No. 2 Seton Keough stacked its first weekend of competition of the 2010-11 season.
On Friday night, the Gators traveled to Holy Cross in Montgomery County and dropped a close game, 55-48 top open its schedule. On Saturday evening, they faced Good Counsel of the WCAC in the Mid-Atlantic Tip-Off Classic held at St. Timothy’s.
Seton Keough went up 20-9 with 4:25 left in the first half after a layup by Camille Hines and held on to a slim 25-23 advantage at halftime. The teams traded buckets for most of the second half, with neither able to distance itself from the other.
“I thought we came out kind of slow,” said Seton Keough coach Jackie Boswell. “We weren’t matched up on our defensive assignments like we should have been and allowed them to get back into the game before halftime. I think that is really where it stemmed because in the second half, I think we played really hard.”
She added: “We’re just making some mental errors but that will come…We’re trying to find some chemistry still and it’s early. They will get there, I have a lot of faith in the them.”
Trailing 50-48 with 7.4 seconds left in the game, a three-point attempt hit off the rim and the Gators dropped another close decision.
Senior forward Achiri Ade scored a game-high 17 points, going five-of-six from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Senior center Liz Brown added 13 points and five blocks but fouled out with 2:50 remaining.
Tied at 46-46 with just under two minutes left, Falcons’ forward Syndey Lewis made a move to the basket and put Good Counsel ahead 48-46.
Ade hit two free throws to even the score for the seventh time in the second half with 17.5 seconds to go.
But with the 6-foot-4 Brown on the bench, Good Counsel again attacked the rim and Faith Randolph (team-high 11 points) was fouled. She calmly sank two free throws to help the Falcons escape with the victory.
“This was a good, hard-nosed game especially this early in the season,” said Good Counsel coach Tom Splain. “Seton Keough is a great team, they have a couple big weapons and I thought we did a good job adjusting to them in the second half.”
“We try to set up our schedule to be as tough as possible. It’s the way we want to start our season,” Boswell said. “No one wants to lose a game but these close ones are okay as long as we learn from them.”
Seton Keough returns to action on Wednesday with an IAAM A Conference game against Severn, which just moved up this season from the B Conference.
|Good Counsel 50, No. 2 Seton Keough 48|
Wilson 7, Singletary 8, Hines 3, Ade 17, Brown 13.
Spann 5, Light 2, Randolph 11, Tullis 4, Lewis 3, Abshire 8, Fioravanti 10, Woods 6.
Mount de Sales 52, Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 47: Mount de Sales scored a huge win on Friday, defeating Severn of the A Conference, 47-30. The victory was the first over for the Sailors over their former B Conference rival Admirals in three years.
On Saturday, Mount de Sales got off to a low start, fell behind by as many as 16 points and trailed 27-13 at the half against Episcopal Academy.
At the intermission, Mount de Sales coach Trish Armstrong told her team that they would get back into the contest, “one basket at a time.” Behind a 20-point offensive explosion in the third quarter, Mount de Sales (2-0) righted the ship in the second half and claimed the win to remain unbeaten.
“They had a huge win against Severn last night and I think that the emotions from that game just wiped them out,” Armstrong said. “We just hung with them, then we started to play like ourselves and it turned out the way we expected.”
Senior guard Caitlyn Van Wie drained three, three-pointers in the second half and led the Sailors with 11 points. Mary Kate Facchina added eight points and Gabby Cha had seven in the victory.
“It was a team effort. We really played good defense in the end and we worked the ball around a lot better than in the first half,” said Van Wie.
Mount de Sales went 13-of-20 (75%) from the free-throw line and made seven three-point field goals in the game.
Sophomore center Meghan Quinn was a force in the paint, scoring 15 points for the Churchwomen (2-1).
Next, the Sailors will travel to Gerstell Academy on Wednesday evening.
|Mount de Sales 52, Episcopal Academy (Pa.) 47|
Hubley 7, Hinckley 5, Quinn 15, Abbonizio 1, Scullin 7, McKay 5, Baker 6, Adelizzi 2.
|Mt. de Sales:|
Facchina 8, Curley 3, Robb 6, Singer 6, Schmidt 4, Caitlyn Van Wie 11, Cha 7, Miller 3, Phillips 4.
St. Timothy’s 43, Gerstell Academy 24: The host school St. Timothy’s defended its home court against Gerstell Academy and improved to 2-0 on the young season.
Sophmore forward Damisha Hazelton poured in a game-high 17 points and classmate Kelsie Bacon added 12 more for St. Tim’s.
Courtney Stephens and Lindsay Parker each scored eight points for the Falcons.
Gerstell: Webbert 4, Stephens 8, Parker 8, Appiah 2, Scherr 2.
St. Tim’s: Bacon 12, Hutchinson 5, Schuler 9, Hazelton 17.
MATHS 63, Maryvale Prep 30: In the first matchup of the Tip-Off, the Maryland Academy of Technology, Health and Science (MATHS) jumped out big early and never looked back in a big win over the Lions.
Sophomore guard/forward Treasure Jefferson scored a game-high 17 points for MATHS. Junior guard Kai Wyatt added 14 points for the Baltimore City school.
Maryvale (0-2) was led by sophomore Lauren Eckholm’s 10 points.
John Carroll 53, Wakefield 43: Junior forward Miranda Ripkin scored 15 points, while sophomore guard Sam Clarke and junior forward Emily Soller added nine apiece to lead the Patriots (1-0).
John Carroll travels to No. 4 Digital Harbor on Monday at 6:30 p.m.