Even without leader, Falcons come up big

Small Severna Park lineup handles Chesapeake, 55-42

Girls basketball

High Schools

January 04, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The resilient Severna Park girls basketball team came into last night's game against Anne Arundel County rival Chesapeake with an ideal plan: adjust accordingly.

Without their leading scorer and rebounder - senior center Julia Waters, who is out at least one more month with mononucleosis - the No. 8 Falcons proved smaller and quicker can work when called upon.

Getting 17 points each from guards turned temporary post players Lauren Hall and Lauren Haag, the host Falcons came away with a 55-42 win over the No. 13 Cougars that coach Bill Giblin called more satisfying than his team's win over Chesapeake in last year's county championship game.

"Every time we play Chesapeake, we have some kind of adversity," said Giblin, whose Falcons improved to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in Anne Arundel play.

"Lauren Hall was out in last season's county championship game, but we had someone who could fill in for her. With Julia out, we had to move some people around. Each kid on the team steps up and performs."

The Falcons started the game with five guards and not fronting Cougars standout senior center Ginger Williams, who scored 13 of her team-high 17 points in the first half. It led to a 20-12 lead by Chesapeake (5-2, 1-1) early in the second quarter, but when the Falcons decided to play behind Williams and double quickly down low, the game changed.

With Hall and Haag providing the offense, a solid defensive effort off the bench from senior forward Kristin Niland and pesky all-around play from senior guard Jessica Norris, the Falcons took the lead for good at 36-35 on a reverse layup from Haag with 1:45 to play in the third quarter.

"We all just have to step up and rely on other people a lot more. It builds teamwork," Haag said. "From the beginning, we said we needed to outwork them. That's how we win a lot of our games."

Trailing 45-39 with 3:08 left in the fourth quarter, one possession summed up the Cougars' frustrating second half. Lynnea Spinnenweber was off the mark on a three-point try, Meghan Klug missed the follow and Williams fouled out after Niland grabbed the rebound.

"They started to double down low and were just quicker," Chesapeake coach John Spinnenweber said. "Then we started standing around, got frustrated down in the post and it led to mental errors at the other end."

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