Western edges Mervo for 4A North title, 56-54

Dunbar tops Catonsville in 2A North

Key tumbles

Girls basketball roundup

March 04, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Western's Jeanell Hughes shot free throws with confidence yesterday, and that made all the difference in the game.

The sophomore forward, who struggled from the foul line in Thursday's semifinal, made two free throws with 38.5 seconds left to help the No. 8-ranked Doves clinch a 56-54 victory over No. 17 Mervo for their fifth straight Class 4A North regional girls basketball title.

Western advances to meet the winner of last night's Suitland-Oxon Hill game in the state semifinals at 5 p.m. Thursday at UMBC.

"I've been working very hard in practice on my free throws because I know when crunch time comes down, I have to make them," said Hughes, who hit five of 12 free throws in the semifinal victory at Walbrook. "We were down by one and I knew I had to make both of them. We had to win this game."

After Hughes gave the host Doves a 55-54 lead yesterday, Rolonda Brown added one more free throw with 12.4 seconds left to seal the victory.

As a team, the Doves shot 17-for-24 from the line, a vast improvement over 21-for-46 Thursday - and they needed every one, because Mervo hit 21 field goals compared with 18 for Western.

Erin Ashley, who scored 16, converted a three-point play to give the Mustangs a 54-53 edge with 2:18 left, but they struggled after three-point ace Tobie Ashley fouled out with 1:29 to go.

"This is one of the best team's that Mervo's ever put on the floor, and maybe ever will, and we still can't get past Western," said Mervo coach Nancy Havranek, whose team lost, 69-53, at Western during the regular season. "I don't know what it is."

2A North final

No. 11 Dunbar 71, No. 13 Catonsville 66: Senior Tiera Little took over in the paint in the third quarter, sparking a 19-1 run that rallied the host Poets (21-4) past the Comets (21-5).

Dani Packer scored 14 of her game-high 24 points in the first half and Ashley Ligget tossed in 13 of her 15 as visiting Catonsville took a 40-31 lead to halftime.

The 5-foot-8 Little, who had 12 of her game-high 16 rebounds in the second half, scored 10 of her 16 points in the third period. Dunbar outscored the Comets 26-8 in the period and held off a late charge.

2A West final

Urbana 54, Francis Scott Key 34: In a 10-10 tie after the first quarter, the host Hawks (18-7) outscored the Eagles (17-9) 21-4 in the second quarter and cruised to the regional title.

Urbana made seven of its first 10 shots during the decisive period, while Francis Scott Key shot 2-for-6. The Eagles rarely got an offensive rebound all night.

Key had a golden chance in the third period to get back into the game. The Eagles' press helped Urbana miss its first 10 shots the first five minutes of that period. The Eagles cut the deficit to 31-21, but Urbana went on an 11-0 run to finish them off.

1A South final

Glenelg 74, Smithsburg 50: The Gladiators (17-7) went on a 19-8 run in the third quarter to erase a three-point halftime deficit and defeat the visiting Leopards (19-6) for their third straight berth to the state tournament.

Christian schools

Chapelgate 59, Grace Brethern 32: Kristin Lynott scored 22 points and added 10 rebounds to lead the Flames (25-5) over the Eagles in the Maryland Christian Schools state tournament final at Washington Bible College.

Victory Christian 48, Carroll Christian 45: In Williamstown, N.J., the host Warriors (21-4) put together a 13-4 run in the fourth quarter to down the Patriots (16-7) and win the Mid-East Regional American Association Christian Schools Tournament for a fourth consecutive year.

Baltimore Catholic League

Because of the impending snowstorm, the boys tournament final between Towson Catholic (27-6) and St. Maria Goretti (23-9) will be played at 3 p.m. today at Goucher College, BCL commissioner Jack Degele said.

The JV championship will be played at 1 p.m.

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