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Prep Girls Basketball Roundup - February 14

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

texasTexas - We lost to Brentwood Christian last night, 23-22 in a 4A District 4 tie-breaker game. It was a very low scoring affair as they played very patient on offense with no shot clock. We fouled with two seconds left and they hit both free throws to go up 1. We missed so now we're in 3rd for district. This means we will go down to Woodlands Christian (Houston) to play our Area round opponent. Games from now on are survive and advance. (Contributed by Head Coach Brian Sipek)

pennsylvaniaPennsylvania 41 City School Philadelphia 23

City School of Philadelphia came on campus for our final home game of the season. The Lady Panthers started out a little sleepy but were still able to prevail, 41-23. Our high scorers were Yasmean Evans with 21 points and Gia DiGiacomo added 11. (Contributed by Athletic Director Matt Bujak)

lexingtonLexington 50 Stevenson 24

Lexington cruised to a easy league win behind Gigi Zheng and May Tun with both notching double-doubles. Zheng scored team high 18 points with 11 rebounds and five assists. Tun put in 10 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists.

STE   8-5–-5--6 = 24
LSD 18-6-14-12 = 50

Halftime : LEX led 24 - 13

LSD (10-2):
Gigi Zheng: 18 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists
May Tun: 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists
Vanessa Reyes: 10 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Dorgianny Flores: 6 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
Lawryn Hernandez: 2 points, 10 rebounds, 1 block, 2 steals

missouriColumbia Independent 25 Missouri 22

Columbia Independent outscored Missouri 11-4 in the fourth quarter for a come-from-behind win, 25-22 in a season finale. Delanzia Hayes had 15 points for Missouri and the team ends season with a 2-18 record.

MSD 13-4-1--4 = 22
CI      5-2-7-11 = 25

Halftime - Missouri led 17-7.

MSD (2-18): Delanzia Hayes 15.

CI: Holmgren 9, Sayers 5.

new-mexicoDesert Academy 35 New Mexico 23

We opened up the game trailing 6-2 in the first quarter in a physical game but nothing the players have not experienced before. During the second half, we were down 19-8. We were unable to get fired up and play consistent. However, we came out the second half with much better effort and scored 15 points to their 16. Freshman Victoria Baca came out of her shooting slump and led the team with 10 points, five rebounds, and two steals. Mya Malone dominated the glass with 11 rebounds, six points, three blocks, and an assist. Lindsay Hand had a quiet night with five points, five assists, three rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. Sophia Martinez scored two points, grabbed a rebound and a steal. Olivia Haley grabbed two rebounds. Andrea Leyba helped the team with three rebounds. Sherrena Bob played all four quarters and contributed to the team with two rebounds, an assist, and a steal. (Contributed by Head Coach Roderick Stickley)

marylandMaryland 64 Covenant Life 19

Maryland blew away Covenant Life in the final league game of the season at home to finish first in the West division of the Maryland Independent Athletic Conference (MIAC) with a 8-1 record. Cassidy Perry once again led Maryland with 22 points, 18 rebounds, and five assists. Rajena Guettler contributed with 19 points, five rebounds, five assists, and four steals.

MSD 17-19-12-16 = 64
CLS    4--3--6--6 = 19

MSD (19-4/8-1):
A. Glennon: 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals
S. Herzig Wilcox: 4 points, 2 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists
A. Patterson: 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals
C. Perry: 22 points, 18 rebounds, 2 steals, 5 assists, 1 block
R. Guettler: 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 5 assists
H. Johnston-Shaw: 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists
E. Beldon: 4 points, 2 rebounds, 5 steals, 8 assists
M. Luebehusen: 6 points, 6 rebounds,
E. Kovacs: 3 points, 4 rebounds

Team Total FG: 26
Team Total 3FG: 0
Team Total FT: 12-18

CLS (2-13/0-8): S. Campbell 1, A. Brewer 8, A. Stockton 7, K. Stancik 1, A. Malcolm 2.

