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Saturday, December 19th 2015
The first annual #JVI went down at the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore city on a cool, but sunny afternoon. 10 junior varsity squads from several areas of Maryland, and one from the District, came together for a one day girls basketball showdown. The five games featured some talented players who were looking to make a name for themselves and they did just that. Here is a complete run down of the game results and our first #JVI All Tournament Team.
St. Vincent Pallotti 32, Baltimore Poly 30
The day started off in exciting fashion as Pallotti and Poly waged a back and forth battle. Pallotti only had 5 players suited up, but they were able to hold off a tough and scrappy Poly team that kept it close throughout. The biggest lead of the game was 7 and that was thanks to some hot outside shooting by Pallotti to start the game. Pallotti had a two point lead at the half and a three point lead after 3 quarters. Poly had a few chances at the end but just could not convert. Quai Ridley scored 11 points to lead Pallotti.
Kayla Henry and Quai Ridley
Maryland Academy of Technology-Health Sciences (MATHS) 41, Archbishop Spalding 34.
The Spalding Cavaliers entered this game with an impressive 9-1 record and it looked early like win number 10 was on the way. The shot well early and took a 14-8 lead after one quarter. Their advantage was 5 at halftime, but the Panthers of MATHS tied the score at 27 to end the third. The game turned in the third when MATHS guard Kayla Henderson scored 7 straight points. Kayla left the game in the final quarter with a knee injury with her team up 5. Maths was able to hold on thanks to 5 clutch free throws by Eyasia Anderson in the last minute of the game. Kayla Henderson scored 18 points for MATHS and Eyasia Anderson added 14. Paige Gunning scored 13 for Spalding.
Paige Gunning and Kayla Henderson
Milford Mill Academy 65, Mercy 46
This was an entertaining game, mostly due to Milford Mill's entertaining backcourt. The Millers jumped out to a 24-6 first quarter lead behind 12 points by Kyesha King and 10 points by Katrina "Mouse" Couser. The sophomore guard tandem were the perfect pair as King continously drove to the basket and Couser knocked down long jumpers. Mercy did not go down without a fight as Lauryn Adams got hot and cut the half time deficit to 34-24. Milford's high scoring back court proved to be too much for Mercy to overcome. King finished with 30 big points and Crouser added 25 as the they cruised to a 65-46 win. Adams finished with 13 for Mercy.
Katrina Couser, Kyesha King and Lauryn Adams
St. John's Catholic Prep 43, McDonogh 35
Our third game of the day featured two IAAM conference teams. St. John's made the trip from Frederick and McDonogh came from Baltimore county. SJCP took a 13-6 lead into the second quarter but McDonogh shaved that down to a 24-22 at the half. McDonogh forged ahead in the 3rd quarter with run that put them up 34-29. SJCP recovered late in the 3rd and the quarter ended tied at 35. It looked like we were set up for a down to the wire finish, but SJCP held McDonogh scoreless to pull away 43-35. Deirdre Mccormick scored 14 points for SJCP while Sam Thacker paced McDonogh with 12.
Sam Thacker and Deirdre Mccormick
St. John's College 74, Old Mill 47
The #JVI finished with St. John's College of DC's WCAC conference taking on Old Mill from Anne Arundel county. This was a hotly contested first half with St. John's leading by 3 after the first, and by a score of 33-28 at the half. Old Mill scrapped hard to the end but they could not keep up in the second half. St. John's used a balanced attack to pull away for a 74-47 victory.
Milford Mill's sophomore guard Kyesha King was named tournament MVP for the first annual #JVI. She scored 30 points in her team's win. All tournament selections are to the right.
Quai Ridley, St. Vincent Palloti.
Kayla Henry, Baltimore Poly
Kayla Henderson, MATHS
Paige Gunning, Archbishop Spalding
Lauryn Adams, Mercy
Katrina Couser, Milford Mill
Deirdre Mccormick, St. John's Catholic Prep
Sam Thacker, McDonogh
Julia Bagnell, Old Mill
Alex Cowan, St.John's College
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