St. Frances overcomes Spalding, 52-51

January 29, 1993|By Tom Worgo | Tom Worgo,Contributing Writer

No. 15 St. Frances overcame a six-point deficit and an 0-for-11 slump from the free-throw line in the final quarter to post a 52-51 victory over No. 13 Archbishop Spalding in a Catholic League game yesterday at Spalding.

The Cavaliers (13-5, 5-5) led by as much as six points during the first 4 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter. But St. Frances (13-5, 6-3) outscored Spalding, 10-4, in the final minutes to prevail.

St. Frances beat Spalding by the same score on Dec. 15.

Trailing 47-42 with 3:27 remaining, the Panthers made a layup and Kristi Webb hit three of four free throws to snap her team's drought from the line and force a 47-47 tie.

Spalding's Shannon Cashour then hit a four-foot jumper and Amy Langville sank two free throws to put the Cavaliers ahead 51-47 with 57 seconds left. The Panthers, however, made two baskets in between a Spalding turnover -- the first a three-pointer by Naima Jamal -- to go up by one with 10 seconds left.

Spalding had one last chance. As Langville dribbled over half-court and tried to get through a double-team, the Panthers' Tavonna Hines hit the senior on the arm and was called for a reach-in foul. Langville missed the front end of a one-and-one with two seconds left, and teammate Kelly Mabe rebounded but her fadeaway jumper fell short.

"Webb knows when to step up and make the crucial baskets in the key part of the game," St. Frances coach Jerome Shelton said of Webb, who scored five of her team's nine points down the stretch."

Langville led Spalding with eight rebounds, eight assists and 19 points, including four three-pointers in the second half.

The absence of Spalding starting forward Lisa Canter, who averages 10.1 points and 9.7 rebounds, hurt the Cavaliers' inside game as St. Frances out-rebounded them, 33-28, and many times had three and four shots. Canter tore a ligament in her knee in the first 30 seconds of the game against Seton Keough two weeks ago and is out indefinitely.

In the teams' first meeting, Spalding center Carrie Parsons missed the game because of an injury.

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