No. 17 Arundel turns back No. 11 Severna Park, 51-43

February 26, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

Arundel's revolving door for heroes took another spin yesterday.

This time, guard Courtney Finch came through, scoring a game-high 16 points and leading No. 17 Arundel past No. 11 Severna Park, 51-43, for a school-record 17th victory.

Finch, a 5-foot-2 senior, entered the game averaging around eight points, but she registered that many in the last 8:38 of the second half. She also came up with four steals.

"I usually don't score a lot; that's not my big thing," she said. "But if I'm hot, I'll shoot."

"Courtney has her ups and downs," said coach Lee Rogers, "but she takes everything head-on, is very competitive, listens and tries to do what you ask her to do."

Three days ago, Jen Mottar scored a season-high 21 points in a narrow win over Chesapeake-AA. Ginger Breneman had that many in a 64-57 loss to Severna Park earlier this month.

Despite the loss, Severna Park (17-4, 11-3) will be the second seed in next week's Class 4A, East Region playoffs and will receive a first-round bye. Arundel (17-5, 10-4) moved into the third slot, but could drop to fourth if Calvert defeats Northern-Calvert today.

The Falcons were the No. 1 seed at the beginning of the week, ahead of Old Mill, but Wednesday's 48-34 loss to the Patriots changed that.

"We were locked into the second seed, but I didn't tell my players that," said coach Kevin McGrath.

Severna Park led throughout the first quarter despite making just four of 16 shots.

A three-pointer by Breneman to start the second quarter moved Arundel in front, 11-9, but Severna Park's Jen Conner eventually tied the score, 16-16, on a three-pointer with 3:30 left.

Two free throws by Angela DeSalvo (nine points) gave Severna Park the lead, but Finch scored six in the final 1:10 of the half. She made two free throws to tie the score, and her two layups in the last 33 seconds gave Arundel a 22-18 lead.

Finch scored on a runner in the lane to close the third quarter, giving Arundel a 40-25 lead. But Severna Park mounted a furious comeback in the fourth, led by forward Sandy Jenkin, who netted seven of her team-high 11 points in that span.

Conner hit from the baseline to cut the lead to 45-40 with 1:25 left, but Finch made four free throws, and Shannon Noon and Lesley Knowles each made one.

Once again, McGrath's team was hurt by a discrepancy in fouls. Severna Park made 17 field goals, compared to 12 for Arundel, but went to the line just eight times. The Wildcats were 26-for-46, led by Finch's 8-for-8 effort.

Severna Park and Old Mill each made 13 field goals in Wednesday's game, but the Patriots had 30 free-throw attempts -- twice as many as the Falcons.

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