Varsity roundup (Jan. 4): No. 2 St. Frances girls basketball gets past No. 8 Spalding, 73-54

From Sun staff reports
The No. 2 St. Frances girls basketball team rallied and pulled away for a 73-54 win over No. 8 Spalding.

The No. 2 St. Frances girls basketball team rallied after a rough first quarter and pulled away for a 73-54 win over No. 8 Archbishop Spalding in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game Monday.

The Panthers (12-2) trailed 10-6 after the first quarter but outscored the visiting Cavaliers (7-7) 34-23 in the second to take charge.

Guard Tyeisha Smith and center Mia Davis led the way for St. Frances with 25 points each. Smith nailed six 3-pointers, while Davis had 10 field goals and went 5-for-6 from the foul line.

Victoria Reynolds scored a game-high 28 points, but she was the only Spalding player with more than seven.

No. 3 Roland Park 60, John Carroll 38: Jaia Alexander scored 18 points to lead the host Reds (11-1) on the night she was honored for scoring her 1,000th point last month. Roland Park also got 12 points from Aniyah Carpenter and 11 from Jada Johnson. Savannah Simmons scored a game-high 20 for the Patriots.

Mount de Sales 44, Maryvale 46: Madison Burris led the Sailors with 20 points in the IAAM B Conference matchup.

Severn 61, Annapolis Area Christian 53: On a night when Severn's Maddie McDaniel grabbed her 1,000th career rebound, the Admirals senior finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds and six steals to pace the hosts in an IAAM B Conference game.

—Mike Morea, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Boys basketball

No. 7 McDonogh 64, Boys' Latin 57: Bruce Moore and Noah Locke combined for 50 of the Eagles' 64 points as host McDonogh improved to 13-4 and 4-3 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

Moore had a game-high 27 points to go with 10 rebounds, and Locke had 23 points, hitting seven 3-pointers. Darius Pickett added seven points and 11 boards, and Chris Okehie grabbed 10 rebounds. Brandon Bradsher had 16 points, and Kenny Lewis had 15 for Boys' Latin, which was playing without key starter Jaylin Andrews.


No. 3 St. Paul's 41, Centennial 16: The Crusaders prevailed in their dual-meet season debut, but the Eagles' Austin Kraisser downed the Crusaders' Dale Tiongson in the much-anticipated 160-pound bout.

Kraisser, ranked No. 1 in the state by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, and Tiongson, who is ranked No. 5, wrestled to a scoreless first period. Kraisser earned an escape early in the second period to take a 1-0 lead and was able to hold Tiongson down for the entire third period for a 1-0 victory.

Among the standouts for St. Paul's were freshman Kurt McHenry, who notched a 22-9 victory, and two-time state and MIS champion Daniel Planta, who earned a first-period pin.

—Tim Schwartz, Baltimore Sun Media Group

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