Meade senior Angie Creek scored points in timely bunches last night against visiting Arundel.
Some free throws, followed by a jumper or two early; then consecutive steals, followed by lay-ins; later, simply beating the No. 11-ranked Wildcats down the court for easy baskets.
By game's end, the All-Metro guard had a game-high 31 points. Combined with strong team defense and a 13-point, 13-rebound performance from sophomore forward Nicole Dailey, that was good for a convincing 65-50 win for the No. 5 Mustangs.
The Mustangs improved to 11-3 overall and remain undefeated at 8-0 in Anne Arundel County.
The win also helped ease the pain of two losses to Arundel last season, the first in the county championship game and the second which ended the Mustangs' season in the region final.
"We outran them at big times," said Meade's fifth-year coach, Phil Popielski. "When they were making some runs at us, we came back with some steals and easy shots.
"For Angie, it was just like playing at Meade Village with the boys -- run and gun. That's fun for her."
Arundel (9-5) was never able to find any flow offensively, struggling inside early and having just as tough a time from the perimeter with first-team all-Anne Arundel guard Meagan Rollins limited to two points. The Wildcats finished the game hitting just 17 of 57 from the field.
Meade led 34-19 at halftime. The closest Arundel got in the second half was 34-22 early in the third quarter, but Creek answered with eight points to build the Mustangs' lead back to 46-30 going into the fourth.
"I don't know what it was," said Arundel senior center Shaunte Edmonds, who finished with 13 points to go with a fine defensive effort. "We felt good coming in, but things weren't falling for us. This will mak us stronger. We have to work harder and execute better. We'll be ready for the next one -- bring it on."
The Mustangs were certainly ready for this one, getting big nights from Creek and Dailey, an energetic defensive effort from senior guard Brandy Fowler on Rollins and steady inside play from senior Katie Netherton, who finished with 10 rebounds.
"We came out and did the best we could. We stayed focused the whole game, played as a team and kept the momentum going throughout," said Dailey.
Sophomore guard Jill Marano scored 16 points to lead the Wildcats.
Pub Date: 1/23/99