Carr's two free throws lift Woodlawn in 2nd OT, 55-53

Warriors top Damascus, get 2nd straight title shot

Class 4A girls basketball state semifinals

High Schools

March 12, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

When Woodlawn's Kim Carr stepped to the free-throw line with less than a half-second left in the second overtime of a tied girls state basketball semifinal last night, she wasn't nervous at all.

"I was only thinking that I wanted to make it," said Carr, a 6-foot-2 sophomore center.

Carr did just that, sinking both free throws to give the No. 4 Warriors a 55-53 victory over Damascus at UMBC's RAC Arena. For the second year in a row, the Warriors (24-3) advance to the Class 4A state title game, where they will meet No. 1 Arundel tomorrow at 3 p.m. at UMBC.

Last night's game appeared headed for a third overtime when Woodlawn turned the ball over in the paint with 1.5 seconds left and the score tied at 53. Hornets forward Amanda Blumert set up for a long pass on the inbounds play, but she threw the ball out of bounds and the Warriors got it under their own basket.

Woodlawn coach DeWayne Burroughs called a timeout to set up a play looking for Carr cutting across the middle or Kendra Baldwin at the foul line. Brittney Taylor found Carr, who went up strong against 6-0 Hornets forward Lindsey Zegowitz. Zegowitz fouled her.

"Kim did a fantastic job," said Burroughs, who got key performances from Carr and Baldwin when starting forward Ronda Shelley (15 points, seven rebounds) fouled out with 24 seconds left in regulation. "That's one thing about this year that we didn't have last year. If one kid wasn't in the game or let up, someone's there to pick up the slack."

Neither Carr nor Baldwin scored in regulation, but each went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in overtime.

"We just needed heart from our big girl," said Taylor. "Kim being a sophomore, you might think she'd have been intimidated, but I knew she had it in her. I knew she wanted to win just as much as I did. I saw her open and went for her."

The Hornets had their chances in overtime, especially at the free-throw line, but they missed four foul shots in the two extra periods.

"It came down to the end of the game," said Hornets coach Steve Pisarski. "We didn't make the plays and they did. They made plays and foul shots."

The Warriors fell behind only once in overtime, when Kara Wilson fed Stephanie Ikwueme for a 51-50 Hornets edge with 1:30 left in the second overtime. But Tiara Wildy answered that for Woodlawn, hitting the last three of her 15 points on a 20-footer to put the Warriors up 53-51 with 1:12 to go.

Hornets guard Chrissy Phelps, who finished with a game-high 19 points, escaped from the Warriors box-and-one defense to hit a short shot to tie it at 53-53 with 49 seconds left.

Most of last night's game was a battle between the quickness of the Warriors and the height of the Hornets (24-2), a Montgomery County team ranked No. 6 in the Washington area by The Washington Post.

W-Taylor 14, Shelley 15, Baldwin 4, Wildy 15, Britton 3, Carr 4. Totals 16 18-25 55. D-Eury 7, Zegowitz 15, Phelps 19, Wilson 5, Ikwueme 7. Totals 18 15-25 53. Half: W, 20-14. End of reg.: 44-44. End of 1st OT: 48-48.

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