McGuire paces No. 3 Arundel in 74-43 win over Meade

Girls basketball

January 21, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

On No. 3 Arundel's opening possession last night against visiting Meade, junior guard Alex McGuire had a clean look from the left baseline, but her shot bounced off the rim on the other side.

After that, she had close to perfect aim in the Wildcats' take-charge first half.

McGuire hit 11 of her next 12 first-half field goals - jumpers, drives to the basket, and short pull-ups - to score 23 of her game-high 31 points and send the Wildcats past Meade, 74-43.

Arundel improves to 10-2 overall and remains perfect in the county at 6-0. The Mustangs (6-6) suffered their first county loss after five straight wins.

The Wildcats shot 49 percent from the field in the first half to take a 47-27 halftime lead.

"That's the Alex we've come to know. She works hard at it every day in practice and this was one of her better shooting days," Arundel coach Lee Rogers said.

Junior forward Janae Butler scored 10 points and had 19 rebounds. Junior guard Ana Baker finished with 10 points, 13 assists and six steals and Danae Brownlee added 12 points in the Wildcats' win.

The Mustangs started a freshman, two sophomores and two juniors and have one senior on the 13-player roster.

"It's just a matter of time," said Meade coach John Brown, who got 12 points from sophomore guard Aanika Dobbins. "We're a real young team coming off five straight county wins, but we made some mistakes tonight. Right now, Arundel is the team to model by. It's something we want to build to be."

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