Team Total FG: 8
Team Total 3FG: 0
Team Total FT: 3-7

michiganSt. Thomas More 39 Michigan 27

Last night, we played against St. Thomas More Academy with just six players and they showed improvement over the first time when we played against them which we lost badly, 56-6. The final score for this game was 39-27 in St. Thomas More’s favor. Second chance offense rebounds by St. Thomas More hurt us the most. Wendy Chicky led the team with 14 points, five rebounds, and a steal. Candace Fleming chipped in with nine points, four steals, and four rebounds. Rina Manssora had two points, four steals, and three rebounds. Crystal Katcher finished with two points and an assist. (Contributed by Head Coach Lucas VanDalen)

MSD  7-4-4-12 = 27
STM 17-6-6-10 = 39

Halftime - St. Thomas More led 23-11.

oregonCanyondale Christian 42 Oregon 21

Oregon fell to Canyondale Christian in the final game of the season, 42-21. Jenna O’Deay had team best eight points for Oregon. Oregon end their campaign with a 4-19 record.

OSD  4--5--5--7 = 21
CCA 6-13-10-13 = 42

Halftime - Canyondale Christian led 19-9.

OSD (4-19): O’Deay 8, Gwinn 3, Cano 2, Ferguson 6, Zachary 2.

Team Total 3FG: 0

CCA (7-14): Tuan 14, Lee 6, Okada 11, Mucyo 11

Team Total 3FG: 6 (Mucyo 3, Lee 1, Okada 2)

rhode-islandRhode Island -  Contributed by Athletic Director Nathan Engel

Friday, February 9th @ ESDAA Division II Girls Basketball Tournament in Delaware
#6 Rhode Island 23 #3 St. Mary's 19

We came into this game as underdogs and our girls embraced this mentality. We were motivated the entire trip from Rhode Island to Delaware, ready to make some noise and we did. We played St. Mary's tough and we played spirited basketball. The coaches were amazed by our girls' display of teamwork as we grabbed a critical 13-10 halftime lead. Our guard Yasmin Sicaju took over in the second half and scored eight out of nine second-half points and we were able to stop St. Mary's' key players and scored a huge 23-19 victory.

RISD: Yasmin Sicaju 11, Olivia Collins 7, Lillian Klien 3, Ellie Lister 2.

Saturday, February 10th @ ESDAA Divison II Girls Basketball Tournament in Delaware
#2 Rochester 30 #6 Rhode Island 8

This was going to be a huge test for us especially considering that Rochester was one of the favorites to contend for the ESDAA championship this year. We played against them at MKSD in the Tip-Off Tournament in December and they soundly defeated us without their best player.

We knew that our girls had to play even better than they did against St. Mary's if we were to have any chance of advancing. The first quarter saw both teams tied at 4-4 apiece and things were looking good for us. In the second quarter, Rochester found their scoring touch and immediately pulled away, putting the game out of reach. Our girls tried to battle back, but we were emotionally burned out from yesterday and couldn't do much as Rochester won the game 30-8.

RISD: Lillian Klien 4, Yasmin Sicaju 2, Ellie Lister 2.

Sunday, February 11 @ ESDAA Division II Girls Basketball Tournament in Delaware
#4 New Jersey 29 #6 Rhode Island 10

We had a chance to win 3rd place, which would have been a great way to end the season for us but we had to go through New Jersey first. We also played against them in the MKSD Tip-Off Tournament and lost against them, so we were looking to improve on our performance and hopefully bring home a trophy.

Once again, our girls battled in the first half and the halftime score was 4-4 apiece. We ran out of gas in the second half and New Jersey was able to make more of their baskets in the second half and pulled away with the lead and the game, winning 29-10.

RISD: Olivia Collins 4, Yasmin Sicaju 4, Melissa Estrada 2.

Tuesday. February 13th
Our girls' team were supposed to wrap up our season with a home game against Friends Academy. Unfortunately, due to injuries to our girls' team from the tournament as well as fever, we had to cancel the game.

Note: The "scrimmage" on December 21st against Horace Mann School has been changed to an official game and a victory for RISD. There was confusion as to HMS using overage players, which was later clarified and all players who played in the game was eligible.

