With so many good players on No. 1 Seton Keough's girls basketball team, Ayana Lee sometimes gets lost in the shuffle - but not on the court.
The Gators' 5-foot-9 senior forward provides the perfect complement to 6-3 All-Metro center Asya Bussie, as she proved yesterday in getting off to a fast start in Seton Keough's 61-36 victory over No. 7 Mercy in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.
Lee scored five points and grabbed two rebounds in the first three minutes while Mercy's Brynne Matthews did a good job defending Bussie. Lee finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.
"Ayana, she really can jump out of the gym," Matthews said, "and her ball skills are unbelievable. Whatever Asya Bussie misses, Ayana is there to sweep up."
Lee's play early helped the host Gators (19-2, 12-0) establish the inside game. Bussie broke loose late in the opening quarter and finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.
"We just do the high-low thing," Lee said. "We both look for each other inside. We know where each other are going to be. Me and Asya just go together like peanut butter and jelly."
Yesterday, the Gators broke away from the Magic (14-3, 9-2) midway through the game when Mercy went without a field goal for 8 1/2 minutes. Seton Keough led 25-14 after Mercy's Danielle Abell scored with 5:36 left in the second quarter, and boosted its lead to 36-20 before Carissa Shropshire scored the Magic's next basket.
"We just never got into any offensive flow," Mercy coach Mary Ella Marion said. "We never got any continuity."
No. 11 Towson Catholic 69, No. 6 Loyola 47 -- Vincent Breckenridge had a game-high 17 points as the host Owls (11-8) upset the Dons (10-4). Loyola's James Davenport scored 11 points.
Cardinal Gibbons 58, Archbishop Spalding 52 -- Jamar Briscoe scored 16 points, and the visiting Crusaders held off the Cavaliers (5-13).
Staff reports contributed to this article.