Severna Park earns shot at county title

Falcons to face Arundel after beating South River

Girls basketball

High Schools

February 25, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

With its harassing defense covering every inch of the floor, the Severna Park girls basketball team comfortably pressed its way past South River, 54-39, last night in Edgewater.

The No. 10 Falcons' reward? Another crack at No. 4 Arundel.

Last night's win locked up a berth in tomorrow's county championship game for the Falcons (18-4), who got 16 points from Lauren Hall and 15 from Jessica Norris. The two senior guards also were the primary harassers on defense.

The Falcons are banking that the third time will be the charm in order to defend their county crown against the Wildcats, who took both games during the regular season.

Arundel came away with a 64-50 win in Gambrills on Jan. 29 and beat the Falcons again on their home floor, 64-58, on Feb. 11.

Severna Park coach Bill Giblin knows it will be difficult. The first task is trying to contain Arundel sophomore guard Alex McGuire, who scored 51 points in the Wildcats' two wins.

"Against Arundel, we have to make adjustments to stop McGuire - she's just killed us," he said. "We also have to finish a little better. Both games we slowed down a little in the third quarter and it looked like our legs were getting tired."

A late first-quarter burst allowed the Falcons to pull away from the Seahawks (13-9) last night, with defense from Norris providing the jump-start.

She hit two free throws for a 10-5 lead with 1:36 left in the first period and then had two straight steals that resulted in easy layups. A three-pointer from Laura Moore with three seconds left resulted in a 17-7 lead.

Senior Jo Denevan led the Seahawks with 13 points and recorded her 500th career rebound.

No. 6 Glenelg 51, No. 2 River Hill 40: Four three-pointers and 6-for-6 free-throw shooting helped Chrissy Starcher score a career-high 26 points as the Gladiators upset the visiting Hawks in a Howard County game.

Glenelg (18-3, 15-2) must win at Wilde Lake tomorrow and hope that River Hill loses today at Mount Hebron in order for the Gladiators to earn a share of the county title with River Hill (18-3, 16-1), which can win it outright with a victory.

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