Cold-shooting St. Mary's gets by McDonogh, 50-41

December 05, 1992|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Harry Dobson couldn't hold back the laughter yesterday afte learning that his St. Mary's girls basketball team had made just 21 of 84 shots from the field.

But 25 percent from the field was all the Saints needed to raise their record to 2-0 and turn away visiting McDonogh, 50-41.

"We were considerably off in our shooting, but we still walked away with a victory, and that's the same thing we did last year," said Dobson, whose Saints captured the Catholic League regular-season and tournament titles last season. "Being our first home game and all, I think the girls were a little nervous. Maybe it was the first-game jitters or something."

St. Mary's came out cold in the first quarter, but managed to take a 6-0 lead. Behind the hustle and scoring of junior Sonia Chase, the Eagles were able to keep it close and trailed after the first quarter, 18-12.

The Saints' shooting woes continued in a 3-for-14 second quarter. Fortunately for St. Mary's, McDonogh made just two of 12, allowing the Saints to take a 28-21 halftime lead.

St. Mary's opened the second half with 10 straight misses, enabling the Eagles to creep back to 36-32. Chase, who finished with a game-high 27 points, led the comeback, scoring all but two of the Eagles' 11 third-quarter points.

Bridget Smith, who averaged 10 points a game for the Saints last season, had trouble finding her range most of the game before finishing with nine points.

St. Mary's began the fourth quarter with four straight baskets, one each by Ann Donovan, Jenn Segree, Tara Foran and Melissa Holmes (nine points, five steals). The quick start helped the Saints increase the margin to 44-35, and it could have been more had Chase not made the first of two three-pointers.

Donovan, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, had a team-high 13 points and seven rebounds for St. Mary's.

Freshman forward Annetta Davis, who scored 16 points in the Saints' season-opening victory over Model School, was 1-for-10 from the field and scored four points, but her team-high 12 rebounds helped start several fast-break opportunities, most of which were set up by Smith (eight assists).

"They did exactly what we thought they would do," said McDonogh coach Becky Clark, whose team opened the season with a 42-35 win over John Carroll. "St. Mary's runs against us and they press well. It's a well-organized team, and their girls did a great job."

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