Holy Cross entered the area record books last night at St. John's, whipping highly touted Bishop McGuinness of Winston-Salem, N.C., 67-48, for its 55th consecutive victory. That equaled the 19-year-old mark set by the John Carroll boys team in 1959-60.
Holy Cross, 29-0 this year, will attempt to break the record when it meets St. Francis Prep of New York (28-2) in today's 3 p.m. second game of the Washington Invitational Tournament at St. John's. St. Francis defeated Immaculata, 51-43, yesterday.
Immaculata (15-5) plays Bishop McGuinness (23-3) at 1 p.m.
Chrissy Reese, three-time All-Met center and The Washington Post's co-player of the year, got Holy Cross rolling with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first quarter.
The 6-foot Reese, along with 6-1 Karen Elsner, 5-10 Laurie Marsden and 5-10 Sharon Hodges, had little trouble getting inside for easy baskets against their shorter opponents.
Five consecutive baskets, three by Reese, following McGuinness turnovers had Holy Cross ahead, 21-6, at the end of the period.
"We got a lot of easy baskets as a result of looking inside first," said Reese, who played less than two quarters. "We didn't change anything for them. We just played real well. I'm excited for this last one against St. Francis Prep."
McGuinness played without its 6-0 center, Janice Schuckenbrock.
"Janice would have helped us on the boards and maybe the game wouldn't have been a runaway," said McGuinness Coach Sarah Kirby. "She stayed home because she was a little sick and tired of playing basketball. Holy Cross plays an exceptional game. We've never played a team like them before."
The North Carolinians did not play much better the second quarter despite facing the Tartan second and third units.
McGuinness continued to make mistakes and Holy Cross continued to pour it on. Jackie Israel scored eight points and Marla Lacey six to stake the hot-shooting Tartans to a 41-13 lead at the half.
"We were a lot bigger than they were and I think they were a little nervous in the beginning," said Holy Cross Coach Bill Sheahan. "Plus, we played as well as we have all year."
Holy Cross shot 55 percent, making 19 of 34 shots, and outerbounded McGuinness, 19-10, in the first half. The Villians committed 18 turnovers to the Tartan's 10.
St. Francis Prep jumped to a 19-12 first-quarter lead and never was threatened in turning back Immaculata. Leslie Varska scored 13 of her 15 points in the first two quarters as the Little Terriors took a 32-22 lead into intermission.
The Mighty Macs rallied to within seven points midway through the fourth quarter, but the bigger New York players sank five layups and pulled away again.