Severna Park stops Southern cold en route to 57-43 victory

January 08, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

As Southern-Anne Arundel was warming up before yesterday's game at Severna Park, three basketballs became entangled in one of the nets, bringing a brief halt to the shoot-around.

That would serve as an omen of sorts for the Bulldogs, who had trouble getting their shots to fall once play began.

No. 13 Severna Park's man-to-man defense limited Southern to 20 percent shooting from the field, and sophomore guard Angela DeSalvo scored a season-high 26 points, leading the Falcons to a 57-43 victory, their seventh win in eight games. Their only loss came against Bethlehem Catholic (Pa.) in a Christmas tournament.

Sophomore forward Jennifer Holmes added eight points and 11 rebounds for Severna Park, which committed 48 turnovers and went 20-for-67 from the field, but still led for most of the game.

The Falcons appeared to be in command with a 39-23 lead after three quarters. But Southern rallied behind senior center Laekeka Wesley, who scored 12 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter, and the Bulldogs trailed 49-42 with 1:06 left. Severna Park's Jenny Hatch then blocked a shot by Lisa Beiderman along the baseline, and DeSalvo made eight free throws and a steal in the last 53 seconds.

"I told the girls at halftime that [Southern] was a much better club than what they looked like in the first half," said Severna Park coach Kevin McGrath. "We lucked out with some of our passes against their press in the first half, but then they got more aggressive and got their hands on them. And we kind of went cold from the field. We stopped scoring, they got a bucket here and there and cut into the lead."

Southern led just once, 3-2, before the Falcons went on a 9-1 run. The Bulldogs didn't score in the second quarter until 2:31 remained, and by then, Severna Park had built a 24-10 lead.

With the Bulldogs making just five of 33 shots from the field, Severna Park had a 30-14 lead at halftime.

Before the season, Bulldogs coach Linda Kilpatrick worried about her backcourt, calling the guards "questionable." And while the two starters combined for just one point -- by Laura Stockett -- the high-scoring duo of center Wesley and forward Leketia Mullen had just four points in the first half. Wesley made one basket, with 2:15 left, and Mullen made two free throws.

Wesley (17 rebounds) broke loose after halftime, though, scoring on follows and off an inbounds play that McGrath knew was coming, but his team couldn't stop.

"In the first half, she didn't hit it, but in the second half, she hit it every time," said McGrath, who started three sophomores, one junior and one senior.

The Bulldogs didn't score more than nine points in any of the first three quarters, but had 20 in the fourth. They went on 10-1 and 9-0 runs, but couldn't catch up.

"They played like a six-minute game and that was it," said Kilpatrick, whose team has won five games by an average of 27.4 points, and lost four by an average of 29.2.

"I told them in the locker room that executing the press and taking the ball to the basket on offense gave us that comeback. And that's what I was begging them to do the entire game.

"In the first half, we were getting some of the shots that we wanted inside, but we were only getting one shot and they weren't falling. We weren't making things happen."

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