St. Frances rules boards to top John Carroll, 50-42

No. 5 Panthers overcome spotty shooting to win

Girls basketball

High Schools

January 10, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

A commanding performance on the boards made up for an inconsistent offense as No. 5 St. Frances topped No. 12 John Carroll, 50-42, in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game last night at the College of Notre Dame.

The host Panthers finished with a 46-33 rebounding advantage, fueled by an 18-7 margin in the first quarter alone. All-Metro guard LaTonya Blue grabbed 11 rebounds, Angel McCoughtry 10, and Brooke Campbell and Keila Evans six each as the Panthers trailed only once, at 3-2.

Nine of the Panthers' 11 first-quarter points came on converted offensive rebounds.

"We gave them too many second and third shots," said John Carroll coach Kathleen Shannon, whose team dropped to 8-5 overall and 5-3 in the conference.

"Our rebounding was poor, particularly our defensive rebounding. Their girls are tall. They can stand behind our girls and go up straight and get the ball, so it's really critical that you've got to box out. That's something we've got to work on between now and the next time we play them [Feb. 6]."

Still, the Panthers (10-2, 6-1 conference) could not manage to pull away until late in the third quarter when a 10-1 run boosted their lead to 37-24. Even then, the Patriots quickly began eating away at that lead, whittling it to six on Kim Kane's driving layup with 40 seconds left in the game.

Blue, who finished with 10 assists, scored her only four points on free throws in the final 22 seconds to hold off the Patriots.

The Panthers shot 44 percent from the field the final three quarters, but add in the 4-for-21 first quarter, and that number drops to 34 percent for the game.

"We're still a little inconsistent in our execution in the half court, and that's causing us to go through some scoring droughts," said Panthers coach Jerome Shelton. "We're overpassing and we're not finishing plays. We're an unselfish team sometimes to a fault, and that hurts us."

Nonetheless, the Panthers have lost locally only to No. 3 Seton Keough, the only team to remain unbeaten against A Conference competition.

Last night, Campbell was the only St. Frances player to score in double figures, with a game-high 14 points, but eight other Panthers made the box score.

For John Carroll, freshman forward Kayani Turner came off the bench to lead her team with 13 points. She helped keep the Panthers from running away in the second quarter, scoring back-to-back baskets in a six-point run.

Senior Kristin Jasper, who scored her 1,000th career point in Sunday's victory over Roland Park, added nine points for the Patriots, as did Maggie Pyzik.

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