Severna Park rally downs South River

Down 12 in 3rd period, Falcons 51-47 winners

High Schools

Girls basketball

January 31, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Nine and counting for the Severna Park girls basketball team.

The No. 14 and visiting Falcons recorded a county-best ninth consecutive victory by staging a fourth-quarter comeback to edge No. 19 South River, 51-47, in Edgewater last night.

Severna Park, which improved to 13-4 overall and leads the county with a 10-1 mark, rallied from a 12-point deficit in the third quarter by virtue of a strong defensive effort.

Employing a full-court press in the second half, the Falcons registered eight steals in the period and 14 overall. For the game, the Seahawks committed 24 turnovers - nine more than Severna Park.

"We knew our hustle would bring us out of it," said junior guard Lauren Haag, whose three points off back-to-back steals kick-started a Falcons surge in the third quarter. "We've been relying on it all year."

Another factor was the play of junior guard Lauren Hall, who had 12 of her team-high 16 points in the final period. Severna Park scored 25 in that quarter.

"We had the mentality to beat them, and I had to do my part," said Hall. "I should've done it earlier, but I guess my time to shine was in the fourth quarter."

When asked to pinpoint a key in determining the outcome, Falcons coach Bill Giblin pointed at Hall.

"She's just learning to step it up," he said. "When she does things for us, it gets the team to flow."

South River - which dropped to 11-5 overall and 8-3 in the county - appeared to stop that flow when it opened the third quarter with a 10-0 run to take a 29-17 lead.

But after Giblin called time with 4:58 left in the period, the Seahawks turned the ball over on seven of their next eight possessions.

Meanwhile, Severna Park countered with a 9-0 run to shave the advantage to five points.

South River maintained its lead until the 2:17 mark of the fourth quarter.

Junior forward Julia Waters (seven points and 12 rebounds) converted one of two free throws and hit a jumper and Hall took a half-court pass from junior guard Jessica Norris (six points, five steals and four assists) for an easy layup to give the Falcons a 43-41 lead.

Sophomore forward Lindsay Sheppard (a game-high 17 points and 14 rebounds) sank a jumper to help the Seahawks tie the score, but senior guard Lisa Magness connected on her second three-pointer of the game to power a 7-0 run that effectively clinched the win for Severna Park.

Junior center Jo Denevan compiled 12 points and seven rebounds and senior guard Jessica Olsen posted nine points, six rebounds and four assists for South River, but coach John Wardell said his team seemed rattled in the second half.

"We threw the ball away against a press that we beat earlier in the game," he said. "We settled down after that, but by that point, it was too late."

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