St. Mary's beats Mercy for Catholic League title No. 6 Saints rebound, press for 62-61 win

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February 09, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

St. Mary's coach Harry Dobson didn't want to leave out any of his players when describing how his No. 6 Saints overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat visiting and No. 7 Mercy, 62-61, yesterday to claim the Catholic League regular-season title.

"Missy Holmes and Jen Segree both had a great game defensively and Bridget Smith had her usual phenomenal game," said Dobson. "Annetta [Davis] and Anne [Donovan] were both in foul trouble but they did a good job inside. Everybody on this team contributed and it was the defense that did it. We just never gave up."

After falling behind 28-18 at the half, St. Mary's (18-5, 12-1) came out in its full-court, man-to-man defense in the third quarter and -- slowly chipped away at the lead. A pair of inside baskets by Mercy's Gayle Belz increased the margin to 13 momentarily, before Holmes put the Saints back into contention with a three-pointer and a breakaway layup.

Chris Miller -- whom Dobson inadvertently forgot to mention -- sank a baseline jumper with 3:04 left in the quarter to bring the hosts to within six, 37-31. Holmes closed out the quarter by hitting her second three-pointer and both ends of a one-and-one to bring the Saints within striking range, 45-39.

St. Mary's full-court pressure continued to wear on the Sharpshooters in the fourth quarter. Mercy (15-6, 10-3) had difficulty getting the ball past half-court, and even when it did, the flustered Sharpshooters would force a shot or turn the ball over inside.

"I told my team at halftime to get ready for the man-to-man pressure, but we just never adjusted to it," said Mercy coach Mary Ella Marion. "We had no continuity in our offense. No one was moving to the ball. When you just stand around, it's easy for the other team to pick the ball off."

St. Mary's tied the score at 51-51 on Holmes' third three-pointer and then took a one-point lead on a foul shot by Davis and never squandered it.

The Sharpshooters, who trailed 60-56 with 36.9 seconds on the clock, moved to within one when Jenni Hershberger made a three-pointer off of the backboard. With time running out and no timeouts remaining, Mercy was forced to foul Smith, who made both of her foul shots to return the lead to three, 62-59.

With Mercy in need of a three-point play, the Saints vacated the middle, which lured Christina Williamson for the unconsequential two-point layup.

"I felt as though we had the game under control," said Marion. "I can't explain how we allowed a team to score 44 points in one half."

Smith finished with a game-high 24 points, followed by Belz with 23 and Williamson with 21. Davis and Holmes each added 13 for the winners. Christa Rohe added eight points in a losing cause.

"I looked at game film for four days and we worked on playing against their 1-2-2 zone," said Dobson. "We knew they were going to try and take away our inside game and they did, but luckily our girls hit the outside shots."

* Severn 51, Seton Keough (AIS) 16: Freshman guard Monique Jennings scored a game-high 20, and had four steals and four assists to lead Severn (13-4) past Seton Keough (AIS) in an AIS B Tournament first-round game.

* Oldfields 59, Glenelg CS 15: Robin Scully scored 15 to lead Oldfields (11-3) past Glenelg Country School in the first round of the AIS B Division tournament.

* Towson Catholic 36, Arlington Baptist 25: Amy Cullum scored 12 points as host Towson Catholic (6-9) defeated Arlington Baptist (5-8) in an AIS Tournament B Division first-round game.

* St. Paul's 50, Beth Tfiloh 15: Tehma Smith scored 13 as St. Paul's (8-6) defeated visiting Beth Tfiloh (1-15) in an AIS Tournament B Division first-round game.

* IND 67, Seton Keough 60: Shannon Skopp scored 19 as host Institute of Notre Dame (9-10, 6-7) defeated Seton Keough (6-10, 4-7) in a Catholic League game.

* St. Frances 62, John Carroll 48: Melba Chambers scored 22 points and Jakia Ervin added 18 as St. Frances (14-7, 7-5) defeated host John Carroll (7-11, 4-9) in a Catholic League game.

Boys basketball

* Friends 59, Boys' Latin 57: Spencer Deering followed a shot with 6.2 seconds left in the second overtime to lead Friends (13-5, 10-3) past Boys' Latin (11-8, 6-6) in MSA Armstrong Conference B League Division II action.

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