Our RISD Girls end our 2017-2018 season with a 6-16 record. Very proud of our girls for a great season and persistence even though we only had seven girls on the team and sometimes just 5 players available for games.

Prep Boys Basketball Roundup - February 14

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

missouriMissouri 67 Columbia Independent 57

Missouri held off Columbia Independent in the second half to pick up their third win of the season. Mikal Meriwether had a strong performance with 37 points and 18 rebounds for Missouri. Dacota Pierson contributed 17 points and seven rebounds.

MSD 17-16-13-21 = 67
CI      6--8-15-28 = 57

Halftime - Missouri led 35-14.

MSD (3-16):
Mikal Meriwether: 37 points, 18 rebounds
Dacota Pierson: 17 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal
Hezeki Smott: 7 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 7 steals
Conner Luper: 6 points, 5 rebounds

CI: Izn Nagui 22, Marcus Havan 11.

New Mexico - Roadrunners not done yet

marylandMaryland 43 Covenant Life 42

Nursing a two-point lead at half, Covenant Life outscored Maryland 13-5 in the third quarter to take a 38-32 lead going into the fourth quarter. The momentum then swung into Maryland’s favor in the final stanza as the Orioles outscored Covenant Life 11-4 to escape with a 43-42 league win.

John Werner, Jr. led Maryland with 15 points, six steals, and three rebounds. Stefan Anderson had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

CLS  11-14-13--4 = 42
MSD 15-12--5-11 = 43

Halftime - Maryland led 27-25.

MSD (20-5/8-2):
Jaden Joseph: 3 points, 3 assists
John Werner, Jr.: 15 points, 6 steals, 3 rebounds
Rory Lewis: 3 points, 4 rebounds
Esteban Kovacs: 5 points, 3 rebounds
Stefan Anderson: 11 points, 13 rebounds
Jason Werner: 6 points, 4 rebounds

Team Total FG: 16
Team Total 3FG: 5 (Werner, Jr. 3, Kovacs, Lewis)
Team Total FT: 6-8

CLS (9-7/5-4): AJ Thomas 15, Andrew Stuy 9, Garfield Turner 15, DeWayne Up 3.

Team Total FG: 15
Team Total 3FG: 8 (Thomas 5, Stuy 3)
Team Total FT: 4-9

stmarysCentral Baptist 45 St. Mary's 34

The Bison hosted Central Baptist yesterday afternoon in Gallagher Gym. Last time we played Central Baptist, we won at the buzzer so this figured to be another close game. The Bison jumped out to an early lead behind the inside play of Isa Habeeb and Christian Lawrence. Dalton Planty also produced on the floor and Kassim Kassim hustled on defense. Nick Barrus couldn’t find his touch and struggled to get his offensive game at the pace he is used to maintaining. In the end, Central Baptist won 45-34. Christian Lawrence and Dalton Planty each scored 12 points for the Bison.

The Herd migrates east this Friday morning for the 58th ESDAA Division II Boys Basketball Tournament hosted by Rhode Island. (Contributed by Athletic Director Jim Carmody)

SMSD 12-8-6–-8 = 34
CBA     9-4-9-23 = 45

Halftime - St. Mary’s led 20-13.

SMSD (8-3):
Nick Barrus 4 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals
Kassim Kassim: 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist
Christian Lawrence: 12 points, 9 rebounds
Isa Habeeb: 4 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block
Dalton Planty: 12 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals

Team Total FG: 16-37
Team Total 3FG: 0-14
Team Total FT: 2-4

indianaIndianapolis Metropolitan 88 Indiana 57

Indianapolis Metropolitan put the game out of reach for Indiana with a 24-5 run in the second quarter en route to a 88-57 loss. Jared Beckler picked up a double-double for Indiana with 18 points and 10 rebounds along with four assists.

ISD 14--5-17-21 = 57
IM  18-24-24-22 = 88

Halftime - Indianapolis Metropolitan led 42-19.

ISD (8-13): Joel Dramin 13, Jared Beckler 18, Chase Kanable 2, Franco Bippus 9, Jerrell Edwards 3, Kolton Dickerson 5, Jerrick Pothorski 7.

