Sunday, January 14, 2018

Three girls hoop teams already in state tourney, one more on the doorstep

The girls basketball season is nine or 10 games old, depending on which area school you are talking about, and three teams have already clinched state tournament berths.
St. Paul (8-1), Holy Cross (8-1) and Sacred Heart (8-2) are all in the state tournament, and there's still plenty of time left for them to improve on their rankings.
St. Paul has been led by the steady scoring of Janessa Gonzalez. Aidrianna Lopez, Taylor Crawford and Molly Hooks are among the Falcons who have helped Gonzalez.
Holy Cross has been paced by the inside 1-2 punch of Meah Austin and Aiyana Ward. All Ward did against Sacred Heart was tally 21 points and 21 rebounds. Ward is consistently in double digits in rebounding. Outside shooters like Hannah Brown make sure opposing defenses stay honest. Devan Eason has returned from injury, which makes the Crusaders that much tougher.
Sacred Heart has the potent backcourt duo of Treasure Coleman and Aamya Rivera. Coleman had 29 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a road win over Derby, and it's not just offense where Coleman and Rivera cause trouble. Coleman and Rivera are also solid defenders who are a threat to steal the ball from opposing ball-handlers. There has been plenty of help from Jenna Madigan, Hayley Tucker and Mikayla Mobley. If it's not scoring, they have taken up the rebounding.
Crosby (7-2) is one win away from a tournament berth and already has two more victories than it did all of last season (5-16). WCA (6-3) is two wins away from a second straight state tournament berth. Others like Wolcott (4-4) and Bristol Eastern (4-6) have work to do to get to the state tournament.

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