St. Mary's makes No. 1 Keough pay Inspired No. 3 Saints win, 59-48, avenge earlier loss

February 06, 1997|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Top-ranked Seton Keough might need to practice walking into an opposing team's gymnasium after being knocked off by third-ranked St. Mary's, 59-48, in a Catholic League showdown in Annapolis yesterday.

"We were going through our stretching exercises when [the Seton Keough players] came walking into our gym, laughing and talking like it was going to be an easy game for them," said St. Mary's junior starting forward Tiffany Schummer. "That really upset us. We wanted to make them pay for acting like that. We wanted this game, from the bottom of our hearts."

The inspired Saints (15-4, 8-3 in the league) put on a clinic on their way to a 21-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Sophomores Terri Daniels and Emily Lipton and the rest of the St. Mary's team maintained that intensity throughout the second quarter but wavered in the third and fell behind, 40-38, entering the final period.

Then, it was show time again for Daniels and Lipton, who combined for 43 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and six steals in a victory that atoned for a 53-37 St. Mary's loss at Seton Keough Jan. 12.

"We wanted to beat them by 16, like they beat us," said Schummer. "But we came up a little short. We did prove to the Catholic League that we can be awfully good when we put it all together. One thing I like about our team is that we all stick together, no matter what happens during a game."

Seton Keough (16-2, 9-1) was led by Andrea Pinheiro's 13 points, but yesterday, both Amanda Foster and Charity Carbine fell short of their first St. Mary's-game performances.

Foster scored 16 in the Gators' January victory, but sophomore Maria Smear's strong defensive effort limited her to eight points yesterday. Carbine had nine points after getting 10 in the first meeting.

Keough freshman Denise King provided most of the punch for the losers in the third-quarter rally that overcame a 30-22 halftime deficit. King scored seven in the third period and wound up with 10.

"This was the first time in my 17 years of coaching that I've ever had a team of mine simply outplayed and out-hustled," said Seton Keough coach Jim Stromberg. "I told my players that, and they couldn't say much, since they gave up 21 points in the first quarter.

"We weren't ready to play, and you have to be ready to play when you come into this St. Mary's gym, which doesn't have the best lighting and is packed with people. Plus, Daniels was impressive, to say the least, in the first quarter."

The fiery 5-11 standout hit three three-pointers in the first quarter on the way to a game-high 23 points, in addition to nine rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot.

Lipton, who had 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals, got into the three-point shooting act later in the game and had two.

Pub Date: 2/06/97

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