St. Frances slams Goretti

January 27, 1997


Staff Writer

St. Frances coach William Wells characterizes his Panthers as "slow starters."

That's the only redeeming factor of Sunday's Baltimore Catholic League game for St. Maria Goretti.

Goretti led 11-10 at the end of the first eight minutes. After that, it was all St. Frances - make that all Shawn Hampton and Mark Karcher - as the Panthers crushed the Gaels on the boards and pulled away to an easy 70-50 victory.

The 6-foot-8 Hampton was invisible in the first quarter, but scored all 30 of his points in the final 24 minutes of the game as St. Frances (20-4) began to assume control of the key. Karcher added 14 of his 18 points in the same span as the pair accounted for 44 of the Panthers final 60 points.


"Our defense is centered around the boards and shutting down the middle," Wells said. "We did a good job of that today. Shawn opened up the game for us. I think he has to come to play every game though because so many teams double-team Karcher."

Goretti (11-11) was able to control Karcher, a NCAA Division I jewel prospect, but didn't have to beef to keep Hampton away from the backboards.

St. Maria finished with 26 rebounds, but 15 came off the offensive glass. The inability to stop St. Frances defensively made it impossible for the Gaels to get in position to dictate the flow of the game.

"We couldn't stop (Hampton) and (Karcher)," Goretti coach Cokey Robertson said. "We just couldn't stop them. There were too many easy shots for them and we were unable to convert the easy opportunities we needed in the first half to stay in the game."

The Gaels struggled to the 11-10 lead in the first quarter, but lost the advantage on a Hampton slam to open the second period. Hampton scored 16 of St. Frances' 20 points - Karcher had the other four - as the Panthers took a 30-24 halftime lead.

St. Frances eliminated the effectiveness Kyle Logan, Goretti's leading scorer. Logan was held to one basket and eight points in the first half. He finished with 15, but only hit three shots in the game.

St. Frances opened the second half with a 13-4 run for a 43-28 lead that put the game out of reach. Hampton scored 10 and Karcher added two of St. Frances' 14 points in the quarter. The Panthers led by as many as 22 points.

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