Chesapeake-AA takes region

Spinnenweber's 19 send Frederick to 60-51 defeat

Class 4A East girls basketball

High Schools

March 02, 2002|By Eric Brandner | Eric Brandner,SUN STAFF

FREDERICK -- Last night's Class 4A East Region girls basketball final was a family affair.

Chesapeake-Anne Arundel's Lynnea Spinnenweber scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half in helping give her father and coach his first 4A East Regional championship with a 60-51 victory over Frederick.

"For her to set up tonight was really awesome," John Spinnenweber said. "That's one of the real blessings of being a parent and a coach."

Frederick (21-4) came out pressing, forcing three early turnovers to take a 7-0 lead. But the Cougars (20-6) eventually settled into their offense, hitting three straight three-pointers to tie the score at 17-17 at the end of the first quarter.

While the Cougars slowed down the tempo in the second quarter and got better looks, the Cadets couldn't find the basket, shooting a dismal 4-for-22 in the period. Chesapeake senior Nicole DeLeonardo's buzzer-beating three gave the Cougars a 29-27 halftime lead.

"We were real concerned before knowing how well they press and the type of numbers they put up, but I think we handled the press real well," John Spinnenweber said.

Chesapeake handled the press well enough to make the Cadets call it off early in the second half after the Cougars took a 36-29 lead. Frederick's Kristal Hood (23 points) narrowed the deficit to three, but Spinnenweber scored the final seven points of the third quarter to stretch the lead to 43-35.

The Cadets went back to the press early in the fourth quarter, but another Spinnenweber three, along with a difficult layup by Ginger Williams, kept the Cougars in control. Junior Courtney Gogolinski (16 points) hit all six of her free throws in the final two minutes to seal the victory.

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