The start to the New Year has not been a good one for the Elizabeth Seton High School girls basketball team.
St. John's College began the tough week with a commanding 77-47 victory against the Roadrunners Wednesday and Our Lady of Good Counsel ended it with a 70-55 victory Friday in Bladensburg.
“It's a great challenge for us,” said Seton coach Jonathan Scruggs, whose team will play IAAM A powerhouse Archbishop Spalding Monday as well. “As I told the girls, this is a great opportunity to find what we are made of.”
While the Roadrunners (9-4, 2-3 WCAC) try to gauge where they stack up in the rugged Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, the Falcons (11-2, 4-1 WCAC) appear to be playing their best basketball of the season as they ride a six-game win straight.
And with the return of senior point guard Lindsay Spann –- she was sidelined a month with a foot injury -- Good Counsel looks to be the team to beat again in the WCAC, especially behind the play of senior forward Amanda Fioravanti, who is averaging around 21 points per game.
“There's no limit [on how good this team can be],” Fioravanti said. “It's been different playing without her. Other players have stepped up their play. They've been playing different positions so now they're more versatile and that helps our team.”
Fioravanti paced Good Counsel once again Friday, scoring 20 points and grabbing nine rebounds, including 14 first half points to give the Falcons a 34-25 halftime lead that surged to 60-41 through a decisive third quarter. Good Counsel outscored the Roadrunners, 26-16, in the quarter.
“We did a great job in the third quarter,” Falcons coach Tom Splaine said. “They made a couple of baskets early … but the last six minutes of the third quarter was the telltale point in the game. [Fioravanti] has been fantastic. She's a leader out there … and it's really helped wit Lindsay being out.”
Falcons forward Sara Woods (16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks) and Fioravanti sparked the run with seven straight points; Woods had two 3-point plays in the quarter overall, the second being a steal, layup and foul shot for a 52-32 lead with 2:12 left in the third quarter.
The Roadrunners, who trailed just by three points after the first quarter, continued to battle in the fourth, trimming the lead to 13 points and they just missed cutting it to 10 points when a 3-pointer just rimmed out, but the Falcons made just enough plays to hold onto the sizable lead.
“It's similar to the other night when we were playing St. John's,” Scruggs said. “Things got a little tough and we stopped executing [and] we stopped getting stops. I'm proud of the fight. You fight to the finish.”
Camden Musgrave paced Seton with 16 points; Casey Davis and Janelle Hubbard chipped in 12 points apiece for the Roadrunners.
Our Lady of Good Counsel 70, Elizabeth Seton 55
Good Counsel 17 17 26 10 - 70
Seton 14 11 16 14 - 55
Good Counsel (11-2, 4-1): Amanda Fioravanti 20, Stacey Koutris 8, Sara Woods 16, Bernadette Launi 1, Lindsey Spann 9, Kendall Bresee 8, Nicole Enabosi 6, Jordan Light 2.
Seton (9-4, 2-3): Casey Davis 12, Savannah Johnson 5, Janelle Hubbard 12, Camden Musgrave 16, Alexis Lyers 2, Korin Harris 2, Erica McIntosh 5, Sierra Applewhite 1.