning experience.

"This will make us a better team in March," Owls coach Dick Ebersole said. "You have to remember we're coming off a four-win season. I'll take a 9-1 record at this point."

The Owls, who were led in scoring against Frederick by two freshmen and a sophomore, are not likely to face a better team all season than the one they played last night at Westminster. Frederick (6-3 overall, 3-0 league) had beaten No. 10-ranked Dunbar of Baltimore and lost in overtime to Riverdale Baptist, ranked No. 2 in the Washington area. They also lost to No. 5-ranked St. Frances.

"They were exceedingly athletic," Ebersole said. "We didn't handle their press and our own press was not as effective as usual."

Westminster committed 28 turnovers, 22 of them on steals by Frederick's full-court man-for-man press that the Cadets played for most of the game.

Frederick displayed a balanced offense with four players reaching double figures, but point guard Kristol Hood and center Ashley Bush hurt the Owls the most.

Bush scored 16 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, made five steals, and had four assists. Hood, averaging 17 points, scored only 11 but had eight assists, five steals and six rebounds.

Westminster started out tight, falling behind 7-2, before freshman forward Jennifer Walkling went on a tear, scoring 10 of her 15-point total in the first quarter, including eight straight points that lifted the Owls from an 11-6 deficit to a 14-11 lead. The Owls led 16-11 at the end of the quarter.

"The first quarter was a good wake-up for us," Cadets coach Todd Bono said. "It's hard o get up for every game, and we weren't tight on our press in that quarter."

The Cadets tightened the press up in the second quarter, outscoring Westminster 28-2 to go ahead 39-18 at halftime.

No. 13 Mount St. Joseph 63, No. 3 Towson Catholic 46: Mount St. Joseph's J.J. Outlaw scored 14 of his 21 points in the decisive third period, including four three-pointers, and Kevin Mickens scored all eight of his points in the fourth in a Catholic League boys game.

Mickens, 6 feet 8, also had 10 rebounds.

Also playing well for 13th-ranked Mount St. Joseph (13-4, 2-2) was 6-5 Anthony Fair with 11 points.

The game was halted for nearly 30 minutes after 6-7 Towson Catholic sophomore Matt Stevenson, called for a charge during a collision, fell and broke his left forearm. Stevenson was taken off the court by stretcher and moved by ambulance to Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where it will be determined whether he needs an operation.

Darren Hopkins (15 points) and Justin Miles (10 points) led the Owls (10-3, 1-2), who played their second game without 6-7 Carmello Anthony and 6-8 Byron Joynes. Anthony, out for disciplinary reasons according to athletic director Colleen Cox, has been cleared by the administration to return as early as Tuesday's game against McDonogh.

She said the return of Joynes, who is academically ineligible, may take longer.

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