Kevin McGrath greeted a visitor to Severna Park's gymnasium yesterday with a handshake and the remark, "I don't know how your holiday is going, but it has to be better than mine."
Still smiling, he extended a hand to Wayne Mook, the coach of the Falcons' 6-0 boys basketball team, and said, "I know how this guy's been doing."
Much better than McGrath, whose Severna Park girls are 2-4 after losing both games of last week's Holly-n-Hoops Tournament in Catonsville. They were beaten in the opening round by Seton Keough, 36-35, ona basket with 10 seconds left, and by Woodlawn in overtime, 56-49.
Severna Park's losing streak has reached three games, with a Jan. 7meeting at Broadneck looming. The Bruins are 5-1.
"I saw them theother night, and they're going to be tough. They're bigger than us, and they might have been in better shape than us," McGrath said.
They've certainly had the more favorable schedule. The Falcons won't play their first home game until Jan. 10, against North County.
They opened with a 54-43 loss at Westminster on Dec. 6. Victories followed at Northern, 62-33, and Seton Keough, 46-42, but a 71-57 loss at Frederick dropped Severna Park from the Baltimore metro area's Top 20 rankings.
"Knowing the opponents that we were playing and the distance we were having to travel, I knew there was a possibility that wecould be sitting where we are right now. But I thought we'd be playing better," McGrath said. "The potential is there to play better, it just hasn't occurred."
Instead, he said, the Falcons have been "too inconsistent. We're having trouble rebounding, we're having troubleshooting."
The latter problem was evident in the rematch with Seton Keough, when Severna Park only scored two points in the first quarter and 16 in the second half.
"We haven't been able to put the ball in the hoop. We've been getting pretty good shots, but they're notfalling," McGrath said.
Severna Park's leading scorer, junior guard Lori Sharpless, only averages 8.5 points a game. Senior guard-forward Jill Natwick is second, at 7.8.
"We very easily could be 5-1, or then again, we very easily could be 1-5. It's been a very close situation," McGrath said. "It's just a matter of how hard we work and how fast we come on. Hopefully, it will be quick enough to get a couple of big wins."