S. Wasserbach's late shot puts Catonsville over top

8th-ranked Comets outlast charging Woodlawn, 63-57

Girls basketball

High schools

January 05, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

The eighth-ranked Catonsville girls basketball team had several chances to put away Woodlawn last night, but that didn't happen until Sandy Wasserbach nailed a three-pointer with 1:06 left that all but sealed a 63-57 Comets' victory.

The host Warriors came into the season determined to win the Baltimore County title, but the defending champion Comets used 18-for-24 free-throw shooting and Wasserbach's big play to hold off a Woodlawn squad that hit five more field goals.

Wasserbach's third three-pointer came after her sister Carly tied up a Warriors player for the rebound and the Comets got the possession.

Ashley Liggett drove toward the basket and kicked the ball out to Sandy Wasserbach in the right corner. The freshman, who finished with 19 points, nailed the open shot for a 59-53 lead.

"If she doesn't hit that shot, the whole game could have been different. That turned everything around," said Liggett, who scored 12 of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter.

Sandy Wasserbach extended the margin to 61-53 on two free throws with 29 seconds left.

In a fast-paced back-and-forth game, the Comets appeared in control midway through the third quarter, running up a 40-27 lead. It didn't last long. The Warriors rallied with a 15-1 run that gave them a 42-41 lead 35 seconds into the fourth.

That didn't last, either. The Comets scored six points within 44 seconds left to take the lead for good. Woodlawn twice closed within two, but could not get closer.

"We waited too long to try to get back into the game," said Nicole Dixon, who led the Warriors with 18 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks. "We busted our butts, but in the last minute, we couldn't keep the lead."

The Comets improve to 7-3 overall and 3-1 in Division II while the Warriors fall to 7-1 and 2-1.

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