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Like old times, Severna Park again defeats Arundel, 52-43


Seventeen years.

That's how much time had passed since Severna Park swept Arundel in a regular-season series in girls basketball.

Last night, No. 14 Severna Park took that trip down memory lane as the visitors defeated the No. 15 Wildcats, 52-43, in Gambrills.

The Falcons, who extended their winning streak to a county-best 11 games en route to improving to 15-4 overall and 12-1 in the county, are one victory away from clinching the first berth in the county championship game on Feb. 19.

Severna Park, which plays its final three regular-season contests at home, also swept Arundel, which had dropped a 66-62 decision to the Falcons on Jan. 22.

"We were pretty confident," junior forward Julia Waters (eight points and 10 rebounds) said about meeting the Wildcats again. "It boosted our confidence to know that we beat them before."

Severna Park limited Arundel to just nine points in the fourth quarter after the Wildcats had narrowed the deficit to as few as two points in the third period.

The Falcons also rode the shooting touch of junior guard Lauren Hall, who scored a game-high 25 points.

"Before the game, Coach [Bill Giblin] told me that I was quicker than their guards and that I could drive on them," said Hall, who added three rebounds, three assists and two steals. "I didn't want to let him down."

For his part, Giblin was delighted with the win, but was also looking forward to facing a Broadneck squad on Friday that has upset Arundel and South River this season.

"We haven't talked about the county championship or the state playoffs or anything like that," he said. "We talked about Arundel tonight and we will talk about Broadneck. That's what we will focus on."

Severna Park seized control of last night's game early, racing out to a 13-6 advantage spurred by Hall's three-pointer and two layups. The Wildcats kept the game close, clawing out mini-runs that helped them enjoy a brief 18-17 lead early in the second quarter.

But Hall scored seven more points to help the Falcons to a six-point halftime lead.

Junior guard Jessica Collins recorded a team-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Arundel (13-6, 9-4 county).

The loss further dimmed the Wildcats' hopes of securing the final spot in the county championship game, which Arundel has won the past four years.

"I don't have a problem with losing, but it was the effort that disappointed me," said Wildcats coach Lee Rogers. "We were afraid to play them."

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