Meade's height, defense wear out Severna Park No. 7-ranked Mustangs cruise to 71-40 victory

Girls basketball

January 23, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

A couple blocked shots and some good defensive rebounding got Meade running early and often last night against visiting Severna Park.

That's where senior point guard Angie Creek came in.

Causing turnovers, dishing out assists and scoring a game-high 18 points, Creek led No. 8-ranked Meade to a convincing 71-40 win over Severna Park.

The Mustangs, who next travel to No. 7-ranked Arundel on Tuesday, improved to 9-3, while Severna Park fell to 5-7 overall.

The Mustangs' defense controlled the game throughout. The Falcons' offense first had to deal with pressure up top from Creek and Co., and then they found 6-4 senior Megan Poehlman and 6-1 freshman Nicole Dailey to shoot over.

Meade's bench also provided plenty of depth. Seven different Mustangs scored in the first quarter alone, as they ran out to a 10-point lead that extended into a 36-23 halftime margin. Meade gradually built a 20-point lead by the end of the third period and continued to pull away. "Megan and Nicole played very well inside and with Angie, we were able to push the ball and eventually wore them down," said Meade coach Phil Popielski. "Overall, I thought we did a real nice job on the boards and getting some good long outlets. That's the key to us getting easy baskets."

Dailey finished with 15 points, and senior guard Dena Eldridge added 12 for the Mustangs.

Severna Park, which takes on North County at home on Tuesday, got eight points from Kim Lawton and seven each from Beth Davis, Natalie Hicks and Meredith McAlister.

Severna Park coach Kevin McGrath said some better, early shooting could have kept his Falcons in the game longer.

"We did not shoot the ball well tonight," he said. "We had plenty of good shots in the lane in the beginning of the ball game."

Boys

Glen Burnie 64, No. 11 Southern-Harwood 61: Senior Antoine Rich scored a team-high 17 points to help lead the Gophers (5-7) to an upset win over the visiting Bulldogs (9-3). Junior William Maynard had a game-high 24 for Southern.

Pub Date: 1/23/98

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