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.
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)