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January 10th, 2015
The 3rd Annual Public vs Private Challenge took place at the McDonogh school in Owings Mills, Maryland. The event has grown from 11 teams in its inaugural year to 24. The one day Saturday event looks to bring together teams from all levels of play from Virginia to Maryland. The general theme is to match public schools against private schools but some last minute drops forced us to make changes and present a couple of private versus private matchups.
I want to thank all the schools that supported the event. All of the coaches and athletic directors were easy to work with. On behalf of 695hoops.com and McDonogh we apologize for the malfunction of the heating system in the lower gym. It was way too cold in the gym and it was just unfortunate timing.
Here is a quick roundup of all twelve games and each player of the game selection. Last year's final tally was 3 games to 3. This year we ended with both sectors winning 5 games each. I think we will go to an odd number next year so we can declare a clear cut winner.
Western 54, Spalding 50
Western jumped out to a 12-2 lead early and held off a late rally by Spalding. Western attacked with balance with Jonaye Ayers scoring 12 and Jasmine Walton scoring 11. Walton received player of the game honors.
Riverdale Baptist 66, Westlake 27
This one was over early. Most people on hand expected a better showing from Westlake. North Carolina State recruit Lena Niang showed her versatility for the Crusaders. She took home player of the game for her efforts.
Southern(Garrett) 61, Notre Dame Prep 36
Southern made the three hour drive from Oakland, Maryland and acquitted themselves quite well. The 1A state champions showed why they are serious contenders to make another run by putting away Notre Dame Prep. 6'2" post player Lauren Francillon showed why she is drawing a lot of interest from mid major D1's by posting 16 points and 17 rebounds, but sophomore guard Kamrin Weimer walked away with player of the game. She scored 23 points inculding three 3 pointers. It was a nice team effort and I'm glad they made the long trip.
McDonogh 68, TPLS Christian Academy 25
Host team McDonogh easily put away a young TPLS team who made the trip up from Richmond with only 7 players. Kolbi Green and Taleah Dixon both scored double digits for the hosts. Green walked away with the player of the game shirt.
Elizabeth Seton 36, Patterson Mill 34
This was a back and forth affair with both teams having cold spells. The privates took this one as Seton made some clutch free throws late. Senior Natalie Boldenschatz came off the bench and grabbed 12 rebounds to take home player of the game.
Bishop McNamara 61, Old Mill 39
WCAC contender Bishop McNamara made their second appearance in the challenge and came out on top over one of Anne Arundel's top teams. Junior Morgan Smith used her athleticism to make some spectacular moves but it was a great team effort. Smith was player of the game with 13 points.
Randallstown 44, Mercy 27
Alira Gourdine scored 16 points and the Rams outworked Mercy to gradually pull away. This was the first game of the day and it was way too cold. Kudos to the girls for working through it.
MATHS 46, Institute of Notre Dame 43
IND went up 9 to 1 after one quarter and held Maths to 9 points for the first half. The Panthers got untracked in the second half and walked IND down, pulling it out 46 to 43. Senior Courtney Davis was the catalyst with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
South River 50, John Carroll 42
In this rematch from the second annual challenge South River came out on top again. This time they did not need overtime. Rebecca Langham scored 10 points and took home player of the game.
Roland Park 65, St. Mary's Ryken 53
Senior Lindsey Edwards scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in this IAAM / WCAC matchup. Jeydah Johson chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds. Edwards took home player of the game.
Seton Keough 50, North Point 38.
Yasmin Lewis scored 16 points and Brittani Smith scored 14 points to help Seton Keough get by North Point. Lewis got the nod for player of the game.
Bishop Ireton 54, Huntingtown 48
Player of the game Cece Leone scored 21 points for Ireton to help them move to 11-7 on the season with their win over Huntingtown.
Adrianne Hagood of Elizabeth Seton
Jeydah Johnson of Roland Park
Cece Leone of Bishop Ireton
Hofstra's coaching staff
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