Bussie at center of victory

Her 24 points, 18 rebounds lift No. 3 Seton Keough over No. 7 Spalding, 51-37

December 11, 2008|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Seton Keough coach Jackie Boswell said Asya Bussie knows she'll have to carry the team at times this season. The senior center certainly did that last night.

Bussie had 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead No. 3 Seton Keough to a 51-37 victory over No. 7 Archbishop Spalding in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game. The West Virginia-bound senior center ruled the area near the basket and helped the host Gators in a sloppy game.

"She knows she's our biggest offensive weapon," Boswell said. "I know she's ready [to lead]. That's her mentality."

Bussie, 6 feet 4, helped inconsistent Seton Keough (3-1, 2-0 league) play better offensively in the second half and hold off Spalding (4-2, 1-1). The Cavaliers missed 20 of their 22 first-half shots and had 14 turnovers, helping the Gators cruise to a 24-8 halftime lead.

Bussie scored 14 points after the break to help the Gators when the Cavaliers tried to make a run. Her strong play in the paint kept Seton Keough in command.

"In the second half, I definitely needed to step up," Bussie said. "I kept trying ... to score the points that needed to be scored."

Amber Singletary had eight points and Katelyn Fischer added 10 assists for the Gators, who made a number of good passes and plays but also turned the ball over 24 times. But Spalding also had problems, finishing with 22 turnovers and making only eight of 19 free-throw attempts.

Janay Brinkley led the Cavaliers with 11 points, but Spalding didn't make baskets on consecutive possessions until halfway through the third quarter.

NO. 12 HOWARD 44, MOUNT HEBRON 41: : Nyree Williams, a North Carolina-bound senior, had a game-high 23 points to lift the Lions (3-0) over the host Vikings (2-1). Mount Hebron's 30-game winning streak came to an end. Both teams led by one point several times in the second half before Howard took a three-point lead with eight seconds left.

NO. 5 RIVER HILL 70, RESERVOIR 54: : Alicia Seelaus scored 18 points to power the visiting Hawks (3-0) past the Gators (1-2). River Hill led by two points at the half, even after a starter got three fouls in the first quarter and another player was injured and missed the second quarter. The Hawks pulled away in the fourth.

Boys

LONG REACH 55, MARRIOTTS RIDGE 34: : Tazz Thomas and Julius Fambro combined for 27 points to carry the host Lightning (1-2) past the Mustangs (1-2). Long Reach led 15-10 after the first quarter and never looked back. Fambro added 14 rebounds.

Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.

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