Cara Consuegra showed again last night why she is one of the best high school girls basketball players ever to come out of the state of Maryland.
Consuegra simply demoralized 12th-ranked Annapolis with one super no-look pass or cross-over dribble for a layup every time the Panthers drew close to unbeaten Linganore and wound up with the third triple double of her four-year career, leading the Lancers to a 64-55 victory in the championship of Annapolis Capital City Classic.
Consuegra, a 5-foot-8 point guard who has already received a full scholarship to play at the University of Iowa, dazzled the Panthers with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists and five steals even though she was playing on a slightly sprained ankle and was tired from three games in four days.
Linganore (7-0), of Frederick County, has won 32 straight games and is 61-7 in four years with Consuegra running the show from her point guard spot. The Lancers are the defending state 2A champions, going 25-0 last season.
Consuegra is averaging 23 points this season, but her role on the Linganore team has changed from her first two seasons when she was counted on to do most of the scoring.
She is now looking to distribute the ball to her teammates first and shoot second because that will be her primary job for Iowa in the Big Ten.
"It's a lot of fun to create and dish off to my teammates," said Consuegra, who signed with Iowa Nov. 12. "Over the last two years, I've been passing more. I think it's because I see a lot more now than I used to and I will be responsible for running the point at Iowa. Right now I'm struggling with my shooting, but I hope to get that straightened out."
Annapolis (5-3) coach Dave Griffith said: "Cara Consuegra simply picked that team up on her back and led them to the win. She was amazing. Dina Brown did a good job on her, holding her to 18. She could have had a lot more."
Consuegra's superb performance was needed by Linganore to overcome an impressive effort by 6-foot-1 Annapolis center Jackie Edwards, who scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.
Kammi Cottrell added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers.
It was Edwards who came out in the third quarter and hit two straight jumpers to reduce the lead to 33-27 before Consuegra took over with four straight plays.
First, she grabbed a rebound and dribbled the length of the court for a no-look pass to Kelly Palmer for a layup.
Then Consuegra drove the lane and banked in a shot and came right back with another perfect pass to Palmer for a layup on a fast break before finishing the show with a spectacular drive past three defenders for a layup that gave Linganore a 41-30 lead.
That was more than enough to daunt the spirits of an inspired Annapolis team last night.
Pub Date: 12/31/96