Severna Park keeps on rolling

Bessire helps No. 7 Falcons stymie Glen Burnie, 60-46

Girls basketball

February 02, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Lauren Bessire is one of those athletes who can almost hide during a game and not be noticed, except by the coach, until you get the calculator out and start totaling the stats.

While the headliners, Kim Lawton and Natalie Hicks turned in their usual stellar efforts, combining for 48 points, the 6-foot Bessire quietly took care of the boards and defense as No. 7 ranked Severna Park remained unbeaten in the Anne Arundel County league with a 60-46 victory at No. 17 Glen Burnie last night.

Severna Park (11-3 overall) was coming off a 54-52 win over No. 8 Arundel (12-2, 8-1) and is now 9-0 in the county. The Gophers (11-3) slipped to 7-2 in the league.

Lawton scored a game-high 26 points, including 14-for-14 from the line, while Hicks scored 22 points and had five steals and four rebounds. The Falcons were 22-for-26 from the stripe as a team.

Bessire, who set a school record for kills (149) by a middle hitter in earning all-county honors in volleyball, scored six points, pulled down a game-high eight rebounds, blocked two shots, had two assists and three steals last night.

"Lauren is underrated as far as centers go because she doesn't have the meat on her that some of the other kids have," said Severna Park coach Bill Giblin. "She has a soft touch around the basket and plays smart defense."

While Lawton was perfect from the line (10-for-10) in the second half and Hicks was scoring 14 of her points in the last 16 minutes, Bessire's athleticism and quickness inside caused the Gophers to alter many shots.

Bessire had a lot to do with Glen Burnie hitting only three of 17 from the field in the final period.

Sophomores Alicia Carr (five rebounds) and Essence Greer (seven rebounds) combined for 34 points to keep the Gophers close until the last period.

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