No. 11 Mercy upends No. 5 St. Mary's, 53-47 Girls basketball

January 16, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

St. Mary's coach Harry Dobson didn't want to be reminded of his team's lopsided victory over Mercy in the consolation round of last month's Noel Classic.

"That doesn't mean anything," said Dobson before last night's Catholic League matchup at Mercy. "This is the one that counts."

No one had to remind the Sharpshooters of that. No. 11 Mercy (8-5, 5-2) controlled the tempo for most of the game last night, handing the No. 5 Saints (10-3, 5-1) a 53-47 upset.

"This is a great conference victory for us," said Mercy coach Mary Ella Marion. "The girls played hard, took away the inside lanes and did an excellent job on the boards. This is just what we needed."

Christina Williamson was another necessity. The junior guard scored a game-high 19 points, including nine in the second quarter that helped the Sharpshooters build a 29-22 halftime lead.

Mercy opened the second quarter with a 7-0 run that gave the Sharpshooters a 19-14 lead. St. Mary's was getting only one shot on its possessions, enabling Mercy to control the boards and create the easy baskets.

Four straight third-quarter turnovers by the Sharpshooters allowed the Saints to pull to within 37-33 on a three-pointer by Bridgett Smith (nine points). Mercy answered with two layups by Williamson and Christa Rohe in the waning seconds of the third quarter that gave the hosts four-point lead heading into the final quarter.

Nervous energy appeared to be taking its toll on the Sharpshooters at the start of the fourth quarter as they committed three turnovers. The Saints took advantage and pulled to within 45-43 on a steal and a layup by Kristin Miller.

A driving layup by Rohe against St. Mary's overzealous man-to-man defense returned the lead to four.

The Saints would get no closer.

Senior center Gayle Belz, who finished with 13 points, hit two late jumpers to put it out of reach.

"They played a lot better than us and they out-rebounded us, which I thought was the key to the game," said Dobson. "We weren't rebounding the ball, and therefore, we couldn't get our fast break going. They were getting second and third shots, and we didn't have any running game. They killed us on the weak side."

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