St. Mary's defeats Bryn Mawr,48-41,for championship Girls Independent basketball

February 28, 1993|By Pat Overton | Pat Overton,Contributing Writer

No. 6 St. Mary's used a strong inside game defense last night as it defeated No. 5 Bryn Mawr, 48-41, to win the Baltimore Girls Independent Championship at Gilman.

The contest was a special matchup between the Catholic League champion -- St. Mary's -- and the Association of Independent Schools champion -- Bryn Mawr -- for the benefit of the Fuel Fund of Central Maryland.

Bryn Mawr (18-2) came on strong midway through the third quarter. But Bryn Mawr cooled off in the fourth and the Saints hit all their foul shots down the stretch.

"We rebounded well and I think our defense was exceptional," St. Mary's coach Harry Dobson said. "I think the girls did a great job."

St. Mary's (24-6) held a 34-20 lead with 2:52 remaining in the third quarter and seemed to have the game in hand. But Bryn Mawr scored eight straight points before the end of the quarter, with Julie Szymanski getting four of her team-high 18 points.

The teams played evenly for the first three minutes of the final quarter when Bryn Mawr struck again going on a quick 5-2 run to pull within two at 42-40. But was as close it got. Saint forward Ann Donovan hit a big shot with 2:34 left, and Bridget Smith knocked down four free-throws in a row when Bryn Mawr tried to foul its way back in.

Bryn Mawr coach Patricia Becker said simple mistakes were the downfall of her team.

"We missed a lot of easy lay-ups tonight," Becker said. "We've haven't played a game in two weeks, and we were a little out of shape, but you can't expect to win if you can't hit shots inside."

The Saints took control in the opening minutes by working the ball inside. Donovan got seven of her game-high 19 points in the first four minutes of the game.

When Bryn Mawr shut down the inside game, the Saints kicked it out to point guard Smith who got 10 of her 16 points in the first half and accounted for most of St. Mary's assists. Smith also played defense on Byrn Mawr's Kisha Ford and the sophomore guard said that shutting her down was the key.

"We knew how Kisha played," said Smith, "and we knew that if we played tight man-to-man they would have trouble getting inside. We're just happy to finish the season with a championship. This is what we play for from the first day of practice."

Ford did finish with 13 points on the night joining Szymanski as the only Bryn Mawr players in double-figures.

St. Mary's Anetta Davis also scored in double-figures finishing with 11.

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