Fallston shows mettle, still falls to C.M. Wright

Blown out in 1st meeting, Cougars drop 47-41 decision

Girls basketball

January 26, 2001|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Fallston girls basketball team had something to prove last night. The only problem was, it won the battle, but not the war.

Visiting C.M. Wright (11-4, 7-0) turned up the defensive pressure in the fourth quarter to down the Cougars, 47-41, in a Harford County League game.

Bernadete Colvin led all scorers with 15 points for C.M. Wright, while Heather Winkler led the Cougars with seven.

Fallston (7-6, 6-2) led by as many as five in the fourth quarter, but just could not put away the Mustangs. The Cougars lost at C.M. Wright by 30 points, 64-34, in December.

The win gives the Mustangs a two-game lead in the county race. Both of Fallston's losses have come at the hands of the Mustangs.

"That game [in December] was not an accurate guage as to how good they are," said Mustangs coach John Harvey. "We caught them on a bad night for them last time and we knew it would be a battle tonight."

Harvey was right. No team had more than a seven-point lead at any point in the game.

The teams traded baskets for most of the third quarter, but the Cougars used a 2-3 zone to build up a 35-30 lead with less than a minute gone in the fourth quarter.

Harvey called a timeout, and when the Mustangs returned to the floor the momentum shifted.

"I told them we had to step it up on the defensive end," said Harvey. "We were giving them easy baskets in the paint."

From that point on, the Mustangs went on a 17-6 run to end the game.

"We had been playing zone, but we switched back to man, and it worked much better," said Colvin. "We started denying them easy passes, and then the shots started falling for us."

The loss ended Fallston's seven-game winning streak. Nonetheless, coach Alice Puckett was pleased with the improvement the team has made recently.

"We are starting to play better, and our confidence is getting much better," said Puckett. "We weren't getting the calls down the stretch, but we had our opportunities. We still have to finish out the rest of the league and get ready for regionals, so the season is far from over."

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