No. 1 Western taps reserves for 76-22 win over Broadneck Noel Classic Girls

December 29, 1992|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

On most teams, the only time they leave the bench is to stan during the national anthem. At top-ranked Western, however, reserves are helping the Doves take a run at national prominence.

In each of Western's seven blowout wins this season, coach Breezy Bishop has cleared the bench, usually by midway through the third quarter.

And as they proved again in yesterday's 76-22 win over #i Broadneck in the opening round of the Noel Classic at Archbishop Spalding, Western's benchwarmers are hottest when on the court.

After entering the game with a 51-17 lead near the end of the third quarter, the reserves outscored previously unbeaten Broadneck, 25-5, the rest of the way.

"You just try to keep the same pace as the starters," said Lisa Jackson, a sophomore center who scored three points. "You have to try to work on the fundamentals. You're not worried about messing up because you're ahead by so much."

Jackson said that Bishop motivates the reserves to play with intensity, even when far ahead.

"The ultimate goal is to have all 12 players able to start at any given time," said Bishop. "We want to be comfortable playing them in the first quarter or the fourth quarter."

Yesterday, starters Tisha Tinsley (16 points), Chanel Wright (16) Kim Smith (12), Kelly Evans (10) and Kia Damon (9) took a big lead early, scoring the game's first five points and running out to a 20-5 lead by the end of the first quarter.

By the start of the fourth quarter,the question had long since changed from "who?" to "by how much?"

For the reserves, however, the blowout spelled opportunity. While former starters Erica Dailey and Danielle Davis played to get their jobs back, Carla Lockette, Janelle Burgess, Charmane Baker, Felica Burroughs and Jackson played simply for the experience.

"I think it's very important to get them the experience," said Bishop. "One day it will pay off."

Western (7-0) advances to today's 4 p.m. semifinal matchup against No. 6 Mercy, a 36-31 winner over No. 12 McDonogh.

St. Mary's defeated Northeast, 95-39, in another first-round game as Anne Donovan scored 32 and Annetta Davis scored 24. St. Mary's meets Spalding at 8 p.m. in tonight's semifinals.

"It's a very big win," said Mercy coach Mary Ellen Marion, whose team improved to 5-2. "Our kids were off today. It's especially good to win when you don't have a good day shooting."

But McDonogh (5-3) struggled even more. The Eagles shot just 22 percent from the floor, and looked shaky on offense from the start.

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