Catonsville pulls out OT win at Hereford

Top scorers out, Comets win on late free throws

Girls basketball

January 13, 2001|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

You could see the look of happiness on the face of Catonsville coach Mike Mohler after his team's 48-46 overtime victory over host Hereford last night in a Baltimore County 2A-1A league game.

Or was it a look of relief?

The host Bulls (10-3, 3-1) went on an 8-0 run to begin the fourth quarter and tie the No. 16 Comets at 37. Hereford's array of defenses gave Catonsville (9-4, 5-0) fits, and it appeared Hereford would pull off the upset at the end of the quarter.

Catonsville, however, got a lay-up from Ashlee Shupert with 33 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 43, and played sound defense to force the overtime. Shupert lead the Comets with 14 points.

At the start of overtime, things only got worse for the Comets. Just 17 seconds in, forward Carly Wasserbach fouled out. Wasserbach was the Comets' second-leading scorer with 13 points. Less than 20 seconds later, Shupert was injured and had to leave the game (She later returned but didn't score). Without their two leading scorers, the Comets pressed on.

Catonsville got a three-pointer from Maura Lentz, her only points of the game, to go ahead 46-43. Hereford responded, using three foul shots from Gina Allen on two consecutive trips to the line to tie the game at 46 with 1:05 left.

With 29 seconds left, Catonsville's Dannie Packer was fouled as she drove the lane. Her two free throws gave the Comets a 48-46 lead. The Bulls had two cracks at tying the game, but a jumper and a shot in the paint, both by Gina Allen, fell short. She led Hereford with 16 points, and her sister, Jess, had 15.

"Hereford did a great job on us," said Mohler. "They out-hustled us down the stretch. We weren't in sync tonight, and we still won. I don't know how we won that game."

Mohler said the experience of being tested by a good team would only benefit the Comets.

"This is the first game we've played this year where we've been the favorites and we've been pushed," he said. "We didn't have our leaders in the overtime, so other kids had to step up for us. They did that tonight."

Hereford coach Dave Schreiner also was pleased with his team's play, if not the outcome.

"I told them they did 95 percent of things you need to do to win a game like this," Schreiner said. "But you can't do 95 percent; you have to do 100 percent. I told them to forget about this game, but forget it tomorrow. Think about what we did wrong tonight and how to correct them in the future."

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