Injuries don't slow Old Mill in 71-28 romp No. 2 Patriots handle Southern Girls basketball

January 09, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Stacy Himes' left ankle was wrapped tightly, and Lee Ann Lezzer had two fingers taped together on her left hand. That made two-fifths of the starting lineup that was ailing.

No. 2 Old Mill didn't enter yesterday's game against visiting Southern in the best of health, but it felt just fine afterward. Winning, especially by a wide margin, will do that for a team.

The Patriots dominated from the beginning, forcing Southern into 51 turnovers and limiting it to nine field goals in a 71-28 rout.

Five players scored in double figures for Old Mill (6-1), whose only loss came against National Cathedral, 61-59, in overtime in the IAABO holiday tournament. Junior guard Michelle Salmon came off the bench to score 16 points, 6-foot-1 senior forwards Debbie Dawson and Anne Chicorelli had 13 and 11, respectively, and senior guards Himes and Chris Baer each had 10.

Laekeka Wesley, a 5-foot-11 junior center, led the Bulldogs with 12 points.

The two-time defending Class 4A state champions will need more than a couple of persistent injuries to slow them down.

Old Mill took 50 shots in the first half, compared with 11 for Southern, and built a 43-15 lead. The Bulldogs had four field goals, 28 turnovers and virtually no chance of winning.

"I told them during a timeout, when you pop out of the wing, you're just fading away, and it makes it a lot easier for a quick defensive player to steal the ball," said Southern coach Linda Kilpatrick.

"We just did not execute at all. I don't know if they were afraid. I tried to make a point to them that we had nothing to lose in this game."

Old Mill made 11 of its 22 shots in the first quarter. Southern (4-4) was behind 6-2 when the Patriots scored 14 straight points, mostly on steals that led to layups.

"It was just dumb fundamentals, trying to pass through the hands of 6-foot players, and you can't do that," Kilpatrick said.

Said Old Mill coach Pat Chance: "We started off pressing, then took the press off because we really wanted to work on our half-court defense, and defensing the post player. We knew [Wesley] was so good, and we wanted to make sure we could defense her, and make it difficult for the team to get the ball into her."

When Jackie Bardelli hit a short jumper in the lane wit 1:30 left in the third quarter, Old Mill had its biggest lead, 61-21, and nine players in the scoring column.

"I was hoping to get out to a quick start, and at least make a good showing," Kilpatrick said.

Old Mill wouldn't allow it, even with 27-for-94 shooting from the

field.

"Outside of our shooting, I'm not that upset, but we still have a lot of things to work on," said Chance, whose team has won its six games by an average of 28 points.

"We've been getting the shots and working for them, but we're just not making them."

"It seems to be getting better," Himes said. "The team percentage has gone up from last year, but it probably went down with this game."

If the defense continues to play as it did yesterday, the Patriots can afford to make less than 30 percent of their shots.

"We're especially working on moving our feet, getting to the ball quicker and reacting when they pass it," Baer said.

"I think we can do better," Himes said.

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