A grand victory

H. Schneck scores 1,000th for Southern

No. 11 Southern 64 Severna Park 55

Girls basketball

January 05, 2008|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Reporter

Southern senior Heather Schneck scored her 1,000th career point last night, joining her twin sister and teammate Kim, who reached the milestone last month. But Heather's assists late in the game proved more vital to the No. 11 Bulldogs' victory over visiting Severna Park.

Heather, who finished with 11 points, dished out four of her eight assists early in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs opened up a close game en route to a 64-55 victory in Harwood.

After Heather hit 1,000 with her first point of the night on a free throw, coach Linda Kilpatrick presented her with a game ball.

The Schnecks are believed to be the first set of twins in the Baltimore area both to reach the 1,000 mark in their careers.

"I wouldn't have it any other way," Heather said. " ... We didn't talk about it. I guess she didn't want to put it in my head to put pressure on me."

Kim, who scored 20 points, was as happy as her sister.

"I was proud of her. Finally, she caught up to me," Kim said with a laugh. "Both of us made a great accomplishment this year."

Kilpatrick said Heather had to play catch-up because her assist rate went up this season. That was obvious in last night's game of big momentum swings.

The game went back and forth in the third quarter until Heather hit two free throws and Amber Adams came off the bench to make a three-point shot with six seconds left. That gave the Bulldogs (6-3, 2-1 Anne Arundel County) a 47-43 edge and momentum heading into the final quarter.

Southern scored the first 15 points of the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs went to the boards, and Heather passed inside, hitting Devonia Lee twice and Raquelle Jones for a three-point play.

The Falcons (5-3, 1-2) pulled within eight but got no closer.

"We just didn't rebound," Falcons coach Carrie Weimer said. "We were saying, `Crash the boards,' but they got the rebound, went down and we let them score. We did a great job boxing out [in the first three quarters], and I just don't know why we stopped."

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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