Defense saves the day for Seton Keough in 54-45 win No. 5 Gators' offense is streaky vs. McDonogh; Girls basketball


Seton Keough had problems with its offense last night at McDonogh.

The fifth-ranked Gators turned the ball over 20 times. They went more than five minutes without a basket in the first half and suffered another dry spell of more than eight minutes in the second half.

But Andrea Pinheiro, Meaghan Allan and Amanda Foster helped the Seton Keough offense go at certain times while on defense the Gators stopped No. 6 McDonogh at all times to win, 54-45.

Seton Keough (3-1), which knocked off top-ranked Arundel earlier this week, had several good stretches on offense. The Gators shot 50 percent from the field (19-for-38), but they worked in streaks.

For example, they scored nine points in just over two minutes in the first quarter and added eight more in 1: 38 of the second quarter. The Gators took control of the game with a 17-4 run during a stretch of 4: 26 in the third quarter.

"Periodically, we moved the ball and got good shots," said Seton Keough coach Jim Stromberg. "McDonogh's defense is pretty good. It was a good challenge for us."

Pinheiro and Allan led the way with 13 points apiece. Pinheiro's biggest moment came during that second-quarter run, during which she scored the first six points. Foster put in five of her points during a 13-2 first-quarter roll.

Allan helped spark the third-quarter streak by sinking three straight three-pointers. She also made three clutch free throws in the fourth quarter as McDonogh (2-1) tried to rally.

dTC But Seton Keough's defense stopped the Eagles cold, forcing 19 turnovers and limiting McDonogh to 16-for-46 shooting from the field with its aggressive play.

Charity Carbine and Foster kept scoring threats Vicki Brick and Mary Urban quiet. Brick was limited to eight points. Urban finished with 16, but six came in the final 16 seconds.

"I think our defense is one of our biggest factors," said Pinheiro. "I think our defense was important in the second half."

The defense helped set up the third-quarter streak. Seton Keough forced six turnovers in just over three minutes and limited McDonogh to only two points while it took command.

But McDonogh fought back. Trailing 45-27 heading into the fourth quarter, the Eagles went to a full-court press. They forced several turnovers and held the Gators to three points in the first 4: 47.

Shani Moore (12 points), Brick and Urban helped McDonogh twice cut the lead to nine, but it came no closer.

"Their defense was very good," said McDonogh coach Seth Kushkin. "We weren't getting some good looks. That's [a credit] to their defense."

Pub Date: 12/14/96

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