Arundel pulls inside job on Severna Park, 64-50

4th-quarter points in paint repel No. 6 Falcons' rally

January 30, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Guard Jessie Collins worked her way through the lane and found Alex McGuire, who wrapped an extra inside pass around a jumping defender to Tiffany Johnson for an easy Arundel basket.

The two points came with 43 seconds left and things well in hand against No. 6 Severna Park, but the basket best exemplified the No. 10 Wildcats' fourth-quarter approach.

Inside, inside again and inside some more was how the Wildcats pulled away from the visiting Falcons, coming away with a sturdy 64-50 win in Gambrills.

Arundel improved to 12-3 and, in handing the Falcons (11-3) their first county loss, gained a share of first place, with both teams at 8-1.

McGuire finished with a game-high 25 points, Johnson added 20 and strong work on the boards and Collins scored 13 to hold off Severna Park, which rallied in the third quarter but faltered in the fourth.

"We lost to them both times last year and didn't like that much," said McGuire, a sophomore guard. "We knew we could beat them this year, that's how we felt in the beginning. We knew we had it."

McGuire sparked a 15-3 run midway through the second quarter - scoring nine of those points - that gave the Wildcats a 31-17 lead with two minutes to play before the half.

Led by a team-high 16 points from senior guard Jessica Norris and a big third-quarter contribution from Breon Summers, the Falcons pulled within 42-39 in the final seconds of the third quarter before the Wildcats made their fourth-quarter march inside.

Johnson, McGuire and Collins accounted for all 20 fourth-quarter points for the home team - nine inside field goals and two free throws to complete three-point plays.

"We needed to get our composure back and settle down," McGuire said. "Tiffany really stepped up today and we were making everything we threw up."

Arundel coach Lee Rogers said the idea in the fourth quarter was to go inside to McGuire, and she got plenty of help from Johnson.

"[Tiffany] has been working real hard all year," he said. "She's been missing some [layups] this year, but tonight she did a nice job with her footwork and wasn't getting in too deep. She did a real good job."

Turnovers, inconsistent shooting and the tough inside play from Arundel doomed the Falcons.

"Tiffany and Alex - they ate us up down there," said Severna Park coach Bill Giblin.

The Falcons also got 14 points from guard Lauren Hall.

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