Kristen Steiner scored nine of her game-high 19 points in the third quarter to help Fallston take command en route to a 57-43 victory over host North Harford in an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference game last night.
The win, combined with Bel Air's 39-38 loss to Aberdeen, puts Fallston (11-7, 7-2) alone in first place in the Chesapeake Division. The Cougars led 22-19 early in the third quarter before Steiner got going. She scored seven points in Fallston's 9-0 run that gave it a 31-19 lead with 2:25 left in the period.
Steiner then had to sit for a long stretch early in the fourth quarter because of foul trouble, but her only basket of the final period proved crucial.
North Harford (13-5, 5-3) cut the lead to five before Steiner's layup gave the Cougars a 47-40 lead with 2:41 left. She fouled out nine seconds later, but she'd done her job. Fallston then scored 10 of the game's final 11 points to complete the sweep of the season series.
Jen Harlee (13 points) and Lexy Fitzkee (10 points) also sparked Fallston's offense. The Cougars also slowed North Harford with tough defense throughout. They showed Fallston different looks and put different players on the Hawks' top scorer, Corey Donohoe, who finished with 18 points.