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Garrison Forest 35, Glenelg Country 34
Defending champion Garrison Forest brought a 15-5 regular season record into championship day while Glenelg Country School posted a surprising 16-1 mark.
Both teams started slowly with GCS freshman Taylor Gillis' 3 points being the only scoring in the first half of the opening quarter. GCS threatened to open a big leads a couple of times but Garrison's junior forward Marina Lazarides kept them within striking distance with 4 free throws. GCS managed to build a 13-6 lead but that was the biggest lead of the game. The teams battled back and forth with GCS mainaining a small lead until Samantha Felder sank a layup to beat the halftime buzzer and give Garrison a 16-15 lead at the break.
Garrison scored 4 quick points to open the half and kept the momentum on their side. They looked like they were ready to blow it open when they opened up a 27-18 lead, but GCS fought back. A basket followed by two steals and made layups in 9 seconds cut the lead to 27-24 with just under seven minutes left. Neither team could pull away as players on both sides kept making plays. A big 3 pointer by Brianna Chun put GCS up 29-28 with 3 minutes to go. Garrison's freshman center Nia Cowling made two free throws with two minutes left to put her team up 32-29. GCS fought back to take a 34-33 lead before Kayla Boswell sank a layup off an inbound pass with 2.9 seconds left. That was the final score and game winner for Garrison Forest who has won back to back titles. Marina Lazarides led all scorers with 17 points.
St. John's Catholic Prep 48, Severn 44
Both championship contenders were battle tested in the regular season with Severn going 16-8 overall and St. John's Catholic Prep going 14-10. The teams split games during the regular season, but St. John's was without four starters in their loss. None of that mattered as the teams came in prepared and ready to cap off their season with a championship.
This game turned out to be a slugfest with St. John's using a 12-0 run late in the 3rd to take over the game. Trailing 32-21, coach Brian Martin inserted freshman Ali Trdina into the game and that move paid off immediately. Trdina grabbed blocked a shot, grabbed a rebound and ran the floor to receive a perfect pass for a lay up which sparked the team. Trdina scored 5 more points and caused problems in the paint during her stint in the game. This was enough to give the Vikings the momentum for the rest of the quarter and they were able to hold off Severn in the final quarter after seizing the lead. Maddie McDaniel scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Severn, but defensive adjustments by St. John's slowed her in the second half. Taylor Stafford was big for St.John's with 10 points.
St. Frances Academy 58, McDonogh 46
St. Frances ran through the A conference with a perfect 12-0 record and were really only challenged by McDonogh who went 10-2 in conference play. This was a hotly contested game from the start as McDonogh jumped out to an early 10-4 lead behind some strong play by Andrea Robinson and forced St. Frances coach Jerome Shelton to burn his first timeout. Shortly after that McDonogh coach Brad Rees sent in an entire lineup change with five new players. That gave St. Frances the opening they needed and they quickly pounced and tied the game at 10. The teams were tied at 12 after the first quarter. With 6:23 left in the half Taleah Dixon made a short jumper that put McDonogh up 16-15. A 13-2 run by St. Frances put them up 28-18, and they took a 32-23 lead into the half.
The Panthers controlled the 3rd quarter and took a 43-33 lead into the 4th. McDonogh made a run in the last quarter to cut the lead to 46-42 on a Jessica Booth lay up but could never get any closer. Senior Ty Smith scored 18 points to lead the Panthers who also got big games from Nia Clouden (12 points) and Mia Davis (11 points). This was the 9th championship season for St. Frances. Andrea Robinson and Kolbi Green scored 10 points each for McDonogh.
695Hoops 2016 All Tournament Team
Marina Lazarides, Garrison Forest
Olivia O'Leary, Glenelg Country
Taylor Denny, Glenelg Country
Taylor Gillis, Glenelg Country
Samantha Felder, Garrison Forest
Ali Trdina, St. John's CP
Taylor Stafford, St.John's CP
Mariama Keita, St. John's CP
Maddie McDaniel, Severn
Jorryn Avery, Severn
Maya Harris, Severn
Tyeisha Smith, St.Frances
Mia Davis, St. Frances
Nia Clouden, St. Frances
Andrea Robinson, McDonogh
Taleah Dixon, McDonogh
Photos by Nate Logan
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