No. 1 St. Frances' 19-game winning streak ended last night, as the Panthers lost to LaSalle Academy of New York, 72-56, in the final game of the Towson Catholic Tip-Off Mixer at Goucher College.
Ron Artest, a Super 25 pick by USA Today, led LaSalle with 21 points, including a tomahawk dunk late in the fourth quarter that sent most of the remaining crowd home.
bTC Two other Baltimore teams won their second games of the Mixer yesterday, however. No. 19 Towson Catholic beat Bullis Prep of Montgomery County, 68-64 in overtime, and Calvert Hall routed Central of Prince George's County, 53-38.
In last night's finale, senior swing forward Mark Karcher led St. Frances (4-1), ranked No. 9 in the nation by USA Today, with 21 points. Shawn Hampton added 13.
LaSalle (5-0), ranked No. 6 in the New York City area, scored the game's first 13 points and led by as many as 20 in the second half.
"We didn't play defense and looked terrible," said St. Frances coach William Wells. "We played timid from the beginning, and they jumped right on us."
The closest St. Frances got was 41-33 with 6: 04 left in the third quarter on Shawn Hampton's jumper, but LaSalle scored the next seven -- a three-pointer by Chatfield and two baskets by Artest -- to lead 50-33 with 2: 11 remaining in the period.
LaSalle came out aggressively on both ends of the court, and St. Frances went reeling quickly. LaSalle hit three three-pointers within the first two minutes for a 9-0 lead.
Hampton scored St. Frances' first basket after 10 misses with 5: 04 left in the quarter, but six straight points by Artest and a layup by Miguel Caballero extended LaSalle's lead to 20-2 -- and 22-6 at the end of the period.
In the second period, the New Yorkers' lead grew to 32-11 on a basket by Socrates Larrieux, but St. Frances began to fight back, going on a 9-1 run to pull to within 33-20.
A three-point play by Hampton closed the margin to 34-24 with 2: 19 remaining in the second quarter. LaSalle led 39-27 at the half.
Towson Catholic wins
Host No. 19 Towson Catholic defeated Bullis Prep, 68-64 in overtime, for its second win. Senior center Damian Hocker scored a game-high 28 points and pulled down 16 rebounds. Deone Carter added 15 points -- six in overtime.
The Owls led by as many as 13 points in the second half, only to see Bullis tie the game at 52 with 51 seconds left.
Bullis twice pulled within one in overtime, but the Owls avoided full-court pressure, getting two layups by Dominic Fulcher. Two free throws by Carter put the Owls ahead 66-61 with 35 seconds left.
Calvert Hall sweeps
Senior shooting guard Juan Dixon scored a game-high 21 points to lead Calvert Hall in its rout of Central.
The Cards built a 12-2 first-quarter margin as Central hit only one of 12 field-goal attempts and turned the ball over eight times.
With 4: 53 remaining in the second quarter, Calvert Hall went on a 17-1 run to lead 34-10 at halftime.
"We came out ready to play," said Calvert Hall coach Mark Amatucci. "I don't know if that's a reflection on how good we were or how bad they were, but we controlled the tempo."
Pub Date: 12/08/96