Donovan gets career-best 32 as St. Mary's rips Northeast Back from injury, she keys 95-39 win Noel Classic Girls

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

There was a time, not too long ago, when Anne Donova thought she'd never play again.

An injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee sidelined her for all of last season.

But last night, in leading fifth-ranked St. Mary's to a 95-39 win in the opening round of the Noel Classic at Archbishop Spalding, the senior put those memories behind her.

She scored a career-high 32 points, and dominated a smaller Northeast team in the paint.

"It's really overwhelming and it's incredibly satisfying," said Donovan. "When you're in the hospital, and your leg feels 10 times bigger than it is, and you can't walk, you think that you'll never play again.

"To do what I did tonight after all that is really a great feeling. Words can't describe it."

Donovan, along with forward Annetta Davis (24 points) and guard Bridgett Smith (8 points, 12 assists) picked apart the Eagles' defense from the opening tap.

The Saints (6-1) built a 26-11 lead at the end of a quarter, and extended it to 49-24 by halftime.

"I didn't think it would be this one-sided," said St. Mary's coach Harry Dobson. "They only had two threes all night, and that's what we were concentrating on -- shutting down their threes."

The Saints advance to tonight's semifinals at 8, where they'll meet tournament host Archbishop Spalding, which received a first-round bye.

In the other bracket, No. 6 Mercy will meet top-ranked Western at 4.

Broadneck tried its best to slow down Western's Running Doves, but to no avail.

Western, ranked No. 1 locally and No. 19 nationally by USA

Today, put the Bruins and coach Bruce Springer through the wringer on their way to a 76-22 victory.

After the game, Springer did the only thing he could. He chalked the game up to experience.

"It was good for us to play a team of their caliber," said Springer. "If they can play with them, even for a short time, they know they can certainly play with anyone in our county.

"They realize who they were playing today. They'll bounce back."

Ten players scored for Western, led by Tesha Tinsley and Chanel Wright, each with 16. Julie Barr and Missy Lewandowski led Broadneck with six.

"We went into the game feeling like we could play with them," said Springer. "If you take any other approach you're wrong. Maybe not that you're going to beat them, but that you're going to be competitive.

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