Severna Park 55, Chesapeake 42
Severna Park senior Lauren Haag admitted she was partially motivated by a friendly bet between her team and rival Chesapeake: Whichever team lost yesterday would have to wear the opponent's sweatshirt to school Monday.
It won't be Haag, who scored a career-high 17 points as the host Falcons won, 55-42, against No. 20 Chesapeake. The win proved Severna Park (6-2, 2-0 Anne Arundel County) is extremely deep, as the defending county champions won without leading scorer Julia Waters, a senior who is out with mononucleosis.
"I've been playing since my freshman year and I've developed some confidence," Haag said. "The emotions were so high, we're friends with the whole [Chesapeake] team. We're all hanging out after this."
Four girls from each team spent the bulk of the summer playing together on an AAU team, and their history playing against each other includes two meetings last winter -- a Chesapeake win in the regular season and Severna Park's victory in the county title game. The Falcons won the county title game without Lauren Hall (11.9 points per game last season) and yesterday's win without Waters (13.3 ppg this season).
"It seems like every time we play Chesapeake, there's some type of adversity that hits our team," Falcons Coach Bill Giblin said. "Last year we played them and . . . lost by seven. Then we go in the county championship and lose Lauren Hall, and each kid steps up and performs. I don't think there's a coach in the county that could argue, we're the deepest team in the county."
Severna Park shot 9 of 30 in the first half and went to the locker room trailing 28-24. Chesapeake (5-2, 1-1) was having trouble handling Severna Park's five-guard lineup, however, and it began to show in the second half. The Cougars made 1 of 11 shots in the final five minutes.
Led by Haag's 12 points in the second half and gritty defense from senior Jess Norris, the Falcons outscored Chesapeake 31-14 in the final two quarters. Chesapeake senior center Ginger Williams (17 points, 10 rebounds) fouled out with 3 minutes 8 seconds remaining.