Severna Park outlasts No. 4 Arundel

No. 11 Falcons stay perfect in Anne Arundel, 54-52

Girls basketball

January 29, 2000|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Severna Park girls basketball team hung around long enough to take advantage at the end last night against visiting Arundel, relying on limited resources to come away with a 54-52 upset win.

Only four of the No. 11-ranked Falcons scored -- senior starters Kim Lawton, Natalie Hicks, Meg Miller and Lauren Bessire -- each taking turns coming up with big baskets to hold off the No. 4 Wildcats.

The Falcons (10-3) remained perfect in Anne Arundel County play at 8-0, and took over sole possession of first place. The Wildcats fell to 11-2 overall and 7-1 in the league.

Twice last night it looked like the Wildcats might pull away -- jumping to an early 9-3 advantage and then taking a 45-39 lead late in the third quarter -- but the Falcons stayed close.

Lawton, a 5-foot-8 forward, attacked the basket for 19 points, dominated stretches for the first three quarters and was able to stay in the game after getting her third foul early in the second half.

Hicks was steady throughout to finish with 17 points. Miller hit for 10, including a jumper at the halftime buzzer and a three-pointer midway through the fourth quarter to tie the score at 48.

When Bessire (eight points) hit a short turnaround jumper with 2: 43 left, the Falcons had their second lead at 51-50. Hicks, also in foul trouble, protected the lead with a layup and a late free throw to wrap up the win.

"That's why they're seniors," said Severna Park coach Bill Giblin. "This is a good group of kids that doesn't always get the recognition because they're good athletes who excel at other sports as well. This was a big win for us."

Earlier in the week, Arundel had knocked off a Glen Burnie team that also came in undefeated in the county. The Wildcats, despite a team-high 15 points from senior forward Tracey Pucci last night, came up a little short in their bid to take control of the county race.

"Sometimes it's best to lose early than late," said Arundel coach Lee Rogers. "[Coach Giblin] did a good job of preparing them and you can't take anything away from them. When you play tentative, you get beat."

Jill Marano finished with 13 points for the Wildcats and Najmah Fauntleroy added 11.

The Falcons continue their most difficult stretch of the regular season with a game against Meade on Monday before coming back Tuesday against Glen Burnie.

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