Winning easily against Towson Catholic has become commonplace for the Severn girls basketball team.
If only it could face the Owls throughout the remainder of the Association of Independent Schools Tournament.
Nine Admirals scored yesterday in a 32-13 rout, their second lopsided win over the Owls this season.
Now, the bad news.
Next up for the Admirals is a Friends team that is seeded first in the East. Severn is the fourth seed in the West and must travel to Friends for today's 3:30 game.
"We haven't faced them this year, and I don't think we played them last year," said Admirals coach Rhonda Warmsley. "We'll be going into the game blinded."
By the way the Owls (2-12)took aim at the basket yesterday, they may have done the same thing.
The visitors made five field goals while shooting 11 percent fromthe field. They trailed 8-2 after one quarter, 19-7 at halftime, and26-9 after three quarters, and didn't hit double digits until 2 minutes, 55 seconds remained.
Yet, it was Severn senior Anne Schorreckwho said, "This wasn't one of our better games.
"We'll have to play a lot better (today) against Friends."
As usual, the Admirals (7-6) started the game in a zone defense, but were prepared to switch to a man-to-man if Towson Catholic began scoring from the outside. But just like in a 20-9 loss back on Dec. 18, the Owls never forced their opponent to change.
"They didn't really try to work the zone," Warmsley said of the Owls. "They just stayed outside."
And they stayed on the short end of the score throughout the game.
Emily Franey sank a liner from the baseline, Sarah Franey put back a miss, and Heidi Hammes drove in for a layup to give Severn a 6-0 lead in the first five minutes. The Owls' didn't score until 2:41 remained in the quarter when Amy Cullum banked in a long jumper, but Severn's Jen Wassif made two free throws, and Towson Catholic inadvertently let the clock wind down on its last possession of the quarter.
The Owls' Patricia Ayd scored from the outside to open the second quarter, reducing the lead to 8-4, but Hammes completed a three-point play and Severnwent on a 11-1 run that practically decided the outcome.
Hammes, a freshman, and sophomore Sarah Long led the Admirals with seven points each. Sarah Franey (six rebounds) and Schorreck (eight rebounds, seven steals) each had four points, and Wassif, Emily Franey, Melissa Morlock, Emily Long and Becky Paul scored two points apiece.
Cullum and Rebecka Becker each had five points for Towson Catholic, which committed 33 turnovers. The Owls were the fifth seed in the East.
Severn had its own problems from the field, hitting just 14 of 55 shots (25 percent) and committing 29 turnovers. But the game "gave me a chance to play a lot of girls who don't usually play and will be backnext year," Warmsley said.
"I liked how we penetrated their zone,too. We normally just shoot from the outside. But we'll have to playmuch better against Friends. We'll have to rely more on our man-to-man and make a lot less turnovers."