Westminster upsets No. 4 Winters Mill, 67-61

High Schools

December 17, 2005|By RICH SCHERR | RICH SCHERR,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Despite trailing No. 4 Winters Mill by as many as 14 points in the second half last night, Westminster freshman Cassie Cooke knew that her team had the ability to come back at any time.

The 5-foot-8 guard then provided the spark, scoring seven points during a four-minute stretch early in the fourth quarter to help the Owls get back into the game and then take command in a 67-61 upset win over the host Falcons.

"We played a lot harder, a lot harder [in the second half]," said Cooke, adding that the proximity of the neighboring Carroll County schools helped fuel her team. "We wanted to show them that Westminster [High] is still over there."

Led by guards Brianne Sims (17 points) and Cooke (16), as well as 5-10 forward Kristi Zepp (11), Westminster (3-0 overall, 2-0 county), which trailed 45-31 with just under six minutes left in the third quarter, outscored Winters Mill 33-11 over the next 10 minutes to take a 64-56 lead.

Doing it against a Class 2A state semifinalist returning all of its key players only added to the accomplishment.

"They didn't panic. They calmed down, they saw the open person and they came up with a win," Westminster coach Jerry Georgiana said.

Winters Mill (2-1, 1-1) appeared to be in control, taking an early 11-2 lead, then surviving a second-quarter run and regaining command by outscoring the Owls 10-0 late in the second quarter. Guard Allie Drechsler (15 points) and forward Caitlin Byrne (12) led four players in double figures for the Falcons.

"We didn't match Westminster's intensity in the second half," Winters Mill coach Bernie Koontz said. "We got up and we had a couple mental mistakes, a couple turnovers and some bad decisions on the offensive end. Tonight, it dug us a hole we couldn't quite get out of."

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