St. Mary's 72-42 win is heavenly No. 6 Saints rout No. 7 Spalding Girls basketball

December 19, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

The first half was near perfection.

The second half was been even better.

Playing what coach Harry Dobson called "our best defensive game and our best shooting game of the year," No. 6 St. Mary's routed No. 7 Archbishop Spalding, 72-42, in a Catholic League showdown last night.

The Saints (5-1 overall, 3-0 in league) shot 34-for-64 from the field and led from start to finish. They scored inside -- thanks in part to superb passing from guards Bridget Smith, Jen Segree and Missy Holmes -- and hit just about everything from the outside.

The only way to stop them was sounding the final buzzer.

"Everything was working tonight," said Smith, a 5-foot-4 junior who led all scorers with 21 points and added eight rebounds.

"We were pretty confident about winning this game. We thought we could beat them."

Sophomore forward Annetta Davis came off the bench to score 20 points and grab 10 rebounds for the Saints.

"When she comes off the bench, she's burning," Dobson said. "By the end of the year, she'll be starting."

The Saints wasted little time taking control. They went 15-for-32 from the field in the first half, held a 23-11 edge in rebounding and committed just four fouls.

And the result was predictable -- a 34-19 halftime lead.

Spalding (6-2, 2-2) went the first 2:35 without scoring, and shot just 8-for-29 in the opening half. Senior guard Amy Langville had five points at halftime and finished with 13 -- eight below her average.

About the only thing St. Mary's didn't do well was shoot free throws (4-for-17), but this game wasn't going to be decided at the line.

Making matters worse, Spalding's third-leading scorer, forward Lisa Canter (8.0 ppg) spent much of the game on the bench with foul trouble. And junior center Carrie Parsons still was feeling the effects of a cold that caused her to miss Tuesday's 52-51 loss to No. 15 St. Frances.

A 12-0 run in the third quarter pushed St. Mary's ahead, 50-25. Ten of the points came from the inside, including back-to-back follows by Davis.

"There's no way to play defense against layups," said Spalding coach Paul Leimkuhler.

The closest Spalding got was 5-4 on a jumper by Canter from the baseline. The Cavaliers failed to take advantage of a St. Mary's turnover, and the Saints' Nicole Bourgeois (six points) made a jumper and was fouled. She missed the free throw, but Anne Donovan (eight points, eight rebounds) was there for the follow.

Davis scored St. Mary's last six points of the quarter, taking passes from Holmes, Smith and Segree for layups.

A three-pointer by Langville and pull-up jumper brought Spalding within 21-17 early in the second quarter, and Parsons scored on a follow to reduce the deficit to two points. But the Saints scored the last 13 points of the quarter.

"Those kinds of runs fuel themselves," Leimkuhler said.

The teams could meet again in next week's Noel Classic at Spalding. The Cavaliers meet the winner of the St. Mary's-Northeast game in the second round.

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