Middletown gets past Francis Scott Key

Knights prevail, 46-38, in turnover-plagued game

Girls Basketball

January 11, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Middletowns Crystal Shafer and Francis Scott Keys Ashley Norris collided head-on with 2:04 left in the third quarter. Both girls eventually walked away from the painful collision.

The moment symbolized how hard both teams played defense in a game that featured 38 turnovers by the Eagles and 25 by the Knights.

Middletown, by virtue of fewer turnovers and more accurate free- throw shooting, prevailed, 46-38, in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League contest at Key.

"We expected a tough game, Knights coach Kara Nelson said. Last year we won here on a missed free throw as time expired."

Last year the Knights (9-1, 6-0 league) made it to the regional finals and with most of their team back, they expect to go even further this season.

They displayed depth, height and quickness while employing a full-court press against Francis Scott Key (7-4, 5-3) that handcuffed the Eagles. Key committed 22 first-half turnovers, but it managed a 21-16 halftime lead thanks to a 1-for-12 shooting performance by the Knights in the second quarter.

"If we could have played the entire game like we did the second quarter, wed have won," said Norris, a hard-nosed, 5-foot-11 Eagles forward who had a season-high 13 rebounds to go with eight points.

Samantha Stambaugh, a 6-1 center, led the Eagles with 14 points and 13 rebounds, but she was 0-for-7 from the free-throw line, helping create a 5-for-18 team performance at the foul line.

"We got too rushed and flustered and needed to work the ball better," Stambaugh said.

Middletown, meanwhile, shot 14-for-17 from the free-throw line and received a strong all-around performance from guard Kim Waeber, who scored 12 points, the only Knight in double figures.

Meredith Carter scored 10 points and had three assists and five rebounds for the Eagles.

Francis Scott Key led after three quarters, 30-29, and went up, 32-29, before Middletown put together an 11-1 run that won it.

"We didnt allow them to score off the turnovers in the first half," Eagles coach Alice Rau said. "In the second half they did. The last four minutes made the difference."

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