St. Frances girls drive by Arundel, win, 58-47

Winter sports

December 20, 2005|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,SUN REPORTER

Quicker and smoother around the basket, the top-ranked St. Frances girls basketball team made sure to drive home the point against visiting Arundel in the second half last night.

The Panthers took over a close game with all 14 of their third-quarter points coming on driving layups and putbacks in close, coming away with a 58-47 win over the No. 6 Wildcats.

Junior forward Mi-Khida Hankins finished with a game-high 21 points with junior guard Tanika Jeffers adding 13 as the Panthers improved to 6-0.

"We wanted to play attacking basketball and we thought we had some matchups we could take advantage of. We wanted to get the basketball to our better players and asked them to make us some plays," St. Frances coach Jerome Shelton said.

Hankins and Jeffers are certainly two of those players. Taking a 30-29 lead into the second half, the two took over with their ability to get to the basket. They accounted for 10 of the Panthers' 14 points in opening up a 44-32 lead late in the third quarter with sophomore Danielle Parker scoring four of her eight points in the pivotal frame.

The Wildcats turned the ball over 25 times but were able to pull within 45-42 early in the fourth quarter before the Panthers scored the next 11 points to regain control.

Senior guard Aanika Dobbins and freshman forward Simone Egwu led a balanced Arundel offense with 11 points each with senior Danae Brownlee adding 10 points in the first half before leaving with a sprained ankle.

Boys basketball

Kenwood 72, Lansdowne 57 -- Charles Taylor scored 18 points and the duo of Harold Murray and Clayton Henson combined for 27 more for the host Bluebirds (4-0).

Wrestling

No. 10 Liberty 52, Middletown 18 -- Sean McNelis (9-1), Brandon Gervie (10-0) and Eddie Digman (10-0) led the host Lions (7-2).

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