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Mercy suffocates cold John Carroll, 56-30; Magic soars as Pats score 2 points in 2nd quarter


John Carroll's shooting problems continued yesterday.

No. 6-ranked Mercy's defense suffocated the Patriots, allowing two field goals in one 14-minute stretch, and John Carroll scored only two points in the second quarter.

In fact, the Magic shut down the Patriots' offense throughout the Catholic League game, Jamie Vogtman scored 18 points, and Kaitie Schuyler added 17 as Mercy routed No. 13 John Carroll, 56-30.

Mercy (13-4 overall, 4-0 league) beat John Carroll (6-7, 3-3) by only three when the two teams last met, but this time was much different. The Magic blew the game open by outscoring the Patriots 19-2 in the second quarter en route to a 37-14 halftime lead.

Vogtman and Schuyler both scored 12 points apiece in a first half that Mercy dominated. The Magic limited the Patriots to just one second-quarter basket.

Mercy scored the first 16 points of the quarter and blanked John Carroll until Megan Sparks' put-back with just 2: 02 left in the half. The Patriots then scored just one basket over the next eight minutes as Mercy rolled.

"We played good 'help' defense," said Vogtman, who also had 13 rebounds. "We stopped them from penetrating. They're quick, and they like to fast break a lot, but we were able to stop them."

Mercy repeatedly cut off John Carroll players as they tried to drive, often double-teaming the Patriots and forcing them into difficult shots. When the Patriots got good shots, they missed.

"Our shots just haven't been dropping," said John Carroll coach Kathleen Shannon. "They shoot extremely well, and even when we had a hand in their faces, they still made the shots."

Schuyler ran Mercy's offense well, especially when the Magic spread the floor. Mercy seemed always to find the open player and get a good shot.

"She controlled the tempo for us," said Mercy coach Mary Ella Marion.

Ashlee Courter scored seven points and pulled down five rebounds. Heather Ables and Elaine Carroll of Mercy combined to do a nice job filling in for Becky Wilson, out with a sprained ankle. Darby Burke led John Carroll with nine points, and Sparks scored eight.

Pub Date: 1/14/99

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