Team Total FG: 14-38
Team Total 3FG: 6-18 (Dramin, Beckler 4, Dickerson)
Team Total FT: 11-20

Texas - We lost 43-25 in the 4A District 4 tie-breaker game after holding a two-point lead at halftime. We didn't show up to play in the second half. It became a snowball effect and things spiraled out of control. (Contributed by Head Coach Andy Donatich)

Western Pennsylvania ended their 2017-2018 season on a high note defeating East Liverpool at home, 58-25. Kyle D’Amore and Braden Elliot paced Western Pennsylvania with 12 points a piece and Brandon Gomez added 10. The Lions end the season with a 7-15 record.

Prep Basketball Roundup - February 13

Monday, February 12, 2018

Boys Basketball

atlanta-areaAtlanta Area - Ahmeen Steakhouse scored 30 points to power Atlanta Area (#3 seed) past Cottage School (#2 seed), 54-47 in the Atlanta Athletic Conference semifinals. Atlanta Area will face #1 seed Howard School in the league championship game this Wednesday, February 14.

Eastern North Carolina - Hornets close year with loss at NEC Prep

indianaIndiana 73 Southside Christian 36

Indiana jumped out to an early lead against Southside Christian and cruised to a lopsided non-league road win. With four players scoring in double-digits, Jared Beckler had team high 21 points and nine rebounds.

ISD 23-27--9-14 = 73
SC    6-11-10--9 = 36

Halftime - Indiana led 50-18.

ISD (8-12): Joel Dramin 10, Jared Beckler 21, Kyle Jenkins 9, Justin Pickering 2, Franco Bippus 5, Jerrell Edwards 10, Kolton Dickerson 5, Jerrick Pothorski 11.

Team Total FG: 21-37
Team Total 3FG: 6-25 (Dramin 2, Beckler 3, Dickerson)
Team Total FT: 13-23

western-pennsylvaniaWestern Pennsylvania - Bernie Elliot scored team high 12 points for Western Pennsylvania in a league loss to Harvest Baptist, 49-33. Kyle D’Amore and Kyle Keracher each had 10 points.

Girls Basketball

atlanta-areaAtlanta Area - Tatiana Malone had 16 points to help Atlanta Area (#3 seed) nudge past Cottage School (#2 seed) in the semifinals of the Atlanta Athletic Conference, 26-22. Area will face #1 seed Howard School in the league championship game this Wednesday, February 14.

tennesseeTennessee - MarCreshia Phillips had 24 points for Tennessee (#8 seed) in a 57-29 loss to Hancock County (#5 seed) in the first round of the District 2A playoffs. The Lady Vikings wrap up the 2017-2018 season with a 4-17 record.

western-pennsylvaniaWestern Pennsylvania - Ryane Smalley scored nine points and Danielle Fisher had eight as Western Pennsylvania defeated Harvest Baptist 25-20 in a league match-up.

pennsylvaniaPennsylvania Boys Basketball @ ESDAA Division 1 Tournament -  Contributed by Athletic Director Matt Bujak.

Pennsylvania 54 New York 36 - Quarterfinals

On Friday, we played New York and the boys were ready to come out and play ball. The first half was a little shaky and we did better in the second half. Jacob Cross had 12 points and seven rebounds. Nasir Ford put in 23 points, five rebounds, and seven steals. Aquil Roane grabbed seven rebounds.

American 60 Pennsylvania 42 - Semifinals

This game was a tough challenge for the boys but they hung in there and fought the entire game. Nasir Ford led our team 26 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals, and five blocks. Aquil Roane had four points and six rebounds. Jacob Cross added seven points and seven rebounds. This was a special night for Nasir Ford as he scored his 1,000th point.

Pennsylvania 54 Lexington 36 - 3rd Place

This was was a great back and forth game with both teams was playing their hearts out. We pulled ahead and took the lead on our way for 3rd place finish out of seven teams. Nasir Ford again led our team with 32 points, 11 steals, and nine rebounds. Jacob Cross contributed with 10 points and eight rebounds. Hazim Haroun chipped in with six points and six rebounds.

