River Hill hangs on for 47-46 win

Girls basketball

February 01, 2007|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Timely baskets from guard Vanessa Collier, a fine all-around effort from forward Kelsey Erdman, and scrappy defensive play enabled the River Hill girls basketball team to come away with a 47-46 win over visiting Centennial in Howard County play last night.

Collier scored a team-high 13 points -- including a three-pointer midway through the fourth quarter to give River Hill a 43-40 lead -- and Erdman added 10 points and 13 rebounds as the No. 15 Hawks were able to avenge an early-season loss to the Eagles.

River Hill improves to 11-4 overall and 10-3 in the county, while Centennial falls to 13-4 and 10-3.

The Hawks had a 47-42 lead with 3:29 to play, but missed three straight front ends of one-and-ones to allow the Eagles cut the lead to 47-46 in the closing seconds. But a steal by Erdman with 19 seconds left took away one Centennial possession, and a costly turnover with four seconds left cost the Eagles their final chance.

"I think they believe they're capable of competing with anybody in the county and they know it takes the whole unit. One can't do it. Two can't do it. They know it takes all five players at both ends of the court," River Hill coach Teresa Waters said.

Centennial, which got a team-high 14 points from senior forward Brooke Austin, went 20 of 26 from the free-throw line.

Glenn Graham

No. 2 Towson Catholic 77, St. Mary's 25 -- The Owls (15-6) had four starters score in double figures, led by Marah Strickland's 26 points in a victory over the visiting Saints. Candice Walker added 18 points and Tyler Hale and Gabrielle Styles scored 14, respectively. Towson Catholic built a 31-10 halftime lead and never looked back.

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