Reserve strength fuels Spalding

No. 13 Cavaliers' bench provides balance, points to beat J. Carroll, 48-39

Girls basketball

High Schools

January 31, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Archbishop Spalding girls basketball team's balance tipped the scales in its favor.

Five players scored more than seven points and two others contributed as the No. 13 Cavaliers eased past 12th-ranked and visiting John Carroll, 48-39, in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game in Severn last night.

Junior forward Kylie Bestul paced Archbishop Spalding (10-3 in the conference and 14-9 overall) with a team-high 12 points and nine rebounds, while junior guard LaToya Strong chipped in 10 points and three steals.

But more importantly, the Cavaliers' bench outscored the Patriots', 16-4.

"Our bench is definitely critical, not only for their contributions on the scoreboard, but also for giving our starters a rest," said coach Deb Taylor. "Everyone feels as if they're a big part of the team because they know - sooner or later - they're going to get their shot on the floor."

One of those players who took advantage of her playing time was junior guard Angela Schaech, who came off the bench to record eight points, seven rebounds, and two steals.

"It helps because no one can key on any one player," Schaech said. "There's all of us that they have to worry about."

If Spalding was concerned at any point last night, it was in the first quarter when John Carroll (8-6, 11-8) was up, 6-0.

When Schaech's three-pointer cut the lead in half, nearly five minutes had elapsed. But the Cavaliers battled back in the second quarter, scoring the final nine points to take a 23-18 halftime lead.

Plagued by foul troubles, the Patriots slipped even further behind in the third quarter when Spalding went on a 15-5 run.

John Carroll senior forward Kristin Jasper blistered the Cavaliers for 19 points, five steals, and four rebounds, but she picked up her fourth foul with more than two minutes left in the third quarter and fouled out in the fourth.

"We knew they were either going to play tentative defense or foul us," Strong said. "It was a win-win situation."

John Carroll cut the lead to seven in the final period. But the Cavaliers sealed the victory by making 4-for-6 free-throw attempts in the final seconds.

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