St. Mary's streaks by St. Frances Saints win by 30, 77-47

Lipton's 1,000 points cited

January 29, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The second quarter wasn't perfect for St. Mary's yesterday -- but it was close.

That's when the No. 3-ranked Saints started hitting on all cylinders, and the eventual result in Annapolis was a comfortable 77-47 win over No. 13 St. Frances.

In the second quarter, the Saints shot 9-for-17 from the field and limited the Panthers to three field goals while forcing eight turnovers -- eight spectacular minutes.

A five-point lead after the first period quickly turned into a 40-22 halftime lead, and the Saints never looked back in improving to 15-6 and remaining perfect in Catholic League play at 7-0. The Panthers fell to 13-6 overall, 3-3 in the league.

"We played some great defense that quarter and shot the ball real well from the outside on the 2-3 zone they were playing," said junior guard Maria Smear, who scored all eight of her points on jumpers in the quarter.

St. Frances took an early 9-5 lead when senior guard Nillion Lambert (nine points) hit a jumper off a screen with just under five minutes left in the first quarter.

The Saints got even at 9 on junior guard Emily Lipton's jumper with 3: 51 left and took the lead for good when senior forward Jodi Davidson hit a free throw on their next possession.

In the second quarter, the Saints took their game to a higher level, and the Panthers couldn't keep up.

Smear got it started with consecutive long jumpers, and then she found Davidson with a good look inside. Another basket from Smear and a follow by Toby McIntire provided a 30-19 lead with 4: 39 left in the half.

"We just played some good defense," said St. Mary's coach Harry Dobson. "We held them to seven points in the quarter, and our shooting percentage was pretty good."

The Saints got points from 11 different players with Lipton and senior forward Tiffany Schummer each scoring 15. Junior Terri Daniels also reached double figures with 10.

Sophomore guard Shanell Watson, who finished with 17 points, gave the Panthers a strong performance. Fellow sophomore guard Lashawna Rice added 10.

Before the game, Dobson presented Lipton with a game ball for becoming the first junior in St. Mary's history to reach 1,000 points in a career. She hit the milestone in Saturday's win over county-rival Annapolis.

Phoebus crosses 1,000 twice

Perry Hall's senior center, Alyssa Phoebus, scored 16 points and had 20 rebounds, breaking the 1,000 mark in both career points and rebounds, as the Gators beat Loch Raven, 48-40, last night.

Phoebus now has 1,010 career points and 1,009 career rebounds.

Pub Date: 1/29/98

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