No. 1 Arundel avenges January loss to South River, 63-45

Girls basketball

High Schools

February 19, 2005|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

It's not often the top-ranked Arundel girls basketball team has a specific date marked on its calendar.

That's usually something saved for its opponents, but last night at South River was different.

Looking to make amends for their only Anne Arundel County loss of the season, the Wildcats did just that with a comfortable 63-45 win over the No. 12 Seahawks.

The Wildcats (18-3) got 26 points and strong inside play from senior forward Janae Butler, 14 points from senior guard Alex McGuire and a more determined effort throughout in closing their regular season with a 15-1 record in league play. They will meet No. 10 Severna Park in the county championship at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Old Mill.

Although that was determined before last night's game, the Wildcats still had something to prove last night.

"We were looking very forward to this game," Butler said. "The last time [a 70-67 South River win Jan. 14], they out-hustled us, got the rebounds and played a better game. We came ready this time."

After a tight first quarter played at a slow pace, the Wildcats went on a 16-4 run starting midway through the second quarter to pull away. Butler accounted for nine points during the stretch, closing the half with a layup at the buzzer following a steal and assist from senior guard Ana Baker. It gave the Wildcats a 32-18 advantage that was never tested in the second half.

`The difference was we played pressure defense, everyone played as a team, and we fed the post and let the game come to us," Butler said.

Senior guard Stacy Hunt had 12 points for the Seahawks (17-5, 12-4), and Rachel Fry and Ali Moreland each had nine.

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