Holy Cross 59, Seton 34

The trophy the Seton girls' basketball team received for winning the Delaney Athletic Conference tournament last weekend was still waiting to be placed among the 80 or so other athletic trophies that reside in cases above the entry to the school.

The DAC tournament trophy, however, will be the last that the team collects this season. The Conquistadors' season ended after a 59-34 home loss to Holy Cross of Lynchburg in the first round of the Virginia Independent Schools Division II tournament on Tuesday.

Seton (24-6) trailed early in the second quarter, 19-9, and at halftime, 27-16 and came no closer than 10 points the rest of the game. The Conquistadors made 6 of 30 shots (20 percent) in the crucial first half.

Seton also had trouble defending the inside game of Holy Cross (17-5), whose senior forward Heather McBride had 25 points, including 18 on layups or shots within five feet of the basket.

"We had the shots we had been hitting all year, but tonight we were as cold as icicles," Seton Coach Dick Pennefather said. "Plus they were so strong inside, they had a great inside player and they had people who knew how to get her the ball. We pulled everything out of the bag that we could."

The one bright spot for Seton was the performance of players re expected back next season. Eighth-grade guard Alexa McMillan had a team-high 11 points, and junior guards Lizzie Wilson and Lauren Sewell each added six .

Junior Mary Grimberg, who averaged 15 points during the team's 11-game winning streak leading to Tuesday's game, also is expected back. She scored three points against the Gaels.

Seton has won 17 of 19 DAC titles overall, including 14 of the past 16. Pennefather believes that streak could continue next season.

"This was the first time I've been able to go 10 players deep," he said. "The best part is that so many of our primary players will be back next year. We should be 11 or 12 players deep then, and my biggest problem could be getting playing time for all of them."