No. 1 St. Frances rolls in Bishop Walsh Tournament opener; McDonogh advances
After winning a second straight IAAM A Conference basketball title two weeks ago, St. Frances Academy girls' basketball team is in the mountains of western Maryland for the Bishop Walsh Tournament in Cumberland. The No. 1 Panthers move a step closer to rarified air, routing Bishop Walsh in an opening round match Thursday.
Freshman guard Delicia Pinnick scored 201 points for St. Frances, and Taneara Moore added 19. The Panthers (28-0 overall), ranked No. 13 in USA Today's Super 25, will play Prince George's County's Elizabeth Seton in a semifinal contest Friday evening.
Junior guard Nia Clouden had 14 points for the east Baltimore school, which led 54-17 at halftime. Temple University recruit Mia Davis added 11 points and freshman Angel Reese finished with 10 points and 16 rebounds.
The Panthers are seeking their first perfect season, and first by an area's No. 1 team since Western's 27-0 campaign in 1991-92. Mount Hebron (26-0; 2007-08) is the last area team to go undefeated.
Elizabeth Seton, ranked 17th in the District region, defeated No. 7 Seton Keough, 57-39. The Bladensburg school (20-11) pulled away from the Gators with a 15-7 third quarter.
Junior guard Tian Addison finished with a game-high 13 points for Seton Keough (14-12), which is playing its final basketball games this weekend. The Caton Avenue school will close at the end of the school year.
No. 2 McDonogh School began its pursuit of a third Bishop Walsh in four seasons with a 76-31 decision over Mount Carmel. Junior guard Kayla Liles posted a game-high 17 points.
The Eagles, who lost to St. Frances in the IAAM A final, dominated the IAAM B Conference Cougars, leading 21-3 after one and 42-17 at halftime. Senior guard Kolbi Green added 16 points for McDonogh (25-3).
Ayana Brim led Mount Carmel (5-17) with nine points. McDonogh will play defending tourney and District area No. 6 Riverdale Baptist School from Prince George's County in the other semifinal Friday, while Mount Carmel takes on Montgomery County's Good Counsel in a consolation.
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Thursday's opening round results
St. Frances Academy 103, Bishop Walsh 29
Elizabeth Seton 57, Seton Keough 39
Riverdale Baptist School 51, Good Counsel 43
McDonogh 76, Mount Carmel 31
Consolation - Bishop Walsh vs. Seton Keough, 2:45 p.m
Consolation - Good Counsel vs. Mount Carmel, 4:15 p.m.
Semifinal - Elizabeth Seton vs. St. Frances, 5:45 p.m.
Semifinal - McDonogh vs. Riverdale Baptist, 7:30 p.m.
7th place consolaton final - Bishop Walsh/Seton Keough loser vs. Good Counsel/Mount Carmel loser, 1 p.m.
5th place consolation - Bishop Walsh/Seton Keough winner vs. Good Counsel/Mount Carmel winner, 2:30 p.m.
3rd place consolation - Elizabeth Seton/St. Frances loser vs. McDonogh/Riverdale Baptist loser, 4 p.m.
Championship - Elizabeth Seton/St. Frances winner vs. McDonogh/Riverdale Baptist winner, 6:15 p.m.
Last Updated (Sunday, 05 March 2017 23:02)