It was show time for second-ranked St. Mary's last night against Severna Park -- and no one loved it more than junior forward Tiffany Schummer.
When it was over, Schummer had registered her first triple-double, scoring 15 points, getting 16 rebounds and 12 steals in just 2 1/2 quarters of action during the Saints' 78-41 victory.
She poured in eight points in the second quarter and took advantage of the full-court St. Mary's press to rack up three straight steals late in the second quarter when the visitors, now 3-0, bolted to a 45-17 halftime lead.
"We came here with something to prove in the county, and we went out and made it happen," said Schummer. "We wanted to show the rest of the county what kind of team we have. We came out going hard and established ourselves on the first play."
On that play, the Saints crashed the boards for a follow shot by sophomore Terri Daniels with just 20 seconds gone and dominated 19th-ranked Severna Park the rest of evening.
After halftime, substitute Saints coach Chuck Miller began clearing his bench midway through the third quarter of the mismatch.
Miller, the St. Mary's girls JV coach, was filling in for regular coach Harry Dobson, who was home with the flu. Miller got a call from Dobson just before the start of the JV game, informing him that Dobson was too sick to coach.
But it didn't matter much.
"St. Mary's was clearly the superior team tonight," said Severna Park (1-1) coach Kevin McGrath. "But this won't discourage me from playing them in the future. You can only get better by playing a team like St. Mary's."
Those were sweet words to Miller's ears, because he had speculated that usual public school standout Severna Park might not want to play his private school power again next year after last night's romp.
"Annapolis dropped us this year after we beat them last year, and Arundel won't play us," said Miller. "We have trouble getting games against public school teams in Anne Arundel County because of our success against them. The only school in the county that will play us every year is Southern."
Schummer had help from sophomore guard Emily Lipton, who had a game-high 19 points and five assists and five steals.
Pub Date: 12/11/96