Regrouped Chapelgate uses steals to run by Severn, 66-42

Girls basketball

High School

January 24, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

When a girls basketball team like Chapelgate's has tasted the sweet reward of playing for an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference crown, as it did last season, not much motivation is required.

Though the Flames were coming off a three-point loss to St. John's-Prospect Hall Monday, they found plenty of inspiration yesterday to hand host Severn a 66-42 setback in Severna Park.

Chapelgate (14-4, 10-2 conference) seemed intent on erasing the memory of its second regular-season loss to St. John's, the reigning league champion that defeated the Flames, 52-35, in last year's tournament final.

"We didn't play very well as a team Monday," said Chapelgate sophomore guard Heather Landis. "We tried to get focused again."

That wasn't much of a problem yesterday for the Flames, who finished with four players in double digits in points. Landis (five steals, four assists), Kristen Lynott and Liz Moraz each scored 11 points, and Christy Groves chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds.

Chapelgate collected 17 steals and shot 27-for-59 (45.8 percent) from the floor -- mostly off fast-break layups.

"Our game is really in the transition," said Lynott. "We're small and quick. Knowing that and knowing that we can play tough defense, that helped us get the steals we needed."

After Severn's Ingrid Pailthorp (a game-high 18 points and 12 rebounds) scored the game's first basket, the Flames posted the next nine points for a lead they would never relinquish.

"That's Chapelgate basketball -- press and run," said Flames coach Jim Barber.

As in its two-point overtime loss to Friends on Friday, when the Admirals missed 15 free throws, Severn (12-5, 7-4) was just seven of 27 from the free-throw line.

"To beat Chapelgate, we needed to play our best game and they had to give us a chance to win," said Admirals coach Chuck Miller. "Chapelgate gave us every chance in the world. It's a whole different ballgame if we make [the free throws]."

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