Fallston displayed its superiority in the Harford County League last night when it spotted visiting Bel Air an 11-point advantage in the second quarter and stormed back to take a 66-46 victory.
After No. 18 Fallston (13-1, 9-0) lost to John Carroll last week, there was some question that this game might show the better teams in the league they can compete with coach Nancy Ferguson's Cougars.
Bel Air (14-2, 6-2), which had not played since Jan. 24, saw a six-game winning streak end. The Bobcats had come out of an earlier 44-27 loss to the Cougars knowing they had not played well and vowing it would be different the next time.
The Bobcats rode that emotion through its opening burst, and into a 22-11 lead after 11 minutes. Then it became Fallston's turn, although the early play gave no indication of an answering blitz.
Fallston ran off a 12 points, shutting out the visitors for the last five minutes. When Danielle Marconi, a junior only slightly taller than five feet, knocked down a 15-footer just before the halftime buzzer, it lifted the home side into its first lead at 23-22.
A Marconi basket two minutes into the third quarter sent Fallston ahead to stay, but Bel Air hung tough for another nine minutes. From 42-38, the leaders made eight straight free throws and it was 50-40 with 3: 24 left.
Karen Tiedemann, a 5-10 senior forward who has led Fallston in scoring in each of its 14 games, ended with 21 points, 14 of them in the second half. Jenn Cook, one of three seniors among 11 players, added 14. Marconi came off the bench to have her best game of the season with 13 points.
"We knew we could come back; we had to take it one basket at a time," Marconi said. "And we had harder practices [since last Wednesday's loss] that helped."
"After that start, our pressure forced [Bel Air] into mistakes, and I thought we did a good job of boxing out, especially in the second half," Cook said. "That was one thing we had talked about, because of their height advantage."
For Bel Air, Colleen Keefe, who had had 37 points in her previous two games, ended with 13, followed by Kellie Flynn with 10. In the earlier meeting, Fallston had limited Flynn, the Bobcats' top scorer, to nine, her lowest total of the year.
Pub Date: 2/05/97