St. Frances holds off Elizabeth Seton for Bishop Walsh final berth, will play for No. 2 McDonogh for crown
St. Frances girls' basketball coach Jerome Shelton was hesistant when asked a couple of weeks ago whether this season's squad is his best. The Panthers are on the verge of making a compelling argument.
Top-ranked St. Frances defeated Prince George's County's Elizabeth Seton, 56-51, in the semifinals of the Bishop Walsh Invitational Tournament in Cumberland. Freshman post Angel Reese had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Mia Davis added 16.
The undefeated Panthers (29-0 overall), ranked 13th nationally by USA Today, will face IAAM A rival and second-ranked McDonogh School for the title Saturday evening at 6:15. McDonogh defeated Riverdale Baptist School, 84-64, in the other semifinal match Friday.
Junior guard Kayla Liles finished with 16 points and AJ Davis added 15. The Eagles (26-3) outscored the Prince George's County school, 30-19, in the final period to advance to the tourney's final for the fourth straight year.
It will be fourth match this season between area's top two teams. The Panthers won the first three meetings, including a 56-47 decision in the IAAM A final at Stevenson University last month.
St. Frances will try for its first perfect season, and the first by an area's No. 1 since Western's 27-0 campaign in 1991-92.
In other action, Seton Keough routed Bishop Walsh, 74-16, in a consolation match. The Gators will play Good Counsel Saturday in the program's final game.
Mount Carmel lost Good Counsel, 80-20, and will play Bishop Walsh in the seventh-place consolation match Saturday at 1 p.m.
BISHOP WALSH INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Consolation - Seton Keough 74, Bishop Walsh 16
Consolation - Good Counsel 80, Mount Carmel 20
Semifinal - St. Frances 56, Elizabeth Seton 51
Semifinal - McDonogh 84, Riverdale Baptist 64
7th place consolaton final - Bishop Walsh vs. Mount Carmel, 1 p.m.
5th place consolation - Seton Keough vs. Good Counsel, 2:30 p.m.
3rd place consolation - Elizabeth Seton vs. Riverdale Baptist, 4 p.m.
Championship - McDonogh vs. St. Frances, 6:15 p.m.
Last Updated (Sunday, 05 March 2017 22:59)