F. Scott Key pushes aside Linganore

Balance, changes send Eagles into final, 58-45

2A West girls basketball

High School

March 02, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

A halftime defensive change, dominant rebounding by Adria Stonesifer and solid all-around play from all five starters added up to a 58-45 Francis Scott Key girls basketball victory over Linganore last night in the Class 2A West Region semifinals.

Francis Scott Key (17-8) advanced to tomorrow night's final against the Middletown-Urbana winner.

Linganore's Kathryn Linehan, who was ejected with 3:38 to play for throwing an elbow at Meredith Carter, scored 17 points, including three three-point baskets in the first half against Key's 2-3 zone defense.

"When we went to a 1-3-1 zone after halftime, we held her to just two points in the third quarter," Key coach Alice Rau said. Linehan did not score in the fourth quarter.

Stonesifer, a 6-foot center, scored 12 points and grabbed 20 rebounds.

"That was the best I've seen her [Stonesifer] play," said Linganore coach Brian Matthews, whose assistant coach also was ejected at the same time as Linehan.

At that time, Key held a 44-37 lead. Carter, who scored 22 points to pace all scorers, made three of the four technical free throws and the Eagles went on a 10-4 run to pull ahead 54-42.

"I thought the technicals helped us a lot," Stonesifer said. "We played very physical tonight, shot well, worked the ball well and kept our poise."

The Eagles went to the foul line 35 times, making 17. Visiting Linganore (15-9) attempted 17 free throws, making 13.

Ashley Norris scored 12 points, made three steals, blocked three shots and had three assists.

"Our hearts are really in it now," Norris said. "This is my first time in the regional finals."

Samantha Stambaugh scored seven points and had seven rebounds. Carter also had four assists and three steals.

"Adria made a key rebound and put-back off a missed foul shot that really helped us in the third quarter," Rau said. "She gave them no second shots in the second half."

Stonesifer's rebound basket tied the game at 26 with four minutes left in the third quarter. Carter then made a three-point basket and free throw as the Eagles - down 23-20 at halftime - opened some breathing space at 30-26.

"We know that each game can be our last," said Carter. "We had confidence at halftime and worked the ball well tonight."

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