Spalding gets back at nemesis St. Mary's

No. 5 Cavaliers win first against Saints since '93

Girls basketball

High Schools

January 06, 2000|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

This time, it was Spalding's turn.

This time, it was the No. 5-ranked Cavaliers who brought the overwhelming talent and depth.

With their typical balance on offense and a dominating performance on the boards, the Cavaliers were able to keep a safe distance throughout against visiting St. Mary's, walking off with a comfortable 55-38 win in Severn.

The last time Spalding came away with a win against county rival St. Mary's was at the Noel Classic in 1993. The Saints' string of 16 straight regular-season wins against Spalding came to an end with the Cavaliers' victory last night.

"This one was nice -- we've never beaten St. Mary's since I've been here," said senior co-captain Lauren Schaech, a three-year starter with the Cavaliers. "Last year, they had four players go Division I, so usually there's the intimidation factor. But we stepped up tonight and I'm proud of the team."

Schaech led the way with 11 points -- including two timely three-pointers in the second and third quarters while a largely new and pesky St. Mary's team kept it close.

Amy Altig, Kylie Bestul and Leslie Juengst each provided 10 points for the Cavaliers, with LaToya Strong, filling in for starting point guard Carlisa Howard, not far behind with nine points.

The Cavaliers improved to 10-2 on the season and 4-0 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland.

"I thought we played pretty well tonight, excellent defensively," said Spalding coach Deb Taylor. "Balanced scoring -- that's us. We get that every single night. I never know who my leading scorer is going to be, but I know I'll get production from just about everyone."

Getting strong outings from guards Toby McIntire (six points) and Lauren Bonnani (12), the Saints (5-7, 1-3) did all they could to stay close, but simply couldn't find the basket or any offensive rebounds.

After Christy DiMattesa converted a four-point play with 5: 45 left in the third quarter to cut Spalding's lead to 27-25, the Cavaliers closed out the quarter on a 13-4 run to take over.

Juengst then hit baskets on four straight trips early in the fourth quarter to further build the lead.

The Saints finished the game 11-for-60 from the field while connecting on 13 of 14 free throws.

"It comes and goes," St. Mary's coach Harry Dobson said of the Saints shooting. "We're young and this is still a learning process. Spalding played well. They killed us on the boards. We were one and out while they had three and four shots."

The Cavaliers will travel to No. 1 Seton Keough tomorrow night in an early battle of league unbeatens. Taylor is simply looking for a lot of the same from her Cavaliers, who have won 10 straight.

"We just have to keep doing what we've been doing -- great defense, great rebounding and playing together as a team," she said.

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