Severna Park upends Arundel, 50-39

January 06, 1993|By Tom Worgo | Tom Worgo,Contributing Writer

The Severna Park and Arundel girls basketball game was clash of teams coming off contrasting Christmas tournaments.

The Wildcats had won their Arundel tournament for the third consecutive year, routing Meade and upsetting No. 13 St. Francis while Severna Park dropped consecutive games in the Holly & Hoops tournament.

Arundel coach Lee Rogers thought his team had turned the corner after capturing the tourney and winning four in a row despite starting the season at 1-2.

But the No. 18 Wildcats reverted to their early season struggles in a 50-39 loss to No. 17 Severna Park.

"Tonight we played out of character," Rogers said. "I expected us to play better. We have to regroup like before, and hopefully we will do better."

Severna Park started the game with and maintained a full-court press, which gave the Wildcats problems at times. However, when Arundel was able to break the press, it failed to score when easy baskets could have been made.

"We didn't handle the press very well," Rogers said. "When we did break it, we didn't score and have patience."

Severna Park built a five-point lead in the first quarter behind a pairof three-point plays from reserve center Sandy Jenkin. The sophomore paced the Falcons with 14 points and nine rebounds.

The Falcons extended their lead to eight points late in the second quarter as Arundel went scoreless in the final 4:12. Severna Park led at the half 25-17 despite 14 turnovers.

Arundel was also sloppy in the first half, committing 13 turnovers while shooting 28 percent from the field. Arundel point guard Alina Smith, a four-year starter, led her team with 17 points.

Severna Park's lead ballooned to 13 points late in the third quarter.

"We're moving in the right direction," said Severna Park coach Kevin McGrath.

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