Seton Keough edges IND, 45-43

January 24, 1995|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

For three quarters and the first five minutes of the fourth of yesterday's Catholic League game against Seton Keough, the Institute of Notre Dame had contained junior Melanie Morris, the Gators' leading scorer.

Then came the game's final three minutes.

Having been held to six points and just one field goal until that point, Morris seized control. Driving and spinning her way down the lane, Morris scored visiting Seton Keough's last six points, as the ninth-ranked Gators edged the 16th-ranked Indians, 45-43.

The victory moved Seton Keough (14-1, 7-1) into a first-place tie in the league with St. Frances.

"We were a little impatient in the first half," said Morris, who played much of the second half with a sore left hand. "In the second half, we slowed it down and played the offense we knew how to play and it created a lot of opportunities for everybody."

Said IND coach Debbie Taylor: "I think what we needed to do, we did well. Melanie unfortunately drove to the basket and we couldn't step in and take a charge on her. And she's a great player, so she finished some plays a lot of kids wouldn't be able to finish."

With the Gators clinging to a three-point lead, Morris found an opening in the lane and drove to the basket to give Seton Keough a 41-36 advantage with 2:52 remaining.

After a three-pointer by IND's Shannon Skopp (13 points) pulled the Indians to 41-39, Morris answered with another driving layup to push the Gators' lead to four.

The Indians (8-7, 5-3) were once again within two (43-41), however, after Natalie Smith made two free throws with 1:10 left.

But Morris found another opening in the lane, making a turn-around jumper with 37 seconds left to again increase the lead to four.

The Gators missed the front end of two one-and-ones, but the Indians could not capitalize. Robin Johnson's 15-footer with two seconds left accounted for the final score.

IND, which upset No. 11 St. Mary's earlier this month, opened the game on a 9-2 run and led for most of the first half.

Seton Keough took a brief 18-17 lead with 2:30 left in the second quarter , but the Indians ended the half on a 4-0 run to take a 21-18 halftime advantage.

It was a close call for the Gators, who are considered a contender for the league title after a surprising third-place finish last season.

"It's different than last year when we were always the ones upsetting people," Morris said. "This year, everyone's trying to chase us, so we've had to change our focus a little."

* C.M. Wright 58, Edgewood 47: Senior Rob Spicer sparked an aggressive C. Milton Wright defense at the start of the third quarter, and the Mustangs (9-4, 5-1) wound up with a Harford County League victory over visiting Edgewood (5-7, 3-2). It was Wright's eighth straight triumph.

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