McCoughtry's triple double gives boost to St. Frances

Second-half run helps No. 1 Panthers roll, 60-33

Girls basketball

High Schools

January 11, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Seton Keough couldn't figure out what to do against St. Frances forward/center Angel McCoughtry. She wreaked havoc on defense and set up a big part of the Panthers offense. In short, McCoughtry controlled the game.

McCoughtry became the fourth player in school history to record a triple double, scoring 13 points with 11 steals and 10 rebounds as top-ranked St. Frances scored the first 16 points of the second half and pulled away for a 60-33 victory over No. 11 Seton Keough in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game last night.

The versatile frontcourt player set the tone for an aggressive St. Frances team that gave host Seton Keough problems throughout. McCoughtry made four steals in the first five minutes and added three more in the third quarter en route to the second triple double of her career.

"I just try to create [everywhere]," McCoughtry said. "They look to me as a leader, but we have a lot of leaders and I just try to fit in."

McCoughtry sparked a tough St. Frances defense that completely disrupted Seton Keough (8-4, 5-2). The Panthers, who also got a big game from guard Shadae Swan (game-high 16 points), made 24 steals and held the Gators to only eight field goals - two of which came in the final 26 seconds.

"The defense is still the staple of our team, and we try to score off of our defense," St. Frances coach Jerome Shelton said. "But I think our offense is catching up with our defense."

St. Frances (11-2, 7-0) scored repeatedly off the turnovers, but its own miscues helped the Gators stay in the game. The Panthers have been sloppy with the ball all season and 12 first-half turnovers held their halftime lead to 32-20, even though they controlled play.

But St. Frances took charge in the early minutes of the second half. The Panthers stepped up the full-court pressure and forced eight turnovers while scoring the first 16 points for a 48-20 lead. Seton Keough finally ended the run when Heather Galvin (team-high 12 points) made a three-pointer with 1:44 left in the period.

"We didn't take care of the ball," Seton Keough coach Jackie Boswell said. "We looked a little tentative in the second half. They outmatched us a little."

Andrea Bustamante had seven points for Seton Keough, but the Gators had no one else score more than four. Eleven Panthers scored as they again showed the balance they've had all season. In the end, however, Seton Keough just couldn't stop McCoughtry.

"I think Angel's value as a player is that she's very flexible," Shelton said. "She makes good decisions [everywhere]."

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