St. Mary's cruises to tourney victory

January 01, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Two teams went undefeated in the 15th annual Noel Classic at Archbishop Spalding, but St. Mary's emerged with the grand prize.

The Saints won the most games in the eight-team field, going 3-0 to claim their third tournament title. Last year, they placed third behind Spalding and champion Western.

McDonogh finished 2-0, but didn't compete yesterday because too many of its players had prior commitments, said tournament director Ben Paxson.

This year's event was turned into a mixer of sorts after snow postponed its start by two days. But that didn't matter to sophomore guard Tara Foran, whose 14 points helped the Saints defeat Spalding yesterday, 66-30, to nail down the title.

"I thought that we'd win the tournament," said Foran, who was named Most Valuable Player with 50 points and 29 rebounds. "We had beaten many of these teams last year. We just had a little trouble with Spalding."

The Saints had an easy time with the Cavaliers yesterday, scoring the game's first 15 points and cruising from there. Spalding's initial basket, from sophomore Stephanie Paxson, didn't come until 3:20 remained in the quarter. By halftime, St. Mary's held a commanding 42-15 lead.

Junior forward Annetta Davis led St. Mary's with 24 points. Junior guard Maryland Arciaga scored nine points for Spalding.

In yesterday's first game, Northeast fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 60-49 loss to Mercy. Senior forward Christina Williamson totaled 22 points, 19 rebounds and three blocks for the Sharpshooters, who went ahead for good on a Williamson three-pointer with 1:52 left in the first quarter.

Sophomore Shannon Burke and freshman Shannon Cohen added 10 points.

Junior guard Jen Johansen led Northeast with 15 points, including a three-pointer from around midcourt to end the third quarter. Junior Jaime Pleyo (14 points) and junior Maleah Rey (12) also scored in double figures.

The Eagles got within one point -- 47-46 -- midway through the fourth quarter, but their 9-for-29 shooting at the line allowed Mercy to stay in front.

Later in the day, the Sharpshooters upset No. 20 Broadneck, 51-30, to wind up 2-1 in the tournament. The Bruins finished 1-2.

Williamson had another strong game with 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Cohen registered 14 points and six assists.

Broadneck senior center Julie Barr scored eight points and pulled down four rebounds.

The Bruins took an 11-8 lead after a quarter, then scored eight, six and five points over the next three periods.

Also yesterday, No. 8 Old Mill built big leads in the first and third quarters to defeat Spalding, 62-51, and finish as runner-up with a record. All 12 Patriots scored, led by juniors Tinnell Slade, and Kerri Eland with 13 points apiece. Senior Michelle Salmon had 10 points and three assists.

Paxson scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Cavaliers, who finished 0-3.

The Patriots went 10-for-22 from the field and forced 14 turnovers in the first quarter to lead, 23-8. Coach Pat Chance put in five reserves to start the second quarter, and Spalding got within five points. But with three starters back in, including Slade and Eland, Old Mill took a 36-24 halftime lead.

Joining Foran on the All-Tournament team were Paxson, Barr, Williamson, Johansen, McDonogh's Sonia Chase, Old Mill's Dana Dawson, St. Mary's Bridget Smith and Kris Miller, Parkside's Tish Wescott.

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