Arundel sneaks to state, 51-50 4A EAST GIRLS

March 05, 1995|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

Eighth-ranked Severna Park brought a victory cake to last night's Class 4A East Region final in Gambrills, hoping to cut into it as part of a celebration.

Instead, while the Falcons were consoled in their locker room by their coaches and athletic director, No. 6 Arundel took turns cutting the net after its 51-50 victory.

Arundel's first berth in the state tournament wasn't secured until the Falcons missed a free throw and put-back in the last two seconds.

Junior center Jen Mottar made two free throws with 33 seconds left to erase a 50-49 lead that had been created when Severna Park's Jen Holmes followed a miss by Alli Adams 22 seconds earlier.

Arundel's Shannon Noon and Sherice Proctor each missed the front end of a one-and-one, with Holmes grabbing both rebounds. The second miss came with six seconds left and gave Severna Park another chance.

Actually, two chances. Sandy Jenkin was fouled by Mottar near midcourt with two seconds remaining and missed the free throw. Angela DeSalvo grabbed the offensive rebound to the left of the basket, but her shot bounced off the glass as time expired.

Arundel (24-0) completed a three-game sweep of the Falcons (20-4), but the total margin was only six points. It will play Thursday at UMBC in the state semifinals.

"The No. 1 thing we do is, we believe in each other," said coach Lee Rogers. "The girls came out with fire in their eyes and said, 'We have to prove a point.' And I said, 'You don't have to prove anything to me.' "

Chavonne Hammond had another superb game for Arundel with 13 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks. LaChelle McHenry scored 10 points, and Shannon Noon had seven points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals.

Severna Park wouldn't have been close at the end without the contributions of Jenkin (13 points, 15 rebounds, three assists) and DeSalvo (12 points, three steals). Holmes took over at times, finishing with 15 points and 21 rebounds. Adams scored 10 points, and Lauryn McAlister pitched in with five rebounds and five assists.

"I told them before the ballgame was over that I was proud of the way they stuck in there," McGrath said. "I told them throughout the year that I didn't care if they won by 100, lost by 100, won by one or lost by one. All I was interested in was them giving me everything they had emotionally, physically and mentally, and I felt they did that. I can't complain. It didn't come out our way but no one person is to blame."

Severna Park led 18-10 after one quarter, mainly because of its dominance on the boards. Arundel was out-rebounded, 15-4, and its impatience on offense contributed to 4-of-17 shooting from the field.

The Wildcats began taking more time on each possession during the second quarter and outscored Severna Park, 17-7, for a 27-25 lead at halftime. A three-point play by Hammond with 12 seconds left put them ahead for the first time since it was 2-0.

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