Julie Salmon led a 17-4 fourth-quarter run that enabled the East Coast All-Stars to pull away from the Metro All-Stars, 75-64, in the McDonald's Girls Capital Classic yesterday at Lake Braddock Secondary School.
Salmon, a 6-foot-3 all-America from Smithsburg High School in Maryland, had seven points and three rebounds in the spurt that gave the East a 73-56 lead with 3:23 to play. Salmon finished with 13 points and six rebounds.
Before the East's rally, the Metro team stayed even most of the game and even led by seven points in the second quarter. But the East's rebounding advantage was the decisive factor in the second half. The East had 50 rebounds for the game and allowed the Metro team only two offensive rebounds in the second half.
"We switched Pam Leake (Chapel Hill, N.C.), who played wing in high school, to guard and she opened things up for our big girls with drives and inside passes," said Metro Coach Ralph McGirk, of T.C. Williams. "We tried to go inside most of the game because we wanted to take advantage of our size."
Blair's Chris Vera (10 points) scored six points and had three assists in the opening quarter as the Metros trailed, 20-19. Susan Walvius of Gar-Field and Chequita Wood of Marshall, her team's most valuable player, led a 14-6 run that gave the Metro club its biggest lead at 33-26 with five minutes to play in the half. Walvius scored nine of her 11 points and Wood (nine points, seven rebounds, two steals, one assist) scored five.
The East rallied for a 38-37 halftime lead as Sylvia Bragg of Jefferson-Huguenot-Wythe in Richmond scored six points, two on a fine twisting shot in the lane. Betsy La Paglia of Greece-Arcadia (Rochester, N.Y.), the East's MVP with 16 points and seven rebounds, scored four in the rally.
La Paglia's six points helped the East to a 56-50 lead after three quarters. Lynn Copeland of Gaithersburg scored to start the fourth quarter, and Ballou's Ostra Bennett had an opportunity to cut the deficit even more, but missed two foul shots. The East then went on its 17-4 streak and the game was all but over.
Walvius' 11 points led the Metros, who made only 24 of 67 shots. Susan Soucup of Fredonia, N.Y., scored 10 points for the East, which made 34 of 81 shots.
In the preliminary game, Sheila Ragland of Suitland scored 23 points and Charlene Johnson of Oxon Hill 22 as the Maryland-District of Columbia All-Stars edged the Virginia All-Stars, 81-80. Oakton's Susan Nangle led Virginia with 20 points.