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Six boys teams and six girls teams remained in the hunt for the Sunday Youth Basketball League titles when the weekend began at St. Mary’s Ryken High School in Leonardtown.
When the dust settled after two days of action Saturday and Sunday, two teams on each side are still playing, with only one boys squad and one girls squad able to call themselves champions later tonight.
Cardinal Hickey Academy (13-1 overall) will face Father Andrew White School (14-1) in the girls championship game at 5:15 p.m. at Ryken, with the boys championship game of Archbishop Neale School (15-0) and St. Michael’s School (10-3) to take place shortly after the girls contest is completed.
Archbishop Neale reached the final game after a 58-26 victory over St. Mary’s Bryantown School on Sunday in the semifinals.
Archbishop Neale led 26-3 after the first quarter and 30-8 at halftime. Matthew Sharkey hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to end the third quarter for St. Mary’s Bryantown, which still trailed 49-21 heading to the fourth.
Jalen Gibbs led Archbishop Neale with 23 points, while Hakeem Everett had 12 and Jonathon Preston added eight. Derrick Carter led St. Mary’s Bryantown (8-6) with nine points, while Sharkey had eight.
Archbishop Neale advanced to the semifinal round after a 65-21 quarterfinal victory over St. John’s School on Saturday. Archbishop Neale led 22-3 after the first quarter and 42-10 at halftime.
Ten different players scored in the contest for Archbishop Neale. Gibbs led with 18 points, while Nico Pe had 10. Nolan Repasi led St. John’s (3-10) with 11 points.
St. Michael’s moved into the championship game after a 53-41 victory over Little Flower School in the semifinals on Sunday.
St. Michael’s led 11-6 after the first quarter and 21-20 at halftime. Little Flower scored the first basket of the second half to lead 22-21, but St. Michael’s out-scored it 17-3 for the rest of the third quarter and picked up the victory.
Noah Young led St. Michael’s with 18 points, while Tyler Young had 13, Cameron Smith added 12 and Jaleen Sauls had nine. Seth Blevins led Little Flower (10-5) with 13 points, while Max McDermott had 11.
St. Michael’s had to rally back Saturday in the quarterfinals against Cardinal Hickey and picked up a 60-44 victory.
St. Michael’s led 14-12 after the first quarter but trailed 25-22 at halftime. It turned on the scoring in the second half, taking a 38-34 lead to the fourth.
In a 22-point final period, Sauls scored eight of those points to help St. Michael’s to victory.
Tyler Young led St. Michael’s with 17 points, while Sauls had 15. Noah Young added 14 and Smith had eight. Frank McGarvey and Jack Degrange each had 14 points to lead Cardinal Hickey (3-9), while Jonathan Hickey had eight.
Cardinal Hickey, Father Andrew meet for girls title
Father Andrew White advanced to tonight’s championship game after a 39-27 victory over Archbishop Neale in the semifinals Sunday.
Father Andrew White led 11-7 after the first quarter and 25-12 at halftime.
Mackenzie Loewe led Father Andrew White with 10 points, while Michaela Guy had nine and Kayla Goldring and Sydney Guy each added seven. Karen Anderson led Archbishop Neale (8-5) with 12 points, while Abby Burke had seven.
Father Andrew White reached the semifinals after a 42-23 victory over Mother Catherine Spalding School in the quarterfinals Saturday.
Father Andrew White led 20-5 after the first quarter and 25-11 at halftime.
Loewe led Father Andrew White with 16 points, while Michaela Guy had 10 and Goldring had seven. Jordan Brown led Mother Catherine (5-9) with seven points, while Jennah Hutson had six and Meredith Emmart added five.
Cardinal Hickey will play Father Andrew White in the championship game after a 53-20 victory over Our Lady Star of the Sea School in the semifinals Sunday. Cardinal Hickey led 28-6 at halftime.
Annie Doyle and Marissa Laidley each had 13 points to lead Cardinal Hickey, while Erin Balderson led Our Lady (8-7) with 11 points.
Cardinal Hickey defeated St. John’s in the quarterfinals Saturday, 33-10. Cardinal Hickey led 16-4 at halftime.
Laidley led Cardinal Hickey with 12 points, while Doyle had nine and Samantha Vanslyke added eight. Erin Deroche led St. John’s (1-12) with four points.