23-0 Arundel dominates Northern-Calvert, 66-31 4A EAST GIRLS

March 03, 1995|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

Top-seeded and sixth-ranked Arundel (23-0) dominated No. 5 Northern-Calvert (16-8) inside to roll to a 66-31 victory in the 4A East Region semifinals last night.

Arundel, which has never made the state final four in girls basketball, will play host to Severna Park at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the region final.

With their first county championship since 1959 already in the bag, the senior-less Wildcats hope to add their first region title.

Arundel outrebounded the Patriots from Southern Maryland, 55-22 with the boards evenly distributed, 28 defensive and 27 offensive. As the Wildcats shot just 30 percent (24-for-79) from the floor, the extra shots cost Northern dearly.

Juniors Chavonne Hammond and Jen Mottar (five steals) led Arundel with 18 points each with the 5-foot-11 Hammond (four blocks, four steals) pulling in 19 boards and the 5-9 Mottar 13 rebounds. Shannon Noon chipped in with 14 points and six rebounds.

"We got it done and had a more balanced attack than we normally do," said Arundel coach Lee Rogers.

'Overall we did a good job after being a little nervous at the start. Mottar is a banger in there and I think people sometimes overlook her because of Chavonne. Jen is a better player than she gets credit for."

Said Northern coach Rod Stewart: "Their rebounding was just too much. On some possessions, they were getting five to six shots. They really cleaned them up."

The Patriots managed to stay in the game in the first half despite being outrebounded, 30-12. Mottar and Noon scored seven points each as Arundel took an 18-9 lead after the first period.

With Northern hitting only three of 14 shots (14-for-52, 27 percent overall) from the floor in the second period, the Wildcats got five points each from Hammond and freshman Sherice Proctor to take control.

Proctor's three-pointer just over midcourt at the buzzer gave Arundel a 30-15 lead at the break.

"That was a big shot and I think it took something out of them," said Rogers. "Being down 15 points is a lot worse than 12."

Arundel built its lead to 20 four times in the third period, to 22 once and it was 45-24 by period's end.

Things got worse in the final period for the visitors as Arundel sank 13-of-18 at the line and got three putbacks and seven points from Hammond. Mottar was 4-for-4 at the line and Noon 5-of-6 in the final period.

Northern had no one in double figures.

Bidding to become the first county team, boys or girls, to go undefeated in all games including Christmas tournaments, Arundel's players don't discuss the streak.

"We don't talk about it," said Rogers. "Whoever it is, they have to come here [Arundel]. Our girls are having fun and expect to win."

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