John Carroll jump-start buries Mount de Sales Form holds in first round of Catholic tournament

Girls basketball

March 01, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

In two regular-season games, Mount de Sales gave John Carroll all it wanted before losing by three and seven points. That gave yesterday's rematch the look, going in, of being the closest of the Catholic League Tournament's opening games.

But things didn't turn out that way. No. 6-ranked John Carroll (18-6) piled up an 18-point first-half lead and rolled over the Sailors, 53-34, in Bel Air.

In today's semifinals, John Carroll (18-6) will play No. 1 Mercy at 5 p.m. at Archbishop Spalding. No. 2 St. Mary's and No. 3 Seton fTC Keough will play at 7 tonight. The championship will be decided at 3 p.m. Sunday, also at Spalding.

John Carroll won yesterday by limiting the Sailors (15-16) to one point in the second quarter's last 7: 40, turning a 13-11 game into a 30-12 runaway.

Mount de Sales battled back, slicing into the deficit while holding the home side to one point in more than five minutes of the third period.

But three late baskets helped the leaders to a 37-23 cushion, and in the last quarter, the margin did not dip below 12.

Britney Whitehurst, John Carroll's only senior, and teammates Jen Westervelt and Jenny Biscoe had 12 points apiece. Whitehurst added 12 rebounds and led a tough defense.

Mount de Sales, which got 10 points from Suzanne Smith and nine from Katrina Zelenka, ended with 11 field goals. One bright spot was holding double-digit scorer Sarah Oktavec scoreless.

"We struggled in the first two games against them, but this time, I thought we had better defense and rebounding, and I believe our bigger gym favors our running style," said winning coach Kathleen Shannon.

Said Mount de Sales coach Bill Held: "We're better than this. We just didn't show it. In those earlier games, Kerry Poisal, our freshman three-point shooter, had nine points each time, but she's out with a sprained ankle. We might not have won with her, but we would have been more of a threat."

Yesterday's other Catholic League tournament games:

Mercy 71, Institute of Notre Dame 21: Jamie Vogtman scored 16 points and had six rebounds and six steals as top-seed Mercy (24-2) coasted. Becky Wilson also scored 16 points for Mercy.

Seton Keough 72, Archbishop Spalding 30: Senior guard Charity Carbine led all scorers with 12 points, and senior forward Andrea Pinheiro added nine more to power the second-ranked Gators (20-4) past seventh-seeded Spalding.

St. Mary's 69, St. Frances 60: Emily Lipton scored 25 to power host St. Mary's (22-4) past St. Frances (13-14).

Pub Date: 3/01/97

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