No. 1 Seton Keough falls to Prospect Hall despite 2nd-half surge Teasley's 24 points lift 8-0 Vikings to 51-43 win

Girls basketball

January 06, 1996|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FREDERICK -- She stands 6-foot-1 and can dominate anywhere on the court, whether in the low post or at the point.

Most experts agree that Prospect Hall's Nikki Teasley is one of the top three juniors in the nation.

Last night, she showed top-ranked Seton Keough why.

Despite playing with a badly cramped left calf during the entire fourth quarter, Teasley finished with 24 points, 13 rebounds and two assists, hitting the host Vikings' only two baskets of the second half -- both three-pointers -- to help them hold off the surging Gators, 51-43.

"She's a great player," said Gators coach Jim Stromberg.

"They just played a little bit harder than we did at the start, and that's what put us in the hole. We were digging out of that hole all night."

Trailing by 17 late in the third quarter, Seton Keough (10-2) turned up its intensity on defense, began forcing turnovers and cut the lead to three with 3:53 left. The Gators did the bulk of their damage in the paint, time and again feeding the ball to forward Meghann Donovan (20 points) under the basket.

Down the stretch, however, Teasley and the Vikings (8-0) proved just too tough, outscoring the Gators, 9-3, over the next 3:30 to seal the win.

"I wasn't surprised that they were able to come back because they're the No. 2 team in the state," said Teasley. "I just knew we had to come back out in the second half and get the same intensity we had in the first half, but obviously we didn't."

After leading, 18-8, to start the game and 29-16 at the half, Prospect Hall shot nine percent (2-for-23) the rest of the way.

"Their man-to-man pressure was pretty tough on us," said Prospect Hall coach Steve Kennedy.

"We didn't handle it quite as well as we needed to, but down the stretch we kept our composure and did what we had to do."

Trailing, 37-20, with 2:53 left in the third, the Gators began the comeback. Donovan started it with a three-point play and Andrea Pinheiro (12 points) then added a 10-foot jumper.

With 1:22 left in the period, however, the Gators got what looked like their biggest break of the game when Teasley was forced to the bench with a leg cramp.

Though she re-entered the game moments later, she was still in obvious pain and had trouble walking much less running.

The Gators seemed to become more confident and continued to attack, cutting the Vikings' lead to 39-36 after a jumper by Charity Carbine and free throws from Morris and Kelly Kearney.

But that was where the run ended.

"We know we have a lot of improving to do," said Stromberg. "People rank us No. 1, but we don't care about that. We want to improve every time we go out."

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