St. John's the Baptist from Islip, NY, defeated Neptune, 53-45, at the NJ Sparks' New Years Resolution Basketball Tournament.
Both St. John's and Neptune have players with a lot of velocity, speed, and strength. Combined with their skills and talents, they are both top competitors in their respective states.
Neptune came out strong, giving good pressure defense. With 5:28 left in the first quarter, Neptune was up 5-4, and St. John's called time out. At the end of the first quarter the score was tied 12-12. St. John's Lauren Williams is a great shooter. She finished with 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 blocked shot.
At the half-time Neptune led 25-24. Neptune's Desiree Moss is a good scorer, attacking the basket and hitting jump shots. She finished with 17 points, 3 rebounds, 1 blocked shot, and 3 steals.
At the end of the third quarter St. John's had the lead, 34-33. St. John's Starting senior center, Lauren Parra, is great at boxing out, securing rebounds, and setting screens. She is a big factor inside. She finished with 15 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists, and 2 points. Neptune's Ivy Harrington and Iyonna Crenshaw work together on defense and can score on both sides of the court. Harrington finished with 11 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 assist. Crenshaw had 12 points, 11 rebounds, 1 blocked shot, 1 steal, and 1 assist.
Early in the fourth quarter St. John's went on a run, earning a greater lead on Neptune. With 1:13 left on the clock, St. John's up 49-43, Neptune called time-out. They returned to the floor to foul to stop the clock, but it was unsuccessful.
The MVP awards were given to Neptune's Desiree Moss and St. JOhn's Lauren Williams.
For more pictures from the game visit Album New Years Resolution Tournament, pictures taken by Khay'la Latimer.
St. John's Stats
Aliyah Smith - 1 DR, 1 OR, 6 S, 1 A, 9 PTS (1/2 FL)
Sydney Zambrotta - 1 DR, 3 A, 1 S, 10 PTS (3/4 FL)
Lauren Williams - 2 OR, 2 DR, 1 B, 19 PTS (8/8 FL)
Lauren Parra - 9 DR, 6 OR, 2 S, 2 A, 2 PTS
Kayla Hill - 1 DR, 1 OR, 2 PTS
Italee Brown-Smikle -2 DR, 2 S, 8 PTS
Shannon Stergis - 2 PTS
Meghan Oberg - 1 DR
Desiree Moss - 1 DR, 2 OR, 1 B, 3 S, 17 PTS (3/4 FL)
Essence Evans - 1 OR, 1 B, 1 A
Ivy Harrington - 6 DR, 3 OR, 2 S, 1 A, 11 PTS (3/4 FL)
Iyonna Crenshaw - 8 DR, 3 OR, 1 B, 1 S, 1 A, 12 PTS (5/9 FL)
Miesha Bacon - 2 OR, 1 DR, 2 S, 1 A, 3 PTS (0/1 FL)
Marajiah Bacon - 3 S, 1 A, 2 PTS (0/1 FL)
DR = Defensive Rebound
OR = Offensive Rebound
S = Steals
A = Assists
B = Blocked Shots
PTS = Points (total points scored)
FL = Foul Line (amount made, amount taken)