St. Mary's leaves Mercy behind, 72-50 Saints now 6-0 in league after 4 hit double figures

Girls basketball

January 24, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Will the real St. Mary's team please stand up?

There's the one that lost back-to-back games against Roland Park and McDonogh two weeks ago, just after getting caught looking past Riverdale Baptist.

And there's the other version, on display yesterday afternoon in Annapolis, that was simply overwhelming in a 72-50 win over No. 6-ranked Mercy in a Catholic League contest.

Coach Harry Dobson, whose No. 3-ranked Saints improved to 13-6 overall and a perfect 6-0 at the league's midway point, believes he's found the answer.

"I think the mystery is over. Everyone is on the same page, and we're ready to take off like we normally do," he said. "We had a lot of good touches with everyone involved today. There was a stretch where we were playing one-on-one basketball, but I hope we've solved that."

With a defensive game plan intended to keep Mercy junior standout forward Jamie Vogtman as far away from the basket as possible and a balanced offense that had four players in double figures, the Saints were able to distance themselves from the Magic (13-6, 5-2) in the second quarter.

A 10-2 run midway through the frame -- with six players scoring points -- provided the Saints with a 31-15 lead. The Magic offense finally got going in the third quarter, but could not get within 12, as the Saints answered basket-for-basket, and then some.

"There was no continuity, poor shot selection, and no flow in our offense the first half. We didn't move the ball around very well in our set offense and couldn't get the ball inside to Jamie," said Mercy coach Mary Ella Marion. "We got things going in the third quarter, but with St. Mary's, you can't get down 14 at halftime.

"It's disappointing, but it's only one game, and there's still a long way to go. We're a young team, and you'll have these games. But in the second half of the season, we'll have to be more consistent."

St. Mary's junior guard Emily Lipton scored 15 points and had six assists, a number of them inside to junior center Felicia &r Holloway, who came off the bench to also score 15. Senior Jodi Davidson did a little of everything, scoring 10 points with six rebounds and three steals.

"We're just excited to finally have everyone contributing. We have so many good players that can step up, and today we saw that," said Davidson. "This week in practice, we had some good battles, and it got pretty intense and competitive. I think that helped get everyone ready."

Senior forward Tiffany Schummer won most of her battles under the boards, grabbing 10 rebounds for the Saints, who also got 12 points and outstanding defense from junior guard Maria Smear.

Vogtman led the Magic with 15 points.

"Our offense wasn't working today. We just weren't focused, but we didn't get out-hustled," she said. "St. Mary's plays great defense. They deny the ball, move their feet well, and rebounded DTC strong today. We're only half-way through the season, and we'll learn from our mistakes."

Pub Date: 1/24/98

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