Baer, Old Mill stop St. Mary's

February 14, 1993|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

Old Mill's Christine Baer likes to finish what she starts.

The 5-foot-6 senior guard helped to stake her team to an early lead over visiting St. Mary's last night, and then she provided the spark the second-ranked Patriots needed late in the game to secure a 69-59 victory.

Baer, who finished with a game-high 25 points and a career-best five three-pointers, scored 17 in the first half -- including 13 in the first quarter -- as Old Mill (17-1) took a 44-32 halftime lead.

The Patriots increased their lead to 16 early in the third quarter, but the sixth-ranked Saints (20-6) came back.

Bridget Smith's pull-up jumper in the lane pulled St. Mary's within 59-55 with 6:06 remaining in the fourth quarter.

lTC Then Baer took over.

After sitting out much of the third quarter in foul trouble, Baer came back and wasted little time in making her presence known. She helped break St. Mary's momentum by hitting a three-pointer to give the Patriots a 62-55 lead.

l Baer's steal then led to a basket by Stacy Himes (12 points) to make it 64-55.

Himes then pulled down a defensive rebound and Baer was left open again to make another three-pointer as the Patriots increased their lead to 67-55 with 3:50 left.

St. Mary's, which was led by sophomore forward Annetta Davis (22 points), did not challenge after that.

"In the second quarter and the beginning of the third quarter, they were playing me real tight," Baer said. "Then suddenly they left the baseline wide open."

It seemed that Catholic League champion St. Mary's could do little wrong in the first quarter, however.

The Saints made eight of 14 shots in the period, led by Smith, who scored nine on three-for-four shooting from the field.

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