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No. 1 Spalding ends season with disappointing loss

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Top-seeded Cavaliers drop 61-55 decision to Dr. Phillips (FL) at the ESPN Rise National Invitational Tournament.

The season didn’t end the way that the Archbishop Spalding girls basketball team wanted it to but the list of accomplishments during the 2010-11 campaign were outstanding.

The Cavaliers were the No. 1-ranked team over the course of the entire season and won the program’s first IAAM A Conference title in nine years.

But on Friday morning, in the semifinals round of the EPSN RISE National High Invitational Tournament held at Georgetown Prep, uncharacteristic mistakes doomed Spalding in a disappointing 61-55 loss to Dr. Phillips (FL).

Spalding struggled from the free-throw line, missing 11 attempts in the game while going 5-of-11 in the final quarter.

The Cavaliers weren’t the only Maryland powerhouse to feel the wrath of the Panthers. On Thursday, the young team, led mostly by sophomores and freshmen, upset Riverdale Baptist, 64-61, in the play-in game.

Sophomore guard Sydnei McCaskill led Dr. Phillips with a game-high 21 points and freshman Taryn Griffey, daughter of former professional baseball player Ken Griffey, Jr., added 16 points for the Orlando-based school.

Sophomore forward Camille Calhoun had a team-high 11 points and five rebounds to pace Spalding (28-5).  Senior point guard Brya Freeland scored nine, while classmates Maggie Morrison, Shaquilla Curtis and Sherae Swinson combined for 22 points.

The Cavaliers scored the first seven points of the contest and after a three-pointer at the buzzer by Tori Chestnut, held a 12-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second, behind its reserve players, Spalding went on an 8-0 run to go ahead 22-14 with 5:04 left in the half.  Rachel Griffith drained a three-pointer, Aleah Epps hit a pull-up jumper and Chestnut buried another three in the run.

A steal and layup with two second remaining in the half by Freeland put the Cavaliers, the tournament’s top-seed, ahead 28-23 at the half.

The second half was a different story.  Dr. Phillips outscored Spalding, 20-11, to take a 43-39 advantage into the fourth quarter.

A three-pointer by McCaskill gave the Panthers its largest lead of the game at 56-45 with 3:21 to play but Spalding battled back.

An 8-0 run that included a three-pointer by Freeland and was capped by a Morrison jumper, cut the Cavs deficit to 56-53 with 1:29 to go.  However, also in that run, Spalding missed four free-throws.

With 40 seconds left, Curtis drove to the basket and finished, bringing her team to within three points again. On the next possession, McCaskill missed the front-end of a 1-and-1 and gave possession back to Spalding with under 35 seconds remaining.

Morrison missed a three-attempt that would have tied the game with 19 ticks left on the clock and the Panthers hit 3-of-4 from the charity strip to clinch the upset.

Dr. Phillips (FL) 61, No. 1 Archbishop Spalding 55
  1 2 3 4 F
Dr. Phillips 10 13 20 18 61
Spalding 12 16 11 16 55
Dr. Phillips:
Griffey 16, McCaskill 21, Cheek 11, Schaible 7, Cumbie 4, Britvar 2. Totals 20 13-19 61.
Chestnut 6, Morrison 8, Calhoun 11, Swinson 6, Griffith 3, Freeland 9, Curtis 8, Epps 4.Totals 20 10-21 55.

Last Updated (Friday, 01 April 2011 12:54)



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