Blackwell returns to spark S. Keough

Layoff doesn't slow guard in romp over Spalding

Girls basketball

High Schools

January 05, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Neither rust nor the Archbishop Spalding girls basketball team could hold down Keisha Blackwell.

Blackwell, a senior guard who was playing for the first time since Dec. 17, recorded 13 points and seven assists to spark third-ranked and host Seton Keough to a 59-37 victory over the No. 14 Cavaliers in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference contest in Baltimore last night.

Blackwell, a Street & Smith's preseason honorable mention All-American who will play for Providence next fall, was anxious about her first outing since clearing up some personal matters.

"I was nervous, but I just played my game," said Blackwell, who also chipped in four rebounds and three steals.

Game scoring honors went to teammate and senior guard Genevieve Olds, who notched 18 points, four rebounds, and two steals, but Blackwell's speed and ball-handling helped the Gators break Archbishop Spalding's full-court press.

That press initially benefited the Cavaliers, helping them take an 8-0 lead at the start of the game. When Olds corraled an offensive board and scored on a putback, more than four minutes had elapsed in the first quarter.

But Seton Keough, which improved to 10-2 overall and 6-0 in the conference, closed out the period with an 8-2 run to tie it at 10.

After Archbishop Spalding took a 17-15 lead courtesy of a three-pointer by junior guard Angela Schaech (five points, three steals and two rebounds) with less than four minutes left in the half, the Gators enjoyed a 10-0 burst to enter halftime with a 25-17 advantage.

The surge continued as six Seton Keough players scored as they outscored their visitors 21-9 in the period.

The Gators shot a blistering 8-of-12 in that frame (23-of-46 for the game). On the flip side, they also and clamped down on Archbishop Spalding, which connected on only 3-of-12 attempts in that quarter and finished shooting just 22.7 percent from the field.

"We picked it up on the defensive end, and that's why we scored," Olds said. "Once our defense gets going, so does our offense."

Six players scored at least five points for the Cavaliers, but junior forward Kylie Bestul's team-high eight points and eight rebounds weren't enough to keep Archbishop Spalding from sliding to 7-8 overall and 3-2 in the conference.

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