"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.