Severna Park finds its focus, tops S. River

January 05, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Not much went right for No. 5 Severna Park in the 24 hours before last night's matchup with South River.

The Falcons had lost an emotional game to second-ranked Arundel Wednesday night.

Senior center Jennifer Holmes got stuck in traffic late yesterday afternoon and did not arrive until game time for South River.

Severna Park coach Kevin McGrath was also delayed by the major traffic jam (due to an oil spill on Route 97) around Severna Park and didn't get to the game until shortly after it started.

To top all that off, McGrath mistook Danielle Kaegel for her twin sister Dana early in the game and sent Danielle on to the court.

And finally, South River built a 20-15 lead over the Falcons with 3:34 left in the first half.

But all was forgotten 45 minutes later after Severna Park (5-4) stormed from behind to turn back South River (4-4), 61-44, at Severna Park.

Seniors Angela DeSalvo and Holmes once again had an outstanding performances for the Falcons in the comeback, but a 46.6 percent shooting effort from the field and a surprising nine-point game by junior Dana Kaegel had the home crowd buzzing last night.

Dana Kaegel thrilled the fans with a running shot from near mid-court at the end of the first half that gave the Falcons a 28-22 lead at intermission.

Dana Kaegel leaped in the air as she got to mid-court and fired a missile that swished through as the buzzer sounded.

"That three-pointer at the half hurt us a lot," said South River coach Tom Spavone. "I mean, it's a big difference between being down three and six at halftime. It hurt our spirit."

DeSalvo scored a game-high 19 points and had three steals and the 6-foot-2 Holmes scored 15 points and had 20 rebounds, six blocks and three steals.

Jess Marion led the Seahawks with 15 points, four steals, two rebounds and one assists.

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