D.C.'s Carroll tops Western in Panther Invitational

St. Frances advances

Mercy gains Comet semi

Girls basketball

High Schools

December 27, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Juniors Lyndra Littles and Notiesha Womack combined for 44 points to help Archbishop Carroll of Washington defeat fifth-ranked Western, 75-61, yesterday in the quarterfinals of the Panther Invitational at St. Frances.

The loss was the first of the season for the Doves (3-1), who got as close as six in the fourth quarter but ultimately could not overcome foul trouble and 22 turnovers. Sophomore guard Ebony Davis scored a team-high 18 points for the Doves, who will play seventh-ranked Milford Mill in the consolation round today at 3. The Millers dropped their quarterfinal to Forest Park of Virginia, 59-50.

Coolidge (D.C.) defeated 15th-ranked Dunbar and No. 2 St. Frances beat Southside in the tournament's other quarterfinals. Dunbar will play Southside in the first consolation game at 1. St. Frances plays Coolidge at 5 in the first semifinal. Archbishop Carroll and Forest Park play at 7.

Comet Classic

No. 17 Mercy 58, Randallstown 30: Senior guards Amanda Courter (14 points, five assists, three steals) and Sam Pyzik (10 points, four steals) led the Magic (5-2) in the first round at Catonsville High. Mercy held Randallstown to three points in the first quarter and led 32-14 by halftime. Mercy will play its semifinal today at 5:30 against the winner of Bryn Mawr and Edmondson.

Catonsville 51, Overlea 41: Senior guard Nicole Holtman scored 20 points for Catonsville and the host Comets outscored the Falcons 18-7 in the third quarter to build a 13-point lead. Overlea cut the lead to single digits in the fourth with three three-pointers, but Catonsville (3-4) hit eight of 10 free throws down the stretch to withstand the charge.

Junior Sandy Wasserbach added 10 for Catonsville. Mariah Maith led the Falcons with 15. The Comets will play North Carroll in the second semifinal tonight at 7:15. Overlea will play Northwestern in the consolation round at 2.

Manuel Gonzalez Amador Holiday Classic

No. 9 Long Reach 54, Joppatowne 32: The Lightning overcame a sluggish start to remain unbeaten, defeating Joppatowne in the tournament's semifinal at CCBC-Dundalk.

Senior guards Whitney Ward (19 points) and Tamisha Gomez (14 points) paced Long Reach, which outscored the Mariners 30-15 in the second half.

The Lightning (7-0) will play the North East-North County winner in the championship game today at 4.

North East 48, North County 45, OT: North County senior guard Katherine Fries hit a three-pointer with one second left to send the tournament's second semifinal into overtime, but North East of Cecil County held the Knights without a field goal in the extra period.

Freshman center Kate Brown led North East with 12 points. Fries finished with 13 for North County.

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