Western girls fall short against Good Counsel

Doves take 48-33 loss

Holy Cross tops Digital Harbor

December 13, 2009|By Rich Scherr | Special to The Baltimore Sun

A couple of Baltimore City girls basketball powers took center stage Saturday night in the fourth Annual Breezy Bishop Showcase. Facing two of the Washington-area's elite, however, both No. 3 Western and No. 4 Digital Harbor found they were not quite ready for prime time.

The host Doves fell behind by double digits early against Good Counsel, making a late charge before falling, 48-44.

Meanwhile, No. 4 Digital Harbor stayed close with Kensington's Holy Cross until a 1-for-23 shooting stretch cost the Rams any chance in a 40-33 loss at neighboring Poly.

For Western (2-2), it marked the second loss in two days against a team ranked in The Washington Post's Top 20. The Doves fell to No. 8 Bishop McNamara on Friday before losing to the No. 17 Falcons.

Despite similar outcomes, the games couldn't have been more different to head coach Tiffany Silver, who saw her team commit turnovers on five of its last seven possessions against McNamara.

"Tonight we learned something about our resilience. We fought back," Silver said. "I'm extremely pleased with the effort we had in the second half."

After trailing by 14 in the second quarter, 9Western ratcheted up its intensity on defense and put together an 8-0 run to pull even at 38 with 4:41 left.

In the waning minutes, however, the Doves went cold from the field, making just two of their final 16 shots, while Good Counsel made nine of 11 at the line.

"The ball just didn't go in," Silver said. "We couldn't get the rolls."

Guard Tenicia Spence, who barely saw the court Friday night, led the Doves with 15 points and nine steals, while 6-foot-2 teammate Brielle Ward added 10 points and 18 rebounds. Forward Sydney Lewis, 6 feet, scored 15 for the Falcons, the defending champions of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.

"We had a lot of younger kids playing key roles in those games [last season], and I thought that really paid off tonight," Good Counsel coach Tom Splaine said.

Digital Harbor (2-1), the defending Class 1A state champion, had similar shooting woes against Holy Cross, which entered the game ranked No. 6 in the Washington area.

Despite 18 points from 6-2 senior Asia Logan, the Rams had little success penetrating against 6-4 sophomore Lanay Montgomery and continually settled for poor shots.

As a result, the Rams, who held an early 18-10 lead, found themselves down 33-23 midway through the fourth quarter after making just one field goal in a span of 14:42.

Akilah Bethel led the Tartans (6-1) with 14 points.

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