Error-prone Sev. Park no match for Arundel

Wildcats use 11 turnovers in 16-0 run for 74-44 win

Girls basketball

High Schools

February 12, 2005|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

It's one thing to be in all the right spots and use your edge in quickness to ideally execute a trap defense to cause turnovers.

But Arundel girls basketball coach Lee Rogers is constantly preaching the importance of making sure those turnovers turn into points at the other end.

How's this for doing just that?

In a four-minute stretch in the first half last night against visiting Severna Park, the No. 1 Wildcats forced 11 straight turnovers and turned them into 16 points.

And with that, a showdown for first place in Anne Arundel turned into a comfortable 74-44 win for the defending county and Class 4A state champs.

"We knew we would have to come out like that -- with that intensity -- because Severna Park is a good team and would come ready to play. We wanted to put the pressure on and not let up," said Arundel senior Alex McGuire, the program's all-time leading scorer who finished with a game-high 24 points in her final regular-season home game.

Arundel (17-3) improved to 12-1 in county play, while the No. 11 Falcons (16-3) dropped to 11-2 in the league, both losses coming against the Wildcats. With two games remaining in the county schedule, there's a good chance the teams will meet again in the county championship game on Feb. 22.

After Severna Park forward Lauren Wyble hit a short jumper with 4:05 to play in the first quarter, making it 6-5 Arundel, the Wildcats' pressure defense and efficient offense took control.

McGuire had seven points in the 16-0 run. Senior forward Janae Butler (22 points) added two inside baskets; LaTavia Vails went hard to the basket for two points, and point guard Ana Baker ended the run with a follow on a rare Wildcat miss.

Just like that, it was 22-5.

Severna Park coach Dave Griffith was stumped.

"We just didn't come to play," he said. "They didn't do anything we didn't expect. We prepared and came in and didn't do anything."

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