Langville, Mabe help Spalding upset No. 10 Mercy, 60-47

December 09, 1992|By Tom Worgo | Tom Worgo,Contributing Writer

The Archbishop Spalding girls basketball team seems to have put last season behind it. The Cavaliers, 8-17 last season, are off to a 2-0 start after upsetting 10th-ranked Mercy, 60-47, yesterday.

The victory gives Spalding reason for optimism this year.

"Our goal is to win the Catholic League," said Spalding coach Paul Leimkuhler, whose team registered seven consecutive winning seasons before last year.

"And with this team, it may be our best chance in recent years. I have nine returning players, including five starters."

Amy Langville, named to the All-Catholic League Team last season and headed to Mount St. Mary's next fall, paced Spalding with a triple-double, registering 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

It was Mercy's second loss.

"I didn't expect to be 0-2 and the kids didn't either," Mercy coach Mary Ella Marion said. "We have lacked consistency. I have been expecting more from this team."

So did Spalding yesterday.

The Cavaliers built a double-digit lead in the first quarter and the early part of the second quarter behind 14 points in 15 minutes from Kelly Mabe. The senior guard finished the game with 18 points.

But the Sharpshooters cut Spalding's lead to seven at the half.

Spalding extended its lead with less than three minutes remaining in the third period to 48-33.

"We didn't hustle and go after the rebounds. We simply weren't blocking out," said Marion, whose team was missing Lauren Szczepaniak, one of its leading scorers and a three-year starter. Szczepaniak is out with a knee injury.

In the fourth quarter, Mercy went on a 6-0 run to cut the Cavaliers' lead to nine points. But Mercy didn't get any closer, scoring only two baskets in the final 6:30.

"We didn't have enough in us to step up our game [in the fourth quarter]," Marion said.

Gayle Belz led Mercy with 15 points, and Spalding's Carrie Parsons had 20 rebounds.

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