Sev. Park sprints to 73-40 win

Glen Burnie commits 23 turnovers, falls to 5-6

Girls basketball

High Schools

January 09, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Glen Burnie girls basketball team should have been wearing track sneakers last night.

That's because host Severna Park used its fast break to run past the No. 20 Gophers in a 73-40 rout in Severna Park.

The Falcons connected on 28 of 56 shots (50 percent) from the floor and used a 16-5 second quarter and an 18-4 fourth quarter to enjoy their most lopsided win against a county rival this season.

"I think we ran the floor well," said junior point guard Jessica Norris, who recorded a game-high 19 points to go with seven steals and four assists for Severna Park (7-4 overall and 4-1 in the county). "We're comfortable in our half-court game, but we also like pushing the ball."

Part of that philosophy stemmed from Glen Burnie's poor shot selection. The Gophers missed 40 shots - shooting just 28.6 percent - allowing their opponents grab 21 defensive rebounds to start the transition game.

Also, the Falcons pressured Glen Burnie into turning over the ball 23 times. Twelve of those turnovers were steals.

"When our guards can get steals, they do move the ball up the floor pretty quickly," said Severna Park coach Bill Giblin. "That wasn't necessarily our strategy, but it was working."

Leading 8-6 after the first quarter, the Falcons closed out the period with a 14-8 run that gave them a 22-14 advantage. Junior forward Julia Waters scored eight of her 17 points in that quarter.

Severna Park scored the first six points of the second period and never looked back in cruising to a 38-19 halftime lead.

Besides Waters, who also grabbed 12 rebounds, the Falcons were paced by junior guard Lauren Hall's 15 points and three assists and junior guard Lauren Haag's eight points and four rebounds.

The Gophers (5-6, 3-2) received 18 points from senior forward Essence Greer and 16 points from junior guard Jackie Wineke, but three other players scored just two points each.

Glen Burnie coach Dan Mangum Sr. elected not to play returning centers Alicia Carr and Desiree Scardina, who missed five games for violating undisclosed team rules, but Mangum doubted their presence would have made a difference.

"When they're shooting layups and open jumpers, it's easy," he said. "We pride ourselves on our defense, but we let it get away from us."

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