No. 1 Seton Keough faces big test against unbeaten No. 3 St. Mary's

February 01, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Seton Keough puts its No. 1 basketball ranking on the line Sunday afternoon at 2:30 when it plays host to unbeaten and No. 3 St. Mary's.

The Gators already have beaten seven Top 20 teams, but St. Mary's (17-0, 7-0) will come to Seton Keough (15-2, 7-0) with perhaps the best pressure defense around.

Gators coach Jim Stromberg expects the Catholic League showdown, postponed from blizzard week, to live up to every bit of its potential.

"They play a little bit better defense than we do, I think, and we play pretty good defense, so it's a chance to see two teams play great man-to-man defense and go after each other," said Stromberg. "The score might be 10-8, but if we have 10, I'll be happy."

Stromberg won't be happy to be without his primary ball handler, sophomore guard Amanda Foster. She sprained her ankle in Monday's win over Mercy and could be out a couple weeks.

Stromberg is confident that losing Foster won't cost the Gators much because he runs eight or nine players on a regular basis.

Whoever comes out on the short end of this one won't have to wait long for a shot at revenge. St. Mary's plays host to the second meeting on Feb. 14 and the two teams could meet again in the Catholic League Tournament, which runs Feb. 23-25.

"I don't think any team is good enough to win three times," said Stromberg, whose team swept both games last year. "If we are fortunate to get there for a third time, that would be great. Right now, I'm just hoping to split with them."

Moving indoors

The AIS outdoor soccer season has moved indoors at least temporarily because of the weather.

The indoor season will run through Feb. 12 with each team playing four games at the Perring Racquet Club in Parkville. There will be no indoor tournament.

At an AIS meeting last week, coaches decided to try to resume the outdoor season for a brief round-robin competition in late February, but that would happen only if they can secure a turf field.

"We've pretty much decided not to declare a champion just to give the kids as many opportunities to play as possible," said Mary Bartel, chairman of the AIS soccer committee and athletic director at Notre Dame Prep.

At last week's AIS coaches meeting, a proposal to sanction AIS fall soccer was tabled until March as was the suggestion to move the winter season indoors and play a modified outdoor winter season in November and December. Bad weather has cut the outdoor season short three years in a row.

One for the '90s

Franklin's girls basketball team beat Randallstown Friday night for the first time this decade.

The 61-46 victory was the Indians' first win in Baltimore County's tough Hoopsters division but marked a significant improvement since they lost to the Rams, 55-30, earlier in the season.

"We handled the pressure and we packed in a 2-3 zone and shut down their inside game for the first three quarters," said Indians coach Dave Turybury. "We are improving."

Turybury has four sophomores, including leading scorer Ann Marie Molinaro (10-point, 11-rebound average), among his top six or seven players. Sophomore point guard Erin Spatafore scored 20 against the Rams while senior guard Katie Lee added 13.

Prime-time swimmers

Notre Dame Prep and Seton Keough are expected to battle for the first Catholic League swimming championship Saturday.

Their regular-season meet on Jan. 24 could not have been much closer. NDP needed first- and third-place finishes in the final race, the 400-yard freestyle relay, to edge the Gators, 86-84.

Kate Taylor, Kelly Boyle, Amy Auerbach and Shannon Curreri combined for the win while Lindsay Krauss, Sandra Floyd, Kendra Modell and Elizabeth Lasker took third.

Curreri was the Pirates' only double winner, taking the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly.

Earlier in the season, Gators coach Bill Walker said he expected the Pirates would have an edge because of their depth, but after last week's meet, NDP coach Lisa Weigmann would not give her team that edge anymore.

The title meet also includes McDonogh, IND, Severn and Spalding. Preliminaries begin at 9 a.m. at Gilman with the finals at 5 p.m.

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