Trailing by 17, Bryn Mawr stuns No. 3 Spalding, 41-40

Dodrill, defense power IAAM `A' comeback

Girls basketball

January 29, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

No lead is safe in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference.

Host and No. 18 Bryn Mawr proved that last night by rallying from a 17-point deficit to shock the third-ranked Archbishop Spalding girls basketball team, 41-40.

"It's huge," said Mawrtians forward Andrea Dodrill. "It's such a great feeling. This is what we play for."

Bryn Mawr (10-9, 5-7 conference) overtook the Cavaliers with 2:30 left in the fourth quarter and staved off a late flurry to clinch the upset.

The Mawrtians had rallied by crashing the boards and tightening the defense in the pivotal second half. They out-rebounded Archbishop Spalding 23-11 in the second half, including grabbing 10 offensive boards.

Bryn Mawr also limited the Cavaliers (14-6, 9-3) to just five field goals, forcing them to miss 20 of 25 shots from the field.

"I really thought that defensively in the second half, we dug down a little bit," said Jim Smith, who added that he could not remember Bryn Mawr coming back from a larger deficit in his four years as coach. "We took away their easier looks at the basket."

Both teams entered last night's game without having played a game in eight days because of exams week at both schools.

But it appeared that the layoff did not hamper Archbishop Spalding, which connected on 44 percent of its shots (11-for-25) in the first half. The Cavaliers enjoyed a 10-3 lead after the first quarter and a commanding 25-8 advantage at halftime.

The Mawrtians staked their claim for a comeback in the third quarter when they outscored Archbishop Spalding 16-7. Junior center Joemma Berberich powered in seven of her nine points in that stretch, and the Cavaliers took just nine shots - missing seven.

The fourth quarter belonged to Dodrill, who scored 10 of her game-high 12 points in the period and grabbed 10 rebounds. She scored eight straight points for Bryn Mawr, including a jumper that tied the score at 35 and one of two free throws that gave her team its first lead of the game at 36-35 with 2:30 left.

The Mawrtians expanded the lead to 41-35 lead before Archbishop Spalding mounted its own rally. First, freshman guard Stacy Hunt hit a running jumper and was fouled on the follow-through with 1:00 left.

Although Hunt missed the free throw, senior guard LaToya Strong grabbed the offensive rebound. After two missed shots, freshman guard Katie Latonick nailed her second three-pointer of the game from the left corner to trim the lead to a single point.

On the ensuing Bryn Mawr possession, Strong harassed senior forward Danielle Moore into throwing the ball to Cavaliers junior forward Lizzy Bayly.

But Moore made amends when she intercepted a pass from Strong to senior forward Kylie Bestul (team-high nine points and 11 rebounds) on the low post. Senior forward Laurie Sherry (nine points, 10 rebounds) was fouled with two seconds left, and although she missed both free throws, time expired before Archbishop Spalding could move the ball past half court.

"We did not rebound in the second half," Spalding coach Deb Taylor said. "I thought we were slow with our feet in the second half, and that killed us offensively because we couldn't get our transition going."

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