IND tops McDonogh, 51-34, to advance to final

Girls basketball

High Schools

February 18, 2005|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

With a jacked-up defense, strong work on the boards and the usual from senior All-Metro guard Chandrea Jones, the Institute of Notre Dame was too much for a pesky but overmatched McDonogh yesterday.

The No. 6 Indians advanced to tomorrow's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship game with the 51-34 semifinal win over the No. 11 Eagles.

Notre Dame will meet St. Frances, a 42-37 winner over St. Paul's yesterday, at 5 p.m. at Villa Julie College.

Jones, a four-year starter, finished with a game-high 25 points and added 18 rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Notre Dame (22-4) is looking for its first league championship since 1984.

"We have to go out and work real hard and play our game. If we do that, we'll be OK," Jones said. "We played real hard on defense [yesterday], got a lot of second chances and every quarter we knew we had to step up our game a little more."

The Indians stepped up more than a little in the third quarter, going on a 14-4 run that turned a 19-15 halftime lead into a commanding 33-19 advantage.

Erin Quinn scored all five of her points during the run - hitting a jumper and three-pointer - and senior forward Brooks Webster (eight points, 12 rebounds) made her biggest inside impression with a basket down low and two free throws.

The Eagles (22-5) never got closer than 12 points the rest of the way.

Sophomore guard Brittany Mallory led the Eagles with 20 points, with center Sam Frost adding 10.

"I'm very proud of the effort of the McDonogh basketball team. It was just IND's shots fell, and ours didn't - that was the difference today," McDonogh coach Tom Gizzi said.

"Chandrea and Brooks are experienced players who have been in the big games before, and I think that showed. We have a young group, and we'll be back in this situation, and hopefully we'll use this experience."

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