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Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019: Christ the King girls rout shorthanded Ossining

   Leading off today: Even accounting for Ossining's two missing starters, what Christ the King did in girls basketball on Friday was startling.

   Junior forward Natalija Marshall scored 26 points and freshman Saniyah Glenn, recently moved up to the varsity, chipped in with 21 as the Royals routed the Pride 91-50. It was the worst loss since Dec. 21, 2005, for a team that has captured four NYSPHSAA Class AA championships in the interim.

   Ossining was without UConn-bound wing Aubrey Griffin (high ankle sprain) and Army-committed point guard Jaida Strippoli (bruised collarbone), a huge obstacle when taking on the program that has been the gold standard for New York girls basketball for much of the past three decades.

   "A loss is a loss, whether we lose by one or lose by 40, it doesn't matter," Ossining coach Dan Ricci said. "We knew what we were up against. Even if we had Aubrey and Jaida, this was gonna be a tough game."

   Girls basketball milestones: Sauquoit Valley senior Allison Moreau scored 37 points in a 54-48 victory vs. Frankfort-Schuyler to become the 10th girl in Section 3 history to score 2,000 career points.

   Moreau finished with 37 points to give her 2,012 for her career.

    • Penfield coach Mark Vogt picked up his 300th victory as the Patriots rolled past Churchville-Chili 71-27.

   Section 6 boys upset: Nineteenth-ranked Buffalo East edged No, 3 Middle Early College 70-65 in Yale Cup action.

   David Hughes recorded a double-double with 24 points and 21 rebounds. Danny Carter added 25 points and six assists for East, the NYSPHSAA Class D champions a season ago.

   Class AA showdown: Eleventh-ranked St. Raymond's edged No. 5 Cardinal Hayes 64-63 in overtime in a battle of highly regarded New York City teams.

   The Ravens, 7-4 despite an 0-3 start to the season, got a combined 10 points from junior forwards Gary Grant (20 points overall) and Jalen Reneau as part of a 15-4 run that built a 60-57 lead with 48.7 seconds remaining in regulation.

   Freshman guard Jaylen Murray scored 12 of Hayes' last 19 points of the game to finish with 18 overall.

   Hayes has a potentially tricky game coming up Sunday against Brooklyn Law And Tech, ranked eighth in the state in Class A this week.

   Section 5 shocker: Rochester Leadership Academy, competitive in its losses but nevertheless just 4-4 with a Class A schedule, pulled off an 81-76 upset of McQuaid, ranked eighth in Class AA.

   Senior guard Rondell Watson finished with 31 points, including the 1,000th of his career.

   More boys basketball: Miles Brown went off for 41 points -- including 21 in the fourth quarter -- as Northstar Christian, ranked 15th in Class A, edged Mekeel Christian 77-75. Mekeel was the NYSPHSAA Class B champion last season.

   Brown also had seven rebounds and four assists for Northstar, which trailed by 13 points with 3:36 to play.

    • Joseph Girard III poured in 58 points as Glens Falls, ranked sixth in Class B, escaped with a 92-88 win over Schuylerville in overtime. Schuylerville rallied from a 58-47 deficit at the end of the third quarter to forge a 79-79 tie entering the extra period, and the Horses led by as many as five points in OT.

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   Nick Budesheim led Schuylerville with 31 points.

    • Kaleb Cook set Auburn single-game and career scoring records as the Maroons edged Syracuse Fowler 76-70.

   Cook scored 51 points to break the school mark of 45 by Avery Lamb in the early 1990s. The scoring outburst also enabled Cook to break Lamb's record for career scoring. Cook now has 1,328 points, 11 more than Lamb.

    • Olean posted its 73rd consecutive home victory be defeating Fredonia 72-53 behind Mike Schmidt's 23 points.

   Boys hockey: Albany Academy, competing in the NYSPHSAA for the first time since 1997 this season, put up its eighth straight win by defeating Niskayuna/Schenectady/Albany 3-1.

   Owen Robinson's goal at the 3:07 mark of the third period broke a 1-1 tie.

   "It's been coming together. Each game we learn something new," Cadets coach Dave Rider said. "First period, we weren't at our best but we hung in there and worked hard in the second and third period and it paid off for us."

   College decision: Charles Pride, who helped Liverpool to the NYSPHSAA Class AA championship last season, will continue his basketball career at Bryant University.

   Pride, who is doing a post-graduate year at Putnam (Conn.) Science Academy, picked Bryant over Canisius, Gardner-Webb, Manhattan, St. Bonaventure and St. Peter's.

   First-year Bryant head coach Jared Grasso had recruited the guard a year ago while working as an assistant at Iona.

   Coming up: The New York State Sportswriters Association will announce its all-state football team for Classes B, C and D as well as for eight-man football on Tuesday morning.

   Also, I'll hopefully be back with a second blog later today. There's a bunch of interesting stuff that I haven't had time to write up over the past few days.


  
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