GIRLS: St. Frances holds off Panther Creek to advance to finals

From left, St. Frances’ Katie Weaver-Adams, Dalmont Dorsey and Ja’la Bannerman converse during the team’s win over Panther Creek. Photo by Laieke Abebe / WJG Sports

By Junious Smith III

CARY -- Baltimore St. Frances withstood a furious comeback attempt to advance to the Wonderland Finals. The Panthers defeated the Cary Panther Creek Catamounts, 52-48, Tuesday in the John Wall Holiday Invitational, nearly losing a 25-point second-half lead in the process. “We knew Panther Creek was good,” St. Frances coach Jerome Shelton said. “They’re nationally-ranked, they made a tremendous run at the end of the game and we were fortunate to hold on.” St. Frances got going early as consecutive steals and layups from Ja’la Bannerman and Dalmont Dorsey put the Panthers ahead, 14-4. The Panthers continued the attack as Sydney Sutton’s 3-pointer closed out the half to put the team up, 31-17. St. Frances led by as many as 25 in the third quarter before Panther Creek went on its run. Madisyn Jordan connected on several 3-pointers to lead a charge back for the Catamounts, who got the deficit to 46-37 after a Kirstin Smalls putback with 3:46 left. Panther Creek continued to claw back and when Taylor Barner connected on a 3-point play with 1:25 to play, the Catamounts were only down 50-48. On the other end, Katie Weaver-Adams scored inside and the threat was averted. For St. Frances, Dalmont Dorsey had 13 points, five rebounds and three steals and Ja’la Bannerman added 11 points and three steals. For Panther Creek, Barner had 18 points and Jordan added 17 with three steals.

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