Severna Pk. wins, 60-45 streak at 6 Southern skid at three games Girls basketball


No. 18-ranked Severna Park used scoring from nine players to upend visiting Southern, 60-45, and win its sixth consecutive game.

Laekeka Wesley paced the Bulldogs (7-5) by posting game highs in Girls basketball

points (27) and rebounds (18). Southern had won three straight.

"We lacked intensity and got out hustled," Southern coach Linda Kilpatrick said. "We didn't get anybody else involved in the offensive. We sat back and watched them shoot. We also turned the ball over a lot. And you don't win games when you do those things."

The Bulldogs committed 30 turnovers while shooting 26 percent from the field (16-for-61).

Southern led 10-9 with 1:50 remaining in the first quarter as Wesley scored five points during that span. But the Falcons (10-2) went up 13-10 in the last minute of the period when Brandee Snyder hit a short jumper. In the second quarter, the Bulldogs, however, regained the lead at 19-18 when Wesley made a turn around jumper from inside the lane and a free throw after being fouled.

But Severna Park closed with a 12-2 burst, making it 36-25 at halftime. Wesley, the 5-foot-11 junior center scored 18 of her team's 25 points in the first half.

Erin McNeally and Amy Carnaggio had 12 points apiece for Severna Park. Southern's Laketia Mullen contributed 11 points.

"I was impressed," Severna Park coach Kevin McGrath said. "This is the best we have played since we lost two games in the holiday tournament."

The Falcons boosted their lead to 17 points late in the third quarter on a 5-0 run, and maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the contest. Severna Park made 33 percent (25-for-77) of its shots from the field.

"When we take a break, we usually take a step back," said McGrath, referring to the coming mid-term break for exams. "We don't play well after a couple of games off. The days off with the exams will affect us. It's just a question of how much."

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