There wasn't much holiday cheer for the three Anne Arundel County teams competing in yesterday's opening round of the seventh annual Holly & Hoops Women's Basketball Tournament at Essex Community College.
North County was the first county squad to lose, bowing to Parkville, 44-36, in the Mistletoe division.
Severna Park followed suit in the Holly Division as the Falcons suffered an 88-50 loss to Governor Mifflin.
No. 18 Southern of Harwood (3-2) then made it 0-for-3 when it dropped an 64-37 decision to Bryn Mawr in the Hoops division.
"I don't even know why I bring my teams to these Christmas tournaments because they always leave their minds at home," said Southern coach Linda Kilpatrick, whose team will face Lake Clifton game in tomorrow's 3 p.m. consolation game. "I brought bodies here today, but that's about all. We stood around on offense and we didn't play defense.
"That team is not 30 points better than us, but they were tonight. We just weren't in it at all."
If the Bulldogs didn't know how good Bryn Mawr's Kisha Ford was before yesterday, they do now.
Ford, who has signed a national letter of intent to attend Georgia Tech, had 23 points, seven assists and nine rebounds. No. 7 Bryn Mawr (6-1) trailed in the opening minutes of the game but took a 13-10 lead with 3:21 remaining on a three-pointer by Ford.
The Mawrtians never looked back.
Julie Szymanski, who shared game-high scoring honors with 23 points, took over in the second quarter and helped the Mawrtians build a 34-16 halftime lead.
The lead swelled to 48-20 in the third quarter despite the efforts of Southern's Laekeka Wesley (11 points) and Laura Stockett (eight).
Sallie Neal led Parkville (4-3) to the school's first Holly & Hoops tournament victory with 12 points, including eight in the pivotal third quarter.
After trailing 26-18 at the half, the Knights of Anne Arundel County opened the second half with a 13-2 run to take a 31-28 lead. The Knights of Baltimore County answered by scoring the final eight points of the period to take a 36-31 lead into the fourth quarter.
The only North County player to score in double-digits, Joy Farmer, fouled out midway through the fourth quarter. With Farmer and her game-high 16 points and eight rebounds on the bench, North County scored only one point in the game's final 64 seconds.
North County (3-3) will face North Harford, a 50-48 loser to Mount de Sales, in tomorrow's 11 a.m. Mistletoe division consolation game.
Severna Park's first loss of the season couldn't have been much uglier.
The No. 10-ranked Falcons (4-1) committed 14 turnovers in the first quarter -- 29 overall -- allowing the Mustangs from Reading, Pa., to jump out to a 24-12 lead after one quarter.
Governor Mifflin's hounding full-court pressure was paced by senior Chiara Sockel and sophomore guard Nicci Rinaldi. Sockel finished with a game-high 20 points and nine steals and Rinaldi added 18 points and eight assists.
"They came ready to play and we didn't," said Severna Park coach Kevin McGrath, whose Falcons will take on Clifford Scott (N.J.) at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Holly division consolation game.
"We didn't recognize the press and we made it easy for them. They were quicker than us but we were bigger and we never took advantage inside. We just didn't play well."