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GIRLS' BASKETBALL: DIVISION III; H.-W. CAN'T COME BACK KEARNY 63, H.-W. 58.

Byline: Rich Hammond Staff Writer

SAN DIEGO - The Harvard-Westlake girls' basketball team had earned an undesirable reputation for fading fast when faced with a large deficit early in the game. So things didn't look good for the Wolverines early in the second half of their first-round CIF State basketball game against Kearny High of San Diego.

The Wolverines used an inspired fourth quarter to get back in the game after facing a 16-point third-quarter deficit but couldn't complete the rally in a 63-58 Division III loss at Kearny on Tuesday night.

``When you get down that far, it's tough,'' said Harvard-Westlake coach Brian Taylor, whose team finished 22-9. ``We have relied on LaTanya (Robnett) and Brooke (Porter) all season, and they stepped it up in the fourth quarter, but it just wasn't enough.''

Harvard-Westlake cut the lead to 10 after three quarters, and continued to chip away in the final period. Robnett scored 13 of her team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter as the Wolverines got within four with 2:51 remaining but missed several open shots.

The Wolverines also had considerable trouble with Kearny center Triola Alexander, who scored 33 points. Alexander was the Komets' only true offensive threat for most of the game and scored all 10 of her team's first-quarter points. Despite constant attention from Wolverines defenders, she continued to dominate under the basket.

``It's hard for us, without our center,'' said Taylor, referring to injured Rolake Bamgbose, who has not played all season. ``We still have some girls with some size, but you have to give a lot of credit to Triola.''

The Wolverines looked as though they might put the game out of reach early. Porter hit three consecutive 3-pointers in one stretch, and Lyndsey Medders hit another as Harvard-Westlake opened an 18-8 lead with 31 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

With the start of the second quarter, the Wolverines lost all the momentum they had built up over the previous eight minutes. Harvard-Westlake went scoreless for the first 6:40 of the second.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Mar 8, 2000
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