PRINCE FREDERICK -- Top- ranked Arundel took its show on the road to southern Maryland last night and humbled a very good Calvert High, 67-41, in the Class 4A East region quarterfinals.
Arundel (23-2) advances to the 4A East semis 7 p.m. tomorrow at home against Annapolis, a winner over Northern last night.
Calvert coach Frank Moore summed up Arundel's effort, saying, "A race horse beats the old mare everytime, and they're the most athletic and best defensive team we have played in two years."
Coming off a 34-point (84-50) victory on Saturday over Severna Park, the Wildcats shook off a lackluster first period with a furious second period to push their lead from 17-9 to 37-20 at the half.
With the Cavaliers (15-6) only able to hit one of 13 from the field in the third period, Arundel's 12-2 run made it a 49-24 deficit for the home team going into the final eight minutes.
A relentless trapping, pressure defense complemented by an uncanny perimeter game on the other end resulted in a 10-0 run to start the decisive second period. The Wildcats smothered the Cavaliers on defense, allowing only four of 15 shots from the field to land while hitting 71 percent of their own.
Kara Kitchen hit three straight from the corner for all six of her points and Sherice Proctor (12 points) tossed in a trio from the other side on the perimeter as the Wildcats sank eight of 11 from the outside and 10 for 14 overall in the second period.
"We just played Saturday night, had no chance to prepare on Sunday, took the long ride down here and mentally it took us a little while to get going," said Arundel coach Lee Rogers, whose girls shot 47 percent (24-for-51) from the field for the game.
"When Kitchen hit those three in a row from the outside, everything started to come together. We got it going from the outside and that established the inside, but we can do better."
It's hard to imagine, the Wildcats doing any better defensively. At least the Calvert coach wouldn't believe it.
"I knew they were good, but didn't know they were that good defensively," Moore kept repeating in his office afterward.
Calvert committed 33 turnovers with Arundel forcing most of them. Lachelle McHenry (six points, five assists) led Arundel with five steals followed by three from Shannon Noon and two each from Chavonne Hammond (12 points, three rebounds, four blocks), Proctor and Jen Mottar (12 points, two rebounds, two blocks).
Noon, the senior point guard who Rogers says "does all the dirty work and is our unsung hero," dished off eight assists and blocked two shots.
Twelve of the 14 players used by Rogers, who substituted freely as he usually does, scored.
Michele Peel led Calvert with 17 points and Tee Stewart tossed in 12.