No. 1 St. Frances girls win Bishop Walsh Tournament, improve to 30-0

No. 1 St. Frances and No. 2 McDonogh met for the fourth time this season in the Bishop Walsh Girls Invitational Tournament Saturday in Cumberland -- with the same result.

The Panthers defeated McDonogh, 61-46, with 14 points each from Mia Davis and Nia Clouden while Angel Reese had 10 points and 17 rebounds.


With the win, St. Frances improves to 30-0 -- their first undefeated season. Ranked No. 13 nationally in USA Today's Super 25 Expert Rankings, the Panthers are hoping for an invitation to the Dick's Sporting Goods High School Nationals later this month in New York City.

The Panthers, who won their second straight A Conference title and their 10th since 2001, also won the Bishop Walsh Tournament in 2010.

St. Frances, McDonogh and Seton Keough have won the tournament -- all in years in which they won the A Conference championship. McDonogh won in 2014 and 2015 and Seton Keough, in 2009.

Davis, a senior forward headed for Temple, was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Reese, a freshman forward with 45 rebounds in three-game touranment, was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament.

Clouden, a junior guard, was named to the All-Tournament Team along with McDonogh's A.J. Davis and Seton Keough's Yasmin Lewis.

McDonogh's Kayla Liles won awards as the best defensive player and for the most steals with 13. St. Frances' Delicia Pinnick hit the most 3-pointers with 10 and Reese had the most rebounds.

McDonogh, which finishes 26-4, defeated every opponent this winter except St. Frances.

While the game was a rematch of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship, won by St. Frances 56-47, it was also a rematch of their meeting at last year's Bishop Walsh Tournament. After losing to St. Frances in last year's A Conference final, the Eagles upset the Panthers in the third-place game at Bishop Walsh.

This time, the Panthers fought off McDonogh's upset bid. The Eagles closed the lead to 42-41, but Mia Davis led St. Frances with seven fourth-quarter points -- more than the Eagles managed in the quarter. A.J Davis led the Eagles with 11 points in the game.

The Panthers opened the tournament with a 103-29 win over Bishop Walsh.  In that game, they set tournament single-game records for most rebounds (57), most 3-pointers (16) and most assists (32). They also set a tournament record for most assists over three games with 50.

They defeated Elizabeth Seton, 56-51, in the semifinal.

McDonogh defeated defending champion Riverdale Baptist, 84-64, in the semifinal after beating Mount Carmel, 76-31, in the opener.

The tournament also brought to a close the storied history of Seton Keough basketball as the school will close in June. The No. 9 Gators (15-13) finished fifth. They fell to Elizabeth Seton and Good Counsel and defeated Bishop Walsh.

Mount Carmel finished seventh with a 61-30 win over Bishop Walsh.