Bryn Mawr, St. Mary's looking for answers

February 26, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

A lot of questions will be answered at tomorrow night's inaugural Baltimore Girls Independent Schools Basketball Championship for the Fuel Fund at Gilman School.

The biggest question: Does Association of Independent Schools Division champion Bryn Mawr have the depth and talent to stave off Catholic League regular-season and tournament champion St. Mary's?

Not surprisingly, Bryn Mawr coach Patricia Becker and St. Mary's coach Harry Dobson don't agree on the answer.

Becker's Mawrtians (18-2) are ranked No. 5 and have perhaps the area's best all-around player in Georgia Tech-bound Kisha Ford. Ford is averaging 22.0 points, and teammate Julie Szymanski averages 14.1 points and 11.7 rebounds.

Dobson's Saints trail Bryn Mawr in the rankings at No. 6, but are 23-6 against what they believe are more formidable opponents.

"St. Mary's is probably the best team we've faced all year and they certainly have more good teams in their league, but I think we're a little quicker, definitely taller and our best player is better than their best player," said Becker, whose Mawrtians have gone unbeaten in the AIS regular season for two consecutive years.

"St. Mary's runs the break very well and I think our success will depend on us being able to shut that down and I think we have the horses to do that. Their biggest problem will be finding a player that can match up with Kisha and I don't think they have one."

St. Mary's may not have any superstars, but it does have a well-tuned starting five and a reliable bench. Sophomore forward Annetta Davis is averaging 14.9 points and 12.4 rebounds and 5-foot-7 junior guard Bridget Smith adds 12.3 points and 7.3 assists.

"Bryn Mawr thinks they're better than us because they're ranked higher than us in [The Baltimore Sun] poll and I'm glad they're thinking that because I love being the underdog," said Dobson, whose team has won nine of its last 10 games.

"I was happy when I saw they were higher than us in the poll. That's right where we want to be and we'll be ready."

They'll have to be. Dobson's teams have had a history of shooting poorly in large gymnasiums, and he just hopes it won't take his Saints too long to adapt to the spacious environment of Gilman School's Redmond C. S. Finney Athletic Center.

"The last time we played in a big place was against Walbrook in the Metro Classic at the Baltimore Arena and we only shot 10 percent from the floor and they almost threw us out of the gym for non-support," Dobson said. "Gilman's gym might give us a little problem shooting, but we'll try and get in there a little early and try and adjust.

"What it's going to come down to is who plays better defense and who controls the rebounding."

All proceeds from the game, which starts at 7 p.m., will be donated to the Fuel Fund of Central Maryland, which helps needy area families pay heating bills. Tickets will be available at the door at $4 for adults and $2 for students.

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