No. 1 St. Frances repeats at Bishop Walsh in Clouden’s swan song; Reese named MVP
While one chapter closed, another continued for St. Frances Academy girls’ basketball. The top-ranked Panthers completed their season last weekend, winning a second straight Bishop Walsh Invitational Tournament championship in Cumberland.
The IAAM A Conference champs (24-4 overall) defeated Montgomery County’s Good Counsel in the final, 64-52 as senior guard Nia Clouden finished with 22 points and Angel Reese posted another double-double: 19 points and 23 rebounds.
Reese, a sophomore, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. The 6-foot-3 wing is rated the state’s top prospect in the Class of 2020 (11th overall nationally).
Clouden, a Michigan State University recruit, was named to the all-tournament. The reigning Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year, Clouden (100-15 as a varsity player) surpassed 1,500-point career scoring mark.
Delicia Pinnick joined Reese and Clouden on the all-tournament. The sophomore sharpshooter is one of eight returning letter winners for the East Chase Street school (ranked No. 18 nationally by MaxPreps), which graduates Clouden, Taneara Moore (Southern) and Taniya Patrick.
No. 2 McDonogh School finished third with a 57-49 victory over New Hope Academy. Junior guard Aleah Nelson finished with 21 points and four steals, earning all-tournament honors for the Eagles (24-6).
IAAM B champ Institute of Notre Dame defeated St. James School from Hagerstown, 53-36, for fifth-place as Eniya Russell posted 17 points and seven rebounds for the Penguins (22-9). Senior guard Ja’Lyn Armstrong, who will play for LIU-Post next season, was named to the all-tournament squad.
After losing to St. Frances and IND, Mount Carmel salvaged seventh-place with a 68-47 victory over Bishop Walsh. Nia West led Mount Carmel with 17 points and five steals for the Cougars (10-15). Ayana Brim added 13 points and 10 rebounds.