LARGO -- Arundel High's Sherice Proctor shot the ball well in the first half of yesterday's fifth-place game against Wilde Lake in the IAABO Girls Invitational tournament at Prince George's Community College.
The junior point guard led all first-half scorers with 13 points. Then, she disappeared.
But with the game on the line, Proctor came up big. Her only basket of the second half, with 3: 05 left, broke a 46-all game and started a seven-point run that earned the 11th-ranked Wildcats a 57-50 victory.
Arundel (5-3) finished the three-day tournament 2-1 and seventh-ranked Wilde Lake (6-2) went 1-2.
Arundel coach Lee Rogers wants Proctor, who finished with a team-high 17 points, to shoot.
"She doesn't shoot enough," Rogers said. "I don't know why. I encourage her to shoot more."
Proctor, a junior, was aware she wasn't scoring in the second half, but it didn't bother her. "I wanted to work it around," she said. "I don't care if I score as long as we win the game."
Wilde Lake, which trailed by 15 points in the second period, scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 44 with 6: 13 remaining. The Wildecats tied the game again at 46when Jessie Roy-Harrison (16 points) made two free throws with 3: 30 left.
Proctor then hit the go-ahead jumper from the free-throw line. "I was open so I shot it," Proctor said. "I knew we had to score."
Following Proctor's basket, Wilde Lake's Alicia Bates missed the front end of a one-and-one. Lachelle McHenry (15 points), Arundel's only senior, then made her second three-pointer of the game, with 2: 30 left, for a five-point lead.
Breanna Kitchen's basket after a Wilde Lake miss gave the Wildcats a 53-46 advantage with 1: 43 remaining.
"My girls played hard, and the comeback was really good," said Wilde Lake coach Kelly Storr. "I think we just wore out at the end."
Arundel, still without starting guard Meagan Rollins, who, according to Rogers, is day-to-day with a hip injury, closed the first quarter with a 7-2 run to take a 17-12 lead.
The Wildcats opened the second quarter with a 10-0 run, seven points from Proctor, and led 27-12 with 5: 48 left in the half.
Wilde Lake, without starting forward Bridget White (soccer tournament in Miami), used a 15-8 run to pull to within 35-27 at halftime. Toni White (game-high 18 points) had five points in the run.
Arundel's full-court pressure led to many easy baskets in the first half. But Rogers took the press off in the second half to keep his team out of foul trouble.
"That helped us," Storr said. "We struggled against it [in the first half.]"
Even though her team lost its first two games of the season here, Storr was glad to make the trip.
"The competition is so good. This was a great experience for us," Storr said. "It will help us get ready for [Howard County league opponent] Hammond."
Pub Date: 12/29/96