Covering every angle

Basketball: Senior Severna Park three-sport standout Kim Lawton scored her 1,000th point last week and has helped the Falcons to a 10-3 record.

High Schools

January 30, 2000|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Severna Park senior Kim Lawton plays sports like a coach's daughter and the sister of an older brother.

As a standout goalie in both lacrosse and field hockey, she shows no fear turning back just about everything that comes her way, always having the angle covered.

Basketball has her attention now.

Playing under the basket at just 5-foot-8 and constantly having to battle taller forwards is just fine with Lawton, who finds other ways to compensate.

"I don't think it matters if you're not the quickest or the biggest. If you have the fundamentals down and just play smart, you'll be just fine," she said.

Lawton is proof, compiling an impressive resume at Severna Park to back it up.

She started on three Class 4A state field hockey championship teams, recently reached 1,000 points in her four years of varsity basketball and has earned a partial scholarship to play lacrosse at Loyola College next year.

She credits her father, Bruce, the athletic director at Old Mill who played football and lacrosse in his days at Severna Park, with a lot of help on the fundamentals.

As for her aggressive approach, always tagging along with older brother Brian, a junior at UMBC playing lacrosse, was a big help. The basketball hoop in the Lawton's basement doesn't hurt either.

"Brian was back for Christmas and kept begging Kim to play. She beat him. There's been a lot of one-on-one down their in the basement and they went at it pretty good," said Bruce. "We've never pushed either of them into playing sports, but have always given them the opportunity. They've both taken them and did well.

"Kim's a good student who pays close attention to detail -- that's a big thing that's helped make her successful."

The Severna Park basketball team has been plenty successful as well this season, ranked 11th in the metro area with a 10-3 record. Lawton, a co-captain, has done more than her share, averaging 13.5 points and six rebounds a game while leading the team both vocally and by example.

"For the most part, Kim's going up against kids that are a lot bigger than her. She's like a Charles Barkley-type player -- a good athlete who has all the skills, but no business being there size-wise," said Severna Park coach Bill Giblin. "She's able to compensate by using her body well. She understands what a seal out is and understands that she has to box out to get rebounds and has been able to perfect those little moves to get herself to the basket."

Getting to the basket was not a problem for Lawton in Monday's win against Southern, where she finished with a career-high 25 points to surpass the 1,000-point mark. Giblin presented Lawton with a game ball marking the milestone.

"That was exciting," said Lawton. "I had no idea I was that close until they stopped the game. At first, I thought I traveled or something before the basket. I was like why are they stopping, but all my teammates knew I hit my 1,000th point."

The point total is impressive, but just as impressive is how she consistently gets the job done.

"When you have 12 or so kids on the team, you have 12 or so different personalities. Each one helps build the character of the team and you need the grinders, the blue-collar players who are going to go in and do the dirty work," said Giblin. "Kim has always known her role and accepted it. She sets an example to other kids and that's if you work hard this is what will happen."

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