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Good Counsel rallies past St. John’s in WCAC girls’ basketball behind Lindsey Spann

A minute and a half into Saturday’s girls’ basketball game between No. 2 Good Counsel and No. 7 St. John’s, Falcons junior guard Lindsey Spann knocked down a three-pointer.

It was nothing out of the ordinary. But nearly 45 seconds later, Spann hit another three-pointer. And 20 seconds after that, she made another one.

It was an early indication of what was to come from Spann. As her team erased a 14-point third-quarter deficit, the senior point guard set up her teammates. And as the Falcons were poised to take the lead, it was Spann who powered a fourth-quarter charge in a 69-65 win over St. John’s in Olney.

It was the Falcons’ second win over the Cadets (15-6, 8-3 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference) in eight days.

“I just come out and try and make buckets for my team,” said Spann, who finished with a game-high 25 points. “I wasn’t on for a short period of the game so I was trying to get other people the ball.”

After Spann scored 11 of Good Counsel’s 15 first-quarter points, she cooled down somewhat and focused more on setting up her teammates.

Her ability to drive to the basket and shoot proved a potent combination with junior forward Amanda Fioravanti (19 points and 12 rebounds), who again proved to be a force in the paint.

“As I said to [Spann], you’ve worked so hard on your game you can get your shot off at anytime,” Good Counsel Coach Tom Splaine said. “You can get other people involved and stuff and then get it going. And I thought the second half she played was beautiful.”

Spann, who is drawing the interest of Division I schools, has proven she is one of the top point guard prospects in the region. In May, she performed well in the USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team trials and narrowly missed the final cuts.

In the fourth quarter on Saturday, Spann showed her ability as she turned aggressive, along with teammates Fioravanti and All-Met senior guard Faith Randolph. St. John’s kept the game close behind the play of All-Met junior guard Lindsay Allen (19 points), who scored her 1,000th career point on her second three-pointer of the game.

Good Counsel (19-3, 12-0) took a 59-58 lead on a key three-pointer by Jordan Light with 3 minutes 14 seconds left. With the game tied at 62, Spann again drove through the lane and hit a short jumper with 1:08 left. Much as the game started, the senior guard scored six of the Falcons’ 20 fourth-quarter points.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010, wrote about high school sports across the region for two years and has covered the Nationals since the middle of the 2012 season.
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