Freshman Jones boosts Southern

Bulldogs edge Joppatowne to advance to 13th state tournament

Atholton wins

Girls basketball

March 04, 2007|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Freshman center Raquelle Jones scored with four seconds left to lift host Southern over Joppatowne, 76-74, in the Class 2A East regional final yesterday.

The Bulldogs (19-5) advanced to their 13th state tournament. And they did so without leading scorer Heather Schneck, who missed the game because of the flu.

"It was a total team effort," Southern coach Linda Kilpatrick said.

The Bulldogs got 24 points and eight rebounds from Brittany Wiseman. Kim Schneck, Heather's twin sister, added 16 points and seven assists.

Southern took a 37-29 lead into halftime but was outscored 25-8 in the third quarter and trailed by 10 points with 3:30 left to play.

In the fourth quarter, Kilpatrick turned up the defensive pressure, using a full-court press to cause turnovers. Then Kilpatrick inserted Jones, 6 feet, into the lineup.

Jones, called up from the junior varsity team just four games ago, scored 10 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter.

No. 10 Atholton 74, Potomac 62 -- Julie Taylor scored 28 points to lead the Raiders (23-3) over the visiting Panthers (14-7) of Montgomery County to win the 2A South regional title. Taylor Chapman scored eight points and grabbed 15 rebounds for Atholton. In the fourth quarter, the Raiders made 17 of 18 free throws to put the game out of reach, with Elie Snyder converting six of seven in that stretch. Atholton coach Maureen Shacreaw said her team "picked up its intensity" after trailing 34-31 at the half. She added, "We weren't willing to lose on our home court." This is the Raiders' second straight regional title. No. 14 Fallston 44, Severna Park 37 -- Kristen Steiner had 13 points as the Cougars (23-4) defeated the host Falcons (16-10) to become the Class 3A East regional champion. Both teams started slowly in a defensive struggle. Fallston had to rely on its bench, using nine players because of early foul trouble to its starters.

Poly 54, Loch Raven 41 -- The host Engineers defeated the Raiders in the Class 2A North regional final. Poly coach Kendall Peace credited her team's victory to solid team defense, led by junior Brianna Brewer, and senior leadership. Teaunsha Robinson scored 19 points to lead the Engineers.

Covenant Light 55, Annapolis Area Christian 45 -- The host Cougars defeated the Eagles despite only having three players score. Covenant Light was led by Ellen Marshall, who had 32 points, 14 of which came from the free-throw line, where she made 14 of 16.

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