Doves top Comets for regional title

Western 53 Catonsville 36

Girls basketball

High Schools

March 04, 2006|By TODD KARPOVICH | TODD KARPOVICH,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

As the top seed in the 3A North regional playoffs, Western flexed some muscle in the opening two rounds by beating its opponents by an average of 52.5 points.

The No. 4 Doves continued their run yesterday, but with a hard-fought, 53-36 win over visiting Catonsville to capture their second regional crown in three years. Western (24-1) lost its only game this season on Dec. 30 to then top-ranked St. Frances.

Doves coach Tiffany Silver hopes the team can carry the momentum it has built into the state playoffs next week.

"I was very happy to play Catonsville because they are a very fundamentally sound team and they made us step our game up," Silver said. "It was a very good contest for us. Our offense had a hard time getting started, but our defense was really persistent and that is what carried us through this game. I love our team's chances in the state finals, and I have the utmost confidence in them."

Western cruised through the first two rounds of the playoffs, but the Comets (21-5) gave them a tougher game. After trailing by as many as 20 points with two minutes left in the third quarter, Catonsville made a spirited run in the final period and cut the lead to 12 with two minutes left, but that was as close as the Comets would get.

Second-team All-Metro forward Zhondria Benn led the Doves with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Fellow senior Lavon Woods also scored 14 points and handed out eight assists, and Ebony Dennis scored nine points and had 14 rebounds.

Junior center Jennifer Willis led Catonsville with 14 points, and Jessica Nonn and Shamika Williams each added five.

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