Wright zones in defensively on N. Harford, gallops to victory

C. M.

Mustangs use 21-2 spurt in 2nd half to win, 66-47

still unbeaten in league

Girls basketball

January 20, 2001|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Junior guard Stacie Johnson and senior guard Andrea Stephenson each scored a game-high 16 points to lift the C. Milton Wright girls basketball team to a 66-47 victory over North Harford last night in Pylesville.

The Mustangs (9-3, 6-0 Harford County League) overcame 29 turnovers and an early eight-point deficit, taking over with a 21-2 run that started midway through the third quarter.

To that point, the Hawks (9-4, 5-2) had led for much of the game. But after a three-pointer by senior guard Monica Joines gave them a 34-32 lead with three minutes into the second half, the Hawks hit just one field goal over the next 11:22 and never led again. They finished 15-for-64 shooting (23 percent) for the game.

"Basically we went to a 2-3 zone, and usually we play man-to-man," said C. M. Wright coach John Harvey, whose team finished 25 of 56 (45 percent) from the field, including 5-for-11 on three-point attempts. "They don't have the outside shooters that they had last year. When you play zone, you take the middle away; they can't penetrate so they start launching them, and it's easier to get the rebound."

Six different players scored on the spurt, which began with six straight points on consecutive layups by junior center Coleen Harvey and a 12-foot jumper by senior center Erin Perdue (10 rebounds). Jessica Cushing scored on a put-back to bring the Hawks to within 38-36, but the Mustangs reeled off 15 straight points over the next 4:20. Johnson, who also had four rebounds, four steals and three assists, hit a 10-foot jumper with 6:58 left, capping the run that gave C. M. Wright a 53-36 advantage.

North Harford controlled the game early as it forced the Mustangs into 18 first-half turnovers. The Hawks took their biggest lead, 10-2, on a 12-foot jumper by Joines three minutes into the game.

The Mustangs came back thanks to the shooting of Stephenson -- who converted four of seven three-pointers and also had five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot -- and took their first lead at 25-23 on a put-back by senior forward Bernadette Colvin. The lead changed three times in the opening three minutes of the second half, before Wright went on its 21-2 run.

"We don't have one star; we're the deepest team in the county," said Colvin, who added 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. "We can put anybody in, and we're not going to lose any of our game."

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