Severna Park rallies past Chesapeake, 40-32

February 03, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

A back injury forced Severna Park girls basketball coach Kevin McGrath to stand throughout yesterday's game at Chesapeake.

The real pain didn't start until after the opening tap, though, when it appeared that his team's eight-game winning streak might end.

But the 17th-ranked Falcons held Chesapeake scoreless in the final quarter and prevailed, 40-32, in a Friendship Division matchup.

Kris Drapalski had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Falcons (13-2, 3-0), who meet No. 2 Old Mill on Friday. Denise Perrone led Chesapeake (8-6, 1-2) with 15 points.

Severna Park took a 33-32 lead into the fourth quarter after Jenny Shanahan put her team ahead with a baseline jumper with 20 seconds remaining in the third period. It was her only basket of the game, but it came at the perfect time, as Chesapeake went cold from the outside against the Falcons' 2-1-2 zone.

"That's our bread and butter," McGrath said.

Perrone, the only senior on Chesapeake's roster, had one basket negated by a traveling call, and her three-point attempt late in the quarter rattled around the rim and popped out. Norris also missed two free throws after stealing the ball and drawing a foul.

"I don't think we were outplayed," said coach Dennis Thiele, who guided Chesapeake to playoff berths in 1984 and 1985 before leaving the program. He returned this winter as a replacement for Ginger Woods.

Perrone scored 11 points in the third quarter, which began with Severna Park in front 21-19. Chesapeake fell behind 29-21 before Perrone led a comeback by making a three-point play and hitting a jumper behind a screen from Sandra Norris (seven points).

Norris made two free throws, and after Severna Park committed its 21st and 22nd turnovers, the Cougars took a 30-29 lead when Perrone scored off the glass.

The Falcons' Brandee Snyder (eight points) hit from the outside, but Perrone made two free throws with 30 seconds left to give Chesapeake its last lead, 32-31.

Severna Park didn't score in the fourth quarter until 3:45 remained, when Drapalski put in a missed shot. Chesapeake was called for a three-second violation, and Snyder scored off an inbounds pass from Kate Marks.

Drapalski scored inside and Amy Carnaggio (nine points) made one free throw, as Severna Park escaped with a win.

"He's got them going," McGrath said of Thiele. "Denny did it a couple years back, and I anticipated them coming back and being pretty good. They gave us all we could handle."

Thiele said: "It all goes back to 1985, when we were 13-7 and went to the playoffs. Attitude was great; everyone was working really hard back then. I resigned, and for whatever reason, they haven't had a winning season until now. They're great kids. They needed some leadership."

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