Owls beat Frederick inside-out

Westminster uses size to its advantage, 71-64

Girls basketball

High Schools

January 16, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Westminster girls basketball coach Dick Ebersole said his players believe they can win every game on their home floor.

Facing a Frederick team that last season handed them their only home loss, the Owls proved it last night.

Shaking off a slow start, Westminster got its offense rolling by taking advantage of mismatches in the paint, scoring 44 points in the middle two quarters in a 71-64 victory over Central Maryland Conference power Frederick.

With junior Kerry Higgs (nine points, seven assists) running the offense, the Owls committed just four turnovers in the second half while consistently getting the ball inside to 5-foot-11 Jennifer Walking (21 points) and 6-1 Emily Bollinger (19), who usually finished the play.

"I didn't think they could handle us inside," Walking said.

Led by guard Kristal Hood (29 points), however, Frederick (8-3 overall, 3-1 CMC), which had suffered its only other losses to No. 11 Dunbar and Washington-area power Riverdale Baptist, was in the game until final seconds.

Trailing 37-36, the Owls (9-2, 3-1) made the game's decisive move, regaining the lead on a layup by Walking and 15-footer by Hollie Cushen (10 points), then using a 7-0 run to build a 56-45 lead seconds into the fourth quarter.

Though Frederick pulled to within one on Chelsea Reidy's three-pointer with 1:58 left, the Owls sealed the win by making seven of 11 foul shots in the final 1:37.

"They were on fire," said Frederick coach Todd Bono. "Defensively, we just didn't match up well with them. They had a lot of size inside, and their guards found the big players."

Early, however, this one had the makings of a blowout for Frederick.

Down 4-2, the Cadets reeled off 12 straight points by creating fast-break chances. Led by Hood and Amanda Milstead, Frederick sank six straight shots during the torrid two-minute stretch.

Led by Bollinger and guard Carmen Fajardo, the Owls went on a 10-2 run of their own, capped by Fajardo's 12-footer, that cut the lead to 16-14 just over a minute into the second quarter. Higgs' steal and layup with 10 seconds left gave the Owls a 29-26 lead at halftime.

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