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Frederick falls

February 06, 1999|By DAN SPEARS

IJAMSVILLE, Md. - Frederick girls basketball coach Todd Bono wasn't expecting a naval battle Friday night.

But with his No. 1 Cadets marching toward a revenge victory against the Hawks, Frederick was taken out by an Urbana depth charge in the third quarter and couldn't recover, losing 70-58.

"They just wear on you as go along," Bono said. "They've got a little more depth than we do, and we had no legs by the time it was over."

With a 28-22 third-quarter lead, the Frederick ship started wobbling. Urbana's 2-1-2 press started causing turnovers, and the Hawks fired fatal salvos by picking up the fourth foul on all three members of Frederick's inside game - Ashley Bush, Laura Jobe and Katie Brennan - in a four-minute span.

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"We didn't do that early," Urbana coach Chris Krivos said. "We started getting hesitant inside in the first half, but when the press let us set things up, we went back down there with a little more purpose."

The foul trouble forced all three to the bench. Bush was the biggest casualty for Frederick - she had scored 11 straight Cadets points to keep them in the game. Bush came back in the fourth quarter, but fouled out in the middle of a 14-2 Urbana run that sealed the game. She finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

"Our team feeds off Ashley's intensity out there," Bono said. "When she's not out there, we struggled to find that player to step up."

But Frederick had become defenseless by that point. Urbana hit seven straight shots midway through the third quarter - a string started by Christy Faller's 3-pointer at the 4:30 mark that gave Urbana its first lead of the night at 30-28. The Hawks never trailed afterward.

It all added up to a 50-point second half by the Hawks, ranked No. 13 overall in the state. They've moved closer to their second straight Central Maryland Conference title and kept their hold on the No. 1 spot in Class AA.

"We won the league last year with no seniors, but a lot of people were still talking about Frederick," Krivos said. "It was as if we got worse. Yes, they are better, but so are we. We expected to win the conference, that's our goal."

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