St. Mary's rebounds from loss to trounce Wilde Lake, 74-37 Smear, Lipton lead Saints to solid third-place finish

IAABO girls tournament

December 30, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

LARGO -- When St. Mary's plans of winning the IAABO Girl's Invitational Christmas Tournament were altered after a tough one-point loss to Elizabeth Seton on Saturday, the top-ranked team in the area made the most of its second option.

Leaving a lasting impression in their first tournament appearance FTC at Prince George's Community College, the Saints cruised past a short-handed Wilde Lake team, 74-37, last night to finish third in the talented eight-team field.

St. Mary's (9-3) had it all working right from the start last night.

Junior guards Maria Smear and Emily Lipton contained Wilde Lake's standout guard tandem, twins Toni and Lashon White, and there was balance at the offensive end with the Saints having little problem solving the Wildecats' varied zone defenses.

"We executed our game plan very well," said St. Mary's coach Harry Dobson. "We wanted to control the White twins and make their other players beat us. Offensively, we wanted to hit the open shots against their zones. Maria [Smear] was on fire. And we also don't like to lose two games in a row."

Good perimeter shooting from Smear (15 points) to go along with penetration from Lipton (13 points) and strong inside play from Tiffany Schummer (12 points) and Felicia Holloway proved too much for the No. 6 Wildecats, who were without four players -- including two starters -- because of prior commitments.

"They're a tough team -- excellent defense and great team ball," said Wilde Lake coach Kelly Storr. "We knew what we were up against and it was tough without some players, but this will make us a better team when the playoffs roll around."

Ten different players scored for the Saints, who got another solid all-around effort from Terri Daniels. Along with her eight points, the junior handed out nine assists and pulled down eight rebounds.

Lashon White finished with eight points for the Wildecats, with sister Toni adding seven.

Arundel 60, Oxon Hill 49

Arundel got a 22-point effort from senior guard Sherice Proctor to claim fifth place in the eight-team field.

A three-pointer at the top of the key from fellow guard Megan Rollins (12 points) gave the No. 11 Wildcats (4-2) a 52-48 lead with 2: 45 left and Proctor followed with a jumper to put the game away.

Pub Date: 12/30/97

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