L. Raven rally falls shy in another semifinal loss

Southern-Garrett wins, faces Southside for title

Class 1A state girls basketball

High Schools

March 13, 2004|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

On paper, it will go down as Loch Raven's second straight loss in a Class 1A state girls basketball semifinal.

For coach Kimberly Bauguess, however, the difference between the Raiders' 61-50 loss to Southern-Garrett and their embarrassment of a year ago was immeasurable.

"This is respectable. Last year wasn't," said Bauguess, whose team lost to eventual-champion Dunbar by 48 a year ago. "To lose to a team by 11 points when I know that we played out heart out ... no worries."

After staying with the bigger, more athletic Rams for much of the first half, the Raiders quickly fell behind by as many as 28 points.

But once Southern coach Dan Stemple cleared his bench, Loch Raven - behind guards Laura Queen and Kim Brannan (13 points each) - scored 17 straight points to pull within 11 before time ran out.

"We didn't stop," said Bauguess. "I told them before the game, `You need to leave everything out on that court.' I think they did that."

It was the 12th straight win for Southern (22-4), the Western Maryland Interscholastic League champion, which will meet Cherry Hill's Southside Academy at 6 o'clock tonight for the Class 1A state title.

Southern-Garrett has reached the championship game for the second time in four years.

Loch Raven (19-7) was in pursuit of its first state title since 1976.

Though Southern took the early lead by scoring the game's first seven points, Loch Raven quickly got back into contention, thanks in large part to frequent foul calls.

Nine of the first 10 fouls were whistled against the Rams, sending the partisan crowd into a frenzy and sending Loch Raven to the foul line for the one-and-one just 5:31 into the game.

Laura Queen's three-pointer cut the lead to 1, and moments later the Raiders tied the score at 13 on Emily Desmarais' long jumper.

Harried by Southern's swarming defense, however, Loch Raven shot just 30 percent for the half. The Raiders quickly fell out of contention by surrendering the final nine points before halftime to put the Rams on top, 30-18.

"They were tough to match up with," said Bauguess. "You were doing everything perfect defensively, and the ball would go in."

Loch Raven pulled to within eight before Southern again dodged away, this time creating turnovers and beating the Raiders down court for easy baskets.

During an eight-minute stretch, the Rams made 12 of 15 shots, extending their lead to 54-31 a minute into the fourth quarter.

"We got back on some of them, but they missed a layup, and we just didn't have anyone else back there," said Raiders guard Lauren Askey.

LR-Desmarais 9, Battle 9, Queen 13, Askey 6, Brannan 13. Totals 20 5-15 50. SG - Flanagan 14, Pagenhardt 11, Gregg 18, Scheffle 3, Hoalcraft 2, Brown 4, Bosley 9. Totals 27 5-9 61. Half: SG, 30-18.

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