Arundel holds on to beat Annapolis

No. 14 Wildcats are solid down stretch in victory over Panthers, 56-53

Girls basketball

High Schools

January 17, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

A young Arundel team never lost its composure in Annapolis last night, avoiding an upset by the host Panthers to post a 56-53 win in a well-played girls basketball game.

The game was close all the way. It was tied at 49 and 51 in the final 1:20 before Alex McGuire, one of four Wildcats freshmen, hit a short jumper to give her a game-high 17 points to go with 10 rebounds and two blocks.

McGuire's basket gave the No. 14 Wildcats the lead for good at 53-51 with 36 seconds left.

Two free throws by junior Jessica Collins (13 points) made it 55-51 with 22 seconds left after an Annapolis turnover. Any hopes of a Panthers miracle ended when junior Amanda Hernandez made the second of two free throws for a 56-51 lead with 16 seconds to go.

"We knew we had the same record as they did coming in here and we had to win," said Hernandez, who scored eight of her 12 points in the last quarter, including a pair of threes.

"We just weren't playing good defense at all in the first half, but switching to the 2-3, we did pretty good."

The Wildcats (9-4 overall, 5-2 in the Anne Arundel County League) overcame a 32-22 halftime deficit when coach Lee Rogers switched to the 2-3 defense. They shaved six points off the Annapolis lead and trailed by 36-32 going into the final period.

"We didn't play well against that defense, and it took us too long to get into anything," said Annapolis coach John Brady.

"And we missed a couple easy shots, but they still had to score and they made their shots. At the end they made their foul shots. They didn't back into the win - they made the plays."

Against the 2-3, Annapolis (8-5, 4-3) hit only two of 15 shots in the third period after making 15 of 38 from the field in the first half and holding a 27-12 rebounding advantage.

Arundel did a better job rebounding in the third period, grabbing eight to the Panthers' five and winning the period, 10-4. The Panthers finished the game with a 39-25 rebounding edge, but it was 12-12 in the second half.

Rishelle Charles and Felicia Karavellas (11 points, eight rebounds) had eight points each for Annapolis in the first half, and Samantha Sydney (game-high 11 rebounds) and Whitney Crankfield (team-high 14 points) had six points each.

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