After the first 16 minutes of last night's game against Old Mill, St. Mary's coach Harry Dobson wondered if things could get any worse for his troubled team. They didn't look as though they would get much better -- certainly not good enough to produce an 18-point victory.
But the sixth-ranked Saints (8-2) cut their turnovers, forced No. 8 Old Mill (4-2) to shoot Noel Girls Tournament
more from the outside -- where the Patriots went cold -- and took a 69-51 victory in the daylong 15th annual Noel Classic at Archbishop Spalding.
St. Mary's outscored Old Mill, 25-5, in the fourth quarter, as the Patriots shot 2-for-24. They were 8-for-51 in the second half, which began with the Saints trailing, 33-24.
"I told them at halftime, 'We're nine points down, and we played awful. We're still in this game,' " said Dobson, whose team made 31 turnovers, but only nine in the second half. The Saints also finished 20-for-32 from the line, compared with 4-for-12 by the Patriots.
Old Mill coach Pat Chance said: "We blew it; that's what happens sometimes. Our shots started falling a little bit short, and they changed how they were breaking our press and some of our kids didn't make the adjustment."
St. Mary's junior Kris Miller led all scorers with 18 points, including 14 in the second half. Junior Annetta Davis had 16 points and 20 rebounds, and sophomore Tara Foran added 15 points and 14 rebounds.
The Patriots (4-2), who have won the past three Class 4A state championships, were led by junior Dana Dawson with 17 points. Senior Michelle Salmon -- who will play soccer this fall at the University of Maryland -- added 10 points.
Old Mill took a 7-6 lead when Dawson scored inside, and the Patriots later went up, 29-16, when Lanita Talley made a baseline jumper with three minutes left in the first half. St. Mary's went on a 8-2 run, with Amanda Bourgeois scoring six straight points, and that momentum carried into the third quarter.
The Saints' miserable first half included 9-for-26 shooting, and senior guard Bridget Smith scored just one point. She finished with seven points and five assists.
St. Mary's scored the last six points of the third quarter to cut Old Mill's lead to 46-44, and a basket from Foran put the Saints ahead for good, 51-49.
* Broadneck 63, Spalding 47 -- No. 20 Broadneck took a 10-point lead at halftime, then outscored Archbishop Spalding, 19-8, in the third quarter to seize command.
Senior center Julie Barr led Broadneck with 20 points. Sophomore Alicia Nagowski added 12 points, as nine Bruins scored.
L Sophomore Stephanie Paxson led the Cavaliers with 20 points.
* McDonogh 45, Parkside 30 -- Maryland-bound guard/forward Sonia Chase had 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead No. 13 McDonogh past Parkside. Laurie Schwoy scored nine points, and Alaina Lawson and Sarah Manekin each added seven.
Center Tish Wescott, a 6-1 sophomore, led Parkside with 10 points and nine rebounds.
McDonogh outscored the Rams, 12-3, in the fourth quarter.
* Old Mill 45, Mercy 27 -- In its first game, Old Mill raced to a 12-5 lead after one quarter and gradually pulled away from Mercy, despite shooting only three free throws. Dawson led all scorers with 11 points, and sophomore forward Holly Schaffer added eight.
Junior forward/center Tricia Henry scored eight points for the Sharpshooters, who were 5-for-16 from the line. Senior forward Christina Williamson added seven points.
The Patriots scored just four points in the last quarter, but they already had built a big lead.
* McDonogh 43, Broadneck 38: McDonogh, led by Chase's game-high 19 points, overcame a 25-17 halftime deficit and defeated Broadneck, 43-38, in the Eagles' first game.
Lawson helped the Eagles with eight points, Manekin had six and Makay Woods had four.
* St. Mary's 71, Parkside 42: Foran and Miller scored 21 points apiece as St. Mary's defeated the previously unbeaten Rams of Parkside, 71-42, in first-round action.
Smith and Davis, who was saddled by foul trouble most of the second half, each added eight points for the Saints.
* Northeast 67, Spalding 59: Junior guard Jenn Johansen scored points and Marcia Gaskins added 15 in leading Northeast (4-2) to a 67-59 victory over host Spalding in the tournament's opening game.
Paxson scored a game-high 27 points in a losing cause for the Cavaliers, and teammate Carrie Parsons had 12.