Spalding-TC game to pull a full house


January 23, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Third-ranked Towson Catholic (11-3, 5-0) comes calling on No. 5 Archbishop Spalding (13-7, 4-1) in a big Baltimore Catholic League encounter in Severn at 8 p.m. tonight.

Go early, because Spalding's small gym will fill up fast.

It's been awhile since an Anne Arundel County boys team has been ranked as high as Spalding. Annapolis was No. 3 in last year's preseason Top 20 but by season's end was 20-6 and ranked No. 10.

But more than rankings is at stake. With a win, Spalding can create a three-way tie for first place in the Catholic League, with Towson Catholic and No. 4 St. Frances (8-3, 4-1). The Cavaliers also would take over sole possession of first in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

The Cavaliers and Owls are 4-0 each in the MIAA A Conference, which does not include St. Frances and St. Maria Goretti. Wins in the Catholic League and A Conference count double for the six teams that play in both.

Saints are No. 1, too

A county team also is on top in the MIAA B Conference -- St. Mary's. Coach Roger Reed's Saints (11-6) are 3-0 in the conference's Division I after Wednesday's 55-47 victory over St. Paul's (4-5, 0-1). Matt Treadwell, the Saints' 6-foot-10 senior center, scored 13 points and had a dozen rebounds in the victory.

Poor foul shooting (13-for-21) continues to plague the Saints.

Top girls' game

Both veteran, talent-laden teams have slipped a bit in recent weeks, but St. Mary's visit to Annapolis at 7 p.m. tomorrow is still an interesting game.

At the start of the season, St. Mary's was No. 1 in The Sun's top 20 and in the Baltimore Catholic League. Annapolis was considered tops among the county public school teams and was ranked No. 6 in preseason.

St. Mary's (11-6), which has lost more games than it did all last winter, is ranked No. 3, behind AIS teams No. 1 McDonogh (14-1) and No. 2 Roland Park (17-3).

No. 9 Annapolis (8-2, 4-1) is tied with No. 7 Arundel (8-2, 4-1) in the county South Division.

Annapolis has the edge in height, but the Saints are much quicker, a facet of the game that led Arundel to its recent 72-61 victory over the Panthers.

The Panthers have the county's top two rebounders, 6-1 Kammi Cottrell (17.8 a game) and 6-2 Jackie Edwards (16.9 a game), and 6-3 Emily Dammeyer is hauling in 12.4 boards a game.

Dammeyer also paces the county in assists with 5.8 a game. The Saints' Terri Daniels and Emily Lipton are second and third with 5.2 and 5.1 assists a game.

Cottrell is the Panthers' leading scorer (18.3 points a game), followed by Edwards (15.8). Lipton leads St. Mary's with 16.5 points, and her backcourt mate, Maria Smear, is averaging 10.2 points.

WNAV radio (1430 AM) will broadcast the game, starting at 6: 45 p.m., with Pete Medhurst and Bryan Nehman. Have a note for Sidelines? Call Pat O'Malley's 24-hour Sportsline, 410-647-2499.

Pub Date: 1/23/98

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