Wilder, Park holds off Severn, 63-62

January 21, 1995|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Alexa Wilder did not do everything last night for Park -- it just appeared that way.

Wilder capped a 21-point, eight-assist, six-rebound performance with a big fourth quarter to help host Park survive a late charge from Severn for a 63-62 victory in an Association of Independent Schools A Conference Red Division game.

Park (12-3, 4-0) scored 13 points in the final quarter, and Wilder had a hand in nine of them. She scored five points and twice made perfect passes to Jessica Schiavone (16 points) for baskets.

In the final quarter, the Bruins spread out their offense with Wilder often running it. She repeatedly sliced through the defense of Severn (7-8, 2-1) to shoot or pass off.

"Once I started driving and looking for people, it [worked]," said Wilder.

Wilder completely controlled the Park offense in that fourth quarter. In coach Robin Willard's mind, there was little doubt why Park won.

"Alexa really played out of her head," said Willard. "She's amazing."

The Bruins led 50-47 after three quarters, but took charge early in the fourth quarter. Wilder's layup and two assists to Schiavone helped the Bruins take a 62-54 lead with 2:26 left. But Schiavone's basket that gave Park an eight-point lead proved to be its final one. Severn's Kate Giraw (19 points) made four free throws and a jumper to slice the lead to 62-60 with 35.6 seconds left.

Schiavone stretched the lead to 63-60 by hitting the front end of a one-and-one with 25.1 seconds left. After that, however, Severn had the ball for the rest of the game but could not tie it.

The Admirals then missed two shots, but Monique Jennings (17 points) was fouled going after a loose ball with 9.7 seconds left. She missed the front end of a one-and-one, and Giraw got the rebound but missed from the lane.

The ball went out of bounds, and Severn got it with 6.9 seconds left. After a timeout, Severn tried for the tie, but Jennings misfired on a three-pointer. Sherie Cornish grabbed the offensive rebound and hit a jumper from the lane at the buzzer to leave Severn a point short.

Rebounding also helped Park greatly. The Bruins got big efforts from Rebecca Shapiro (16 points, 16 rebounds), Kris Heard (10 rebounds) and Kim Smith (eight rebounds).

Park out-rebounded Severn, 51-43, and had 19 rebounds in the first quarter alone. The Bruins often came up with several rebounds in a row, such as in one early fourth-quarter stretch that saw them come up with five offensive rebounds in one possession.

But, in the end, Park's fourth-quarter offensive performance proved to be the difference. The Bruins repeatedly made good cuts to the basket and had several easy shots.

And much of that came back to Wilder. While running the offense, she made a number of slick backdoor passes to set up points.

"They moved to the basket very well," said Severn coach Maurice Jennings. "That was the difference."

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