Spalding heats up, rolls, 53-27 Girls basketball

December 13, 1992|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

Yesterday's game between Archbishop Spalding and Calvin Coolidge (D.C.) began with a sloppy first quarter that included 17 turnovers and a combined 6-for-24 shooting from the field.

Things only got worse for Coolidge, but Spalding settled down and rolled to a 53-27 victory in the Greater Baltimore Women's Basketball Mixer at the College of Notre Dame.

Senior point guard Amy Langville scored a game-high 20 points -- including three three-pointers -- to lead the Cavaliers, who improved to 5-0 after an 8-17 finish last season.

Lisa Canter added 10 points for the Cavaliers and Kelly Mabe scored nine.

Spalding took a 6-0 lead in the first two minutes, but did not score again until Langville's three-pointer gave the Cavaliers a 9-6 advantage with 45 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Spalding coach Paul Leimkuhler attributed his team's slow start yesterday to the Colts' zone press, something the Cavaliers had not encountered this season.

"We didn't really know what to expect from them," he said. "We just had to get comfortable with their zone press."

The Cavaliers apparently got comfortable in the second quarter, outscoring Coolidge, 17-6, to take a 26-12 halftime lead.

After committing eight turnovers in the first quarter, Spalding turned the ball over just three times and shot 50 percent (8-for-16) from the field in the second period.

Langville, who has signed early with Mount St. Mary's, scored 13 points in the first half. She has averaged 19 points in five games.

"There's no doubt that she has turned it up a notch this season," Leimkuhler said. "She's already signed, so the pressure is off her. She can just play and have fun."

Spalding had its share of fun in the third quarter. The Cavaliers increased their lead to 38-14, holding the Colts scoreless for a stretch of 8:04.

Coolidge (1-2) finished 11-for-61 (18 percent) from the field.

Leimkuhler said he was happy with the win, but acknowledged that his team has not been sharp since beginning the season with victories over Catholic League rivals Mercy and Institute of Notre Dame.

"This was our fourth game this week, although I don't know how much of an effect that was," Leimkuhler said. "The court was bigger than we're used to and the floor was slippery. They all sound like good excuses. There may have been a slight letdown because this wasn't a Catholic League game, which is our focus."

Said Langville: "We played down to our competition. We don't get as excited as we do for the stronger teams."

It's time for the Cavaliers to get excited again. They visit No. 20 St. Frances on Tuesday, and play host to seventh-ranked St. Mary's on Friday in Catholic League contests.

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