No. 15 St. Frances nips No. 7 Spalding, 52-51 Girls basketball

December 16, 1992|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

Dec. 15, 1992 is a date that St. Frances coach Jerome Shelton will not soon forget.

It will be remembered as the day St. Frances' girls basketball program first beat a ranked team.

Led by freshman point guard Takia Ervin (16 points, 11 rebounds, five steals), 15th-ranked St. Frances overcame a 13-point deficit to edge No. 7 Archbishop Spalding, 52-51, in a Catholic League game yesterday at Loyola College's Reitz Arena.

This is St. Frances' third season with a varsity girls team.

"This is a very important moment in our program," Shelton said. "I'm proud of our kids. They showed a lot of character and a lot of poise."

Said senior captain Javonna Hines: "This really boosts everyone's confidence. The fact that we came from behind shows that we can do anything if we put our minds to it and play as a team."

Hines scored five points, but she made a crucial basket inside with 24 seconds remaining to give the Panthers (4-1, 1-1) a 52-49 lead.

After Kelly Mabe made both ends of a one-and-one with 18 seconds left to pull Spalding to 52-51, the Cavaliers (6-1, 2-1) had to foul to stop the clock.

They had to commit four fouls, however, before St. Frances was in the one-and-one. Two seconds remained when Hines went to the line.

The Cavaliers' Lisa Canter grabbed the rebound after Hines missed the front end, but time expired before she could get off a shot.

St. Frances had started slowly, making one of its first 16 shots, and Spalding built a 16-3 lead early in the second quarter.

"I think it was just a case of nerves," Shelton said. "We just didn't come out with the right intensity to play a tough team like Spalding."

St. Frances began the game playing man-to-man defense, but it backfired. Spalding senior point guard Amy Langville (23 points), who scored 14 in the first half, often found open teammates underneath for easy baskets when she wasn't scoring herself.

"We love when people play us man-to man," Spalding coach Paul Leimkuhler said. "It gives us a chance to open up our offense."

Shelton switched to a zone defense early in the second quarter. It didn't stop the Cavaliers, but it slowed them, as the Panthers pulled to 23-15 at halftime.

St. Frances' full-court press forced 10 turnovers in the third quarter, as the Panthers went on a 15-0 run to take a 38-30 lead.

Sophomores Kristi Webb (15 points) and Melba Chambers (13 points, 12 rebounds) scored all but two of their points in the second half.

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