Chase's 33 pace McDonogh

December 23, 1992|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

The crowd at McDonogh yesterday was treated to a sho that could have been called "Sonia Live."

McDonogh junior guard Sonia Chase scored a career-high 33 points to go along with nine rebounds, six steals and 5-for-12 shooting from three-point range to lead the 12th-ranked Eagles to a 64-52 victory over No. 11 St. Frances (6-2).

Chase's accuracy from outside, her twisting drives to the basket and her crisp passes frustrated the Panthers and had the crowd buzzing.

Her performance also impressed St. Frances coach Jerome Shelton.

"I knew she was good, but I didn't know she was quite this good." Shelton said. "We knew she was their go-to player, and her team knew how to get the ball in her hands when they needed to."

As a prelude, Chase hit a three-pointer from almost midcourt as the buzzer sounded to end the first half. That basket pulled McDonogh (4-2)within 33-31.

Chase opened the third quarter with a three-pointer to give the Eagles a one-point lead. Seconds later, Chase stole the ball and hit another three.

Later in the period, Chase made two more three-pointers in a span of a minute.

In the quarter, she was 4-for-4 from three-point range and scored 15, as the Eagles outscored St. Frances 24-8 to take a 55-41 lead.

"I was shooting around with a couple of friends today, and I felt very comfortable," Chase said. "From the beginning of the game, I felt like I was on. I missed a couple of threes early, but I knew if I kept shooting them, they would eventually fall."

L It seemed as if everyone's shots were falling at the outset.

McDonogh made five of its first seven shots, and the Panthers hitfour of their first five.

St. Frances sophomore Melba Chambers (20 points) made her first three attempts and scored seven in the first quarter.

Led by Chase, who was 11-for-22 from the field, the Eagles continued to shoot well. They shot 51 percent (24-for-47) for the game, including an 8-for-11 (73 percent) performance in the third quarter.

The Panthers, conversely, missed 11 of their last 12 shots in the first quarter and committed eight turnovers in the period to fall behind 20-11.

St. Frances got its transition game going in the second quarter, however, sparked by sophomore Kristi Webb (17 points). She scored 13, as the Panthers outscored McDonogh 22-11 to take a two-point lead at halftime.

Then Chase took control.

"Sonia can definitely create the tempo of the team," McDonogh coach Becky Clark said. "She's that type of player."

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