Mercy turns around St. Mary's, 54-28

Magic takes advantage of Saints' 30 turnovers

Girls basketball

High Schools

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

The first season of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference gets tougher to figure by the day.

More proof came yesterday afternoon in Baltimore with the easy time No. 12-ranked Mercy had against No. 19 St. Mary's in a 54-28 win.

The Magic was coming off a decisive 78-48 loss to top-ranked St. Frances on Friday, while St. Mary's, which beat those same Panthers earlier in the season, was looking to complete a perfect week that included an upset win over No. 2 Seton Keough.

It didn't happen.

Instead, it turned out the best medicine for Mercy was to step right back on the court following the difficult loss.

So while the Magic (11-8) was getting crisp ball movement throughout, second and third chances with hard work on the boards and timely three-pointers, the Saints (11-9) were struggling through a 7-for-43 day from the field that also included 30 turnovers.

And so the IAAM merry-go-round continues. How do you explain it?

"It's simple, you have to come ready to play every day or you're going to get whooped," said St. Mary's coach Harry Dobson. "We're an up-and-down team. And when you have only seven field goals and turn the ball over 30 times, what more can you say?"

Trouble for the Saints, who were coming off a 36-23 win over No. 20 Bryn Mawr on Friday, came midway through the first quarter yesterday when senior guard Toby McIntire was sent to the bench after picking up her second foul.

Shortly after, the Magic ran off 17 straight points to take a 24-7 advantage that extended into a 31-13 halftime lead. The Saints, who went without a field goal in the second quarter, never got any closer than 13 points the rest of the way.

Kirsten Love and B.J. Banjo scored 12 points each for the Magic, which also got an 11-point performance from Colette Hailey.

Mercy coach Mary Ella Marion's message to her team trying to rebound from Friday's loss was a simple one.

"I just told them it's one game and to forget about it, to go out and play the way you're capable of playing. That was the best ball movement we've had all season," she said.

Now, it's the Saints who will try to immediately respond, against McDonogh this afternoon.

One thing appears more and more certain with the IAAM tournament a little more than a week away: it's up for grabs.

"It will be very exciting come tournament time and you won't be surprised to see any team in the final. That's great for the league. All you can hope for is a chance," said Marion.

Senior forward Kelly Smith led the Saints with 12 points.

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