St. Frances is one of the most unpredictable boys basketball teams in the area, and the Panthers proved it again at home last night with a 56-47 upset of No. 3 McDonogh.
"We can play with anybody in the league, but we've had a lot of dissension," said veteran St. Frances coach William Wells. "We have too many I's on this team and they worry too much about how many points they score."
The Panthers (9-11) have dealt McDonogh (16-4) two of its losses (the other one by 61-58). They also lost, 57-56, to then-No. 3 Towson Catholic and then got wiped out the next game, 51-33, against No. 1 Mount St. Joseph.
The Panthers nearly upset highly regarded and nationally ranked Montrose Christian of Rockville before losing, 66-65, then bowed to unranked and 11-8 Cardinal Gibbons, 67-53, on Friday night.
Last night at home in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game, the Panthers (5-5 league) played good defense and, more importantly, played together against the Eagles (6-4), who were led by DaJuan Summers.
Summers, who got into early foul trouble, scored 11 of his game-high 18 points in the third quarter to pull the Eagles within 40-38 after being down 26-20 at the half.
St. Frances outscored the visitors 16-9 in the last quarter.
Freshman standout Sean Mosley led three Panthers in double digits with 16 points and had eight rebounds. Reggie Holmes, the only senior to start for St. Frances last night, had 14 points and five rebounds.
"We've got some older players who don't respect the younger players," Wells said.
For St. Frances, Dishawn Bradshaw had 11 points and Rashawn Alexander came off the bench to score six points and grab four rebounds in the final quarter.
"We have a lot of talent, and when we play together, we can beat anybody," Holmes said.