Hall, No. 8 Severna Park on target vs. Annapolis

Career-best 23 points fuel guard-laden Falcons, 59-38

Girls basketball

High Schools

January 08, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Severna Park senior point guard Jessica Norris had the same smart orders for senior teammate Lauren Hall time and again last night at Annapolis.

Those two simple words played big in the No. 8 Falcons' handy 59-38 win over the Panthers.

"Jess Norris just kept saying, `Keep shooting, keep shooting,' so I did," said Hall, who finished with a career-high 23 points.

The Falcons' hot perimeter shooting left the Panthers' zone defense helpless. With five guards in Severna Park's starting lineup, their quick hands and positioning kept the Panthers from finding any rhythm at the other end.

Severna Park (7-2 overall, 3-0 county) jumped out to a 14-3 lead early and, by the end of the third quarter, it was still shooting 53 percent from the field to take a 44-26 lead into the final eight minutes.

"That's all part of basketball -- some days you shoot well and some days you don't. Last night we got some good looks and we were on," said Severna Park coach Bill Giblin.

With senior forward Julia Waters out of the lineup with an illness, Hall started at a forward position but kept her usual guard touch from the outside.

"In practice I've been working in the post. During warm-ups was the only time I worked on my outside game. Either I'm on or I'm not, and it usually takes the first two or three shots to find out," Hall said. "We just played our hardest and got a lot of good looks."

The Panthers (4-2, 2-1) got 14 points from senior C'Vette Henson and 11 more from senior center Samantha Sydney.

"[Severna Park] shot the ball real well. I don't have a problem with the defensive part -- the net barely moved at times," said Annapolis coach John Brady, who had no choice but to play a zone defense against a faster team.

"What we were lacking was on offensive execution and when that happens, your defense has to be that much better."

No. 7 Archbishop Spalding 56, No. 18 St. Mary's 43: The Cavaliers (8-2) got a game-high 24 points from senior forward Lizzy Bayly -- who went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line -- to get past the Saints (8-5) in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game in Annapolis.

"She killed us," St. Mary's coach Harry Dobson said. "Spalding completed outhustled us and we had no answer for Lizzy Bayly."

The Cavaliers extended a seven-point halftime lead to 15 in the third quarter before the Saints went on a 12-5 run behind three three-pointers from Bri Gauthier (17 points) and one from Bridgett Noon (10 points).

But Bayly took over by scoring seven points in the fourth quarter.

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