After getting the best of host Lansdowne for the first 12 minutes of last night's Class 3A, Region II semifinal, Catonsville ran into the one opponent it couldn't handle.
Leading 20-16 midway through the second quarter, they went the next 9:04 without hitting a field goal, as Lansdowne scored 19 of the next 27 points en route to a 58-43 win.
"The girls really wanted this," said Lansdowne coach Ron Bareford. "In the second half, it really showed."
The Vikings (18-5) advance to tomorrow's regional final against top-seeded Randallstown, a team they've lost twice to, including an 18-point decision last week.
But Bareford says if his team picks up where it left off last night, the Vikings will be in good shape.
While stepping up its defensive game, Lansdowne heated up on offense as well, hitting eight of 14 fourth-quarter shots after making just 13 of their previous 38.
L Lansdowne outscored Catonsville 22-13 in the fourth quarter.
"We just couldn't put the ball in the basket in the first half," said Bareford. "In the second half, we started making our shots."
Forward Jamie Schlaich led the way, scoring 10 of her 12 points in the second half. After rarely seeing the ball in the lane in the first half, Schlaich found more success late in the game by posting up lower and moving more.
"I was very frustrated in the first half," said Schlaich, who along with Casey Smith (17 points) and Danielle Cascio (14) scored in double figures for the Vikings. "In the second half, we started getting it inside more and I began to hit my shots."
Neither team could get much going early on, as the teams committed a combined 22 fouls. Lansdowne's Angie Pasta fouled out 37 seconds before halftime.
Though the Comets held a slim lead for much of the half, nine of their points came on the foul line.
"I thought they shot very well and we couldn't make our shots," said Catonsville coach Dennis Quinby, whose team finished the season at 15-7. "They handled out pressure well."
Carrie Shockney led the Comets with nine first-half points, and Carla Uttenreither added seven.