No. 1 St. Frances girls keep rolling in Pittsburgh; Lewis hits milestone for Poly boys


Aniya Gourdine (left) and Angel Reese helped St. Frances girls basketball to another victory Saturday. Reese finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds and Gourdine had a game-high 19 points as the No. 1 Panthers defeated Oakland Catholic (PA) at the Stand Against Violence Showcase at Woodland Hills High, outside of Pittsburgh.

by Derek Toney

Baltimore’s best high school basketball teams represented Saturday at the Stand Against Violence Showcase at Woodland Hills High, outside of Pittsburgh.

Top-ranked St. Frances Academy girls and Poly boys won easily decisions along with No. 6 New Town boys. The Charm City is 4-0 in the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend event, founded by former Howard boys basketball standout Ron Coursey, who’s Woodland Hills’ boys coach and athletic director.

The Panther girls continued its impressive surge as junior guard Aniya Gourdine posted a game-high 19 points along with four steals, and University of Maryland recruit Angel Reese added a double-double in a 67-34 victory over Oakland Catholic, the fourth-ranked squad in the Pittsburgh metro area by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

St. Frances (15-1 overall), ranked No. 6 nationally by MaxPreps, built a 35-14 halftime advantage en route to its 13th consecutive victory. Reese, the nation’s No. 2 senior recruit, finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds and three rebounds.

Bowie State-bound Khalia Turner added 10 points as the four-time defending IAAM A Conference champs distanced Oakland Catholic (10-3) in rebounding (44-23), points in paint (50-14), points off turnovers (31-8), and second chance points (27-3). The Panthers play Philadelphia’s Imhotep Monday, the final day of the mixer.

Playing for the second time in less than 24 hours, New Town got 18 points from Twan Carter and Stephon Marcano added 13 in a 76-41 rout of Steel Valley (PA). The defending Baltimore County champion Titans (10-1), who defeated No. 17 Loch Raven Friday evening in Towson, never trailed Saturday.

New Town boys basketball coach Derek Wise (center) talks to his team during its season-opening match last month. The No. 6 Titans won their 10th straight game Saturday with an easy decision over Steel Valley (PA).

Cam Blackmon-Bush had 11 points and four assists and Delaware State University-bound guard Martaz Robinson finished with 10 rebounds and five assists as the Owings Mills school connected on 11 three-pointers. New Town plays Allerdice (PA) Monday afternoon at Woodland Hills.

No. 1 Poly completed its stint in Pittsburgh as Justin Lewis sparked an 86-67 over Chester (PA). Lewis, a Marquette University-bound forward, finished a season-high 35 points, surpassing the 1,000-point career mark, and added 16 rebounds and four steals.

Engineers coach Sam Brand said he’s proud of Lewis’ accomplishment.

“We’ve enjoyed being a part of his maturation process,” said Brand of his three-year starter. “Justin had the tendency not to keep his energy where it needed to be, but he was solid throughout today. He motivated us on defense.”

Senior guard Rahim Ali added 18 points and seven assists for the Engineers, who trailed 15-13 after one period before outscoring Chester, 45-32, over the second and three quarters. Brandon Murray, who went for 31 points Friday against Bishop Walsh, littered the stat sheet with eight points, nine rebounds and seven assists Saturday.

Justin Lewis hit the 1,000-point career scoring milestone for Poly Saturday. The Marquette University recruit posted 31 points and 16 rebounds as the top-ranked Engineers defeated Chester (PA).

The Engineers return to Baltimore City league play against Edmondson Tuesday at home and at National Academy Foundation Thursday. Saturday, Poly takes on second-ranked St. Frances Academy in the William Wells Classic at Morgan State University.

STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE SHOWCASE

AT WOODLAND HILLS (PA)

GIRLS

No. 1 St. Frances Academy 67, Oakland Catholic (PA) 34

Oakland Catholic – Haver 2, Terry 2, Vigliotti 6, Washington 3, Fabian 4, Hill 10, Ingelido 3, Giunta 4. Totals 13 3-6 34.

St. Frances – Gourdine 19, Humphrey 6, Reese 14, Barnes 2, Turner 10, D. Dorsey 5, K. Dorsey 4, Hicks 1, Holmes 2, Lewis 2

BOYS

No. 1 Poly 86, Chester (PA) 67

Chester – Burton 9, Gilbert 18, Taylor 3, Carroll 19, Watkins 13, Berry 3, Horsey 2. Totals 23 16-24 67.

Poly – Lindsay 9, Lewis 35, Ali 18, Evans 5, Murray 8, English 7, Wallace 2, Lamothe 2. Totals 34 14-23 86.

Chester 15 13 19 20 – 67

Poly 13 24 21 28 – 86

No. 6 New Town 76, Steel Valley (PA) 41

Steel Valley – Polak 27, Fisher 5, Burt 6, Kostelnik 3. Totals 14 7-8 41.

New Town – Blackmon-Bush 11, Johnson 6, Robinson 5, Carter 18, Mills 9, Marcano 13, Sparrow 5, Johnson 4, Mulazim 3, Martin 2. Totals 25 15-17 76.

Steel Valley 14 6 7 14 – 41

New Town 23 15 29 9 – 76