Free throws carry St. Mary's to 71-54 win Girls basketball

December 16, 1992|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Quite a few girls basketball games are decided at the foul line. Yesterday's Catholic League matchup at St. Mary's C. Mason Russell Gymnasium never left it.

In between the 50 personal fouls, the No. 6 Saints controlled the boards, created the turnovers and hit the mandatory free throws in defeating visiting Institute of Notre Dame, 71-54.

"I told my kids before the game not to reach in because I knew this was the official who calls everything," said St. Mary's coach Harry Dobson, whose team will face a true test when it visits No. 7 Spalding at 8 p.m. Friday. "As soon as I saw that official walk into the gym, I knew it was going to be a free throw-shooting contest."

The Saints out-fouled IND, 28-22, but they also won the battle at the foul line, connecting on 19 of 30, while the Indians made just 14 of 29. St. Mary's, which was coming off a 61-50 loss to No. 2 Hammond, hit 15 of 19 foul shots in the first half to take a 47-29 lead.

"Put any good team on a foul line that much and, before you know it, there goes the half," said IND coach Jerry Hahn. "When you're down a half, unless you have a mature team, the game is over.

"That's not taking anything away from St. Mary's because they're a good team. They beat us down the floor and they shot better from the foul line."

Sophomore forward Annetta Davis led the Saints in scoring with 13 points, but it was her team-high seven steals, including four in the first quarter, that enabled St. Mary's to take a 16-12 lead.

Senior center Anne Donovan and Nicole Bourgeois led the Saints' rebounding effort with five each. Donovan also chipped in with 12 points and Bourgeois added six points.

Bridgett Smith had five of the Saints' 18 steals to go with her six points.

Sophomore forward Kortni Webb was the Indians' leading scorer with 16 points. Shannon Skopp added 13.

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