Severna Park turns new leaf Wins boost hopes after 14-loss year Girls basketball

December 08, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Severna Park girls basketball coach Kevin McGrath needs contributions from all of his players if the team is to be successful this year. That became obvious after the Falcons' first two games.

Twelve Severna Park players scored in Friday's 21-point, season-opening win over Westminster. They couldn't have performed much better.

And his mood remained upbeat after yesterday's 45-31 triumph over visiting Northern (Calvert). Again, he received the type of production from his starters and reserves that should make memories of last year's 14-loss season gradually dissolve.

This time, eight Falcons scored and all 12 had at least one rebound. Not a perfect night, but close enough for early-season play.

"These are the kinds of group efforts we're going to need," McGrath said.

That was the kind of effort that didn't take place in the first quarter, when Severna Park, ranked 15th, scored just six points -- on two Amy Patton jumpers and a Kris Drapalski layup -- and was out-rebounded, 12-6. Only six Northern turnovers kept the Patriots' lead down to 8-6.

The Falcons easily broke Northern's press, but couldn't finish the breakaways. They were 3-of-17 from the floor in the quarter.

"The pace we were going at was good to break it, but then you've got to throttle down," McGrath said. "When it comes time to take the shot, you've got to take the shot at the right speed."

The second quarter brought about a complete reversal. Northern (0-1) was limited to just one field goal by Severna Park's tough man-to-man defense. By halftime, the Falcons had a 17-16 edge in rebounds, and most important, a 22-14 lead.

Northern was leading, 11-8, when the Falcons' Jen Conner made two free throws. Conner then passed to Erin McNeally (eight points), who scored from the outside to move Severna Park ahead for good, 12-11, with 5:20 left. Northern turned over the ball on its next two possessions, and Brandee Snyder scored on a follow to increase the lead to 14-11.

After Northern's Danielle Berry made a free throw, McNeally again scored from the outside. Drapalski (11 points) followed her own shot,and Patton (10 points) buried her third jumper of the half to give the hosts a 20-12 lead.

The Patriots didn't fare any better in the third quarter. They committed eight turnovers against Severna Park's 2-2-1 press, and they scored only four points in falling behind, 35-18. Drapalski had five points in the quarter, and McNeally and Patton had four each.

Patton finished with 10 points, and Snyder added six off the bench. Marika Rasmussen, a senior exchange student from Denmark, had 18 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for Northern.

"We got a better half-court offense going in the second half," said McGrath, whose team was 19-of-72 from the floor, $l compared to Northern's 10-of-50. "Plus, they got tired.

"The press we put on them wasn't effective at all in the first half, but then we went to it in the second half and got some easy turnovers."

Northern coach Kimberly Hoyt thought the biggest factors were her team's fatigue and its inability to run the offense.

"The first quarter, we did really well," she said, "but they're not in shape. You saw what happened as soon as they started dragging a little bit. [The Falcons] started beating us on the fast break and we had to go back to a zone."

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