Catholic clinches title in IAAM C Conference against Beth Tfiloh

Regional dual meets get under way tomorrow


High Schools

February 05, 2002|By Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield | Katherine Dunn and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

For Catholic senior Laura Dantoni, last night's 58-51 victory over Beth Tfiloh could not have been more fulfilling.

Not only did the 5-9 forward score 34 points but she made sure the Cubs clinched the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference regular-season championship. With one conference game left, the Cubs (15-4) are 15-0 in the conference - two games ahead of Beth Tfiloh.

The Cubs also beat the Warriors (16-2, 13-2) a month ago, 46-26, to avenge Beth Tfiloh's win in last season's C Conference tournament final.

"This was one game I really wanted to win," said Dantoni. "As a senior to win both is overwhelming. The feeling couldn't be better."

Dantoni rallied the Cubs from as much as a nine-point first-half deficit to take their first lead, 27-26, on her baseline jumper with 6:12 left in the third quarter.

Warriors point guard Stacy Hollander answered that with a three-pointer from the corner to take back the lead. When Dantoni capped a three-point play for a 30-29 edge with 4:57 to go in the quarter, the Cubs pulled ahead to stay.

In the third quarter, Dantoni scored the first 15 Cubs points, and in the first 12 minutes of the second half, she accounted for 24 of the Cubs' 27 points.

"At halftime, my coach was telling me to use my height to my advantage," said Dantoni, "so I was scoring anyway I could."

The Cubs had a height advantage at every position and in the second half, they began to exploit it while Anglesia Threet did a good job in the box-and-one defense of dogging Hollander, who finished with 19 points but hit just four of 20 from the field.

In the second half, fouls began hurting the Warriors, who put the Cubs on the line 42 times in the game. The Cubs hit 17 of 26 in the second half. Jenna Duffy made five of eight in the final 1:13 to hold off the Warriors, who closed to within 55-50 on Lisa Holzman's three- pointer with 18.5 seconds left.

"We just didn't execute on offense and then we got into foul trouble and they started hitting their shots," said Warriors coach Sonya Howell, whose team was outscored 15-3 in an 8-minute, 18-second stretch that ended late in the third quarter.

Regional duals tomorrow

The state regional duals begin tomorrow, and Owings Mills, Dulaney, Kenwood and Eastern Tech of Baltimore County, Patterson and Poly of Baltimore City, and Harford Tech and Joppatowne of Harford County will compete. The winners of each of eight regions will advance to Saturday's finals at Lansdowne High.

Dulaney (22-4), ranked No. 13, and Kenwood (11-1) will wrestle at third-ranked Mount Hebron (14-0) in the Class 4A-3A North region duals.

Mount Hebron, the No. 1 seed, meets fourth-seed Kenwood in one semifinal. The other semifinal features Dulaney, the No. 2 seed, against fifth-ranked River Hill (15-3), the No. 3 seed. The winner of each semifinal meets in a title match that will determine the region champ.

Patterson (12-1), ranked 14th, is the third seed in the 4A-3A East and will face eighth-ranked host Chesapeake-Anne Arundel (13-1), the No. 2 seed. The other semifinal pits seventh-ranked, defending champ Old Mill (13-0), the top seed, against ninth-ranked Annapolis (12-2), the fourth seed.

Fourth-ranked Owings Mills (19-1) is favored to defend its 2A-1A North crown at home, as is 11th-ranked host Hammond (12-2) in the 2A-1A South.

Top-seed Owings Mills meets fourth-seeded defending Baltimore County champ Eastern Tech (9-4). Two-time Harford County dual-meet champ Harford Tech is the No. 3 seed and will face second-seeded Joppatowne (10-3) in a rematch of an earlier match won by Harford Tech.

Although it will host its 2A-1A North region, Hammond is seeded second behind Bladensburg (13-0) of Prince George's County. The homestanding Bears meet third-seed Poly (8-0) of Baltimore City in one semifinal, with Bladensburg meeting fourth-seed Glenelg (10-4) in the other.

Squash champs

Players from Park, Gilman, Bryn Mawr and Roland Park brought home the most titles from the weekend's Maryland State High School Squash Championships at Meadow Mill Athletic Club.

In the boys' competition, Gilman's Jon Minkowski won the Under-19 championship while Park's Colin Campbell won both the Under-17 and Under-15 titles. St. Paul's Slatter Ottenritter won the Under-13 crown and Connor McGee, of the Calvert School, took the Under-11 victory.

Bryn Mawr's Cory Warfield took the Under-19 championship and teammates Ashley Campbell and Peyton Hawkins won at Under-17 and Under-13, respectively. Roland Park's Hailey Milbourne took the Under-15 crown, and St. Paul's Hillary Ottenritter won at Under-11.

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