No. 10 Sev. Park taps resources in 53-42 win

Topping Annapolis sets up showdown for first place vs. No. 6 Arundel tonight

High Schools

Girls basketball

February 11, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Relying on their usual pestering defense, hard work on the offensive boards in the first half followed by some better aim in a take-charge third quarter, No. 10 Severna Park was at its resourceful best in a 53-42 win over visiting Annapolis last night.

The Falcons got 16 points each from Lauren Hall and Dominique Jennings, and 10 from Jessica Norris to improve to 15-3 overall and 11-1 in county play. They will host No. 6 Arundel (15-3, 11-1) at 7:15 tonight with first place on the line.

With the game tied at 23 at the half, the Falcons put together a 19-point third quarter while limiting the Panthers to just two field goals and a free throw to build a 42-28 lead. A jumper and a layup came from Norris, followed by a three-pointer and three-point play from Jennings, with another jumper from Norris completing a 10-0 run for a 40-25 lead with two minutes left in the pivotal quarter.

"Our shots were really falling - we got a lot of open looks. We started penetrating and dishing more. Once we got in rhythm, got our transition game going it all fell into place," said Norris.

The Panthers (11-5, 7-3) got 18 points from Whitney Crankfield and 14 from C'vette Henson, but weren't able to capitalize on the Falcons' sluggish start. The Panthers took a 12-8 lead on a jumper from Henson on their opening possession of the second quarter, but couldn't keep the Falcons from the offensive boards. The home team's first 11 points in the quarter all came from second and third opportunities with the Panthers' initial defense solid.

"I don't think they realized we were behind them like that. We just snuck in, boxed them out and got the rebounds," said Hall. "Then we got a good pep talk from [coach Bill Giblin], did what he told us to and worked hard [in the second half]."

The Falcons will next try to avenge their only county loss of the season with another chance at Arundel. In the teams' first meeting two weeks ago, the Wildcats came away with a 64-50 win in Gambrills.

"It's always a big game when we play them. They're playing outstanding basketball right now. If we can't stop [Jessie] Collins, [Alex] McGuire and [Tiffany] Johnson, we're in trouble. Without a day to practice is going to hurt," said Giblin.

Norris is looking forwardto the challenge.

"Last game, a lot of our layups didn't fall. I think we were a little nervous. We're getting psyched up and hopefully we can beat them. They're a really good team. Don't be overconfident, don't be scared - we just have to go out and play like it's any other team," she said.

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