Photo by Colin MurphyKat Ryan slashed to the hoop for two points during Severna Park's win over Meade on January 31.
Win Streak Ends, But Lady Falcons Still Going Strong
Another night, another balanced attack and another team-wide defensive onslaught yielded yet another victory for the Severna Park girls basketball team as the Lady Falcons topped host Meade 49-39 on January 31.
Caroline Duffy had a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds to go with 4 assists as the Falcons won their 12th straight and improved to 15-1 overall on the season. As has been the case all winter, Severna Park complemented strong post play by Duffy and Katie DeFeo (9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block) with contributions from throughout the lineup. Celeste Davis (5 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals), Kat Ryan (6 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists), Jessica Giblin (2 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal) and Claire Domshick (6 points, 3 rebounds) rounded out a characteristically balanced game for the Falcons, who time and again throughout the season have proven to have strength at every position, patience offensively and a robust defensive will.
“It was a good game and a good challenge for us,” said head coach Lisa Magness after the win over Meade. “We got a bit sloppy at the end, we have to clean that up, but you can’t ask for much more than 12 in a row.”
That statement turned out to be true, as the Falcons had their 12-game win streak stopped by South River three days later at home on February 3, when the Seahawks notched a 35-30 win on a poor shooting and offensive night for Severna Park.
Still, the season has in many ways been outstanding for the Falcons, and the win over the Mustangs was one of Severna Park’s tougher challenges so far this season. With Severna Park (11-1 in county, 15-2 overall) and Old Mill (12-0) the top two teams in county play, the only other teams with winning county records are Chesapeake (9-3), South River (9-3) and Meade (8-4), all three of which have now been beaten by Severna Park. The Falcons handled South River 55-38 on a Friday night in Edgewater on January 6 and defeated Chesapeake 45-43 on a buzzer-beater by Duffy in the first game in the new gymnasium on January 10.
The Falcons remain on a county-championship collision course with the Patriots, who they will face in regular-season play at Old Mill on February 14. Old Mill survived Severna Park’s upset bid in overtime in last year’s playoffs; this year the teams are lining up as region contenders again.
Duffy said the team’s win streak is a byproduct of its long-term goal of contending for the county, region and state.
“We’re mainly taking it one by one,” said Duffy. “Each win gives us more confidence for going to counties and continuing on after that.”
Magness has stressed all season that her group has great leadership and delivers maximum effort.
“They’ve given it their all every day, when we play and in practice,” she said.