Spalding surprises St. Mary's, 56-52, avenges 30-point loss Noel Classic

December 30, 1992|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Noel Classic host Archbishop Spalding simply wanted to give No. 5 St. Mary's a tougher test than it provided in a recent 30-point loss.

Instead, the Cavaliers gave the Saints the surprise of their lives with a 56-52 upset win in the tournament semifinals last night.

The Cavaliers ran out to a 23-9 lead and never looked back, holding on for the win, preventing St. Mary's from three-peating as tournament champion.

"This is great -- it's the whole season so far," said Spalding's Amy Langville, who led all scorers with 18 points. "We were so frustrated after the last loss. We wanted to make up for it."

Spalding did it with defense, holding the Saints to 19-for-71 shooting,and limiting Annettta Davis and Anne Donovan, who combined for 56 points Monday, to 16.

St. Mary's attempted to come back, rallying from a 41-24 deficit early in the second half to narrow the margin to 51-50 on a Bridgett Smith three-pointer with 2:25 left.

But Carrie Parsons helped ensure the victory, hitting a foul shot and a follow-up layup down the stretch.

"We knew St. Mary's would wake up at halftime," said Spalding coach Paul Leimkuhler. "We played harder, but we were lucky to hold on."

Spalding (8-2) will meet top-ranked Western in tonight's title game.

Western, ranked No. 19 by USA Today, forced 38 turnovers in defeating No. 6 Mercy, 74-37, in the first semifinal. Tesha Tinsley and Kim Smith each scored 16 for the Doves.

Earlier in the afternoon, Broadneck was the victim of the day's most exciting finish.

Up 31-21 after three quarters, the Bruins sputtered, and McDonogh tied it at 38 with seconds left. After the Bruins lost possession on a three-second violation, the Eagles' Sonia Chase (20 points) dribbled upcourt to the sideline and banked in a 30-foot prayer at the buzzer to give McDonogh a 41-38 win.

McDonogh will play Northeast, a 52-48 winner over Bowie in the other consolation semifinal, for fifth place today at 4, following Broadneck-Bowie at 2 p.m.

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