On a roll again: Chapelgate wins another IAAM `B' title

Yellow Jackets' defense throttles St. Paul's, 38-17

Girls basketball

High Schools

March 02, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Chapelgate's girls basketball team sure knows how to leave the regular season behind at tournament time.

After losing twice during the regular season to St. Paul's, the Yellow Jackets stung the Gators with defense and rebounding last night to pull off a 38-17 upset and win their second straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference final at Villa Julie College.

Last year, the Yellow Jackets (18-6) lost twice to St. John's at Prospect Hall and then came back to win the tourney title.

"We had it scripted," Chapelgate coach Jim Barber said. "We talked about what happened last year, so they were very focused. They decided to set it up like a script and this is what's supposed to happen."

Erica Lynott led a Yellow Jackets defense that kept the Gators (20-4) off balance. The junior guard shut down Gators forward Mercedes Robinson, and her efforts helped Chapelgate out-rebound the Gators, 41-33. When Lynott wasn't covering Robinson in the man-to-man defense, the Yellow Jackets were keeping her from penetrating with their zone.

"We played a 1-3-1 so we could clog the middle," Yellow Jackets guard Heather Landis said.

Landis, who scored 16 points and had nine rebounds, provided the offensive spark with 10 first-half points for the Yellow Jackets, who led the entire game. Her two free throws and an 18-footer boosted the Chapelgate lead to 25-9 midway through the first half.

"She's one of the best players in the league," Gators coach Jon Strebe said. "She made a huge difference in the first half. We couldn't contain her and she took it to her advantage and hit some big shots."

Landis also had three steals, as did Laura Holtrop, who scored nine points. The Yellow Jackets forced 20 Gators turnovers, resulting in 12 points.

Against Chapelgate's tough inside defense, the Gators never managed to find any offensive flow. The Yellow Jackets pressured their outside shots, too, and St. Paul's shot 19 percent from the field for the game.

"They made some good adjustments," said Strebe, whose team finished 10-16 last season. "Every time the ball went inside, they double-teamed Mercedes or Carey [Smith]. We didn't make the proper adjustments."

The Yellow Jackets grabbed 24 defensive rebounds and limited the Gators to three second-chance points even though the Gators had a height advantage.

"We talked about heart not height in rebounding," Barber said. "Just ask a guy named David. He had a little encounter with Goliath."

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