Severn tops Keough in AIS opener Gators will meet St. Paul's today

February 09, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Severn started slow yesterday in its first game in the opening round of the Association of Independent Schools basketball tournament, but bounced back to win.

The Admirals, seeded third in the West Division, trounced visiting Seton Keough for the second time this year, 51-16, and advanced to today's quarterfinals.

They'll meet St. Paul's, the second seed in the East, at 3:30 p.m., with the winner expected to face Park, the top seed in the West, on Thursday. The championship game is 8 p.m. Saturday at the College of Notre Dame.

Severn (13-4) had lost two of its last three games after winning eight in a row, but Seton Keough (2-9) was the perfect remedy. The Gators, seeded sixth in the East, were beaten soundly by the Admirals, 54-13, earlier this season, and nothing changed in the second meeting except the score.

Severn led 10-3 after one quarter and 25-10 at halftime. And it could have been much worse if the hosts hadn't missed five layups.

It was 29-16 when Severn's Heidi Hammes hit a short jumper late in the third quarter, and the Admirals outscored Seton Keough 20-0 in the fourth period to inflate the margin.

"When we know we're going to play a team that's not real tough, I generally tell them this is a game where we need to start practicing things for game situations," said coach Rhonda Warmsley-George, whose team defeated St. Paul's, 34-28, last month.

"We need work on rebounding and outletting immediately, and Ithink we did a pretty good job of that today. And we need to concentrate on getting the fastbreaks when we have them."

Freshman guard Monique Jennings scored most of her game-high 20 points on fastbreaks. Eight of her 10 points in the second quarter came on layups.

"Monique gets the game going; she picks up the pace," said Warmsley-George. "Sometimes, we have a problem staying with her. Whoever's on the court with her has to be alert."

The Admirals' defense, an asset all year, made another huge impact yesterday by forcing 32 turnovers and limiting the Gators to 3-of-30 shooting from the field in the first half and 6-of-51 for the game.

The Gators led once, 2-0, on Katie Grochmal's jumper, and closed the first quarter with Becky Kuehne's free throw. But in between were nine missed shots and 10 turnovers by Seton Keough, and a 10-0 run by Severn that included six points and four rebounds from freshman center Katie Graw.

Graw went to the bench late in the quarter and didn't return until about four minutes remained in the game, as Warmsley-George gave everyone extensive playing time. Graw is recovering from an illness, but she had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

"Today showed she was back to her old self and feeling a lot better," said Warmsley-George.

And Severn played much better than it had in recent losses to Garrison Forest, 48-40, and Park, 60-40.

"I think everyone was psyched because it was our first game in the playoffs," said Jennings, 15, whose brother, Michael, is a junior point guard at Penn State. "If we can keep up our running game like we did today, I think we can beat a team like Park."

Ali Reese led Seton Keough with five points -- all in the first half.

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