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St. Frances gets defensive to beat John Carroll, reach MIAA A Conference title game

St. Frances gets defensive to beat John Carroll, reach MIAA A Conference title game

In Thursday night's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinal, St. Frances didn't look flashy or play a razzle-dazzle style to advance. It didn't have to.

The No. 6 Panthers (28-8) used a good, fundamental offense and a smothering defense to defeat visiting and seventh-ranked John Carroll, 59-49, and advance to the title game against top-ranked Mount Saint Joseph. That game will be played Sunday at UMBC at 7:45 p.m.

"We felt like the only team that could beat us tonight was ourselves," said senior guard Kurk Lee, Jr., who led all scorers with 21 points. "We came out tonight and played as a team, and made it easy on...

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