Four weeks after the Catonsville girls basketball team lost a 63-56 shocker to Franklin, the Comets returned the favor, forcing 33 turnovers en route to a 54-27 win over the visiting Indians last night in a Class 3A, Region II quarterfinal.
Catonsville (15-6), the tournament's third seed, advances to tomorrow's regional semifinal at second seed Lansdowne.
"I think they just wanted to prove they were better," said Catonsville coach Dennis Quinby. "Franklin surprised me last time. This time, they couldn't handle my man [defense]."
The Comets' quicker defense gave Franklin (10-13) fits all night. The Indians had trouble holding on to the ball and rarely got an open shot, missing 20 of their final 23 shots. Catonsville outscored them 24-7 to finish the game.
"Our ball-handling really killed us," said Franklin coach Jill Myers, whose sophomore-dominated backcourt had little trouble handling the Comets' defense in their last meeting. "We expected the pressure, but we handled it last time. Today, we just came apart."
With Catonsville leading 19-16 midway through the second quarter, Franklin began to get sloppy. Over the next 17:54, it turned the ball over 21 times as the Comets went on a 33-8 run.
"We played really bad last time," said Comets guard Carey Shockney, who scored a game-high 17 points. "This time we just played as a team. Our defense was really good."
The Comets used a four-guard lineup for much of the game to put extra pressure on Franklin ballhandlers.
For the final three quarters, the Indians' biggest problem wasn't keeping pace on the scoreboard, but simply keeping hold of the ball.
Only forward Jaimie Darr (12 points) scored in double figures for the Indians, and guard Sharee Lewis, who scored a game-high 17 in her team's earlier win, scored just three.