Bryn Mawr junior forward Maddie Crowell and her teammates had an unusual warmup routine before the Mawrtians hosted Episcopal High (Va.) in the 12th annual Sherry Shootout on Saturday afternoon.
The Shootout honors the memory of late Paul Sherry, a longtime Towson Rec and AAU coach and father of Theresa, Valerie and Laurie Sherry, who are ex-Towson Rec/Bryn Mawr standouts.
Proceeds from the event went to Child First, a local organization dedicated to developing youth by strengthening and reforming Baltimore public schools.
After holding a clinic for youth players prior to the contest, Crowell said the girls from Child First "stepped for us. It really got us pumped up."
By "stepped," Crowell, who scored a game-high 18 points in the Mawrtians' 56-34 triumph, means the Child First girls displayed their ability to step-dance in a rhythmic, syncopated manner in which the body becomes an instrument to make sounds through footsteps and hand claps.
Crowell said she even joined in, but wasn't very good.
Where the AAU Maryland Elite performer was good was on the court, especially after the visitors claimed an 8-7 advantage early in the second quarter.
Episcopal's lead didn't last long because Crowell sandwiched two baseline three-pointers around a layup to start a 39-6 run that gave the Mawrtians (6-3) a commanding 46-16 bulge.
The Maroon (1-5) rallied briefly, scoring six straight points to close the third quarter with a 48-22 deficit.
That's when junior guard Kate Snouffer and Crowell teamed to score the next six points in succession to end any hope Episcopal had of making a comeback.
Bryn Mawr coach Mimi Walters said she feels her team is getting back on track after hitting "a little lull" in a lopsided 39-11 loss to defending Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference champ Notre Dame Prep on Dec. 9.
"The last four games, we've seen steady improvement," said Walters, who credited senior Nancy Dunbar, junior Becca Aronson and sophomore Katie Groenke with holding Episcopal sophomore center Rennie Harrison to 16 points, only six of which came in the first half. "We can get production from different sources."
One of those sources, sophomore Zoe Zawisa, Walters said, "can rebound and run the floor. She gives us a lot of options."
Episcopal (34)-Haley Lyerly, 3; Aubree Phillips, 5; Somer Glubiak, 6; Laura Hollister, 4; Rennie Harrison,16
Bryn Mawr (56)-Cassandra Brumback, 4; Georgia Carroll, 5; Kate Snouffer, 9; Maddie Crowell, 18; Zoe Zawisa, 13; Natalie Hamilton, 2Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun