Williams secures Gators' win

With center Bussie in foul trouble, guard leads way in second half

No. 1 Seton Keough 53 No. 4 Arundel 41

Girls Basketball

December 22, 2007|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Reporter

For most of last night's game, Seton Keough's No. 1 girls basketball team pushed the pace, using its overall quickness as a key weapon against taller but slower No. 4 Arundel.

However, when Asya Bussie, the Gators' 6-foot-3 All-Metro center, got into foul trouble in the third quarter, senior guard B.J. Williams led a switch in gears.

"We just wanted to slow the pace of the game down and keep everybody controlled and in sync, just try to run the clock down and get an easy two points," Williams said.

The Gators remained in sync as Williams scored 12 of her game-high 20 points in the second half to lead Seton Keough to a strong road win, 53-41.

Bussie, who finished with 10 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, had a doubly tough assignment against the Wildcats' post duo of 6-3 center Simone Egwu (seven points, 10 rebounds) and 6-4 forward Sheronne Vails (six points, five rebounds).

For most of the night, however, Bussie got the better of the matchups thanks to her strong moves to the hoop and aggressive rebounding and superb entry passes from her guards.

"They run it really smooth," said Egwu, a junior. "They're looking for their big girl, which is how you should do it. They play as a team."

The Wildcats started strong, taking a 7-0 lead on two good moves from Egwu and a three-pointer from Ashley Davis, but the Gators (9-0) responded, taking the lead for good at 11-10.

"It took us a few minutes to get going," Bussie said. "Once we boxed out, the whole game changed. We didn't let them get second shots - one shot and done."

The Gators grabbed 17 rebounds to power a 21-3 run that increased their lead to 25-13 with 3:10 left in the second quarter.

Bussie played only about two of the final 10 minutes and fouled out with 3:06 left. With her on the bench, the Wildcats cut the lead to 45-37 with 5:06 to go, but Williams hit a free throw and a three-pointer to change the momentum.


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