Arundel guard Jill Marano's clutch shooting in the final two minutes helped the Wildcats to a 69-63 victory over host Meade in an Anne Arundel County game last night. Marano made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 42 seconds to help secure the win for Arundel (9-1, 5-0).
Meade (2-8, 1-4) had closed to 62-58 following a field goal by junior Nicole Dailey (game-high 23 points) with 1 minute 43 seconds left. On Arundel's next possession, Marano banked in an off-balance shot as the shot clock was about to expire to give the Wildcats a 64-58 lead with 1:12 remaining.
"That was such a huge shot," Meade Coach Royal Webster said. "Plus, Jill is probably the best free throw shooter in the county and we kept fouling her."
Marano was playing her first game after missing the past two weeks with an ankle injury. She teamed with senior center Najmah Fauntleroy (team-high 16 points) to give Arundel its second victory over Meade this season.
"Meade made us work real hard," Arundel Coach Lee Rogers said. "But Jill and all of our guards really played well and showed some leadership in a close game."