The PSAL A and B finals for both the boys and the girls was held at City College of New York in Harlem on Sunday. Here is the roundup for the girls.
Girls A: Curtis 61, Goldstein 30: Following the closure of St. Peter’s in Staten Island last year, six of the girls from the JV team followed coach Bob Daggett to Curtis.
However, Daggett thought that the best way to win at Curtis would be to forget St. Peter’s and to try to get the girls to act as one unit instead of creating a St. Peter’s clique and a Curtis clique.
“At the first practice a few of the girls showed up wearing St. Peter’s shirt and I made them take them off immediately,” Daggett said.
After second-seeded Curtis beat Goldstein 60-31 to win the PSAL A title at CCNY on Sunday evening, former St. Peter’s player Kristen Olsen declared, “We’re Curtis Warriors now.” Goldstein was the top seed.
Jessica Rosalbo hit a half-court shot at the buzzer in the first quarter that put Curtis up 20-3 and it never looked back. Danielle Leguillou took the MVP with a 15-point performance. Shannon McGill had nine, and Rosalbo and Oluwaseun Adeniji each had eight.
The Warriors also sent another message with the way they ripped through the playoffs en route to this championship: they belong in the PSAL AA divsion. They believe the PSAL disrespected Staten Island this year when they only allowed one team from the borough into the AA playoffs, McKee/SI Tech.
“I think there should be at least two or even three Staten Island teams involved,” Daggett said.
The Warriors ripped through the playoffs this year outscoring opponents, 351-183. Their closest game came in the quarterfinals when they beat New Dorp, another Staten Island team, by 19.
“We should definitely be in the AA next year,” Leguillou said. “If not, we’re just going to have to win the A championship again.”
Girls B: Scholars Academy 51, Bedford Academy 43: Scholars Academy has been motivated by former assistant coach Clare Droesch, who is suffering from breast cancer, all season long. But head coach Janet Kliener said that even more than that, her girls want to win to prove that they are the best in their division.
“She was their leading motivation after wanting to go back to back,” Kleiner said. “These girls are so competitive, especially (Jessica Glaz). I have coached for years, thousands of kids in a few sports and Jessica is by far the most competitive. We can be having fun in practice and even then she's got to win.”
Glaz showed off that competitiveness on the court as she scored 21 points en route to a 51-43 Scholars victory over Bedford Academy Sunday afternoon at CCNY.
The second-seeded Scholars jumped out to an early 6-0 lead over No. 1 Bedford and never looked back. Glaz set the tone early as she scored seven in the first quarter to give her team a 14-7 lead after one. In the second quarter,Taylor Gallagher scored eight points as they held a 21-point lead by halftime.
Bedford went on a 12-2 run to start the fourth quarter that put them within 11 points, but Kayla Nolan hit a layup and then Taylor Gallagher a jump shot to kill Bedford’s run and left the Scholars with a 46-31 lead with just 2:29 left.
Glaz led the game with 21 points and her teammate Gallagher had 14 points. Eleasha Wiggins led Bedford with 11 points while Brianna Perlmutter and Alexis Foster had 10 each. Emma Michaels had nine points in the first half, but did not play for most of the second half after hitting her head.