By Jerry Del Priore
The Alfred E. Smith pre-season girls high school basketball league tournament returned to Manhattan’s Lower East Side’s Alfred E. Recreation Center after a week layoff.
Week four play saw four teams facing off, with the Pace High School Setters taking on Central Baptist Church — a Manhattan team comprised of high school-aged females not currently enrolled in school — and the Spring Creek Ravens (Brooklyn) squaring off against the Adams Street Academy Eagles (Brooklyn).
In the first game, CBC, a squad loaded with talent, made short work of the Setters, by dismantling them, 53-20, in the first tilt of the night.
Precious Cowan scored a game-high 17 points for CBC, while Pace High School junior point guard Madison Ortiz led her team with eight points.
In the second contest, Adams Street bested the Ravens, 32-20.
The game was pretty even throughout the first quarter, ending in a 7-7 tie. Both squads faltered on offense in the second period, as Spring Creek scored the first point of the period with 47.6 left in the period. The quarter ended with just four total points and a nine all score.
Fortunately for the spectators, the second half saw a little more offensive action, with the Eagles edging Spring Creek, 20-18, in the third period.
But Adams Street went on a unprecedented 12-2 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Senior Eagles center Ayanna Brown, a six-two sought-after college recruit, led all scorers with 11 points. Junior Aniyah Williams dropped in eight points for the Ravens.
With two weeks left in the pre-season event, league commissioner Ed Auguste is very pleased with tournament’s progress and all involved with its success. As he looks to future, the Bronx native hopes its popularity grows and brings more squads and financial support with it.
“In my perspective, the tournament is going great,” Auguste said. “Like I said (before), the only thing I’m missing is sponsorships. My next one I’m going to have some more competitive teams. The coaches are great, the attitudes have been great.”
The tournament is back it again next Friday at 5:00 p.m.