BALTIMORE — Severn School's girls basketball team made both its debut and season-ending departure yesterday in the A Division quarterfinals of the Association of Independent Schools tournament.
The No. 6-seeded Admirals (9-6 overall, 3-6 league) tallied a dismal six points in the first half and showed little improvement in the second as they bowed to third-seeded Roland Park Country School of Baltimore, 46-21.
"We just weren't in it mentally," said Severn coach Rhonda Warmsley. "We never got any offense going, and we were out-rebounded on both ends of the court. We played really poorly."
The Admirals' lackluster effort in the first quarter allowed the hosts to jump out to an11-4 lead.
Suzanne Weinberg got Severn on the scoreboard early ona follow-up of a Kristin Gillis shot, but the senior forward subsequently was reduced to being a non-factor.
Weinberg, who scored 22 points in an earlier season matchup with Roland Park, was held to six points, a direct result of Roland Park's box-and-one defense.
"Ourgoal heading into the game was to get Weinberg out of the middle, period," said Roland Park coach Wendy Kridel. "We knew they relied on her too much the first time we played them, so we knew all we had to do was shut her down. I think we did that."
What Roland Park also managed to do was put the ball in the basket -- a nearly impossible task for the Admirals.
In the second quarter, the Admirals were heldscoreless until the 1-minute, 11-second mark when Gillis drove the lane to end a nine-minute-plus scoring drought and to give Severn its only two points of the period.
Roland Park (9-3, 8-2) was far fromshattering any shooting records in the contest but its 15-of-50 performance from the floor was all it needed to advance to Thursday's semifinal matchup with Bryn Mawr.
The hosts all but put the game out of reach in the third quarter as they buried 9 of 14 shots from the floor, including eight in a row.
The Admirals made a run for respectability in the fourth quarter as they opened the period with three unanswered buckets. Severn's burst of energy was short-lived however, as it closed out the period missing its last eight shots.
Junior guard Melissa Bristow proved to be the most painful thorn in the side of the Admirals, as she netted a game-high 22 points. Also scoring indouble figures for the Reds was senior center Monique Pitts, who finished the game with 11 points and 17 rebounds.
Katie Gamble emerged as the Admirals' leading point-getter with seven points, while Jen Wassif chipped in four in the losing cause.
"The first time we lost to them we were just coming off of Christmas break, and we hadn't played together for awhile," said Warmsley, searching for an answer for her team's poor showing. "We've been playing well our last couple of games, so I hoped we would play them better. We just never got it going.