Our season is over and we conclude our season with a 13-8 record.

Swishes and sign language: This Kalani basketball player soars on the court

By Kainoa Carlson

Kalani HSHONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - This Wednesday, the Hawaii State Basketball tournament will tip off. Among the players competing for the state championship is 15-year-old Brandon Chung.

For as long as he could remember, silence was all he heard.

Chung, the starting forward for the Kalani Falcons, doesn't let his disability stop him from becoming one of the best young players on the team.

Read more: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/37491022/swishes-and-sign-language-this-kalani-basketball-player-soars-on-the-court

Source: Hawaii News Now

American boys & Maryland cheerleaders win ESDAA crowns at WPSD

Monday, February 12, 2018

The 86th annual Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association (ESDAA) Division 1 boys basketball tournament hosted by Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf featured a thrilling championship between American and Marie Philip School.

86th Annual ESDAA Program Book

The championship game between American and Marie Philip was a nail-biting affair from start to end. With both teams trading baskets and going on runs, American prevailed in the end by two points, 50-48 to successfully defend their ESDAA championship from last year. Kacey Monahan of Marie Philip was named the tournament MVP. Pennsylvania topped Lexington 35-26 in the third place game and New York won 5th place with a 43-37 victory against Ohio.

2018 American BBB ESDAA D1 Champs
2018 ESDAA Boys Division 1 Champions - American School for the Deaf
(Photo courtesy of ASD Athletics)

Final Results

Friday, February 9 (Quarterfinals)
Lexington 46 Western Pennsylvania 36 - OT
Marie Philip 57 Ohio 34
Pennsylvania 54 New York 36

Saturday, February 10
Semifinals
American 60 Pennsylvania 42
Marie Philip 44 Lexington 26

Consolation Semifinals
Ohio 32 Western Pennsylvania 28

Sunday, February 11 (Finals)
American 50 Marie Philip 48 - Championship
Pennsylvania 54 Lexington 36 - 3rd Place
New York 43 Ohio 37 - 5th Place

Places - 1st) American 2nd) Marie Philip 3rd) Pennsylvania 4th) Lexington 5th) New York 6th) Ohio 7th) Western Pennsylvania.

Championship Game MVP - Kacey Monahan, Marie Philip

All-Tournament Team
Dylan Christoffels, Marie Philip
Robert Milone, American
Andrew Ray Taylor, American
Kyle D’Amore, Western Pennsylvania
Nasir Ford, Pennsylvania
Jaykuss Figueroa, New York
Kacey Monahan, Marie Philip
Jacob Cross, Pennsylvania
Steven Hopkins, Ohio
Jarmal Puryear, American
Steve Salmon, Lexington
Kyle Florio, Marie Philip

Joe Giordano Sportsmanship Award - Ohio
Team Free Throws - Marie Philip
Team Lay-Ups - American
Team Twenty-One - Marie Philip
Knock-Out Champion - Kyle Florio, Marie Philip
Hot-Shot Champions - Tyler Furzland, Marie Philip

The cheerleading competition on Saturday afternoon featured six schools from Lexington, Maryland, Mill Neck Manor, New York, Pennsylvania, and Western Pennsylvania. Maryland won the cheerleading competition for the second straight year followed by Lexington for second and New York for third. Yasmine Cintron of New York was recognized as the Most Valuable Cheerleader.

2018 Maryland ESDAA Cheer Champs
2018 ESDAA Cheerleading Champions - Maryland School for the Deaf
(Photo courtesy of MSD Athletics)

Places - 1st) Maryland 2nd) Lexington 3rd) New York.

