Harlee leads Fallston to win

Houck hits 1,000

Girls basketball

January 11, 2008|By JEFF SEIDEL

Lauren Houck made some history for C. Milton Wright last night, but Jess Harlee stole the show.

Houck reached the 1,000-point milestone in the first half as the Mustangs took a three-point lead at the break. But Harlee sparked No. 14 Fallston in the second half as the Cougars pulled away for a 51-41 victory over visiting C.M. Wright in an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference game.

Harlee finished with 20 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds, seven steals and five blocks. But she scored the first five points of the second half to give Fallston (12-1, 3-0) the lead for good. C.M. Wright had a 21-18 lead at the break, but the Cougars scored the first 11 points of the third quarter and never looked back.

Fallston turned the game into a track meet in the second half, forcing 12 Mustangs turnovers and pulling away. Sarah Spalt (nine points) and Lindsay Howard (eight points) both helped.

C.M. Wright (8-2, 2-1) slowed the tempo in the first half, stopping the Cougars from running. Houck needed eight points to reach the 1,000-point plateau and got there with 3:32 left in the second quarter. Houck, who had a team-high 14 points, is the first Mustang to reach 1,000 since Erin Updegrove in 1995-96. "It feels so good to accomplish that," Houck said.

JEFF SEIDEL

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