Keough dominates J. Carroll

No. 3 Gators shoot 57% in routing No. 9, 83-38

High Schools

Girls basketball

January 24, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Most opponents leave Seton Keough talking about the Gators' defense. Yesterday, the John Carroll folks left talking about the offense.

The No. 3 Gators shot 57 percent from the field, combining dead-eye three-point shooting with a powerful inside game, to romp over visiting No. 9 John Carroll, 83-38, in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference girls basketball game.

"They shot exceptionally well," said Patriots coach Kathleen Shannon. "Ordinarily, if we would score 40 points against Seton Keough, I would feel like we would be in the ballgame. The bad news is they scored 83."

Early on, the Gators (16-2, 12-0 conference) blitzed the Patriots' zone defense with four three-pointers. Once Shannon switched to man-to-man, the Gators found the openings inside, where forward Jackie Valderas scored a game-high 19 points.

"We didn't expect them to come out in zone," said Valderas. "We haven't played zone in a while, but our shots took care of themselves, because we were playing such good defense. We got a lot of good offensive looks."

Three other Gators scored in double figures. All-Metro guard Keisha Blackwell, who scored 10 points within 1:20 in the fourth quarter, had 18. Sara Franz contributed 15 and Gen Olds added 11.

At the rate the Gators were shooting, the game wasn't close for long.

After two Maggie Pyzik steals led to a quick 4-0 Patriots' lead, the Gators began to break the game open on consecutive 20-footers by Olds, Franz and Kerry O'Connell. Franz ended the quarter with another three-pointer and a transition layup to give the Gators an 18-6 lead.

Blackwell and Franz added two more of the Gators' eight three-pointers early in the second quarter before the Gators scored four unanswered baskets in the paint. Olds fed Jessica Anger for a layup and a 33-10 lead with 1:48 left in the first half.

The Patriots (11-6, 8-4) simply could not keep pace, although Kristin Jasper led a brief rally to open the second half. She hit two long jumpers to help John Carroll cut the margin to 16 points, but they got no closer.

In the final 5:40 of the third quarter, the Gators hit seven straight shots to run the lead to 56-22.

Jasper led the Patriots with 12 points and MaryKate Sullivan added 10.

No. 13 Archbishop Spalding 41, No. 17 McDonogh 35: The visiting Cavaliers (12-8, 8-3) tried a variety of defenses in the first three quarters of its IAAM A Conference game, settling on a 3-2 zone that earned the win.

With the teams tied at 30 early in the fourth quarter, Cavaliers coach Deb Taylor switched to a 3-2 zone, which forced the Eagles (10-7, 7-5) to shoot from the outside. When those shots failed, Spalding grabbed most of the rebounds and converted them into points.

Maggie Rapp led the Cavaliers with 10 points; Katie Nelson led McDonogh, also with 10.

Mike Frainie

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