Cumberland Times-News

March 6, 2013

BWGIT begins today

Spartans tip off 19th tournament against St. John’s at 3:15 p.m.

Chris Appel
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — Three of the top four teams in The Washington Post’s Top 20 poll and two of the top three teams according to The Baltimore Sun will grace the court of Bishop Walsh School over the next three days as part of the 19th Bishop Walsh Girls Invitational Tournament.

Action opens at 3:15 p.m. when the host Spartans tip off against St. John’s, the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion and top team in the Post’s Top 20. Game Two begins at 4:45 and puts the third-ranked team in the Baltimore Sun, McDonogh of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland, against Georgetown Visitation of the Independent School League. Elizabeth Seton squares off against Archbishop Spalding at 6:15 and the first night concludes with Good Counsel going against Seton Keough beginning at 8 o’clock.

Some more attention could be directed towards the tournament from the out of town teams this year after the removal of the D.C. City Title game between the winners of the private and public school leagues.

“I’m disappointed, obviously,” Good Counsel coach Tom Splaine said of the loss of the City Title Game to the Washington Post. “It’s a tradition for the girls. I think it’s a nice culminating opportunity for the winner of the league. D.C. decided to go another way. I could see what they wanted to do as well. We’ll have to look as a league at what other opportunities might be out there. It puts a little more focus on (Bishop) Walsh, and I think that will be good for that tournament.”

St. John’s (30-1, 7-1 WCAC) vs. Bishop Walsh

(2-27, 0-15 AMAC)

Coming off of a 67-66 win over Good Counsel in the WCAC championship, the Cadets have the honor of opening this year’s tournament against Bishop Walsh.

St. John’s avenged its only loss of the season with the win over Good Counsel. Conference Player of the Year Lindsay Allen scored 28 points and was a perfect 16 for 16 from the foul line in leading the Cadets. She made a pair of free throws with 31 seconds left and then grabbed her 11th rebound with 14 seconds remaining to help seal the win.

One of the most recruited point guards in the nation, Allen has committed to play college basketball for Notre Dame.

Other than Good Counsel, the Cadets also have regular-season wins over Georgetown Visitation and Elizabeth Seton.

The Spartans haven’t played since a 41-31 loss to St. Maria Goretti on Feb. 20 and have the unlucky task of opening against one of the best teams on the East Coast. Bishop Walsh opened the season with 14 consecutive losses before traveling to Paw Paw on Jan. 12 and handing the Pirates a 51-36 setback. A few days later the Spartans suffered a tough loss at Calvary, and would lose seven straight before greeting the Pirates with another loss, 50-22.

Bishop Walsh is averaging 24.7 points through 29 games for a total of 715 scored entering the tournament.

Georgetown Visitation (21-8, 12-2 ISL) vs. McDonogh

(21-7, 12-2 IAAM)

The McDonogh Eagles last played in the IAAM finals against Archbishop Spalding on Feb. 17, where the Eagles lost 55-46. Briana Jacobs scored 10 points as did Andrea Robinson. McDonogh led 39-35 after Danielle Edwards’ hit a three with 5:23 to play, but couldn’t contain Spalding. The Eagles led by as many as seven points (18-11) early on.

The strong finish in the IAAM helped McDonogh to the No. 2 ranking in the Sun’s poll.

Georgetown Visitation suffered a 60-39 loss to Bullis Prep in the ISL title game on Feb. 24 its last time on the court. Georgetown had beaten Bullis 75-58 in the regular season.

Cubs guard Taylor Delgado is leading the team in scoring with an average of 13.5 points, while Ana Hegenup adds 10.

Elizabeth Seton (19-10, 11-7 WCAC) vs. Archbishop Spalding (27-1, 13-1 IAAM)

Archbishop Spalding has the unique distinction of appearing at or near the top of both the Sun’s or the Post’s poll. The Cavaliers sit atop the standings in Baltimore’s paper, while settling in at No. 2 in Washington’s.

Spalding is coming off a 55-46 win over McDonogh to win the IAAM title on Feb. 17. The Cavs bring three first-team all-IAAM picks along in Jade Scaife, Camille Calhoun and Aleah Epps.

Scaife scored 15 points and Epps added 11, including a big three-pointer, in the win over McDonogh. Scaife poured out seven points over a two-minute span to help Spalding pull away.

Elizabeth Seton and the Cavs have already played, with Spalding coming out ahead 63-52.

The Roadrunners were eliminated in the semifinals of the WCAC tournament by St. John’s, and has not played since. Janelle Hubbard is the team’s leading scorer with a 15.5-point average, and Camden Musgrave averages 12.7 points.

Good Counsel

(25-5, 15-3 WCAC) 

vs. Seton Keough

(11-15, 5-8 IAAM)

The Falcons, ranked No. 4 according to the Washington Post, last played when they suffered a heart-breaking 67-66 loss to St. John’s with the WCAC title on the line. After earning the distinction of being the only team to beat St. John’s during the regular season Good Counsel feel just short of repeating the feat, but still received a standout performance from its all-star senior guard Lindsey Spann.

Matching St. John’s point guard Allen step-for-step, Spann scored a season-high 30 points, including making 13 of her 16 attempts from the foul line.

Amanda Fioravanti is scoring 19.1 points per game for the Falcons, while Spann is second on the team with a 14.8 average.

Seton Keough hasn’t played for almost a month after being eliminated in the IAAM quarterfinals in a 52-50 loss to Roland Park. Kari Zeps tied the score at 50 on a three-pointer with 32 seconds left, but Roland Park hit a baseline shot with seven seconds left to break the tie. Zeps finished with 14 points.

Keough is the No. 11 team in the Baltimore Sun poll.

Chris Appel is a sportswriter for the Times-News. Contact him at