IND upsets No. 2 St. Frances, 67-54

Indians stage 3rd upset in 10 days

S. Keough wins

Girls basketball

January 31, 2002|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

A fully-manned Institute of Notre Dame girls basketball team pulled off its third upset in 10 days yesterday, surprising No. 2 St. Frances, 67-54.

Junior forward Colby Lee, playing her first game in a week, led a dominating inside presence with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Chandrea Jones had her ninth double double with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

The Panthers had won 17 straight games against IND, dating back to 1994.

"We are peaking at the right time," said IND coach Herb Hoelter. "We had our whole lineup back and we won it inside. Colby was unstoppable."

The return of the 5-foot-10 Lee, who sat out the last week on academic suspension, along with the return 10 days ago of 6-foot forward Carolyn Wesley has been the key to the Indians' recent success. With those two and 6-foot forward Brooks Webster, IND has one of the most dominant inside games in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference.

With that lineup, the Indians (12-8, 7-6 conference) upset then-No. 1 Archbishop Spalding and then-No. 11 St. Mary's. They lost to No. 4 Mercy Sunday but without Lee.

The difference showed yesterday on the offensive boards. The Indians had 45 rebounds in the game and 16 offensive rebounds in the second half.

The defending A Conference champion Panthers (15-4,12-2), undermanned with five players still suspended for violating a team rule, had only 6-foot Angel McCoughtry to counter the Indians inside. She finished with nine points while Shadae Swan scored 19 and Kia Coady added 13.

No. 1 Seton Keough 53, No. 3 Archbishop Spalding 42: The Gators hit 10 of 10 free throws in the final 1:20 to hold off the Cavaliers, who had closed a 15-point deficit to 43-37 with 2:26 to go.

The Cavaliers (14-7, 9-4 A Conference) held Seton Keough (15-4, 11-2) scoreless through the first six minutes of the quarter, but Jackie Valderas got the better of a defensive mismatch inside and capped a three-point play to extend the lead to 43-37. On the play, the Cavaliers lost forward Kylie Bestul with her fifth foul.

Megan Rapp kept the Cavaliers within 43-39 on a short jumper at the 1:40 mark, but 20 seconds later, Katie Latonik fouled Kerry O'Connell, who made both ends of the one-and-one.

With time running down, the Cavaliers had to foul and the Gators hit every free throw - two more from O'Connell, four from Sara Franz and two from Valderas.

Franz, who hit four three-pointers, led the Gators with 18 points.

Lizzy Bayly scored 17 to lead the Cavaliers while Rapp added 10.

No. 5 McDonogh 49, No. 4 Mercy 39: Rachel Braver scored 14 for the Eagles (12-5, 9-4), who wore down the Magic with their half-court press. BJ Banjo scored 18 for the Magic (13-8, 8-6).

No. 18 Bryn Mawr 47, No. 13 St. Mary's 45: The Mawrtians (11-9, 6-7), who upset Spalding on Monday, won it on Danielle Moore's three-point play with three seconds left. Moore finished with 18 points. Bri Gauthier scored 19 for the Saints (14-8, 5-8).

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