Archbishop Spalding's Brya Freeland shoots a free throw… (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene…)
The No. 2 Seton Keough basketball team made No. 1 Archbishop Spalding work overtime to hold onto its top ranking Friday night.
The host Cavaliers ran up a 19-point lead early in the third quarter, but no lead is apparently safe against Seton Keough, which took the game into double overtime before Spalding's clutch shooting from the field and the free-throw line finally sealed a 63-58 victory in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference contest.
"We're used to going into overtime," Spalding point guard Brya Freeland said. "We went into overtime [in a win over] Riverdale Baptist, so we call overtime our time. In the beginning, we were getting a little rattled, but we got together as a team and got the 'W.' As a team, we held it together."
Freeland scored seven of her 15 points from the free-throw line in overtime, including the first two in the second overtimem which gave the Cavaliers (8-1, 4-0 A Conference) the lead for good. Camille Calhoun added two more free throws to run the Spalding lead to 56-52 with 2:52 left in the four-minute overtime period.
After Aaliyah Wilson hit a free throw for Seton Keough, Spalding's Maggie Morrison drew the defense and dished off to Raven Makins for the uncontested inside shot and a 58-53 lead. The Gators (4-4, 2-1) pulled within 61-58 on Rianna Frazer's three-pointer with 4.7 seconds left, but Sherae Swinson scored on a long pass from Morrison to secure the win.
The Cavaliers opened the third quarter by polishing off a 13-0 run to pull ahead 37-18, as Seton Keough went eight minutes without a basket. Seton Keough reserve guard Camille Hines then led the comeback, scoring six straight points and eight overall in a 9-0 run. The Gators tied the game at 45 on Achiri Ade's strong move to the hoop and two Wilson free throws to end regulation.
"I thought we showed a lot of character coming back out here in the second half," Seton Keough coach Jackie Boswell said. "They're a great team and ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â… you can't get down on a great team like that. I'm really, really proud of our kids. It's early in December. ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â… We still have a lot of things to work on."
The Gators suffered a big blow, especially defensively, when 6-foot-4 Liz Brown fouled out 22 seconds into the first overtime. However, Ade, who finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, made another power move to the basket with 33.4 seconds left in the first overtime to pull the Gators into a 52-52 tie that forced double overtime.
SK--Frazer 3, Wilson 7, Singletary 17, Ade 19, Hines 10. Totals: 20 14-22 58.
AS--Freeland 15, Makins 8, Swinson 8, Curtis 16, Morrison 8, Calhoun 8. Totals: 21 18-28 63.
Half: AS, 34-18. Reg: 45-45. 1st OT: 52-52.