McDonogh marches on: 42-40 over St. Mary's

No. 17 Eagles register ninth consecutive win

Girls basketball

High Schools

January 10, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The adjective "hot" can't even begin to describe the season the McDonogh girls basketball team is having.

The No. 17 Eagles, fresh off Monday's stunning upset of top-ranked St. Frances, won their ninth straight game yesterday by edging No. 8 St. Mary's, 42-40, in Annapolis.

McDonogh (10-2 overall, 7-1 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference) hasn't lost since Dec. 7.

"I think coming into the season, we were underrated," said forward Camrell Gholston (seven points, eight rebounds). "We weren't even ranked, but I think we're starting to get a good feel of our competition out there."

Much of that confidence flowed from Monday's 50-48 shocker against the reigning IAAM champion Panthers - a win that actually hindered the Eagles yesterday.

McDonogh trailed for much of the game and never led by more than three points late .

"It was hard to come down from [Monday's win]," said senior center Mariah Daly, who led the Eagles with 12 points and six rebounds. "But there was no way that we could take St. Mary's for granted."

The Saints (12-4 overall, 3-4 conference) played solidly in the first quarter, using a 7-0 run capped by a three-pointer from freshman guard Bridget Noon (a game-high 13 points, three steals and two assists) to take a 13-7 lead late in the period.

Neither team played particularly well in the second quarter - they combined for just 10 points - but St. Mary's had an 18-14 lead at halftime.

The Saints maintained a four-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, but McDonogh went on a 7-0 run completed by junior Jessy Morgan's three-pointer to take a 40-37 lead with about three minutes left.

Freshman guard Bri Gauthier (10 points, four rebounds, and three steals) drained a jumper to bring St. Mary's to within a point, but the Saints turned over the ball three times, missed two shots and had a shot blocked before Eagles senior guard Mary Beth Creed (eight points, five assists and three steals) converted two free throws with 9.3 seconds left to seal the win.

McDonogh's guard quartet of Morgan, Patrice Johnson, Rachel Braver and Trina Small did a creditable job of chasing and hounding Noon and Gauthier, St. Mary's top scorers.

"We tried to keep a fresh body on them," Eagles coach Jon Washington said. "They're AAU quality players, and my girls stepped up to the challenge."

"I thought we lost it from the free-throw line and we gave them too many second chances," said assistant coach Art Gauthier, whose Saints made six of 15 foul shots. "We gave the game away."

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