Severna Park handles Annapolis, 77-50 4A EAST GIRLS

March 03, 1995|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

The game began slipping away from the Annapolis Panthers with about two minutes left in the first quarter, and because of No. 8 Severna Park's balance and experience, it wasn't coming back.

Angela DeSalvo scored 21 points and Sandy Jenkin added 17 to lead the second-seeded Falcons past Annapolis, 77-50, in last night's Class 4A East Region semifinals.

Jen Holmes added 10 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four blocks for Severna Park (20-3), which will play No. 1 seed Arundel tomorrow night for the third time in three weeks. The Wildcats (23-0), ranked No. 6, won the first two games by a combined five points.

Senior Jamie Pleyo led Annapolis with 21 points, including five three- pointers.

The Panthers (14-10) had won seven in a row and nine of 10, and they came out hot last night, taking leads of 5-0 and 10-4.

Emily Nugent hit a three-pointer and Stephy Samaras put back a miss before the Falcons could answer. But the game began to turn in their favor after Jackie Edwards had converted a pass from Artina Trader to make it 10-4.

From there, Severna Park ran off the last 14 points of the quarter, including two free throws from DeSalvo after Panthers coach Dave Griffith was called for a technical foul.

Annapolis cut the lead to 20-19 after Pleyo's layup with 4:40 left in the first half, but the Falcons never surrendered the lead. They went on a 12-4 run to close the second quarter and lead 32-23, and limited the Panthers to five points in the third to pull away.

"We don't want this season to end," said Jenkin, who grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out six assists. "We want to keep it going as long as we can."

The lead was 42-28 late in the third quarter until Severna Park reeled off nine straight points. DeSalvo buried a three-pointer, Holmes scored inside, Lisa Davis made a layup and Ashley Evans hit a baseline jumper.

"We didn't think we were getting into our offenses in the latter part of the year, so we worked on specific things to go from a transition game into a specific offense," said Falcons

coach Kevin McGrath, whose team shot 30-of-59 from the field, compared to Annapolis' 16-for-79. "I told them, 'If you do it on the court and execute the way I know you're capable of executing, we have better talent and we're going to win the ballgame.' And they finally started doing it."

Griffith led his team to the state tournament last season, defeating Severna Park in the region final. But he started two freshmen last night and didn't have much experience on the bench.

Three of his losses this season came against Severna Park -- the first two by seven and six points.

"They're a great team and they deserve to win," he said. "If Arundel already has their bags packed for the states, they better unpack them and get ready to play Severna Park."

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