Roland Park Country School coach Scott Buckley had his team more than ready to open the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland season against archrival Bryn Mawr.
The A Conference Reds won easily, 68-39, although the Mawrtians showed flashes of a team that could contend in the B Conference with a slew of players capable of scoring in double digits.
Roland Park, which starts two freshmen, a pair of sophomores and one senior, started the game on a 13-0 run and never looked back.
The Reds led, 19-4, at the end of a first quarter in which all five starters — senior wing Beth Kelly (5 points), sophomore center Michala Clay (3), sophomore power forward Lindsey Edwards (4), freshman point guard Jaia Alexander (4) and freshman shooting guard Ryan Holder (3) — scored.
That lead ballooned to 25-4 in the second period on a drives by freshman forward Bailey Andrews and Alexander.
After that, Bryn Mawr began to stiffen its resistance and senior shooting guard Maddie Crowell countered with eight of her team-high 13 points.
The Mawrtians scored a respectable 15 points in the quarter, although a full-fledged comeback never really materialized against a quicker opponent.
"We didn't really run well tonight," Bryn Mawr coach Mimi Walters said. "But there are other teams that I think we can run well against."
The Reds responded in the third quarter, opening up a 30-point lead and maintaining it until Bryn Mawr senior point guard Kate Snouffer swished a three-pointer at the final buzzer to cut the margin to 29.
"I'm happy with how we played," Buckley said. "But we need to carry our intensity for the full 32 minutes. In spurts, we looked very good."
Edwards led the way for Roland Park, finishing with a game-high 18 points, six rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals while Kelly added 10 points and five assists.
Crowell had 13 points for the Mawrtians and Snouffer added nine.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun