Severna Park stops Broadneck, 51-41 Girls basketball

December 12, 1990|By Alan Widmann

Severna Park, with no player taller than 5 feet 10, out-rebounded Broadneck and its three 6-foot-plus starters by 15 last night and defeated the two-time state girls 4A champion, 51-41, in an Anne Arundel County girls basketball game.

That enabled the quicker, eighth-ranked Falcons (2-1, 1-0) and their new, up-tempo offense to avenge five straight losses to No. 10 Broadneck (1-1, 1-1).

Severna Park had not beaten Broadneck since surviving a late scare to take their 1988 Region IV semifinal, 48-47.

Falcons coach Kevin McGrath saw last night's game as a matter of things returning to normal.

"Yes, we lost five in a row to Broadneck. But before that, they had never beaten us [in 11 games]," McGrath said. "People who had been around a couple of years expected Broadneck to dominate."

It was the opposite, as Tina Riley's 14 rebounds keyed a 53-38 advantage on the boards. That helped Severna Park to a 79-57 edge in shots, the difference in a game otherwise marked by turnovers and weak shooting.

"We knew they'd bang us around a bit. It was the only way they could stay with us on the boards," Bruins coach Bruce Springer said. "We haven't played a team with the intensity of Severna Park. It's a difficult thing to simulate in practice."

Broadneck hurt itself with 11-for-30 free-throw shooting. But another plus for Severna Park, which only trailed at 2-0, was the play of senior point guard Tami Riley.

She had a team-high 19 points -- including all three of the game's three-pointers -- six assists and four rebounds.

"We're running a fast-break offense just like the guys. It's the same thing, and it's fun," Riley said. "We're doing well in adjusting to the offense. If we keep with it, we'll go on to the playoffs."

Riley's fast-break basket and three-point play off a drive in the lane helped open an 11-4 Falcons advantage in the first three minutes.

Broadneck, which had a game-high 20 points from Andrea Macey, pulled within 13-11 at the start of the second quarter, but Tami Riley's baseline drive and three-pointer from the wing quickly pushed the Falcons' edge to 20-12.

Broadneck never drew closer than eight points. When Riley made her last three-point goal, then stole the ball and fed ahead for a Lori Sharpless breakaway, the Falcons held a 49-34 edge with 2 minutes, 47 seconds left.

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