McDonogh breezes to AIS A Division title Severn gets left behind early in 73-48 victory

February 13, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

No. 7 McDonogh knows how to save the best for last.

Absolutely everything went right last night as the Eagles overwhelmed No. 18 Severn, 73-48, to win the AIS A Division Tournament championship at Loyola College's Reitz Arena.

The Eagles (17-5) hit their first three shots unanswered and pushed the lead to 20 early in the second quarter. The margin reached 30 on the first basket of the second half and 55-19 midway through the third quarter.

"This was our best game of the season," said senior guard Julie Baker, whose team shot 56 percent from the floor.

"We saw the whole season as a complete buildup to this climax. Our whole team was in sync. I was so proud of them. To come in here, and have everything come together like this is just the greatest thing."

On the other hand, not much went right for the Admirals (13-5), who had to settle for the runner-up spot for a second straight year.

"We just missed too many easy shots," said Severn coach Maurice Jennings, whose team shot 27 percent for the game. "We've played good competition all year long. We just didn't convert [last night]."

The Eagles defense caused some of those problems for the Admirals.

"We played great man-to-man defense once again and that won the game for us," said Eagles coach Seth Kushkin. "We held them to only 17 points in the first half. That's a great job."

Severn's offense never ran smoothly until late in the third quarter when Kushkin went to his bench. The Admirals responded with 13 unanswered points, but by then it was too late. The spurt pulled them only within 55-32.

Freshman point guard Brick was sensational hitting 10 of 12 shots from the floor and six of eight from the line to finish with 26 points.

B Division

Seton Keough's AIS edition won the B Division championship over Oldfields, 31- 27, but not without a fight.

The Gators (11-2) built a 23-16 lead going into the fourth quarter, but Oldfields (7-5) rebounded to tie at 27 when Sunnie Hawkins fed Jacquette McGhee with 3:11 to go. Oldfields missed a couple of chances to take the lead before Katie Roscher hit a 16-footer with 43 seconds left to give the Gators the lead for good.

McGhee scored a game-high 13 while Kristin Stoffel led the Gators with 11.

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