St. Paul's ices Severn, 38-31

February 10, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

St. Paul's School for Girls coach Suzie Friedrich said defense would be the key to yesterday's Association of Independent Schools tournament B Division quarterfinal game against visiting Severn.

The coach's words rang true.

Intense defensive pressure by the Gators led to offensive futility for the Admirals, as St. Paul's escaped with a 38-31 win.

"We did it with defense today," said Friedrich, whose team lost by six to the Admirals earlier this season. "We wanted to show them the team we really are. We knew we were better than that."

Down the stretch, the Gators proved it.

Trailing 26-25 late in the third quarter, they all but shut down Severn's offense, getting hands in the faces of the shooters and successfully guarding the lane.

They finished the game with a 13-5 run, giving up just one field goal in Severn's final 22 shots.

"We were cold all game," said Severn coach Rhonda George, whose team shot 18 percent from the field. "For whatever reason, the tough games we just can't win."

St. Paul's (9-6), the tournament's second seed, advances to tomorrow's 3:30 B semifinal at top-seeded Park.

For a while, however, it looked as if their season might be over.

Led by guard Monique Jennings, who scored a game-high 15 points, the Admirals seemed in command at times. They took the lead on three different occasions in the third quarter.

Jennings was the go-to girl on offense. With Severn (13-5) trailing 16-10 midway through the second quarter, she took over the game, scoring the next seven points and 12 of her team's next 14 to give it a 24-23 lead with 3:37 left in the third quarter.

"She got us before, so we knew she was their big gun," said Gators forward Page Watts, who led her team with 10 points. "We just tried to put some pressure on her outside and stand our ground with her in the lane."

Jennings was forced to shoot from the outside and was less effective as the game progressed.

"When we lost to them, we were missing a lot of our players and we really played bad," Watts said. "We came into this game with an open mind. I definitely think we can go all the way."

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