Seton Keough pays back No. 11 Spalding, 59-38

Bustamante scores 17 as Gators avenge title loss

High Schools

January 30, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It's been nearly 11 months since Seton Keough lost to Archbishop Spalding in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship game. But the Gators made one thing very clear when the two teams met in Severn last night.

They haven't forgotten.

Andrea Bustamante scored a game-high 17 points, and teammate Kelly O'Connell added 14 as No. 13 Seton Keough turned in an inspired performance, routing No. 11 Spalding, 59-38.

Spalding scored a 45-42 victory when the teams met in last winter's A Conference title game. Even though Seton Keough came back to beat the Cavaliers three weeks later in the consolation finals of the Bishop Walsh tournament in Cumberland, several of the Gators were pointing toward this game for a bit of payback.

"They stole the championship from us last year," Bustamante said. "We were ready for them. We wanted it [really] bad."

She made five three-pointers and sparked the Gators on a 34-9 run that turned the game into a rout in the second half. Spalding (10-8, 7-4) held a 10-5 lead late in the first quarter, but Jessica Parrish (10 points) gave the Gators some quick points off the bench and Bustamante heated up.

The Gators held a 26-17 lead at halftime before breaking the game open at the start of the third quarter. Bustamante hit consecutive three-pointers, and then O'Connell (14 points) and Haliena Snowden made layups and Heather Galvin hit a three-pointer to give Seton Keough (12-7, 8-4) a 39-19 edge with 5:01 left in the third period.

"We just wanted to send a statement," Galvin said.

Seton Keough is a streak-shooting team that was definitely on last night. The Gators finished with eight three-pointers among their 20 baskets and also did a good job of finding lanes to drive through when the opportunities were there.

In addition, the Gators gave the Cavaliers problems on defense. Seton Keough coach Jackie Boswell made the Gators step up both the full- and half-court pressure. Seton Keough also threw Spalding off balance with some half-court traps.

Boswell was pleased with the intensity her team showed. The Gators worked hard from the opening tip until the final buzzer and simply overwhelmed the Cavaliers, forcing 18 turnovers and disrupting their offense.

"We need to play emotional like this every game," Boswell said. "I wanted them to play hard and they did."

Lizzy Bayly led Spalding with 16 points and 12 rebounds, but the Cavaliers didn't get much production from anyone else. Spalding scored 10 points in the first five minutes but only 28 in the final 27.

"I would just say they thoroughly outplayed us," Spalding coach Deb Taylor said.

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