Senior guard Anne Schorreck called it "the midseason blues," a bad stretch of basketball that left Severn School with a three-game losingstreak.
What the Admirals desperately needed was a game like yesterday's against visiting Glenelg Country School, where they led from start to finish in winning handily, 39-14, in an Association of Independent Schools matchup.
The victory, Severn's first since Jan. 8, improved the Admirals' record to 6-3 overall, 4-2 in the B Division. Glenelg is 4-5 and 0-5.
Before the losing began, defense had taken Severn a long way thisseason -- through its own offensive woes and into a five-game winning streak. The Admirals were averaging 28.6 points a game while surrendering 17.4. They hadn't allowed more than 29 in a single game, and hadn't scored more than 32.
Not pretty, but effective -- much like yesterday's performance, when the Admirals shot 28 percent from the floor (19-of-68) and still dominated.
Severn bolted to a 13-2 lead after one quarter and limited Glenelg to one free throw over the nexteight minutes in taking a 19-3 halftime edge.
By the end of the third quarter, the Admirals were leading, 31-9, and the only drama left was whether the Dragons would reach double figures.
They eventually did when Robin Zimmerly hit from the outside. She scored again onGlenelg's next trip down the floor, but Severn ran off eight of the last nine points, including six from Schorreck on a steal and layup, a follow shot and a short jumper.
The bad stretch, which included a 53-18 defeat to the Ledo Lightning -- a 13-year-old Amateur Athletic Union team that contains two members of Severn's junior varsity -- finally had come to a stop. And not a moment too soon.
The losses "certainly didn't help our morale," said Severn coach Rhonda Warmsley. "It doesn't help to win like we did and then lose three games. But they were three tough games, and we knew we didn't play as well as weshould have."
They did yesterday.
"This game felt really good," Schorreck said. "We all played well together, and that hasn't happened in a while. We pulled together."
And they took Glenelg's offense apart using a 2-1-2 zone defense that forced 29 turnovers, including eight steals by Schorreck while playing in less than half the game.
"We tried to get their passers off-guard, make sure we covered the passing lanes," she said, after also finishing her day with a game-high 10 points. "We're just happy that it worked."
And maybe a bit surprised. Severn normally opens in a man-to-man defense, but Warmsley decided a change was needed.
"It seemed we had forgotten how to play defense," she said. The zone "is an easier defense, and they were playing it well, so I decided to stay with it."
Though playingaggressively throughout the game, Severn only committed eight fouls,five in the last quarter.
Freshman Heidi Hammes scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds for Severn, which travels to St. Paul's tomorrow. Senior Sarah Franey added five points, senior Grace Wu and sophomore Tracy Raley scored four each, and senior Jen Wassif and juniors Emily Franey, Sarah Long and Melissa Morlock had two apiece. Emily Franey also grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked three shots.
Only three Glenelg players scored: Zimmerly had eight points, and Rachel Carnagio and Gouher Nayeem had three each.