Fallston rallies by Joppatowne to Upper Bay honors

Adams' late free throws put away Mariners, 63-56

Girls basketball

High Schools

February 24, 2005|By Mary Beth Kozak | Mary Beth Kozak,SUN STAFF

Carrie Adams went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final 20 seconds to seal Fallston's come-from-behind victory, 63-56, over Joppatowne and clinch the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship last night at Harford Tech.

The Cougars (20-3) fought back from a slow start and a strong effort by the Mariners' sophomore guard Arielle Townes to take the title.

Townes converted a three-point play with less than a minute left to put her team up 56-55. But the Mariners couldn't hold on to the lead, and the Cougars closed out the game with free throws.

Townes finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocked shots.

"We practiced for two days on how to stop Arielle, but we still didn't stop her today," said Cougar coach Alice Puckett.

While the Cougars were focused on Townes, the Mariners were focused on senior guard Amanda Andrews.

"I knew where she was at all times," said Townes.

Andrews' biggest play came when she hit a three-pointer at the end of the third quarter to break a 40-40 tie and take the momentum from the Mariners.

"Just being on the court is a distraction - she just comes up with the big plays," said Puckett.

It was the Mariners (17-5) who jumped out on top first, creating a 14-9 first-half advantage with guard Sasha Matthew scoring 10 of her 18 points.

"They surprised us," said Andrews. "We shouldn't have taken it so lightly at all. They're a great team."

Led by Townes, the Mariners opened the second quarter with a 12-6 run before the Cougars answered back with a 14-4 run to close out the half.

"We were in foul trouble," said Mariners coach Mike Harris of his team's second-half struggles. "We just got out of sorts, and it's been a long time since we've played a close game, but it gets us ready for the [state] playoffs."

Andrews finished with 17 points and five assists, and Kristen added 16 rebounds, 10 points and four steals. Adams finished with eight points and four blocked shots for the Cougars.

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