Lansdowne gets serious vs. East. Tech

Division standing at stake, Vikings rise to 37-21 win

Girls basketball

January 22, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Lansdowne's girls basketball team already had beaten Eastern Tech, but that game a month ago meant nothing compared to last night's rematch.

"We had to forget about that game and win this one because this is what matters," said Vikings guard Meredith Marino, dismissing the non-division game in favor of last night's Baltimore County 2A-1A division showdown.

Neither team had a good offensive night, but the Vikings played a solid zone defense that held the Mavericks scoreless for 9:23, including the entire third quarter, to fuel a 37-21 victory.

"Winning this one keeps us in control of our destiny," said Vikings coach John Komosa, who expects a three-team division race with Eastern Tech and Overlea. "Eastern didn't play a good game, but they're still a great team in our division, so it's ours to win as long as we keep winning instead of depending on someone else to lose."

Marino was the only player to score in double figures, hitting for 10 points as both teams struggled to sink even their good shots.

The Vikings (10-2 overall, 3-0 division) shot 23 percent from the field and were 5-for-10 from the free-throw line. The Mavericks (9-2, 2-1) hit just 18 percent of their field-goal tries and were 1-for-12 on free throws. In the final quarter, the Mavericks had a chance to make up ground, but they hit just one of eight free throws.

"They outhustled us," said Mavericks coach John Earles. "They got every rebound. They got every loose ball. They pulled balls out of our hands. They got a lot more shots than we did because of that."

The Vikings got a boost from Marino's 20-foot buzzer-beater at the half. Afterward, they went inside more, getting two field goals each from 6-foot Amy Happel and 5-9 Christina Rodriguez as they boosted their lead to 27-13.

The Mavericks finally ended a scoring drought that stretched back to before halftime when Katie McKay hit a follow shot 48 seconds into the fourth quarter. A bit later, Eastern Tech went on a 6-0 run capped by John'A Poole's long outlet pass to Ashley Anderson to pull within 29-20.

But the Vikings quickly recovered, helped by a couple of baseline jumpers from Tabitha Hardesty, to run their lead to 36-21 with 2:04 to go.

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