Bryn Mawr tops McDonogh, 38-33, in AIS tournament

February 14, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Third time was the charm for No. 5 Bryn Mawr. The Mawrtians finally won the Association of Independent Schools A Division tournament championship after losing in the final the past two seasons.

Kisha Ford scored 21 points and Julie Szymanski added 11 to lead the Mawrtians (18-1) over No. 14 and two-time defending champ McDonogh, 38-33, last night at the College of Notre Dame.

"We didn't want to go out like the Buffalo Bills," said Girls basketball

Bryn Mawr coach Pat Becker, referring to the three-time Super Bowl losers.

"Two years ago, we weren't really good, but we were fortunate enough to make the finals. Last year, we felt we could win it, and we came up short. This year, we just wanted to win," said Becker, who is coaching her seventh and final season at Bryn Mawr.

For the Mawrtians, unbeaten in the AIS regular season for two consecutive years, it was the fifth win over McDonogh (13-7) in their past six meetings.

In both of this season's earlier meetings, the Mawrtians let McDonogh build an early lead. No so yesterday. The Eagles led 8-7 early in the second quarter, but never led in the second half.

Both teams struggled offensively, especially in the fourth quarter when each squad managed four points.

Bryn Mawr scored nine unanswered points to take a 32-20 lead midway through the third quarter. But McDonogh answered with nine straight points until Szymanski hit a 12-foot, pull-up jumper with two seconds left in the third quarter.

Sonia Chase, who led McDonogh with 18 points, cut the lead to 34-31 with a driving layup with 4:45 to go, but Ford answered that with two free throws.

With 57 seconds left, Chase hit another layup, but Ford also countered that with a layup 20 seconds later.

"We just go in spurts with our offense," said McDonogh coach Becky Clark, who has taken the Eagles to four straight tournament title games. "We would be working the motion and converting every time down, and then we'd get cold for a while. In that last minute, 50 [seconds], we couldn't convert anything."

B Division

Garrison Forest hit 18 of 40 free throws en route to defending its AIS B Division title over Park, 45-34.

The free throws helped Garrison Forest (12-2) rebound from a 10-point first-quarter deficit. Although Park (17-2) scored one more basket from the field than the Grizzlies, the Bruins only went to the line 14 times in a game that included 49 fouls.

Top-seeded Park finished the game with 34 fouls. Three Bruins fouled out and three more had four fouls.

After Garrison took the lead late in the fourth quarter, Park rallied to tie at 30 with 5:42 left in the game. But Garrison hit six of 12 free throws to seal the victory.

Ashley Ingraham, who led the Grizzlies with 13 points, scored six on free throws. Lauren Klein added 12 points.

For Park, Jessica Schiavone led the way with 10 and Monica Brinkley added eight.

Early on, it looked as though Park, which beat the Grizzlies in the regular season, would have an easy time of it as the Bruins ran out to a 13-3 first-quarter lead.

Garrison Forest shot 0-for-7 from the field and turned the ball over 14 times in the quarter.

The Grizzlies didn't score until Liza Shoemaker fed Ingraham for a turnaround jumper 48 seconds into the second quarter. Ingraham, fouled on the play, added the free throw and started the Grizzlies on a 13-1 run.

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