Annapolis rebounds to beat Severna Park, 41-40

February 07, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Severna Park coach Kevin McGrath said he warned his players about Annapolis before the start of last night's game.

"I told them that Annapolis lost last night [Monday] and that they would be coming at us with a vengeance. And they did," he said.

After losing to No. 2 Arundel by 58 points on Monday, the Panthers rebounded both literally and figuratively last night and downed the visiting Falcons, 41-40, in a classic see-saw battle.

"After last night's [83-25] loss I went up to [Arundel coach] Lee Rogers and I thanked him and told him maybe we needed this," said Annapolis coach Dave Griffith.

"I tried to make the most of the loss and it worked. The kids could have come out flat but they worked hard and this is a huge win for us. The kids realize now that they are not as bad as we were Monday night."

The Panthers (13-5), who had won nine straight before bowing to the Wildcats, were led in scoring by Dina Brown and Jackie Edwards -- both finishing with 10 points. Kami Cottrell added nine points for Annapolis and Kristen Kapusta, Stephy Samaras and Emily Dammeyer rounded out the scoring with four points apiece.

Severna Park's Ashley Evans led all scorers with 12 points and teammates Angela Desalvo and Jennifer Holmes tossed in eight and seven points, respectively.

Evans scored what proved to be the game-winner with 33 seconds left and Samaras sealed the Falcons' fate with a steal 11 seconds later.

"I don't think that the ballgame should have been that close," said McGrath. "But we didn't shoot well tonight and we didn't execute."

The Falcons (13-6), who had already defeated the Panthers by seven points earlier this season, flew out to an 8-0 lead after two baskets by Desalvo.

Turnovers and poor shot selection kept Annapolis scoreless for the first four minutes of the game.

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