17-4 closing run lifts Chesapeake-AA, 56-53

No. 8 Arundel leads nearly entire game against No. 14

Girls basketball

High schools

January 18, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

There were more downs than ups in the first three-plus quarters for the Chesapeake girls basketball team yesterday against visiting Arundel.

But the finish is all the No. 14 Cougars care to remember.

Trailing by double digits in each quarter, the Cougars dug in late to rally for a 56-53 victory over the No. 8 Wildcats in Anne Arundel County play.

Senior guard Lynnea Spinnenweber hit a three-pointer from the top of the key with 1:24 left to give the Cougars (8-3 overall, 4-2 county) a 54-53 lead, their first since the opening possession. All that was left were two free throws from Courtney Gogolinski and some strong defense.

The Cougars - who spent a good part of the game turning the ball over or hurrying their shots against a quick Arundel defense - got it right in the end, closing with a 17-4 run after trailing 49-39 with 5:31 left.

"It was really hard. I know a lot of us get down on ourselves when things go bad, but we all wanted it," said Spinnenweber, who shared team scoring honors with senior center Ginger Williams (15 points). "We're starting to look inside ourselves to see what we have to do as individuals before we can get it done as a team. We needed it confidence-wise. This was a big builder."

The Wildcats (9-3, 5-1) led by as many as 11 in the first quarter, 12 in the second, 11 in the third and 10 in the fourth with some aggressive defense and hot perimeter shooting.

While the Cougars got hot, the Wildcats went cold.

Consecutive baskets from senior forward Meghan Klug helped cut the Arundel lead to 53-50 when Williams was sent to the free-throw line with 1:37 left. After making her first try, she missed her second, but the rebound was taken by Kristin Siskey, who sent it out to Spinnenweber at the top of the key.

"We just came out of the huddle and I told the big girls that I can't shoot, so I may pump and get it back in. But I thought, `Hey, I may as well give it one more shot.' So then I just fired it up," Spinnenweber said.

On their final three possessions, the Wildcats missed a three-point try, turned the ball over and had Anastasia Baker's three-pointer at the buzzer hit off the rim.

"I think we grew as a team tonight," said Chesapeake coach John Spinnenweber. "We had some people earlier in the year - and a lot of them - that when bad things started to happen, whatever it was, we sort of shut down and didn't perform well. Tonight, it happened in the first half, happened in the third quarter, but at the end of the game, those people really stepped up."

Sophomore guard Alexandra McGuire led the Wildcats with a game-high 17 points.

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