No. 18 Northern upends No. 7 Mervo on Lowe's 2 foul shots at : 05, 84-83; No. 1 Towson Catholic wins; Goretti tops Hall


James Lowe hit two free throws with five seconds left last night to give No. 18-ranked Northern an 84-83 upset win over No. 7 Mervo in City League action.

The win was the seventh in eight games for the visiting Vikings (13-7).

They led 42-38 at halftime, but the Mustangs closed the gap and took their final lead, 83-82, with 15 seconds left, setting the stage for Lowe. He finished with 21 points.

Northern's Michael Scott led all scorers with 22 points. Mervo was led by junior guard Marcus Hatten's 21 points.

No. 1 Towson Catholic 53, No. 16 St. Frances 43: Keith Jenifer had 13 points, Gil Goodrich 12 points and Thabo Letsebo had nine points, 13 rebounds and six assists for the top-ranked Owls (23-5 overall).

No. 2 Dunbar 91, Carver 65: Lafonte Johnson scored a game-high 30 points and added five rebounds and eight assists to help the visiting Poets (18-3) romp. Dontaz Dean had 17 points for the Poets, and Pierre Tucker added 15. Dunbar led 46-36 at halftime, but pulled away in the second half.

Junior guard Miguel Wilson led the Bears with 20 points.

No. 3 Annapolis 74, Arundel 56: Marcus Johnson scored 18 of his 24 points in the first half to help the Panthers (20-1) to a comfortable lead, which they increased as the game went along. The Panthers also got double-digit scoring from Thomas Hawkins (18) and Travis Foster (15).

Mike Parker scored 13 points and Mike Corum had 12 for the Wildcats.

No. 6 Southern-B 79, Poly 45: Senior guard Charles Scott scored a game-high 22 points, junior Colin Murdock had 17 and sophomore Isiah Johnson added 16 as the visiting Bulldogs picked up an easy win. They led 34-21 at halftime.

St. Maria Goretti 62, No. 8 Calvert Hall 47: Goretti (30-4, 10-3) used four three-pointers, two from Lee Green and one each from Anthony Sowers and Brad Runkles, to take the lead early in the third quarter and start a 22-8 run in Hagerstown. Goretti swept the season series from the visiting Cardinals.

No. 11 Southwestern 85, Patterson 38: Tyrone Cooper scored 13 points, Earl Carr and Tyrone Harper had 11 each, and 6-6 freshman Shawn Brown added 10 points and eight rebounds to lead the visiting Sabers (14-8). Carr also had eight rebounds for the Sabers, whose balanced offense had 11 players score.

They led 41-26 at halftime.

Northwestern 56, No. 12 Lake Clifton 51: A 23-6 third-quarter was the key as the Wildcats registered the upset on the road.

Roland Carmichael scored 12 of his 24 points and Derek Pack had nine of his 24 points in the third quarter for Northwestern (11-9).

No. 19 Mount St. Joseph 89, Cardinal Gibbons 57: Senior Sean Johnson scored 27 points, and J. J. Outlaw added 14 as the host Gaels (16-13) cruised to an easy win. Colin McBride led the Crusaders with 33 points.

No. 20 Glen Burnie 71, Northeast 54: Seniors Owen Gaither and George Schneider scored 26 and 15 points, respectively, for the Gophers in the Anne Arundel County game.

Broadneck 64, Severna Park 63: Jason Burton's two free throws with nine seconds left lifted the Bruins (13-7) over the host Falcons (10-11). Broadneck's Lehrman Dotson led all scorers with 23.

Severna Park led by as many as eight in the second half but converted just five of 12 free throws in the fourth period.

Ayyub Ali's 15 points led the Falcons.

Girls games

No. 4 Meade 72, Old Mill 47: Nicole Dailey had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Katie Netherton had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Mustangs. Meade (18-3), which started the game with a 20-4 run, never trailed.

No. 9 Western 82, Douglass 32: The Doves' Latia Few and Joy Gorham each scored 14 points, and Melanie Harrington had 12 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. The Doves (18-3) led 56-9 at halftime.

No. 11 Arundel 83, Annapolis 51: The visiting Wildcats (15-6) used an early 13-point run and 28 points from Meagan Rollins and 25 from Najmah Fauntleroy to build the win. Sherika Adams led Annapolis (5-16) with 27.

No. 14 Dunbar 82, Carver 63: Toni Kennedy's three three-pointers early in the second half gave the Poets (18-3) a lead they never lost. Keisha Wills led all players with 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Poets.

No. 16 Severna Park 54, Broadneck 29: Lauren Bressire had 15 points and Natalie Hicks 12 as the Falcons (15-6, 13-2) remained tied with Arundel for second place in the Anne Arundel County League. Severna Park took control by scoring 10 of the game's first 12 points.

No. 19 Francis Scott Key 35, Williamsport 33: Melissa Merson scored from the right baseline with two seconds left to give Francis Scott Key the win and clinch at least a tie for the Monocacy Valley Athletic League title.

Brooke Weimer's two free throws tied the game for Williamsport with 15 seconds left. Merson added 12 rebounds for Key (16-5, 14-3), and Jen Sawyer had five points and five rebounds.

Adria Stonesifer added eight points and five blocked shots for the winners.

Pub Date: 2/20/99

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