Aberdeen too much for Fallston in 48-37 win for share of top spot

Girls basketball

January 23, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

With seniors Rudi Johnson and Tameka McDonald sharing the lead role on offense and a zone defense that proved puzzling to Fallston, the Aberdeen girls basketball team had answers at both ends last night.

Johnson took care of the work inside - scoring a game-high 25 points and handling the boards - while McDonald dribbled past the Cougars' press to finish with 18 as the Eagles came away with a 48-37 win.

There was plenty to play for and the Eagles (12-2) showed they wanted it more in gaining a share of first place in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic League. Both teams are now 4-1.

The Cougars, who got 19 points from junior guard Amanda Andrews, fell to 11-3 overall.

"It felt like a championship game because we're trying to get first place," said Johnson. "We wanted it bad. Coach [Brandi Barnes] told me to take it to the hoop. She said just dominate. I was just trying to take it up strong."

When Johnson wasn't dominating inside, McDonald was hitting jumpers or going to the basket herself. The two accounted for the Eagles' first 38 points, and when Johnson converted a three-point play with 7:41 left in the fourth quarter, the lead was comfortable at 38-27.

Aberdeen's 1-2-2 zone made things tough for the Cougars inside and their aim outside was more miss than hit. They finished the game shooting just 25 percent from the field (16 of 63). Eighteen turnovers added to the woes.

"We just gutted it out and played hard on defense," said McDonald. "We knew we had to execute both on offense and defense and we did that. It's a big win."

The first free throws didn't come until midway through the third quarter when Fallston senior Jenn Roth hit a pair. Aberdeen didn't get to the line until early in the fourth quarter, when Johnson converted a foul shot.

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