It was a spectacular season for Wagner girls’ basketball team and junior shooting guard Nicole Melious, no doubt.
But powerhouse and New York State top-ranked South Shore was too much for the PSAL’s No. 2 and fifth-rated in the state Lady Falcons, as it captured the Class “AA” championship, 74-50, Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Melious drained a game-best 27 points and grabbed a contest-high-tying 10 rebounds in the defeat. Plus, she added to her remarkable league-leading 1045 points this campaign and surpassed the 2000-point career high school mark with 2003 points.
Additionally, Melious earned the best free throw percentage and points per game with 39.1 in the PSAL, as the league presented her with award in halftime ceremony.
An ALL-New York City first team honoree, the 5-foot-9’s final stat line for the season was nothing short of amazing: 39.1 points, 10.4 boards and 7.5 assists per game.
Sophomore Ariel Little, another star NYC player, dropped in a team-high 14 points for the Lady Vikings. Sophomores Natalia Williams and Yahmani McKayle scored 13 points apiece. Senior Zakieya Williams contributed 10 points and five rebounds while freshman Isabela Grant snatched a game-high-tying 10 boards and added four points in the victory.
— Jerry Del Priore
Photo: Dan Melious