Mount de Sales presses Severn into 34-29 victory

January 11, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Bill Held knows if his Mount de Sales girls basketball team is going to avoid repeating a last-place finish in the Catholic League, it will need to press.

"If you can't do that against a team that's pressing you, you're dead in this league," he said.

He experimented with a variation of the 1-3-1 press against Severn School yesterday, running it from start to finish. And the results were mixed -- the Sailors were burned often, but they won.

Junior center Amy Buck registered 16 points and nine rebounds, and Mount de Sales outscored Severn 8-3 in overtime to prevail, 34-29, in a non-league game.

Christy Buck made two free throws to break a 29-29 tie with 18 seconds left in overtime. Ana Martinez made one free throw with 10 seconds left for a 32-29 lead, and Amy Buck scored on a follow to assure Mount de Sales (7-3) of the victory.

Severn sophomore guard Monique Jennings had hit a three-point shot with 33 seconds left to even the score at 29. She led the Admirals with 10 points.

Jennings had a chance to win the game in regulation, but she missed the front end of a one-and-one with one second left, and the Sailors scored the first three points in overtime, including Katie O'Connell's lone basket of the game.

"We got burned more with our press than it helped us, but we needed it," said Held, who played Amy Buck more up front than he usually does in the formation. "We thought in this game, we were going to commit to it. We thought, if we could play our 1-3-1 the whole game against them, we could use it against St. Frances [Thursday]. We just all agreed that we're going to learn it today, win or lose."

When the teams scrimmaged in November, the Admirals were beaten soundly, 48-27. But Severn had practiced only twice before then, and two of its starters hadn't been on the court at all because they had been playing field hockey.

The Admirals brought a 10-2 record into yesterday's game, and even their two losses had been impressive. They gave No. 12 McDonogh trouble before succumbing, 47-39, and they led after one quarter against Chesapeake-AA in a 48-38 defeat in the Cougars' Christmas Tournament.

They didn't look as sharp against Mount de Sales, though. They committed 31 turnovers, made just six of 12 free throws and went 11-for-64 from the field, including a bevy of missed layups. Only four players scored, and this was their lowest offensive output of the season.

"It was the little things that hurt us," said Severn coach Rhonda Warmsley-George, whose team is in first place in the Association of Independent School's A Conference Red Division. "We talked about it all year. Even in the 10 wins, it was the same things that hurt us -- missed easy layups and foul shots. In a game like this, it really shines."

Both teams went 4-for-16 from the field in the first quarter, but nine turnovers by Severn contributed to the Sailors' 9-8 lead.

A basket by sophomore Kate Graw gave Severn a 12-11 lead with 5:50 left in the first half, but Mount de Sales' Lisa Banbury took an outlet pass from Danielle Peterson and scored at the buzzer to move her team in front, 16-15.

Both teams scored just four points in the third quarter, and Mount de Sales looked as if it would pull away in the fourth after taking a 24-19 lead. Severn finally scored when Graw hit two free throws with 4:32 left, and her free throw with 1:26 remaining made it 26-26 and set up the overtime.

"They should have won the game," said Held, whose team was coming off an emotional 62-55 win over the Institute of Notre Dame. "They played better than us."

Warmsley-George said, "I don't know that we outplayed them. I think it was a real tight game and they just outscored us. No one played a whole lot better than the other one."

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