Familiar faces in girls final tonight

By Steve Musco, BPSsports Correspondent

There was no storybook ending Thursday night at the Girls’ Basketball City Championship in Madison Park’s gym as South Division Champs O’Bryant and North Division Champs Fenway both advanced to the City Finals in convincing fashion.

They will meet at 5 p.m. tonight.

Looking forward to Friday, freshman center Jalissa Ross was asked who she would rather play in the finals.

“I’d rather play O’Bryant,” she said. “They are a good team and we always want to beat the best.”

Fenway Coach John Rice had a more wait and see attitude about Friday’s Championship.

“We have to find out who we are playing first and then make a strategy for that opponent.” he said before adding, “We know both teams very well and the girls know each other very well.”

The stars aligned for Ross and her team after O’Bryant’s win over Madison Park in the second game. The game was hard fought in the first half, with only five points separating the two teams at the break. O’Bryant came out in the second half scoring 19 points to Madison Park’s 5.

“On Friday we have to stay focused and let the game come to us.” O’Bryant’s top scorer, Kelsey Raven, said after the game. “We had a slow start tonight and we need to have a better start on Friday.”

Admission is $5 for students and 8$ for adults.

Steve Musco is a Middler at Northeartern University. He also is a coop at the Center for the Study of Sport in Society who works in the BPS athletic department.



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