McDonogh wins AIS in Brick's farewell game Eagles' super sophomore to concentrate on tennis

Girls basketball

February 16, 1997|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

For two years, Vicki Brick, Mary Urban and Shani Moore have guided McDonogh unbeaten through the AIS.

Last night, the trio led the No. 4 Eagles to their second straight AIS A Division title in what would be their final game together.

The Eagles' 58-43 victory over No. 20 Roland Park at Loyola College's Reitz Arena was overshadowed by the news that it would be the last game for Brick, a sophomore All-Metro point guard.

Brick bowed out with 13 assists and nine points as she, Urban (18 points) and Moore (11 points, 19 rebounds) led McDonogh (21-2) to its fourth A Division title in four years.

Brick now plans to devote herself full time to tennis. Ranked 142nd in the country at Under-18, Brick, 15, is the youngest player in the top 150 and she hopes eventually to play on the professional tennis tour.

"It's just the time for me to make a choice," said Brick, also a top-level AAU basketball player. "I would love to play both, but I don't think it would be smart. It wears me down to play both at such a high level."

Last night, however, Brick was the only one on the court who knew it would be her last game. Her father, Victor Brick, had faxed the news to the local media Friday, but Brick's teammates and coaches knew nothing about it.

Her teammates, none of whom are seniors, weren't happy to hear the news.

"It's tough," said Urban, "because she's a great teammate. She's crucial to our team and I'm personally going to miss her."

Last night, Brick and Urban formed an unstoppable 1-2 punch as they led the Eagles from an 8-7 first-quarter deficit to a 28-16 halftime lead.

Brick had eight assists in the second quarter, including six to Urban, who scored 14 in the quarter.

Brick hit a three-pointer from up top for a 12-10 Eagles' edge and sparked a 19-4 run in which Urban scored 10 straight points. Urban, a 5-9 junior forward, hit seven of eight jump shots in the quarter.

"Mary was on fire," said Brick, "and when she's on, you've got to give her the ball."

The Eagles, who shot 55 percent from the field in the last three quarters, ran their lead to 51-32 on Brick's 15-footer with 4: 44 left in the game.

Roland Park (21-3) used a triangle-and-two defense to spark a mini-run and cut the lead to 14. But it was too late for a comeback.

"I thought we played very well the whole game," said Reds coach Scott Buckley, who has only one upperclassman on his team.

"In the first half, we did everything we wanted to do, but we had a lot of easy opportunities that we didn't convert. With a team as young as we are, we needed something early to get our confidence going. If we make some of the easy shots early, it's a two- or three-point game at the half, the whole complexion of the game's different."

The Reds, who last won an AIS basketball title in 1990, got 17 points from Betsy Gaines.

St. Timothy's 44, Seton Keough 42: St. Timothy's defeated defending champion Seton Keough, 44-42, to win the AIS B Division championship.

After Natalie Crook hit an 18-footer to pull the Gators within 43-42 with 10 seconds to go, Greta Miller hit a free throw to seal the

win for St. Timothy's ( 12-3) with 2.7 seconds left.

Kristen Egan led St. Timothy's with 20 points while Crook paced the Gators (9- 9) with 21 points.

Pub Date: 2/16/97

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