Frederick gains semis

March 23, 2001

Frederick gains semis


Sarah Rull tangles with Toni Branson



staff photographer

Frederick Com. College 77

Lake Land College 70


Kr. Lindsey 3 4-4 10, Ka. Lindsey 3 2-3 8, Adams 3 4-6 10, Allen 9 7-9 25, Hackler 4 0-0 10, Larson 0 0-1 0. Totals 23 22-29 70.


Whims 1 0-0 2, Thomas 8 6-6 23, Luckett 6 7-9 19, Wilson 2 0-1 4, Parson 2 2-3 7, Jobe 0 3-4 3, Branson 5 3-6 13, Melline 1 4-4 6. Totals 25 25-33 77.


Halftime: Frederick, 39-35; Three-point goals - Lake Land 2 (Hackler 2), FCC 2 (Thomas, Parson). Recounds - Land Lake 43 (Stephens 10), FCC 47 (Branson 15).

In a game that was as close to a statistical dead heat as they come, Frederick Community College won Thursday because of the one stat Lake Land (Ill.) College couldn't overcome.


The Lakers couldn't buy a basket from outside, making just 2 of 19 attempts from 3-point range, and the Cougars made 17 of 20 foul shots in the final 14 minutes to hold on to a 77-70 victory in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Division II Women's National Basketball Tournament at Hagerstown Community College.

"That's obviously a big part of our game," Lake Land coach David Johnson said of his team's perimeter shooting. "You've got to live through it any way you can, and we tried everything we could. You've got to give Frederick credit, they outfought us."

Frederick (29-6) advanced to the semifinals in large part because its defense held the Lakers' Kris Lindsey and Kandy Lindsey - who are identical twins - to a combined 18 points on 6-for-28 shooting. Kandy Lindsey was 0-for-10 from 3-point range.

"I thought the key to the whole game was we were able to control the Lindsey twins," Cougars coach Jack Mehl said.

Meanwhile, Frederick controlled the tempo and the glass with three sophomores - guards Dani Thomas and Mindy Luckett, and forward Toni Branson.

Thomas bobbed and weaved through the Lakers' defense for 23 points and nine rebounds, Luckett added 19 points and Branson had 13 points and 15 rebounds.

"That's been what we've done for the last month of the season," Mehl said. "Toni got her rebounds ... Dani knows when to push the tempo and when to pull it back out."

Frederick scored the last seven points of the first half for a 39-35 halftime lead, then as Lake Land (28-6) fell into foul trouble, made 19 of 25 foul shots in the second half- including 11 in a row - to keep the Lakers at bay.

"We got in a situation where we either had to burn the clock 30 seconds at a time hoping they would miss, or we had to foul them," Johnson said. "Good teams make their foul shots, and they are a good team."

Kelly Allen led all scorers with 25 points for Lake Land.

Frederick will play Mitchell (Conn.) College today at 6 p.m.

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