When Towson Catholic coach Lyle Weiss said "we don't score much" before yesterday's game at Severn School, he wasn't exaggerating.
Going against an Admirals team that had allowed 33 points in two games, the Owls' offense was shut down in a sloppy 20-9 Severn victory in anAssociation of Independent Schools non-division girls basketball game.
Towson Catholic had four points at halftime and six after three quarters in dropping to 1-3. The Owls made only three field goals, with the first not coming until 50 seconds remained in the opening half.
Severn is 3-0, despite offensive problems of its own. The Admirals are averaging 26 points a game, but so far that's been enough.
"What we need to develop, hopefully sometime very quickly, is an offense," said second-year coach Rhonda Warmsley. "I don't have anyone I can consistently rely on for offense. It's been shifting each game. Maybe that's because it's early yet, but I need to get someone who can be consistent."
Sophomore forward Emily Franey said the Admirals miss point guards Suzanne Weinberg, who led the county in scoring lastyear at 18 points a game, and Kristen Gillis.
"They really kept the game steady and not so wound up," she said. "We've been out of control this year. We're having a lot of foul trouble, and our good players are getting taken out."
Like senior guard Anne Schorreck, who picked up her third foul with just over three minutes left in the first half. She left with nine steals, three assists, two points and onerebound -- and never returned.
"We were keeping the lead, and I like to play as many players as possible," Warmsley said. "I like to work everyone, particularly my guards. Anne's a senior, and I need to develop guards. Games like this give me that opportunity."
Severn began in a man-to-man defense, but switched to a 2-1-2 zone after thefirst quarter, even though the Owls had committed 17 of their 40 turnovers against the suffocating pressure.
"It looked like we were picking up a lot of fouls and getting behind our man," said Severn assistant Eric Austin.
The Owls beat Severn down the floor on a couple of occasions in the quarter, but the advantage never resulted in a basket.
Their first-quarter points came on a pair of Trina Lafferty free throws, giving Towson Catholic a 2-0 lead before a Franey bankshot three minutes into the game finally put Severn on the board.
Franey scored again on a soft turnaround shot in the lane with 1 minute, 24 seconds remaining, and the Admirals had the lead for good. She finished with four points, five steals, four rebounds and two assists.
Freshman forward Heidi Hammes came off the bench to score a team-high six points. Tracy Raley added four points and two blocks, Sarah Long had two points, and Sarah Franey (eight rebounds) and Emily Long each had one point.
Towson Catholic's two leading scorers, AmyFullum and Lafferty, finished with six and three points, respectively.
Severn hasn't given up more than two points in the first quarter of any game this season. The most the team has surrendered in any quarter was 12 against Lutheran in a 28-19 win last Wednesday.
"Thetalent certainly is the major reason, but secondly is conditioning. If anything, we're going to be in shape," Warmsley said.
She only wishes her offense would shape up.
"I'm concerned a lot. Last year, with Suzanne, she used to be a 20-point person. Now, that's all we're getting in a game," she said.