No. 4 St. Frances stops St. Paul's in A semifinal

Panthers to seek 3rd title in row in final against IND

Girls basketball

High Schools

February 18, 2005|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

St. Frances freshman Kandice Green remembered vividly how St. Paul's upset her No. 4 Panthers back in mid-January with its outside shooting.

Green and her teammates made sure that didn't happen again last night as they pulled out a 42-37 victory over the Gators in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinal.

Stingy defense held the No. 5 Gators to one three-point basket, and with 20 seconds left, Green blocked a Courtney Fields 20-foot attempt that would have tied the game at 40.

"I knew she was a shooter and I had to get out to her," said Green, a 6-foot center/forward. "I had to try to hit the ball or her hand or something to make sure she didn't get that basket."

After Green blocked the shot, teammate Tanika Jeffers grabbed the rebound. The Gators quickly fouled Jeffers, who missed the front end of the one-and-one, but St. Paul's turned the ball over and had to foul again with 7.6 seconds left.

Then another freshman came through in the clutch -- Danielle Parker, who nailed both ends of the double bonus to seal the victory.

The Panthers (20-6) will go after their third straight A Conference title against No. 6 Institute of Notre Dame at 5 p.m. tomorrow at Villa Julie College.

Last night, Green and Parker combined for 11 points and 11 rebounds while Mi-Khida Hankins led the host Panthers with 11 points and six rebounds.

The Gators (21-5) got another big game from forward Mercedes Robinson with 19 points (9-for-11 from the free-throw line) and eight rebounds.

But the Gators never found their rhythm on offense.

"They pressured us more this time and we weren't able to run our sets as effectively as we normally do," Robinson said.

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