Knights get comeback victory

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January 10, 2009|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Mired in a shooting funk to start the second half last night, host Century seemed desperate for any kind of offensive spark against defending Carroll County champion Winters Mill.

Luckily for the Knights, Megan Spencer and Stef McLallen caught fire.

After their team began the half 1-for-12 with six turnovers to fall behind, the pair combined to hit six of seven three-pointers over the next 2:45, including four by Spencer, helping No. 15 Century assume control in a 55-52 win.

"Our team was down, and we felt like we had to pick it up," Spencer said. "We had to hit some shots to keep it going."

Spencer finished with 19 points and McLallen had 18 for the Knights, who outscored the Falcons 20-5 during the stretch to reverse a 39-33 deficit.

"Stef had talked to me earlier and said, 'You know, Coach, if they'll just reverse the ball I think we've got the back side,' " Century coach Joel Beard said. "We did and they went in."

Century (7-3 overall, 5-0 county), which had lost to Winters Mill three times last season, then staved off a late rally by the Falcons (3-5, 1-2) by keeping possession of the ball for nearly two minutes down the stretch, grabbing three offensive rebounds.

Winters Mill had one shot to tie, but Mackenzie Cyr's three-point attempt bounced off the rim at the buzzer. Cassie Cooke and Rachael Bollinger each scored 14 for the Falcons, who had 19 turnovers.

"It definitely was a good step forward for us," Falcons coach Bernie Koontz said. "Hopefully we learned something."

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