McDonogh's girls basketball team handed Severn its first loss exactly two months ago, and the Eagles struck again yesterday. Only this time, the outcome was far more decisive.
It ended the Admirals' season.
Senior forward Sonia Chase tallied 30 points, 14 rebounds and five steals, and No. 13 McDonogh eliminated visiting Severn from the Association of Independent Schools A Conference tournament with a 62-52 victory.
The Eagles (17-3), seeded No. 1 in the Blue Division, advance to today's 6 p.m. championship game at Bryn Mawr against Roland Park.
Only three players scored for Severn (13-6), seeded No. 2 in the Red Division. Sophomores Katie Graw and Monique Jennings each had 25 points, and sophomore Julie Tice put back a miss with 1:20 remaining as part of a 13-2 run.
"I wasn't happy with the letdown," said McDonogh first-year coach Seth Kushkin, "but everybody got tired at the end, and when you have that kind of a lead, it allows you to do that a little bit. I'll take the positives out of this game to help us build for [today]."
When the two teams met earlier, the Admirals brought a 5-0 record and hopes of an upset into the game.
But this time, with two starters unavailable, they were at a much greater disadvantage.
Senior Melissa Morlock is in Italy, and junior Heidi Hammes sprained her left ankle in Tuesday's win over Garrison Forest.
The way Chase played yesterday, it probably wouldn't have mattered how many Admirals suited up. She had 16 points in the first half, when McDonogh built a 37-18 lead, and she beat back any comeback attempts by Severn after that with an array of jumpers, drives and follows.
Her performance helped McDonogh overcome the loss of starting guard Laurie Schwoy, who was in Florida for a national soccer tryout.
"This was tough," said Severn coach Rhonda Warmsley-George, but it's the first time in my four years here that we've gotten to the third round, so we're inching our way up."
There were four ties in the first quarter, the last at 8-8. Alaina Lawson then hit back-to-back three-pointers, Chase made a steal and layup, Makay Woods made a layup after Chase had forced a turnover, and Evanthe Sopocleus banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer for a 21-8 lead.
It was 23-13 in the second quarter when the Eagles went on a 12-2 run that included six points from Chase.
* Roland Park 53, Maryvale 31: Senior Peggy Boutilier scored 17 to lead host Roland Park (9-5) past Maryvale (11-5).
Seniors Melissa Cully and Kim Shuey added nine and eight points, respectively, for the Reds.
Bridget Greenawalt, a senior guard, led Maryvale with 10.
Roland Park led 22-15 at the half and put the game away in the third quarter by outscoring Maryvale, 15-8, to build a 37-23 lead.