Severna Park 50
Alex McGuire is listed as a guard on the Arundel girls' basketball roster, and the 5-foot-9 sophomore certainly has the shooting touch and ball-handling skills required for the position.
But last night in Arundel's 64-50 victory over No. 16 Severna Park, McGuire did most of her damage inside. The sophomore scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, including five on the offensive end, to send the defending Anne Arundel County champion to its first in-county loss of the season and end its 11-game winning streak.
With McGuire and 5-11 sophomore forward Tiffany Johnson (20 points, 11 rebounds), Arundel (12-3, 8-1) dominated inside. The Wildcats outrebounded the Falcons 37-22.
"We had four guards and a post [player]," Severna Park Coach Bill Giblin said. "Even though McGuire's a guard, she's a big guard and she can handle it down there in the post area. So she got a lot for them, and we had no answer for Tiffany tonight."
The Wildcats led 38-23 early in the third period after a putback by McGuire, but Severna Park (12-3, 8-1) went on a 16-6 run to end the quarter and pull within five. Arundel, however, scored on its first six possessions of the fourth quarter to re-establish control.
McGuire, Johnson and senior guard Jessie Collins (13 points, three steals) combined to score 14 points in those six possessions as Arundel got its lead back to 15.
"We lost to them twice last year, and we didn't want to lose to them again," said McGuire, who set a season high in points for the second consecutive game. "We came out in the fourth and said, 'Let's do this now. Let's get it over with.' "
McGuire, who scored Arundel's first five points, had nine in the second quarter as Arundel built a 31-21 halftime lead. Severna Park, meantime, committed 12 turnovers and made 8 of 31 shots in the first half.
"They came out and played pretty good defense, and we made some silly turnovers that we usually don't make," Giblin said. "But when you play an Arundel team, you have to expect that that's what they're going to do to you."
For the game, McGuire sank all five of her free throws and made 10 of 17 shots from the field. Jess Norris had a team-high 16 points for Severna Park.