Wagner Girls Hoops, Nicole Melious Chase Basketball Glory


The PSAL playoffs begin Saturday for Wagner High School girls’ basketball team, as it faces Murray Bergtraum in the Class “AA” quarterfinals at Achievement First Brooklyn at 10:00 a.m.

As exciting as the postseason is, junior guard Nicole Melious is adding a bit more electricity into the mix, as the 5-foot-9 dynamo is knocking on the door of former Ossining’s Andra Espinoza-Hunter’s single-season New York state girls’ high school record of 995 points.

Melious currently has dropped in an impressive league-leading 961 points on the season and has tallied 1918 high school career points.

Wagner girls’ hoops posted a 20-3 overall record.

It is conceivable that the 17-year-old Georgia Tech commit shatters the record that day. Melious finished the regular season with a 40.4 points per game average, Plus, an average of 10.7 rebounds and 7.1 assists per tilt.

Additionally, she has drained 13 straight double-doubles, four triple-doubles, six 50-plus, five 40-plus, eight 30-plus, and four 20-plus points games.

And if the Falcons advance to the semifinals after Saturday, Melious will have a shot at eclipsing the 2000-point mark.

Hold on to your popcorn and sit on the edge of your seat, as Wagner and one of New York’s most thrilling, must-watch ballers chase hoops glory.

— Jerry Del Priore

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