Western shuts down Spalding, 70-25 Noel Classic

December 31, 1992|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

Western coach Breezy Bishop paced angrily up and down the sidelines during the first quarter of last night's game against Archbishop Spalding, screaming at her team to be patient on offense.

The crowd at Spalding seemed to be enjoying Bishop's performance more than the game.

And for good reason.

The Doves scored 24 of the Noel Classic

game's first 26 points en route to a 70-25 rout of Spalding (8-3) in the Noel Classic championship game.

Chanel Wright and Kelly Evans scored 13 points apiece to lead Western, and Kimberly Smith (11) and Tesha Tinsley (10) also scored in double figures.

It was an impressive tournament for Western (90), which defeated Broadneck, Mercy and Spalding by an average of 45.3 points.

In all three games, the Doves, ranked 19th nationally by USA Today, had too much speed and depth for their opponents.

"Each time my team plays, they are showing signs of maturity," said Bishop, who started three sophomores. "This was a good tournament for my kids. It was a learning experience for them."

And for Western's opponents, as well.

Western's pressure defense forced seven Spalding turnovers in the first quarter.

The Doves made 10 of 20 shots from the field and raced to a lead.

A pair of three-pointers by tournament Most Valuable Player Amy Langville (10 points) pulled the Cavaliers within 29-11, but that is as close as they would get.

Western, which shot 50 percent (16-for-32) from the field in the first half, scored the last eight points of the second quarter to take a 37-11 lead.

Bishop pulled her starters for much of the second half, but it didn't matter.

Spalding, which had upset St. Mary's, 56-52, on Tuesday, scored just four points in the third quarter and trailed 51-15 going the fourth period.

In the third-place game, Annetta Davis and Missy Holmes each scored 12, to lead St. Mary's (7-2) to a 71-45 rout of sixth-ranked Mercy (5-4).

St. Mary's held a 30-22 halftime lead and pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Sharpshooters, 24-10.

L The Saints led by at least 17 throughout the fourth quarter.

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