A tenacious 22-4 run over the final two minutes of the second period and through the third period propelled No. 5 Seton Keough over top-ranked Arundel, 51-34, in Gambrills last night.
It was Arundel's first loss at home in two years, the last defeat in the region semifinals to eventual region champion Annapolis in the Wildcats' final game of the 1993-94 season. The Wildcats have only lost three games overall the past two seasons.
The visiting Gators got seven points or more and at least five boards from four starters and played a solid collapsing defense in routing the defending Class 4A state champions. Nessa Klein led all scorers with 15 points and pulled down nine rebounds to pace the victors.
Amanda Foster (five rebounds) was the other Gator in double digits with 11 points followed by nine from Andrea Pinheiro (nine boards) and seven from Charity Carbine (seven rebounds).
"We ran our offense real well tonight," said Seton Keough coach Jim Stromberg. "And defensively we decided to make them beat us driving to the basket. We collapsed on them and gave them the perimeter, just played real good team defense."
Arundel continually got good looks, but shot a poor 29 percent (14-for-48) from the floor while the Gators shot 48 percent (19-for-40). The Wildcats got few second shots and were outrebounded on their offensive end by 24-10.
It's obvious that it's going to take awhile for Arundel to make up for the loss of Metro Player of the Year Chavonne Hammond, who is now playing at Vanderbilt. Over the past three years, mistakes by the younger players were often covered up by the 6-foot Hammond.
"It was a good, old butt-kicking and we found out what we've got to do," said Arundel coach Lee Rogers. "We're very young, [we] only have one senior.
"They killed us on the boards. We don't have the skilled big kids inside like Chavonne and Jen Mottar were, but we will get there."
Seton Keough (2-1) took a 12-9 advantage into the second period before the Wildcats (1-1) regrouped to take a 20-16 lead on a left hand hook by Lindsey Schiesz (six points, four rebounds) with 2: 40 left in the half.
"We made that run and played like we wanted to, but then nerves got to them because we're so young," said Rogers. "We didn't do a good job running our offense and didn't do a good job trying to finish."
It didn't help that sophomore guard Megan Rollins (five points, four rebounds) came out early in the first half with a hip-pointer and according to Rogers will be "day to day."
With Rollins out, junior guard Sherice Proctor (nine points) and senior forward Lachelle McHenry (six points, five boards) couldn't do it by themselves.
Freshman guard Toby McIntire came in and grabbed a team high six caroms, but didn't score while Rollins' offense was sorely missed.
A free throw by Carbine and four straight points from Foster started a 10-0 run that gave the Gators a 26-20 lead at the break.
Picking up where they left off, the Gators came out and took control of the game with a 12-4 third-period run, as Carbine, Klein and Pinheiro scored four points each. Pinheiro got two of hers at the line where she was a perfect 5-for-5 matching Foster in free-throw accuracy.
Pub Date: 12/10/96