McDonogh girls know task at hand in facing St. Mary's

Saints' freshmen guards present challenge for eighth-ranked Saints


January 08, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

If St. Mary's girls basketball coach Harry Dobson isn't familiar with McDonogh's roster, Eagles coach Jon Washington has plenty of notes on Dobson's lineup.

Washington, whose No. 17 McDonogh team will challenge the eighth-ranked Saints in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference contest tomorrow in Annapolis at 4 p.m., is well aware that the Eagles must contain St. Mary's freshmen guard tandem of Bridget Noon and Bri Gauthier.

"We can't let them get hot and get open looks at the basket," Washington said of Noon and Gauthier. "We have to play them honest and not let them get on a roll. If they hit a couple of baskets early, we could be in for a long night."

The Saints (11-3 overall and 3-3 in the conference) are led by Noon (13 points per game) and Gauthier (11 ppg).

McDonogh isn't a slouch either. The Eagles, who are 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the conference, have been paced by junior forward Camrell Gholston (12 ppg) and senior guard Mary Beth Creed (10 ppg).

If there is a note of concern for Dobson, it's his team's poor performance in a 52-34 loss to then seventh-ranked Mercy Friday.

In the setback, the Saints scored just one point in the second quarter and four points in the third.

"We had a horrible shooting night," Dobson said. "We had our shots, but we just didn't make them."

The No. 20 Glen Burnie girls basketball team could get a boost tonight when the center duo of senior Alicia Carr and junior Desiree Scardina return to the team for the first time since mid-December.

Gophers coach Dan Mangum Sr. said that Carr and Scardina would be allowed to rejoin the team in time for today's game at Severna Park at 5:15 after missing five games for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Asked if he was happy about their return, Mangum said, "Take 20 points and 10 rebounds out of your lineup, and tell me what you think."

In other team news, senior forward Essence Greer became the school's all-time leading scorer during Wednesday's 54-46 victory over Broadneck.

Greer, who needed just 13 points against the Bruins to pass 1983 graduate Tammy Dailey's 1,184 career points, scored 23.

"It wasn't in my mind," said Greer, who scored 18 points against Northeast Friday and now has 1,213 points in her career. "As the season started, Coach let me know that I was close, but I never worried about that kind of stuff."

Taking to the mat

Greg Powell, who moved from Ontario, Canada, last July, said his biggest adjustment hasn't been adapting to America or getting acquainted with his Annapolis classmates.

It's been making the transition from freestyle wrestling with the National Capital Wrestling Club to folkstyle, or collegiate-style, wrestling with the ninth-ranked Panthers.

"You have to change your mentality," said Powell, a senior who wrestles in the 160-pound weight class for Annapolis. "A lot of the wrestling down on the mat is different."

Some of the differences include earning points for merely exposing your opponent's back, not getting penalized for stalling if you are on the bottom and being permitted to lock your hands on your opponent.

"I find myself trying to do freestyle moves and then realizing that they're not going to help me here," Powell said. "So I have to start all over again."

Powell must be a quick learner. He's 3-0 this season and his first-period pin at 189 pounds put the Panthers just one pin away from defeating then-No. 9 Old Mill Friday.

"He came through for us," said Annapolis coach Tom Sfakiyanudis. "He put us in a position to win, which is all I could ask."

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