McDonogh holds off short-handed Centennial Eagles scratch to 41-39 Holly and Hoops win

December 28, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

With three of his players down in Miami participating in a

national soccer tournament and one of his starters still recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, Dave Greenberg wasn't exactly beaming with optimism heading into last night's opening round of the 11th annual Holly and Hoops Tournament at McDonogh School.

"I had to bring up three freshmen from the junior varsity," Greenberg said shortly before his team tipped off against host McDonogh. "If they have to play, we're in trouble."

Greenberg never had to go that deep into his bench. Short-handed Centennial stayed with McDonogh the entire game before bowing, 41-39.

Vicki Brick and Mary Urban led the way for McDonogh with 13 and 12 points, respectively, and freshman forward Natalie Brooks was the Eagles' next highest scorer with five points.

"When we come up against an aggressive defensive team like they were, sometimes it takes us out of our game," said McDonogh coach Seth Kushkin, whose team will play host to Bethlehem (Pa.) Catholic in tonight's Holly Division final at 8. "We did what we had to do to win but we didn't do it the way we like to."

McDonogh (6-1) took the lead for good on back-to-back jumpers by Brick and then hit enough foul shots down the stretch to stave off a Centennial comeback.

The Eagles of Howard County (3-3), whose other two losses came to nationally ranked Christ the King of New York and county rival Wilde Lake, didn't have a player score in double digits. Kathleen O'Connor led the team with nine points and Jessica Mentz tossed in eight.

"I'm so proud of my girls because they played their hearts out tonight," said Greenberg. "They played as hard as they could. I couldn't ask for anything more. We were short-handed and everyone did a great job."

The Holly Division matchup between Bethlehem Catholic and Severna Park turned into a foul festival. The second half featured 29 fouls, including one technical foul against Bethlehem Catholic coach Stephen Maco.

Bethlehem Catholic won the game, 67-47, thanks in part to a 27-for-53 performance from the foul line.

Michelle Calvo led Bethlehem Catholic with 16 points and teammates Jamie Frey and Tara Lukievics contributed 15 and 14 points, respectively.

The opening round of Hoops Division produced a pair of blowouts.

Governor Mifflin advanced, coasting by Oakland Mills, 63-43, and North Harford encountered little resistance in its 71-29 rout of Dunbar.

The Mustangs of Shillington, Pa., opened up a 42-23 halftime lead over Oakland Mills and never looked back. Kena Hodges, a 6-foot-2 senior, scored 21 points in a losing cause for the Scorpions and teammate Jessica Oster dumped in 10.

The Mustangs had four players in double figures, including Kim Murray (15), Maggie Endler and Samantha Curry with 12 each and Lakisha Backman with 11.

Junior guard Suzanne Eyler helped put North Harford in today's 6 p.m. Hoops Division final with Governor Mifflin by scoring 19 points -- 13 in the third quarter. Senior guard Amy Scotten netted nTC 17 for the Hawks, who led 26-7 at the half, and senior center Chrissy Schoot added 13.

Pub Date: 12/28/96

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