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    NYC girls basketball power rankings (3/13/12)

    by MSG Varsity on
    Tue, Mar 13, 2012 3:01 PM

    Updated Wed, Mar 14, 2012 9:59 AM
    NYC girls basketball power rankings (3/13/12)

    Freshman Ashanae McLaughlin had a heavy heart as she helped the Lady Blazers win Saturday.

    Photo by Photo by Damion Reid

    No. 1 Nazareth (18-3)

    With the late Apache Paschall in mind, Nazareth defeated Moore Catholic Saturday night to win a second straight CHSAA Class AA state title and will head to Albany to defend their New York State Federation championship.

    Next: NYS Federation Class AA semifinals @ Times Union Center (March 24, 2 p.m.)

    No. 2 Christ the King (15-14)

    The effort was there, but the execution was a different story at key times for the Royals, which lost to Nazareth, 52-47, in the CHSAA Class AA state semifinals. Still, with Sierra Calhoun, Kollyns Scarbrough and Taylor Butigian back, the future at Christ the King is bright.

    Next: Season complete

    No. 3 Moore Catholic (22-6)

    First the Mavericks beat Bishop Ford and then Archbishop Molloy. But Moore couldn’t complete the B/Q trifecta, losing to Nazareth in the CHSAA Class AA state final. Jaime O’Hare (Lafayette) and Christina Rubin (Iona) will go on to play Division I ball having already put Moore on the map.

    Next: Season complete

    No. 4 Archbishop Molloy (19-10)

    Carolyn Gallagher scored 20 points and Amani Tatum added 14, but the Stanners couldn’t rally from a slow start and fell to Moore Catholic, 52-47, in the CHSAA Class AA state semifinals.

    Next: Season complete

    No. 5 Bishop Ford (22-6)

    A promising season full of state championship aspirations came to a premature end with a 58-51 loss to Moore Catholic in the CHSAA Class AA state quarterfinals. It’s not the way Brittany (Pookie) Martin and Shanice Vaughan wanted to end their high school careers.

    Next: Season complete

    No. 6 Bishop Loughlin (15-12)

    With former teammate Tayshana (Chicken) Murphy on their minds, the Lions went out and beat Mary Louis twice – first for the CHSAA Class A city title and again for the state crown. It’s the first time Loughlin will compete in the New York State Federation tournament since losing in the Class D final in 1998.

    Next: NYS Federation Class A semifinals @ Times Union Center (March 23, 1:30 p.m.)

    No. 7 Murry Bergtraum (17-7)

    There were plenty of doubters when the Lady Blazers opened the season with back-to-back losses, but Ed Grezinsky has brought his young squad back to Madison Square Garden where they will attempt to win a 14th consecutive title Saturday morning.

    Next: No. 8 MSIT, PSAL Class AA final @ Madison Square Garden (Saturday, 10 a.m.)

    No. 8 McKee/Staten Island Tech (22-2)

    South Shore was supposed to be playing Bergtraum Saturday, but the girls at MSIT didn’t get the memo. Led by the dynamic duo of Kaitlyn Astel and Kelin Walsh, the Seagulls are just the second team from Staten Island to play for the PSAL title.

    Next: No. 7 Murry Bergtraum, PSAL Class AA final @ Madison Square Garden (Saturday, 10 a.m.)

    No. 9 Mary Louis (13-17)

    The Hilltoppers had their chance to exact revenge after a loss to Loughlin in the CHSAA Class A city final, but fell to Loughlin again in the CHSAA Class A state final. In her final high school game, George Mason-bound Reana Mohmaed led Mary Louis with 16 points.

    Next: Season complete

    No. 10 South Shore (21-6)

    A third appearance in the PSAL Class AA title game in four years was not to be as the top-seeded Vikings were upset by McKee/Staten Island Tech in the semifinals Saturday at St. John’s. Marshall-bound Fannisha Price had 12 points in her final high school game.

    Next: Season complete

    No. 11 Cardinal Spellman (21-7)

    Spellman fell to Mary Louis, 58-53, in the CHSAA Class A city semifinals. It was a much closer game than in the regular season, but it was still disappointing for Onia Webb and the Pilots.

    Next: Season complete

    No. 12 Francis Lewis (14-10)

    The Patriots beat Murry Bergtraum late in the regular season, but couldn’t do it again Saturday in the PSAL Class AA semifinals, falling 56-48 at St. John’s University. Tyese Purvis had 17 points and Jazmine Hamlet added 14 for Lewis.

    Next: Season complete

    No. 13 Truman (20-7)

    Krystal Pearson’s stellar career has come to an end two games earlier than she would have liked as Truman fell to Francis Lewis, 47-34, in the PSAL Class AA quarterfinals.

    Next: Season complete

    No. 14 John F. Kennedy (17-10)

    JFK has made the trip to the PSAL Class AA Final Four seven straight times. But that ended with a loss to McKee/Staten Island Tech in the quarterfinals at Hunter College.

    Next: Season complete

    No. 15 St. Joseph Hill (15-11)

    Hill’s season came to an end with a lopsided loss to Moore Catholic in the Archdiocesan semifinals. Still, with star Kelsey Carey and point guard Brittany Spoto back, there’s good reason to be optimistic.

    Next: Season complete

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