Second-ranked and host St. Frances survived a scare from No. 16 St. Paul's and fought its way to a 45-39 victory yesterday in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland contest.
St. Paul's, the top team in the league's B Conference, led by two points at halftime and by one after three quarters, but the Panthers, the A Conference's top squad, took over in the final quarter.
Senior forward Angel McCoughtry paced St. Frances (22-3) with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and senior guard Shadae Swan scored eight of her 13 points in the second half. Caitlin Sloane scored a game-high 17 for the Gators (17-6), who lost for the second time this week after winning six in a row.
No. 1 Arundel 83, Severna Park 44: Junior guard Alex McGuire scored a game-high 38, and the visiting Wildcats (15-2) outscored the Falcons 47-21 in the second half.
Linganore 64, No. 7 Westminster 44: The visiting Owls (14-4) lost their second-straight despite 19 points from senior forward Emily Bollinger. Bri Simpson led Linganore (14-4) with 19 points.
No. 17 Severn 53, Mount de Sales 43: Junior guard Sarah Meisenberg scored 26 points and added seven rebounds, and the visiting Admirals (20-3) outscored the Sailors 17-3 at the foul line.
Mercy 39, John Carroll 23: Despite missing 31 of 35 shots in the first half, the Magic (11-14) held the Patriots (1-18) to three points over that stretch to advance to the IAAM A Conference quarterfinals.
No. 1 Southern-Baltimore 63, Patterson 27: The visiting Bulldogs (15-2) broke a two-game losing streak behind senior DeShawn Williams, who contributed 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Junior Nicholas Woodard added 14 points.
No. 2 Cardinal Gibbons 68, Calvert Hall 48: Senior forward Brett Foelber scored a game-high 24, and the visiting Crusaders (24-5) rebounded from a loss to No. 4 Mount St. Joseph. Ricky Harris led the Cardinals (14-14) with 20 points.
No. 6 St. Frances 68, St. Maria Goretti 40: The host Panthers (21-5) pulled away with a 42-point second half. Senior guard Darnell Harris led all scorers with 19; senior forward Gordon Brown added 18.
No. 12 McDonogh 61, Loyola 38: Freshman guard Malcolm Delaney scored 15 to lead a balanced scoring attack for the visiting Eagles (15-11). Delaney was the only McDonogh player in double figures, but 11 players scored for the Eagles.