By Anthony Bosco
The Catholic High School Athletic Association girls’ varsity ‘A’ basketball league regular season came to a close this week, with the Christ the King Royals once again coming away with first place and an unblemished 12-0 league record.
The Lady Royals closed out the regular season with a convincing 68-51 win over second placed St. Francis Prep Feb. 13. It was the Royals’ second win over the Terriers this season.
Cigi McCollin scored 19 points and Corrine Turner added 15 for the Royals in the win while Erin White scored 16 to pace St. Francis Prep.
“We’re playing really well,” said Christ the King coach Bob Mackey. “That’s our main concern right now.”
The Royals, now 20-2 overall, continued to shine over the weekend at the Prime Even Shootout at Holy Spirit High School in New Jersey. The Royals defeated Marlboro, the No. 1 ranked team in the Garden State, 77-62 Saturday and defeated the host school, another state power, Sunday, 81-70.
Against Marlboro, Shay Doron scored 20 points, followed by McCollin with 19 and Tracy Holness with 17, while against Holy Spirit the next day, Holness had the hot hand, hitting 8-of-8 from the field for 20 points, followed by Doron with 17.
“We played really well,” Mackey said. “Holy Spirit is a really good team.”
Christ the King enters the playoffs as the top seed, receiving a bye for the first round of the Division I tournament, slated for Wednesday. After the team’s non-league game Thursday against Monsignor Scanlon, the Royals will next be in action for the semifinals, to be held March 3, at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.
The finals will be played Saturday, March 9, also at St. Francis College.
The CHSAA Class ‘A’ state championship is already set between Christ the King and St. Peter’s and will be played March 17 at St. John’s University. The winner of that match, regardless of what happens in the city playoffs, will represent the CHSAA in the State Federation Tournament to be held at Glens Falls March 22 and 23.
The Division II quarterfinals will be played Tuesday with the semifinals to follow on Feb. 28.
St. Francis Prep 53, Bishop Kearney 41. Dawn Gorynski led St. Francis with 25 points, while teammate Elizabeth Yuneman contributed 14 points as the Terriers, 18-7 overall and 9-4 in league play, locked up second place.
St. John’s Prep 64, St. Agnes 24. The Red Storm, now 15-5- overall and 12-4 in the league, was led by Lora Morton with 15 points and 17 rebounds.
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