Most Valuable Cheerleader - Yasmine Cintron, New York

Cheerleading All-Stars
Jordan Laikram, Lexington
Aaron Laikram, Lexington
Bianca Llorens, Mill Neck Manor
Freya Seremeth, Maryland
Thalia Guether, Maryland
Alora Johnson, New York
Manar Muatan, Pennsylvania
Xiaoli Carr, Western Pennsylvania

Spirit Award - New York
Individual Cheer - Yasmine Cintron, New York
Individual Jump - Carina Trainor, Maryland
Creative Movement - Maryland

americanAmerican -  Contributed by Athletic Director Mason Wood

American 60 Pennsylvania 42 - Semifinals

ASD raced out to a quick lead in the first period leading 19-10 but faced heavy foul trouble early. The team relied on its young starter and young bench to keep the pace the in the second quarter to maintain the lead at 34-18 for halftime.

PSD came out of halftime with a new game plan that was successful in matching up the teams evenly. ASD continued to struggle with foul troubles and the bench stepped up with critical contributions.

ASD (11-5):
Andrew Ray Taylor: 16 points, 11 rebounds, 6 blocks
Jarmal Puryear: 10 points, 10 rebounds
Omar Shariff: 10 points, 5 rebonds, 9 steals

American 50 Marie Philip 48 - Championship

MPS started the game with dominating energy and took advantage of a poor shooting start by ASD to lead 8-2 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Robert Milone put the team on his back scoring eight points in the quarter to pace the Tigers cutting MPS’s lead to 25-23 at the half.

ASD changed up the game plan at halftime to take control in the third quarter outscoring MPS 12-4 in the third with Andrew Ray Taylor dominating the boards. The fourth period was a back and forth affair with both teams going on 10-0 runs. ASD was able to hold on in the end winning 50-48 over MPS for their second straight championship. The last time our school won two straight was back in 1980.

ASD (12-5):
Andrew Ray Taylor: 19 points, 24 rebounds, 8 blocks
Robert Milone: 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists
Dylan Mallach: 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist

Delaware girls win ESDAA championship at home

Monday, February 12, 2018

This past weekend, six schools battled for supremacy at the Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association (ESDAA) Division 2 girls tournament held at Delaware School for the Deaf.

Delaware successfully defended its championship from last year to make it two in a row in a hotly contested championship battle against Rochester, 49-47. The game was decided when the tournament MVP Carolyn Russell scored on a driving lay-up to give Delaware the lead with just a few seconds left in the game. New Jersey took home the third place trophy defeating Rhode Island 29-10 and St. Mary’s finished in fifth place defeating New York State, 22-14.

2018 Delaware GBB ESDAA D2 Champs
2018 ESDAA Girls Division 2 Champions - Delaware School for the Deaf 
(Photo courtesy of DSD)

Final Results

Friday, February 9 (Quarterfinals)
New Jersey 52 New York State 12
Rhode Island 23 St Mary's 19

Saturday, February 10 (Semifinals)
Delaware 37 New Jersey 18
Rochester 30 Rhode Island 8

Sunday, February 11 (Finals)
Delaware 49 Rochester 47 - Championship
New Jersey 29 Rhode Island 10 - 3rd Place
St Mary's 22 New York State 14 - 5th Place

Places - 1st) Delaware 2nd) Rochester 3rd) New Jersey 4th) Rhode Island 5th) St. Mary’s 6th) New York State.

Most Valuable Player – Carolyn Russell, Delaware

All-Tournament Team
Katie Hence, New York State
Cameron Cole, St. Mary’s
Yasmin Sicaju, Rhode Island
Olivia Collins, Rhode Island
Giezi Teufle, New Jersey
De’Avian Watson, New Jersey
Sara Hopkins, Delaware
JyAjia Bratten, Delaware
Carolyn Russell, Delaware
McKenna Girod, Rochester
Mariana Menzynski, Rochester
Courtney Gentzke, Rochester

Jim McCarthy Team Sportsmanship – New York State
Anne Leo Girls’ Award for Courage – Tatyana Bean, St. Mary’s
Manager Award – Ana Maria Devora, New Jersey
Tom Berry Team “21” Award – Delaware
Anne Kist Team Free Throw Award – Delaware
Kelly Butterworth Lay-up Award – Delaware
Broken Clipboard Award – Head Coach Wendy Chuba, St. Mary’s

rochesterRochester -  Contributed by Head Coach Charles Palmer

Rochester 30 Rhode Island 8 - Semifinals

The Wildcats traveled to Delaware for the ESDAA tournament last weekend. Our first game of ESDAA tournament was on Saturday against Rhode Island which we won, 30-8. Courntey Gentzke scored 12 points and had five rebounds. McKenna Girod added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Delaware 49 Rochester 47 - Championship

