When it comes to Staten Island high school basketball, Susan Wagner is climbing the PSAL New York City ranks with solid efforts early this season.
That’s because Nicole Melious is doing her things: scoring and leading her team, on and off the court, to victory. This time, the Falcons (1-0, 2-0) tipped off their league slate by defeating CSIHS/McCown, 79-48, on the road, with Melious draining 47 points and dishing out seven assists.
“Coach (Tom) Rizzo believes in me,” Melious said. “”My goal is to win games,” adding that scoring points is great, but she is more focused on pushing Wagner over the top this year.
The 5-foot-8 guard is averaging 52 points, 6.5 assists, and five rebounds per game after two contests. But she is getting help in the form of senior Audrey Bonoan, who dropped 10 points and nine helpers, and sophomore Samantha Harrell, who dropped in 12 and grabbed four rebounds, in the victory.
“I appreciate Audrey, and I’m always looking for her on the court,” Melious said. “She’s a great leader.”
The Falcons return to the hardwood on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. to host South Bronx Preparatory in non-league action.
— Jerry Del Priore