Severna Park takes 62-53 win over Annapolis

January 27, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

Severna Park coach Kevin McGrath took Lauryn McAlister aside just after Christmas and gave her the news in three words.

"It's your turn," McGrath said.

It was the sophomore's turn because regular point guard Erin McNeally had been suspended for the season for undisclosed reasons.

"I told Lauryn not to be nervous because if I didn't feel she could do the job, I'd have put someone else in there," McGrath said.

McAlister went out and justified McGrath's faith in her by becoming the high scorer in a win over Meade.

Last night, minus two starters -- Jen Hatch (visiting colleges) and McNeally -- No. 13 Severna Park scored 15 of the game's last 17 points to defeat No. 17 Annapolis, 62-53, at the Falcons' gym.

Still another starter, Jen Conner, missed most of the second half with a bruised tailbone suffered when she fell after leaping for the ball.

Yet, Severna Park is 10-1, its lone loss to Bethlehem, Pa., in a Christmas tournament.

Annapolis (7-5) and Severna Park were sluggish in the first quarter. The game was tied at 19 in the second period, but the Falcons spurted to a 40-30 lead in the third.

In the fourth, Annapolis pulled even at 46 and went ahead at 49-47 on Janelle Queen's three-pointer. Shannon Henderson, who crammed most of her game-high 25 points into the second half, led the way.

"Shannon turned on for a while," Annapolis coach Dave Griffith said. "But then we made mistakes, not new mistakes, the same old ones. We got outplayed. We were terrible."

Annapolis' lead was short-lived. Behind Sandy Jenkin and Angelo DeSalvo, who led with 16 and 15 points, respectively, and McAlister, the Falcons put Annapolis away with the 15-2 run in the final five minutes.

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