Catonsville gets an upper hand on Woodlawn, 58-45

Girls basketball

January 31, 2002|By Eric Brandner | Eric Brandner,SUN STAFF

No. 7 Catonsville used two big runs and controlled the ball when it had to last night in defeating visiting Woodlawn, 58-45.

The Warriors had turnover problems early, committing 14 in the first half. The Comets were able to break through early in the second quarter, when two Ashley Liggett layups fueled an 8-0 run, giving Catonsville a 21-15 lead.

"The only thing we talked about is making four or five passes in the set offense and we thought we could get some good looks and just not throw it up right away," Catonsville coach Mike Mohler said.

Comets forward Carly Wasserbach scored 14 points and played tough defense, frustrating Warriors center Nicole Dixon and holding her to just four points.

"Last time, I think we didn't really know how she could play," Wasserbach said, "but this time we knew what she was going to do and we knew how to cover her."

Dixon scored 18 points and had eight blocks in the first meeting between the teams, a 63-57 Catonsville victory. However, she was in foul trouble throughout the night and had only two first-half baskets to her credit when she fouled out with 3:43 left in the contest.

The Comets (13-3, 9-0 Baltimore County Division II) took a 30-22 lead into the half.

Another Liggett layup two minutes into the third quarter started a 15-0 Comets run that included three technical fouls in three minutes.

"It got really really crazy and there was a lot of trash-talking out on the court," Wasserbach said. "But we came through and Ashley put in a lot of important shots that she made on her technical fouls."

Woodlawn head coach DeWayne Burroughs was called for the first technical foul of the night with 3:08 remaining in the third for arguing with the officials over an uncalled timeout. Warriors guard Brittany Taylor was called for the team's second technical foul a minute later later.

Liggett (16 points) sank three of four free throws before getting called for a technical herself after arguing with Woodlawn players.

Woodlawn's Rhonda Shelly (eight points) picked up the final technical of the evening in the fourth quarter, but the Comets already had the game well in hand.

Parkville 59, No. 20 Milford Mill 56, OT: The Knights (14-3, 9-1) moved into first place in Baltimore County's Division I with their second win this season over the Millers (13-5, 8-2).

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