Seton Keough comes on to stop St. Mary's, 41-37

Saints' poor shooting, turnovers help Gators

Girls basketball

High Schools

January 26, 2003|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Seton Keough regained the lead at the start of the fourth quarter and didn't look back as the No. 13 Gators defeated No. 18 St. Mary's, 41-37, yesterday in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference girls basketball game.

Seton Keough junior guard Kristin McLaughlin hit a three-pointer from the top of the key with a defender in her face to give the host Gators (11-7, 7-4) their biggest lead of the game at 40-33 with 3:17 remaining.

St. Mary's sophomore forward Sharne Hunt (10 points) answered with a put-back to end the 11-3 Seton Keough run. The Saints (12-8, 5-6) hurt themselves in the final two minutes as they turned the ball over and showed poor shot selection.

"We didn't shoot the ball well and we committed a lot of turnovers," said St. Mary's coach Harry Dobson. "We held them to 41 points so I think our defense wasOK."

McLaughlin scored a team-high 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had four assists to pace the Gators.

Seton Keough's swarming defense forced numerous Saints turnovers, and St. Mary's got in early foul trouble. St. Mary's was charged with 18 personal fouls in a game that was a make-up for a snow cancellation in December.

Saints sophomore guard Bri Gauthier (10 points) picked up her fourth foul a minute into the fourth quarter when she was called for a charge against Heather Galvin (nine points). Gauthier fouled out in the waning seconds.

"We knew she had three fouls and we were trying to get a fourth on her," said Galvin. "She went strong to the basket and I just set up for the charge."

Seton Keough freshman Haliena Snowden was scoreless in the first half, but came on strong in the decisive fourth quarter, scoring five of her seven points. Snowden also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.

"She is a freshman and she has a lot of things to work on," said Seton Keough coach Jackie Boswell of her 6-foot forward. "In the stretch, she showed what she can do for us. We just need to get her to start playing well from the get-go."

After falling behind by as many as five points (18-13) in the second quarter, the Gators went on a 7-0 run to close out the final three minutes to enter halftime up 20-18.

St. Mary's senior Julie Gladchuck (five points) hit a three-pointer to open the third quarter and give the Saints back the lead.

"I'm very proud of our kids because at the end [of the game], when push came to shove, we showed a lot of heart," Boswell said.

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