With lesson learned, St. Mary's blows by John Carroll, 70-50 Saints break game open early

10 players score

January 08, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

St. Mary's looked yesterday afternoon like a team that had learned its lesson.

After letting a win slip away at home against Riverdale Baptist on Monday, the top-ranked Saints weren't about to make the same mistake twice.

With that in mind, the Saints jumped out fast against No. 6 John Carroll and rolled to a comfortable 70-50 win in Annapolis.

St. Mary's improved to 10-4 overall and 3-0 in the Catholic League; the Patriots fell to 10-4 with a 2-2 league mark.

The Saints needed only 6 1/2 minutes to build a double-digit lead yesterday, achieved after guard Maria Smear stole the ball in the defensive end and sent a long outlet pass to Tiffany Schummer, who found Terri Daniels inside for an easy layup.

Then, a 9-0 run to start the second quarter -- capped by Daniels' three-pointer from the top of the key -- pushed the lead to 22-5, and the Saints never looked back. By the end, 10 Saints scored.

John Carroll, which went 2-for-13 in the first quarter, was never able to get on track.

"The first five minutes set the tone, and I thought we came out intimidated and sluggish. We dug ourselves a hole early on, and it's tough to come back against a good team," said John Carroll coach Kathleen Shannon. "We got good shots early on, but they didn't drop. We were tight."

After the Saints' defense made its mark in the first half, their offense stole the show in the third quarter, hitting 11 of 14 shots and committing only three turnovers.

Junior Emily Lipton (22 points) scored on a drive, jumper and a three-pointer, and Smear (16 points) added three jumpers to help build a 54-29 St. Mary's lead going into the fourth quarter.

In Monday's loss, the Saints took a four-point lead into the final eight minutes against Riverdale Baptist and lost by four. Lipton said that was a big incentive for getting things going early against their Catholic League rivals. Last season, the Saints and Patriots split their two games.

"We played awful defense [against Riverdale] and wanted to come out strong defensively -- and that gets our offense going," said Lipton. "No one stepped up on Monday, so all of us wanted to step up today. We know John Carroll is a tough team, so we were ready for this game."

John Carroll got 21 points from forward Jenn Westervelt, 15 coming in the fourth quarter.

Archbishop Spalding 56, No. 16 Seton Keough 49: The Cavaliers (11-5) hit 10 of 13 free throws in the fourth quarter after trailing the visitors. Jen Butterwei had 15 points and 16 rebounds for Spalding, which won its seventh straight.

Pub Date: 1/08/98

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