By Amauro Austin Sr
It’s always good to broaden our horizons in life. For many years in the Media, I was always asked why I didn’t cover girls. And my response would be, I just don’t have the time. I’m a one man gang. But in the last few years, I’ve seen more girls games than I have in my first 20+ on the high school hoops scene. And guess what, it has peaked my interest. I’ve slowly learned the who’s who of players on the court and power players off the court on the girls side. I obviously don’t have the contacts to make some things happen for girls like I do on the boys side but I see a need for coverage in the area with the ladies and I’ll sprinkle some in when possible..
It was funny, I called my friend of 22 years or so Jeremy Treatman on Saturday afternoon to tell him I was gonna cover his girls event this weekend and he laughed and said, “Amauro Austin is covering girls basketball.” “What’s gotten in to you.” So on Sunday, I came down and watched parts of 4 sets of games and a fantastic event at Jefferson University. The Maggie Lucas event hosted about 90% of the better girls teams in the region all under one roof. It was a hoops junkie’s sweetest dream.
What did we see? I walked in the door at 1:30 and two powerful games were going on simultaneously. On court 1, the top 2 teams in District 1 at the time of the game, undefeated Haverford & Abington were locking horns. On Court 2, the top team in the Catholic League, Lansdale Catholic was competing against the Inter-Ac’s best, Penn Charter.. I watched the first quarter of LC vs PC and was shocked as LC had jumped out to a HUGE lead. PC has 4 D1 prospects on their roster and I’d watched them handle a very good GA team on the road about a month ago. LC looked to be kicking things in high gear going in to the stretch run. Star Sr G Gabby Casey (St Joseph’s recruit) went for 25 points and became the schools all-time leading scorer.. And from the small sample I saw, the play of Soph G Anayiah Littlejohn could catapult her into a household name in the class of 2025 really soon..
I then watched the last 3 quarters of Haverford-Abington and it lived up to the hype. Pre-Season, the lady Fords were my pick as the top team in District 1 6A. Why??? They returned just about everyone from last year and I witnessed them give PW, the defending District and State Champ all they could handle in the District playoffs last season in what was probably the lady Colonials toughest challenge of their sparkling 34-0 season. The Fords front court is as imposing as it gets. 6-1 Soph Rian Dotsey plays the “3” spot. Her big sister Maine signee 6-2+ sr Caroline plays the “Stretch 4” position and even functions at times as a “Point” forward. And 6-1 sr Mollie Carpenter, a Catholic U commit, is a physical post presence inside at the “5” spot. Guards Sr PG Sky Newman & Jr 2G Aniya Eberhart get overshadowed a bit but per my research are one of the better backcourts in the Central League.. Abington is more of a small, quick defensive pressuring team led by 6-foot Sr wing Cire Worley, a UMass Lowell signee. In this game Worley like Gabby Casey on the opposite court became her schools All-Time leading scorer with 1499 points and counting..
The Lady Ghosts were right there for three quarters but the Fords created separation wearing them down in the 4th.. Just too much size and strength up front.. 55-47 Fords going away.. The Dotsey girls went for 37 of the teams 55 points, Caroline (22) & Rian (15).. District 1 6A has a very strong field with 9 or 10 quality clubs but chances are when the dust settles these two teams could see each other again In February or March..
Game Set 2, I fixed my attention solely on Court 1 where Germantown Academy took on perennial Catholic League power Neumann-Goretti.. Talk about a contrast of styles!! GA goes about 8 deep and no one in the rotation is under 5-9 while NG is also about 8 deep with no one over 5-9.. Think about a boys game with one team being all 6-3 and under while the other team everyone is 6-3 and over.. It was a fun game to watch. NG controlled the 1st half behind their explosive guard play. 5-5 Bookend Sophs Carryn Easley & Amaya Scott are both point guards but have different styles. Easley is a cool, calm distributor while Easley is more of an aggressive scoring playmaker.. The second half though the Patriots slowed things down and got the ball inside to their top player 6-3 sr post player Kendall Bennett (Binghamton signee).. Bennett punished inside with a 23 & 12 performance pushing her squad to a hard fought victory..
Game 3, I again stayed on Court 1 and sat near a strong crew of D1 coaches to watch O’Hara take on Neshaminy. I’d heard plenty of good things about 6-1 Jr F Reese Zemitis. She didn’t have her best game today but there’s a lot to like. Tall/Long with a multitude of skills. Plus the versatility and size to play either forward position. It’s easy to see what the college coaches like. O’Hara led from wire to wire winning a slow-paced defensive battle, 32-19. I Was highly impressed with 5-11 Soph wing Molly Rullo (13pts). She was clearly the best player on the floor. She took the challenge of guarding Zemitis which jumped out to me early on. And she simply made all the right winning plays throughout. Add the fact that she’s highly pedigreed as a coach’s kid with both parents being ex D1 athletes and you see why her college suitors list will get alot longer before it gets shorter. The win has to feel good for O’Hara as Neshaminy, earlier this season gave CL Rival Lansdale their only loss.
I watched a portion of Game 4 on Court 1 to get a look at Friends Central. The Lady Phoenix have a strong Sophomore dominated team coached by one of my youngins, fellow Hampton Alum Vinny Simpson who’s been on me about checking out his squad. I’ll see them in full later as I was only able to watch a half here. They have a very good Wood team a tough game but fell late. 6-3 (maybe taller) Soph wing Logyn Greer is as intriguing a prospect as there is, very bright future ahead..
I’ll be back to see some more girls hoops.. This was a good day.. Hope everyone enjoys.. Please like, share & subscribe.. — AA
One response to “Maggie Lucas Play by Play Classic Notes”
Nice article on local high school girls teams. It’s great to see the increasing interest in girl’s basketball. FCS does have a strong sophomore team. I wanted to point out that Logyn Greer went on unofficial visits to WV and Syracuse and hasn’t received an offer from either.
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