Seton Keough converts at line, turns back Digital Harbor

December 12, 2010|By Jeff Seidel, Special To The Baltimore Sun

Seton Keough and Digital Harbor both got plenty of chances at the free-throw line Saturday night, but it was the Gators who made the most of their opportunities.

No. 2 Seton Keough made 25 of 32 free throws and had four players score in double figures to pull out a 63-54 victory over No. 7 Digital Harbor at the 5th Annual Breezy Bishop Showcase at Poly.

The Gators converted 10 of 11 free throws in the second quarter en route to a 28-21 halftime lead. Seton Keough (3-2) then sank 12 of 15 from the line in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory.

"We're fortunate we have kids who can shoot free throws," said Seton Keough coach Jackie Boswell. "It was definitely a group effort."

The Rams (2-1), conversely, made just 21 of 33 foul shots, wasting a number of chances to pull closer as they fell behind late in the first quarter and trailed most of the night.

"That was the difference," said Digital Harbor coach Patrick McDonald. "They made their free throws. We didn't make ours, and they got some second shots that killed us [late]."

Aaliyah Wilson led Seton Keough with 12 points. Amber Singletary, Achiri Ade and Liz Brown scored 10 points apiece for the Gators.

Brown and Wilson gave the Gators a spark early in the second half when the Rams appeared to be making a run behind A'lexus Harraison (22 points).

The sophomore made a three-pointer, fed Ke'shara Floyd for a layup, sank two free throws and then got another assist. That pass set up Floyd's three-point play that gave the Rams a 31-30 lead with 6:22 left in the third quarter.

But Seton Keough didn't panic. Brown, a 6-foot-4 senior center, answered with a shot from the lane just 17 seconds later, and Wilson added two layups after that.

Digital Harbor rallied to tie at 36 moments later. That's when Brown stepped up again with two straight layups, and Wilson added another for a 42-36 lead late in the third quarter. The Gators never trailed again.

Every time Digital Harbor tried to make a run in the fourth quarter, Seton Keough stopped it by scoring from the free-throw line. Five different Gators hit fourth-quarter free throws to help them hold on.

"[Free throws] help so much," Brown said. "Every day in practice we shoot free throws. In a game like this, you need to make those free throws."

Digital Harbor also hurt its cause with 19 turnovers, as it wasted a number of good scoring chances throughout the game.

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