Severna Park used tough defense and lots of patience on offense to give new girls basketball coach Carrie Weimer her first victory.
Brittany Lilley scored a game-high 18 points as host Severna Park held off a mid-game rally from No. 12 Joppatowne and then pulled away for a 57-45 upset last night.
The Falcons had dropped their first two games, and Weimer didn't like how they played in Friday's 73-51 loss to Southern. She also knew that Joppatowne loved to press and run, and Severna Park worked hard on defense and rebounding to keep the ball away from the Mariners.
"We knew they were a very athletic team," Weimer said. "We were [mainly] concerned with defense and taking care of the ball."
Severna Park stuck to the basics, repeatedly getting back on defense, which slowed the high-powered Joppatowne) attack. The Falcons then forced the Mariners (2-1) to make a number of cross-court passes or take lower-percentage long shots to try to beat their packed-in zone defense.
"We get antsy and we like to run," Joppatowne coach Michael Harris said. "They did a great job on defense."
Severna Park made seven straight shots for a 31-17 lead late in the half, but the Mariners then scored 13 straight points and sliced the lead to one.
But the Falcons got help from Lilley, Maggie Boquard (14 points), Lauren Kitzmiller (nine points) and others to take charge after that. They slowed the pace, used the clock and took away any chance Joppatowne had to run.
Arielle Townes battled through back pain to lead the Mariners with 16 points while teammate Ashley Marshall had 14, but Joppatowne scored only 11 points in the final 12 minutes, 35 seconds.
Lilley helped the Falcons' offense control things in the fourth quarter. She also scored 10 points in the period as Severna Park slowly pulled away.
"We had a lot of confidence, and we just took it to them in the fourth quarter," she said.
No. 3 Archbishop Curley 43, No. 4 Old Mill 22 -- Sophomore Ali Saadoulaev (140 pounds) and senior Sam Burdych (215) overcame Timmy Lobuglio and previously unbeaten Ethan Brown, respectively, as the host Friars beat the Patriots. Saadoulaev overcame an early 4-1 deficit to beat Lobuglio, who placed third at last year's Class 4A-3A public school tournament. And Burdych, who normally goes at 189 pounds, moved up a class for the event after having missed all of last season with a broken hand. The Friars (1-0) got pins from Bubba Corbett (112), Tyler Scarinzi (119) and Joe Foster (171), a major decision from Travis Davis (152), and decisions from Cameron Torres (130), Ross Quillett (145), and Andrew Sellers (215), with the latter defeating John Sillamon (189) of Old Mill (0-1). Jason West (103), Nick Box (160) and Justin Faithful (275) had first-period pins, and 4A-3A state champ Greg Saumenig (125) had a major decision.