We entered the championship game on Sunday against Delaware. We had a 21-16 lead at halftime and tried to keep the lead in the second half. However, Delaware overtook us at the end of third quarter, 34-30. We never gave up in the fourth quarter and fought back for a 47-47 tie with just a few seconds left. Delaware’s Carolyn Russell made a drive and scored on a lay-up which gave them a 49-47 lead. We weren't able to score in the final nine seconds of the game. As a coach, I am very proud of my team and I couldn't ask for more from them. They have improved a lot during the course of the season. I really am looking forward to having them back for next season.

RSD (14-6):
Courtney Gentzke: 23 points, 4-of-8 for 3-pointers, 7 rebounds, 3 steals
Mariana Menzynski: 7 points, 5 assists
McKenna Girod: 6 points, 13 rebounds

stmarysSt. Mary’s -  Contributed by Head Coach Wendy Chuba

The Lady Bisons traveled to Delaware this past weekend for the ESDAA girls basketball tournament. They played in two games and came in fifth overall.

Rhode Island 23 St. Mary's 19 - Quarterfinals

In their first game Friday night they took on Rhode Island in what turned out to be one of the closest games of the weekend. The Bison had a hard time breaking through the Rhode Island defense and with starter Elise Watson getting sick and missing the second half of the game, the girls had a lot of floor to cover. Though they trailed most of the game by 2-3 points, they never gave up and eventually tied up the game late in the fourth quarter. It all came down to the last minute of play when Rhode Island put in two baskets quickly ending our chance of advancing. Kioney Alvira-Jurado led the team with nine points while Cami Cole and Kearah Kelly both helped out with four each.

SMSD 6-4-3-6 = 19
RISD  7-6-3-7 = 23

Halftime - Rhode Island led 13-10.

SMSD (1-5):
Kara Kelly: 4 points, 1 steal
Cameron Cole: 4 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal
Elise Watson: 2 points
Kioney Alvira-Jurado: 9 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals
Julia Bronneberg: 2 rebounds

Team Total FG: 9-31
Team Total 3FG: 0-2
Team Total FT: 1-4

St. Mary's 22 New York State 14 - 5th Place

After a day of competitions and watching others play on Saturday, we had the first game of the day on Sunday. We took on New York State school for the Deaf for 5th place. Knowing how our last meeting with New York State ended, we made the smart move to start Elise Watson as point guard with Aleyshka Nieves-Rivera, Tatyana Bean, Julia Bronneberg, and Kearah Kelly making up the rest of the roster. The girls played strong against New York State and kept it close throughout the first half of the game. Elise Watson ran into foul trouble early in the game and had to be replaced by Kioney Alvira-Jurado and Cameron Cole at point. The girls took turns this game running against New York State, but coming into the second half our starters quickly took, and maintained, the lead. Cameron Cole led the team with 11 points this game with Kioney Alvira-Jurado adding eight and Kearah Kelly contributing three for the win in this 22-14 victory.

Though they only finished in 5th place the girls showed great sportsmanship throughout the weekend. Senior Tatyana Bean won the Ann Leo award for courage and sophomore Cameron Cole was named to the tournament All-Star team

The girls finished their season with a final record of 2 wins and 5 loses.

SMSD  1-6-8-7 = 22
NYSSD 3-5-4-2 = 14

Halftime - New York State led 8-7.

SMSD (2-5):
Kara Kelly: 3 points, 1 rebound, 4 steals
Emma Foster: 1 steal
Cameron Cole: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block
Tatyana Bean: 5 rebounds
Elise Watson: 2 rebounds
Aleyshka Rivera-Nieves: 1 steal
Kioney Alvira-Jurado: 8 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal
Julia Bronneberg: 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

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