Panthers top Spalding in girls basketball


St. Frances’ Aniya Gourdine drives to the basket as Spalding’s Sydney Washington defends during Wednesday’s girls basketball contest. Gourdine finished with 26 points as the Panthers defeated Cavaliers in East Baltimore. (photo – Jimmy Fields Sr.)

Aniya Gourdine scored 26 points, surpassing the 1,000-point career mark, as St. Frances Academy defeated Archbishop Spalding in a girls basketball game Wednesday in East Baltimore.

Gourdine, who will play for Temple University next season, scored 18 points in the first half. Keante’ Lewis and Dakerian Turner each finished with eight points for the Panthers, who finished 5-4 in a shortened season due to Covid-19.

Claire Matthews led Spalding (8-3) with 17 points, and Koi Sims added 11. The Cavaliers host Mount Carmel Thursday and McDonogh School Saturday.

St. Frances Academy 64, Archbishop Spalding 4

Spalding – Claire Matthews 17, Koi Sims 11, Kamari Sims 7, Mariah Sanabia 6, Farrah Peterein 2, Sydney Washington 1.

St. Frances – Aniya Gourdine 26, Keante’ Lewis 8, Dakerian Turner 8, J. Brown 6, K. Dorsey 6, Jana Bannerman 5, D. Dorsey 5.

Spalding 17 6 16 5 – 44

St. Frances 24 8 21 11 – 64