Spalding Girls Survive Turnovers, Win 45-31

January 24, 1992|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Staff writer

If Paul Leimkuhler got a dime for every turnover his Archbishop Spalding girls basketball team committed in yesterday's game against visiting John Carroll, he'd be $3.20 richer.

If Joe Rehrmann got a dime for every field goal his Patriot team hit in the fourth quarter of the same contest, he wouldn't have the proverbial two dimes to rub together.

John Carroll (4-7, 2-6) buried just one of 12 attempts from the floor in the final period, as the turnover-happy Cavaliers held on to defeat their Baltimore Catholic League rivals, 45-31.

"We had morethan our share of shots, but they just needed a little more push forthem to go in," said Rehrmann, whose Harford County contingent converted a dismal two of 27 shots in the second half. "It looked like it was us more than them.

"We didn't make the shots that we had, and that hurt us. We got the ball inside a thousand times, and we couldn't cash them in."

The Cavaliers (7-9, 3-4) matched the Patriots in turnovers in the first quarter with nine, but didn't let the miscues bother them as they built a 17-5 lead. What helped the Cavs was a 6-for-10 effort from the floor and a 5-of-5 performance at the line in the period.

Spalding's 5-foot-5 junior guard Kelly Mabe opened the second quarter with a three-pointer and a follow-up shot to give her team a 17-point cushion, 22-5.

Then the floor fell out.

John Carroll's full-court trapping defense forced 13 Cavaliers turnovers, enabling the visitors to close the half with a 20-point run that earnedthem a 25-22 lead. Krystin Porcella led the Patriots' surge, nettingeight of her team-high 15 points in a two-minute span.

"A good coach probably would have called a timeout to try and stop it," said Leimkuhler, laughing. "I think (John Carroll) did a good job of attacking us and trying to take the ball out of our good ball-handlers hands.

"When some of our other players, who aren't used to going against a pressure defense, would get to half court and think the race is over, they'd catch them from behind," Leimkuhler said.

"I tried to emphasize to them at halftime that they have to keep going until theyget to the basket, and that it's over when you score, not when you get to half court."

Spalding, which had abandoned its matchup-zone defense in the second quarter, went back to it in the second half andprofited immediately. Junior guard Amy Langville regained the lead for the Cavaliers with 1:50 left in the third quarter, driving the baseline to pick up two of her 13 points.

"We try to force the ball out of the hands of the ball-handlers and force someone else to run their offense, (someone) they don't want to run it," said Spalding assistant coach Paul Metrinko, who implemented the defense just last week. "We went away from it in the second quarter, and that's when we fell behind."

Carrie Parsons, who tallied 16 points, came to life in the fourth quarter and did what she does best -- crash the boards.

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