This one didn't count in the Catholic League standings, but yesterday's contest between St. Mary's and John Carroll had all the intensity and drama of a championship game.
Behind Emily Lipton's clutch performance and Terri Dainels' triple double, No. 2 St. Mary's held off No. 5 John Carroll, 76-73, in the Valentine's Day Mixer at Baltimore City Community College.
In the other game, St. John's at Prospect Hall defeated No. 6 Gwynn Lake, 86-81.
Lipton scored a game-high 24 points to go along with seven assists. Daniels contributed 15 points, 11 rebounds and a single-game school record 12 assists.
Junior forward Tiffany Schummer added 18 points, six rebounds and six steals for St. Mary's.
The Saints (17-4), who had split two league games with the Patriots (16-5) earlier in the season, had led by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter and did not trail until Jenny Biscoe' transition basket put the Patriots ahead, 73- 72, with 1: 23 left.
John Carroll got the ball back after St. Mary's failed to convert on offense, but then Lipton stepped up. She forced a turnover as the Patriots tried to inbound the ball and then drove the lane past three players to give the Saints a 74-73 advantage with 44 seconds remaining.
Lipton followed by converting both ends of a one-and-one with : 27 left to make it 76-73. John Carroll turned the ball over on its next possession with : 08 remaining and St. Mary's ran out the clock before the Patriots could foul.
"She's not afraid of anything," St. Mary's coach Harry Dobson said of Lipton, a 5-7 sophomore. "She hasn't been since she started playing last year.
Said Lipton: "I like to be the person to take charge when we need someone to step up. Someone had to do it."
John Carroll also had four players who scored in double figures: Sarah Oktavec (23), Jen Westervelt (16), Biscoe (14) and Britney Whitehurst (11).
St. Mary's (9-3 in the Catholic League) and John Carroll (8-4) are in third and fourth place, respectively, in the league.
Gwynn Lake hangs tough
In the mixer's other game, sixth-ranked Gwynn Lake (22-3) battled back from an 18-point deficit in the third quarter to pull within three on three occasions in the final four minutes.
All-American Nikki Teasley, however, proved to be the deciding factor for the Frederick private school. The six-foot guard scored nine points in the last two minutes, including a seven-for- eight performance from the foul line on four successive one-and-ones.
Teasley, despite picking up her fourth foul at the end of the third quarter, finished with 35 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists and six steals.
AIS A tournament
McDonogh 65, Severn 34: Sophomore point guard Vicki Brick had 18 points, 13 steals, seven assists and six rebounds to help No. 4 McDonogh (20-2) advance to the finals of the Association of Independent Schools A Division Tournament. Shani Moore added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles, and teammate Mary Urban tossed in 10 points, pulled in six rebounds and had six steals in the win over Severn (9-11). The Eagles play Roland Park in the championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Loyola College.
Pub Date: 2/14/97