St. Anthony’s Advances To State Semifinals

SOUTH HUNTINGTON, New York, Mar. 12

BY: Andrew Wroblewski

The defending state champion Friars of the St. Anthony’s girls basketball team are heading to the CHSAA Class AA semifinals.

With a 54-48 quarterfinal triumph over Mary Louis Academy Tuesday night at St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows, St. Anthony’s (19-6) now preps for a Friday matchup at Christ the King in Queens with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

The 2014-2015 St. Anthony’s girls basketball team was 13-1 in conference play this season and advances to the CHSAA Class AA state semifinal on Friday.
The 2014-2015 St. Anthony’s girls basketball team was 13-1 in conference play this season and advances to the CHSAA Class AA state semifinal on Friday.

Etalyia Vogt and Taylor Goode led the Friars as the pair combined for 30 points in the win.

Vogt, a junior, has been a key contributor for the Friars all season long – she’s averaged 10.3 points per game – so Tuesday’s performance might not come as a surprise. With 20 points to her name, including two 3-pointers, Vogt led the Friars in scoring against Mary Louis Academy. Since Feb. 20, she has reached double-digits in scoring through each of the Friars’ last four games.

Goode, also a junior, has been nearly as reliable scoring the ball for St. Anthony’s this season, averaging 9.7 points per game. On Tuesday, Goode was able to convert a layup with just seconds remaining to seal the win for St. Anthony’s, accounting for 2 of her 10 points.

Allyson Murphy also added 8 points, including two 3s; Jayla Jones-Pack scored 6; Sarah Edmond had 4 points; and Maia Moffitt and Jasmine White both scored 3 points to round out the Friars’ offense.

St. Anthony’s was actually trailing Mary Louis Academy 30-29 at halftime, but turned it on from there as they outscored the Penguins 13-6. An even fourth quarter played into the Friars’ favor as it allowed St. Anthony’s to secure the win and a semifinal berth.

A young team, most of the St. Anthony’s talent this season was watching from the bench as the team won a state championship last year. This year, however, those same girls have stepped into the spotlight and now look to earn back-to-back titles.

Should the Friars beat Christ the King, they’ll advance to the state championship game at Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood on March 14.

Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander
(Thursday, Mar. 12, 2015;  A44)

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