No. 6 St. Mary's overpowers Southern, 83-42 pTC Girls basketball

February 13, 1993|By Tom Worgo | Tom Worgo,Contributing Writer

When the second Southern-AA player fouled out of the game against No. 6 St. Mary's with eight seconds remaining yesterday, Bulldogs coach Linda Kilpatrick turned to her bench and asked, "Who didn't foul out?" It was that kind of game for Southern.

The visiting Saints (20-5) went to the free-throw line 46 times in an 83-42 win. The Bulldogs (9-9) were called for 30 fouls and had three players with three fouls apiece in the first half, which sent them to the bench, including two reserves and junior guard Kari Sherbet. Another Bulldogs player, starting forward Julie Christansen, picked up her fourth foul early in the third quarter.

"It seemed like everything got called," said St. Mary's coach Harry Dobson, whose team was called for 16 fouls. "Especially a lot of touch fouls."

But the Saints didn't take advantage of the calls, converting 25 of 46 free throws. It might hurt them in the future, said Dobson, whose team has struggled from the line.

"Our foul shooting was terrible," he said. "You can't expect to miss 21 shots and win close games."

Southern made the game's first basket, but the Saints used a 7-0 run early in the first quarter to go ahead 7-2. The Bulldogs cut the gap to one point at the 1:33 mark of the quarter. But St. Mary's led 17-12 after one quarter.

The Saints extended their lead to 34-20 by outscoring Southern 16-8 in the first six minutes of the second quarter. St. Mary's led 38-24 at halftime.

Southern center Laeketia Wesley finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds. St. Mary's had 11 players score, and point guard Bridget Smith led the visitors with 15 points.

St. Mary's led 71-34 midway through the third quarter and went on a 12-4 run to take a 45-point advantage. The Bulldogs committed 33 turnovers, including 20 in the first half.

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