St. Mary's repeats in Catholic

February 24, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

No. 6 St. Mary's employed several strategies against No. 7 Mercy last night. In the end, though, emotion may have been the Saints' most powerful weapon.

Annetta Davis set a school record with 23 rebounds, and Anne Donovan scored 19 points as fired-up St. Mary's won its second consecutive Catholic League tournament with a 61-39 victory over Mercy at the College of Notre Dame.

No. 15 St. Frances used the clutch scoring of Jakia Ervin to defeat No. 16 Archbishop Spalding, 49-43, in overtime in the consolation game. Ervin scored five of her team's final seven points to key the victory.

For St. Mary's (23-6), the emotion came from the absence of coach Harry Dobson because of a death in his family. The Saints dedicated the game to him.

"We figured since he's not here, we should automatically have to win for him," said Davis, who added eight points. "We were so psyched up."

And it showed. Davis completely controlled the boards, Bridget Smith scored nine points and added seven assists, Missy Holmes scored 11 and Jen Segree had eight assists.

The offense rolled from the start. Holmes opened the scoring with a three-pointer 13 seconds into the game. Smith then set up Donovan for layups three straight times.

The Saints hit 10 of 15 in the first quarter and scored 23 points. Donovan scored 12 of her points, and Holmes added nine of her 11 on three three-pointers.

The game was never close after that. St. Mary's, which meets No. 5 Bryn Mawr on Saturday at Gilman at 7 p.m. in the Baltimore Girls Independent Championship for the Fuel Fund, led 32-21 at halftime. The Saints sealed the victory with a 17-4 run to start the second half.

The Saints never stopped running. They raced up and down the floor the entire game, and Mercy (18-8) could not handle it.

"We thought the key was running them," said St. Mary's assistant coach Chuck Miller, who filled in for Dobson. "We thought if we could keep the ball moving, we could wear them down."

Mercy coach Mary Ella Marion said her team never developed continuity on offense. Leading scorer Belz (15 points, averaging 16.8) played well, but the Saints quieted Chris Williamson (five points, averaging 12.5). Mercy also saw several shots roll out instead of in.

St. Mary's also put some full-court pressure on Mercy. It was not there to create turnovers but to make the Sharpshooters run -- and work -- some more.

All of this was Dobson's game plan. And the players wanted to thank him for it.

"The kids wanted it bad for Harry," said Miller. "There was no way the girls were not going to let the championship he wanted."

St. Frances (19-8) used the play of Ervin to win the consolation game. Ervin hit a free throw with 11 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 43 and force overtime. St. Frances then blanked Spalding (16-9) 6-0 in overtime for the victory.

Ervin (nine points) hit a bank shot for the first points in overtime with 1:19 left to give St. Frances a 45-43 lead. She added a layup 30 seconds later to stretch the lead to four. Tavonna Hines hit two free throws later for the final points.

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