Mercy routs Catonsville, gives Marion 300th coaching victory

Towson Catholic scores last 8 points of OT to beat pesky Bryn Mawr, 65-58

Girls basketball

High Schools

December 20, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

With a few seconds left in last night's game, the Mercy girls basketball players began chanting, "300, 300."

With their 48-28 victory over No. 14 Catonsville, the Magic delivered the 300th career victory for coach Mary Ella Marion.

Marion, who also played basketball at Mercy, has a career record of 300-173 in 19 years as the Magic's head coach. She becomes only the 11th high school girls basketball coach in the Baltimore metro area to reach that milestone.

"It's an honor that we can give her her 300th win, because this means a lot to her," said junior Katie Dantoni, who led the Magic with 13 points and 15 rebounds.

Still, the Mercy players didn't even find out about the 300-mark until Thursday afternoon. Marion tried to keep it a secret, but word leaked out.

"They were a little upset I didn't tell them sooner," said Marion, "but I just didn't want to put more pressure on them."

Last night's victory at the fourth annual Sherry Shootout at Bryn Mawr stopped a two-game losing streak for the Magic thanks to exceptional ball movement, strong rebounding and a solid performance from everyone.

"What's so great about it is that everybody got a chance to get into the game, so everybody had a hand in that win," said Marion. "We stress team so much and I hope they all feel like they had a hand in it."

The Magic (3-2) controlled the game from the outset, running a patient half-court offense and getting open off screens.

Dantoni scored five points in an opening 9-3 run and the Magic never looked back, boosting the lead to 27-13 by the half.

"[Marion] makes sure we work a lot on plays in practice, makes sure we set our screens right and we do a lot of working off the ball, so that we get the open shots in the game," said Dantoni. "We work off each other. We had a lot of assists this game and we look for other people."

Amanda Courter had five of the Magic's 11 assists and Sam Pyzik had two.

The Magic also out-rebounded the Comets 21-10 in the first half and 49-29 for the game. Tamara George grabbed seven rebounds and Nicki Eigenbrode had five. The two forwards combined for 14 points.

The Comets (2-3) got nine points from Sandy Wasserbach.

Towson Catholic 65, Bryn Mawr 58: Rebecca Douglas hit a three-pointer with 47 seconds left and Takeirra White added three free throws as the Owls (6-1) scored the final eight points in overtime to beat the host Mawrtians (1-5).

The Owls, who trailed 43-28 early in the fourth quarter, used their inside game and seven of eight free throws to make up the difference.

In overtime, Bryn Mawr took a 58-57 lead on Darryll Peterson's driving layup, but the Mawrtians would not score again.

"Coming back from 15 points - that shocked them," said White, who led the Owls with 19 points. "We totally stopped them and we just took over."

Andrea Dodrill led the Mawrtians with 21 points. Peterson and Ali Emala added 15 each.

No. 4 Roland Park 54, National Cathedral 13: Fresh off their upset victory of No. 1 St. Frances Wednesday, the Reds (5-2) got 14 points from Dani Kell and nine points and seven rebounds from Barbara Seaman in the Shootout nightcap.

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