Severn put through test in 34-23 win Girls basketball

January 15, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Severn's girls basketball team must be slumping. The Admirals let their opponent score during the first half of yesterday's game.

This has to be viewed as some sort of a breakdown. Or at the very least, an imperfection.

The host Admirals weren't as dominant as in recent weeks, but they did enough things right to defeat Arlington Baptist, 34-23, and win their sixth straight game.

The victory came on the heels of Wednesday's 51-19 trouncing of Beth Tfiloh, when Severn built a 32-0 lead at halftime.

This time, the Admirals had a 21-6 lead at intermission, when coach Rhonda Warmsley-George began pulling her starters, and the Eagles began creeping back.

"This is probably, other than the two times we played Chesapeake, our most intense game because of the competition," she said.

Yesterday's pairing of Association of Independent Schools B Division West rivals looked as though it would be decided early. The Admirals had a 7-6 lead after one sloppy quarter, but proceeded to outscore Arlington Baptist, 14-0, in the second quarter.

Severn forced 19 turnovers in the first half and began converting many of them into points during the second quarter.

Freshman guard Monique Jennings, the quickest player on the floor, scored twice on drives down the lane to extend Severn's lead to 11-6. Another freshman, 5-foot-10 center Katie Graw, scored off the glass, and Jennings and Graw each made one free throw for a 15-6 lead.

Jennings and junior forward Emily Franey each scored three points to close the half and seemingly finish off the Eagles.

Jennings led Severn (9-2, 3-0) with 14 points. Graw added eight points and 10 rebounds.

Senior center Andrea Carter had 11 points and 16 rebounds for Arlington Baptist (3-6, 1-1). The Eagles' only other scorers were seniors Lori Clelland (nine points) and Lynn Abraham (three).

"Now, they're finally learning how to execute," said Eagles coach Lou Clelland, happy with his team's refusal to fold. "They're working together as a team, and that's the way it should be done all the time. There aren't any superstars here."

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