Chapelgate ends slump by beating Pallotti, 71-62

Yellow Jackets avenge earlier overtime defeat

Girls basketball

High Schools

February 13, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The roller-coaster ride that took the Chapelgate girls basketball team through a prolonged downturn appears to be moving to higher elevations.

The Yellow Jackets blotted out the memory of losing four of their past five Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference games by upending visiting Pallotti, 71-62, last night in Marriottsville.

Nearly a year removed from winning the conference championship, Chapelgate moved one step closer to tying the Panthers for the No. 2 seed in next week's season-ending tournament.

The Yellow Jackets, who sit in third place in the league, improved to 11-4 in the division and 14-6 overall. Second-place Pallotti still has a one-game lead over Chapelgate, courtesy of an 11-3 conference record and a 12-8 overall mark.

But the Panthers must resume a suspended game against Friends today, trailing by 11 points with about six minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Winning "was big," said junior guard Heather Landis, who led the Yellow Jackets with 20 points, six steals, five rebounds, and four assists. "We were 1-4 in our last five league games. It's good to win. It's good for our confidence."

Before edging Friends on Monday by six points, the Yellow Jackets had been mired in a four-game losing skid -- a streak that began with a two-point overtime setback to Pallotti on Jan. 27.

In that loss, the Panthers made 68 percent (17-for-25) of their free throws, while Chapelgate sank only 48 percent (12-for-25).

Last night, the roles were reversed. Pallotti connected on 47.8 percent (11-for-23) of its free throws, while the Yellow Jackets converted 75.9 percent (22-for-29) of their trips to the foul line.

Chapelgate led from start to finish, enjoying double-digit leads for much of the first half.

The Panthers fought back, eventually shaving the deficit to three points after senior guard Carly Silver (a game-high 25 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals) dropped in a layup with less than five minutes left in the third quarter.

But the Yellow Jackets kicked off a 13-2 run and were never seriously threatened after that.

"That was huge," Chapelgate coach Jim Barber said of the run that a 41-38 lead into a 54-40 advantage. "When you play up-tempo basketball, you look for those moments. They can either help you or hurt you. Today, it helped us."

Junior guard Donna Geiger added 15 points, four rebounds, and three steals, and junior guard Erica Lynott posted 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Pallotti got 12 points and 14 rebounds from senior center Ali Marcum, but the Panthers hurt committed 27 turnovers, 10 more than Chapelgate.

"The turnovers were a big part of our losing," said Pallotti coach Debbie Skelly. "Give Chapelgate credit. They hustled, and they wanted it more."

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