The high school girls basketball got heated as the expected and unexpected happened over the weekend in the Big Apple. First, the expected as the Royal family (18-7) beat (18-8) Mary Louis 67-53, to recapture the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan championship./p>
Christ The King lost senior and South Florida-bound Tahira Johnson to a bruised knee in the first half. The Royals were led by sophomore Bria Smiths 20 points, 15 of them coming in the second half. Also contributing for CK was Nia Oden with 13 points, Ariel Edwards and Geleisa George both scored 10 points each.
Mary Louis was led by super sophomore guard Karin Robinson with 25 points, while St. Johns-bound Amanda Burakoski was on lock down by Nia Oden, and finished with only 7 points. Player to watch is Mary Louis impressive freshman Reana Mohamed who contributed 9 points.
The next day the unexpected happened as the Eagles of St. Peter’s shock the Eagles of St. Michael’s 62-49, to capture the CHSAA Class AA New York Archdiocesan Championship.
St. Peter’s jumped out to an early 9-0, lead and were never really challenged the rest of the way.
St. Peter’s built a 40-20 lead half way through the third quarter and remained up 20 points 62-42, with approximately two minutes remaining in the game.
St. Peter’s was led by Victoria Jones and Christine Kline with 14 point each while senior Leryncia Miller chipped in 9 points/9 rebounds. While Junior Jennifer O’Neill led St. Michael’s with 15 points. St. Peter’s moves on to face Mary Louis in the quarterfinal round, as St. Michael’s regroups to face Christ the King in two weeks.
This small fact overshadows the chat room discussion on the outcome of the game.If St. Michael’s won the game they would have faced CK on their Royals home floor. With the loss this crucial game will be played two days earlier (Friday, March 13th) at a neutral site. Regardless of the discussions both teams will still face each other, friendly or neutral site, not withstanding.