St. Frances holds off S. Keough in semifinal

No. 1 St. Frances 58 No. 3 Seton Keough 57

Girls basketball

February 23, 2007|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun reporter

After Dawnae Roberts, the senior point guard for No. 1 St. Frances, missed the first of two free throws with 34 seconds left in last night's tied game with No. 3 Seton Keough, she flashed back to her freshman year.

"It reminded me of that time we were playing against Western and I missed that free throw that would have won the game ... so I was thinking, `At least let me hit that second one. We'd be up by one and we could play defense and win it out.' "

Roberts made the second free throw, and the host Panthers used defense and a little luck to pull out a 58-57 win in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference semifinal.

The Panthers (22-5), who have won four straight titles and five of the past six, will meet No. 4 McDonogh, an upset semifinal winner over No. 2 Towson Catholic, for the title tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Goucher College.

Last night, after Roberts' free throw, the Gators (21-5) had three chances to win - two on excellent attempts, a three-point shot by Arika Ullman with 14 seconds left and a shot by B.J. Williams with four seconds to go.

Gators coach Jackie Boswell called a timeout with 12.4 seconds left to set up a final shot, giving All-Metro guard Williams the option to shoot or pass.

Williams, who finished with 15 points, took a short shot that nearly dropped, grabbed the carom and fired a desperation shot at the buzzer.

"I thought she had a decent shot," Boswell said. "They went in all night, but sometimes it doesn't happen that way.

Seton Keough used its inside-outside game - 17 points from 6-foot-3 Asya Bussie in the low post and 21 points from three-point range - to stretch the zone. Twelve points down in the third quarter, the Gators led 55-50 with 4:51 to go.

Roberts, who finished with 16 points, then scored six straight before Bussie hit a follow shot and Panthers forward Mi-Khida Hankins made a free throw to tie the game at 57.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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