Fal­cons work way past Saints

The Capital - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Hough [email protected] SEV­ERNA PARK 38, ST. MARY’S 31

With its shots not fall­ing in the fourth quar­ter, Sev­erna Park had to do the lit­tle things to pull out a win over St. Mary’s on Thurs­day.

After Ju­lia Ryan scored down low to give the Fal­cons a six-point lead 30 sec­onds into the fourth, they didn’t hit a field goal the rest of the game. They hit some key free throws and pulled down some timely re­bounds over the fi­nal two min­utes and es­caped with a sea­son-open­ing 38-31 vic­tory over the Saints.

Ryan had 12 points and nine re­bounds to lead the Fal­cons, who led by as many as 13 points early in the sec­ond half.

“We know we need to shoot bet­ter than that,” Sev­erna Park coach Kristofer Dean said. “We were hang­ing on for dear life.”

Though the Fal­cons shot just 40 per­cent from the line for the game and 50 per­cent in the fourth quar­ter, they hit six of their fi­nal eight over the fi­nal 46 sec­onds to pull away from a one-score game. In ad­di­tion to grab­bing an im­por­tant of­fen­sive re­bound with 34 sec­onds left, Jess Al­bert went 4 for 4 from the line in the fi­nal minute to help the Fal­cons hang on. She fin­ished with six points and eight re­bounds.

“We knew if we kept work­ing we’d get some­thing to go our way,” Dean said. “I’m real proud of them.”

After the teams were tied at 8 after the first quar­ter, Sev­erna Park (1-0) gave up just two points in the sec­ond quar­ter and went into half­time with a 16-10 lead. The Fal­cons kept pound­ing the ball in­side in the third and went up by 13 when Ryan scored down low off a nice feed from Rachel Spilker.

St. Mary’s (1-2) started to chip away at the lead and went into the fourth down by just four. Ash­ley Roy, who fin­ished with eight points, hit a pair of 3-point­ers a minute apart and

Claire Richard­son scored four points in the quar­ter to give the Saints some life.

The Saints missed their chance to take over the game in the fourth though, when like the Fal­cons, they hit just one field goal in the quar­ter and scored their other five points from the line. They were down by just a point with 2:40 left in the game, but scored just one point the rest of the way.

Thurs­day’s of­fen­sive per­for­mance was noth­ing like Tues­day’s when the Saints put up 69 points in a vic­tory over St. Stephen­sSt. Agnes.

“I thought we did a pretty good job on the boards, but we just couldn’t shoot the bas­ket­ball,” said St. Mary’s coach Chuck Miller, who was go­ing for his 300th ca­reer win. “You have to be able to score.”

Richard­son and Karry Kel­li­her each added seven points for St. Mary’s, which will try to get Miller win No.300 on Fri­day when the Saints host Key.

Lena McLaugh­lin had a team-high 16 re­bounds (11 of­fen­sive) to go with her four points for the Fal­cons, who will host South­ern on Fri­day.

CH­E­SA­PEAKE 66, CATHOLIC 27: Ha­ley Downin had 18 points, six re­bounds and four as­sists and three Cougars scored in dou­ble-fig­ures in a lop­sided win.

Ash­ley Chew fol­lowed with 12 points, six re­bounds and five as­sists and Corinne Cas­tle had 12 points and six re­bounds for Ch­e­sa­peake.

Sum­mer Smith had 10 as­sists and six re­bounds, Mor­gan Gray led the team with seven re­bounds and added eight points and Kar­lie Stracke had six points, five re­bounds and three steals for the Cougars. MT. CARMEL 56, SEV­ERN 22: Mor­gan Skin­ner had seven points and Cam­ryn Levin added five points as the Ad­mi­rals lost.

Boys bas­ket­ball

GREATER GRACE 74, ROCK­BRIDGE 42: David Lytikainen scored 16 points, hit­ting five three-point­ers, but the Scots fell.

Ben­jamin Ault had 11 points and seven re­bounds for the Scots (1-2), who also got eight re­bounds from Tobi Aju­won.

Wrestling

OLD MILL SWEEPS TRI-MEET: Trin­ity Kil­lip (106, 113), Wal­ter Lund­strum (120), Levi Gar­ren (182) and Stephen Nisewies­ner (HWT) recorded two pins each as Old Mill de­feated An­napo­lis, 47-20, and Meade, 63-18.

Damion Mansapit (126) and Caron Tull (138, 145) also won twice for the Pa­tri­ots (2-0).

Brent New­land won by pin at 152 pounds and Nate Flem­ing did the same at 220 pounds for Old Mill against Meade. Old Mill heads to North Hager­stown this week­end for a dual tour­na­ment. SOUTH­ERN SWEEPS TRI-MEET: Justin Knapp (106), An­drew Ruel (120), Devin Ball (126), Chris­tian Tay­lor (152) and Averum White (170) all won twice as the Bull­dogs de­feated Sev­erna Park, 37-36, and Arun­del, 45-36.

JOSHUA MCKERROW/CAP­I­TAL GAZETTE

Whit­ney Al­bert of St. Mary's looks for a way around Sev­erna Park's Lena McLaugh­lin dur­ing Thurs­day's game. The Fal­cons de­feated the Saints, 38-31.

JOSHUA MCKERROW/CAP­I­TAL GAZETTE

Sev­erna Park's Jess Al­bert and St. Marys' Karry Keli­her col­lide over a loose ball in the girls bas­ket­ball game at St. Marys.

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