No. 6 St. Mary's controls Spalding, 63-47

February 21, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

St. Mary's Annetta Davis didn't even warm up for yesterday's Catholic League Tournament semifinal against Archbishop Spalding, but it didn't matter.

The All-Catholic League forward scored 15 points and grabbed 22 rebounds to lead No. 6 St. Mary's past No. 16 Spalding, 63-47, yesterday at the College of Notre Dame.

The defending champion Saints will meet No. 7 Mercy for the title today at 4 p.m. at the College of Notre Dame. No. 2 seed Mercy rallied to beat No. 15 St. Frances, 58-55, in yesterday's other semifinal.

For the Saints, Davis was lucky just to make it onto the court for the tip-off. After bringing her blue jersey to the game instead of her home whites, Davis anxiously waited for her uniform during warm-ups. She first stepped on the court for the team introductions.

But it didn't take her long to get into the game.

"I got back into it pretty quick," said Davis, a 5-foot-9 sophomore. "You never know what to expect against Spalding and we really wanted to win this game."

What the Saints (22-6) usually expect from Spalding (16-8) is a big game from Catholic League Player of the Year Amy Langville.

Instead, Saints coach Harry Dobson wanted to get a big inside game from Davis and forward Anne Donovan as well as a strong defense from Missy Holmes to counter Langville.

He got both.

Donovan scored 10 of the Saints' first 13 points en route to a game-high 21, and grabbed 10 rebounds.

0$ Holmes, a 5-6 guard, held the ex

plosive Langville, a 5-8 senior guard, to 14 points.

"Missy did a great job on Amy Langville," said Dobson. "She held her to two points in the first half. That was her job today and then she comes along and scores 10 points."

Guards Holmes, Bridget Smith and Jen Segree combined for 20 points, including four three-pointers, to open up the inside for Davis and Donovan.

In the first quarter, Donovan was the inside force. Spalding only stopped her by fouling and those free throws gave Donovan six of her first 10 points.

Taking a seven-point lead into the second quarter, the Saints built it to 31-18 by the half on 7-for-15 shooting in the second quarter. Holmes scored all 10 of her points in the quarter and Davis added five.

In the four minutes after the break, the Saints outscored Spalding, 14-6, to take a 40-24 lead. They maintained that 16-point margin much of the rest of the way.

Although the Cavaliers hit only three fewer baskets from the field than the Saints, they sent the Saints to the line 27 times. Davis and Donohue combined to hit 14 of 21 shots.

For Spalding, Kelly Mabe scored 11 points and Kari Thompson added seven.

Going into today's title game, Dobson and the Saints are glad to be finished with Spalding.

"I don't like to play them, especially four times in one year. You know how hard it is to beat a good team twice much less four times," said Dobson, whose squad beat the Cavaliers three out of four games this season.

However, Mercy (18-7) is just as familiar to the Saints. In three meetings with the Sharpshooters, the Saints have won two.

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