Severna Park overpowers Calvert with balanced scoring

March 04, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

When Severna Park's girls basketball team is functioning on all cylinders, it's a wonder to watch.

Last night's 73-64 Class 4A, East Region semifinal victory over visiting and third seed Calvert (18-5) was a good example.

Seven different players scored for the No. 2 seed Falcons (18-4), who were led by the hustle of sophomore Angela DeSalvo (21 points), the dominating inside play of 6-foot-2 sophomore center Jennifer Holmes (13 points, 17 rebounds), and the inside-outside shooting of junior Sandy Jenkin (19 points) and senior Jen Conner, who came off the bench to score 10 points and grab eight rebounds.

"The thing that carries us so far is our teamwork, which is No. 1," said DeSalvo, who scored nine points in the fourth period. "We all get along on the court, and we try to be unselfish with the ball."

The victory over the Cavaliers earned the Falcons a berth in tomorrow's region title game against fifth seed Annapolis.

It was a refreshing effort for coach Kevin McGrath, who has watched his 15th-ranked Falcons lose three of their past five games since an 11-game winning streak.

"We've always had the talent to do what we did tonight, we just simplified things better," said McGrath. "We let them have a couple of runs, but we played well enough to overcome that. With the exception of a few things, we're right where we want to be."

Under the basket, Holmes outworked and frustrated Calvert 6-1 senior Tammy Lumpkin (seven points, six rebounds). Lumpkin (three fouls) got in early foul trouble and had to sit out key portions of every quarter.

Severna Park also contained the Cavaliers' top threats, scoring leader Sheena Harris (eight points) and all-time scoring and assist leader Sherise Dowell (15 points), holding them to four and five points, respectively, in the first half.

Harris, Dowell and Arundel transfer Tami Gosheff (11 points) fouled out in the fourth period, when Gosheff scored nine points to help bring her squad within 67-64 with 1:53 left in the game.

But Conner's jumper and two free throws by Jenkin and Lauryn McAlister with 32 seconds left were enough to pad the final margin of victory.

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