Catonsville held No. 19 Lansdowne to five baskets in the second half, and Amy Kuehnl scored 15 points to help the host Comets stop the Vikings' eight-game winning streak with a 51-47 victory in a Baltimore County 4A-3A girls basketball game last night.
Catonsville (8-2 overall and league), which won its fifth straight, trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half, but a combination of intense defense and foul trouble wore down Lansdowne (10-2, 8-2).
"I just told them that we were better conditioned," Catonsville coach Dennis Quinby said. "I said, 'Just be patient, it's a four-quarter game.' "
The Comets, with help from Cachet Hall (11 points), used a full-court, man-to-man defense the entire game. That often threw Lansdowne out of sync.
"I think we're one of the best in-shape teams," Kuehnl said. "We just came out so intense. Our whole team just wanted it."
Lansdowne went 4:52 without a point from late in the second quarter until Jamie Schlaich (15 points) made a jumper in the third quarter. Later, the Vikings made a basket with 4:34 left in the fourth quarter and didn't score again until making a basket at the buzzer.
Lansdowne played well in the first half, burning Catonsville for several easy baskets, but missed numerous simple chances in the final two quarters.
The Vikings also missed 13 free throws, several coming in the second half as they fought off the Catonsville rally. Also, their top scorers, Schlaich and Casey Smith (11 points), needed to sit out long stretches because of foul trouble.
Catonsville, which trailed 29-17 late in the first half, went on a 12-0 run to tie the score early in the second half.
The foul trouble forced Lansdowne to come out in a zone defense at the start of the second half. Erica Halford opened the half for Catonsville with a running jumper. Kuehnl then made a three-point play and a jumper to tie the score at 29 with 5:21 left in the third quarter. Lansdowne dropped the zone shortly thereafter.
Catonsville, which lost to Lansdowne earlier this season, dominated the fourth quarter. A jumper by Halford gave the Comets a 43-39 lead with 6:16 left. Shannon McGarrigle sliced the lead to 43-42 with three free throws.
Kuehnl then took over. She made a layup to stretch the lead to three, then a jumper for a 47-42 lead.