Spalding takes down IND, 62-44 Langville's 24 rejuvenates Cavs Girls basketball

January 27, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Two games' worth of frustration came pouring out of Archbishop Spalding's girls basketball team yesterday.

L The Institute of Notre Dame just happened to get in the way.

Using a full-court, man-to-man press and the many talents of senior point guard Amy Langville, Spalding coasted past visiting IND, 62-44, and ended a two-game losing streak.

Langville had 24 points, seven rebounds, six steals and four blocks for No. 13 Spalding, which had won three in a row before slumping. Senior guard Kelly Mabe added 16 points, five rebounds and two steals.

"We had only played one game in each of the last two weeks because of exams," said Spalding coach Paul Leimkuhler, whose team had lost to Seton Keough, 53-51, and Mercy, 52-41.

"We also lost [senior forward] Lisa Cantor to a knee injury in the first minute of the Seton Keough game. It was hard for us to adjust at first. And, of course, playing good teams, like Seton Keough and Mercy, doesn't help.

They called their own team meeting on Friday, sat down and talked things out. And I think they were ready to play today."

Langville said: "We were frustrated because we lost two games that we really expected to win. We came out this game, and knew we had to win if we wanted to get some respect back."

Spalding (12-5 overall, 5-4 in the Catholic League) went 10-for-21 from the field in the opening quarter to build a 21-9 lead. It was 34-14 before IND scored the last six points of the half.

The Indians (6-8, 3-6) shot 4-for-18 from the field in the quarter and 15-for-57 overall. They committed 31 turnovers, and eight of their shots were rejected.

"Against Mercy, we went with a half-court trap because I thought itwould give us a good change-of-pace defense," said Leimkuhler, whose team opened the season with a 51-43 win over IND.

"The full-court man-to-man is the defense we've played best all year," he said. "Some teams, we've backed off from and not used it as much. Maybe that's what we should stay with. Come out like gangbusters."

Spalding's frontcourt trio of Aisha Boyd, Stephanie Paxson and Carrie Parsons went to the bench in the third quarter with three fouls each, and IND took advantage. A 47-26 lead dwindled when IND scored 10 of the last 11 points, mostly on second and third shots.

IND's hopes were shattered when the Cavaliers scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter.

Debbie Krastel led IND with 12 points.

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