St. Mary's works a double: wins in two tournaments

Gauthier reaching 1,000 highlight for No. 16 Saints

Girls basketball

High Schools

December 28, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Their day was nothing short of grueling, but the players on Harry Dobson's St. Mary's team were all smiles by the end of it.

The No. 16 Saints opened the Noel Classic at Archbishop Spalding with a 41-35 win over Anne Arundel County rival Severna Park, then hopped on a bus and drove to Washington Bible College in Lanham, where they beat Forestville of Prince George's County, 46-35, in the semifinals of the Holiday Hoops Classic.

That win set up a showdown with Washington power Holy Cross in Monday night's final, but it was highlighted by Bri Gauthier's first basket of the second quarter. It gave her 1,000 career points, making her the seventh St. Mary's player - and only the second junior - to reach that mark.

"It's pretty remarkable what they did, winning two basketball games in one day, especially with Severna Park being first," said Dobson, whose team is 8-2. "But we played good defense, we had strong rebounding, and Bri was shooting the ball very well."

Gauthier, who scored 22 points in each game to bring her career total to 1,012, is the first player at the Annapolis school to reach the mark since Terri Daniels in 1999. Emily Lipton reached the mark a year before as a junior.

Noel Classic

Notre Dame Prep 68, Pallotti 53: Thirteen players scored for the Blazers (4-2) in the win over the Panthers (6-2).

No. 13 McDonogh 65, Midlothian (Va.) 45: Freshman guard Brittany Mallory had 18 points, seven rebounds, four assists and eight steals to lead the Eagles (6-1).

Holiday Hoops Classic

No. 1 Arundel 75, Largo 61: In the consolation bracket of the same Lanham tournament in which St. Mary's played, the Wildcats (5-1) bounced back from their first loss of the year by jumping to a 19-2 lead and cruising the rest of the way.

Panther Invitational

Southside 66, No. 15 Dunbar 52: Freshman guard Sheree Ledbetter led all scorers with 27 points and junior guard Patrice Griffin added 22 as the Jaguars (2-2) toppled the 15th-ranked Poets (3-2) at St. Frances.

Southside's victory followed Friday's Game against No. 2 St. Frances in which the Jaguars nearly pulled off another upset before losing, 49-47.

Yesterday against the Dunbar, Southside led by one at halftime before pulling away with a 20-point third quarter.

Southside advanced to tomorrow's fifth-place game at 3 p.m. against No. 5 Western. Dunbar will play No. 7 Milford Mill at 1 p.m. for seventh place.

Western beat Milford Mill, 42-33.

Host St. Frances routed Washington's Coolidge, 97-46, after converting all 26 of its free throws. The Panthers (5-2) will meet Forest Park (Va.) in tomorrow's championship.

Lady Lions Tourn.

No. 6 South River 53, Aberdeen 39: At Queen Anne's High, junior guard Rachel Fry led the Seahawks (5-1) with a game-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

South River (5-1) faces the winner of Old Bridge (N.J.) and Chesapeake of Anne Arundel County tomorrow.

No. 18 Severn also won, beating Calvert, 63-19.

Lady Warriors Tourn.

No. 4 Roland Park 65, Maryvale 21: The Reds (7-2) routed the Lions at Woodlawn behind 14 points from Dani Kell and a defense that held Maryvale to seven field goals.

Roland Park will play Bel Air at 6 p.m. tomorrow in the semifinals.

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