Freshman guard provides a spark for the Friars


Archbishop Curley had to remain idle for a full week since its buzzer beating loss to St. Mary’s in its season opener, but the defending MIAA B Conference champs rebounded nicely, Wednesday night in Ellicott City, as they went on the road again, defeating Chapelgate Christian, 73-54, for their first victory of 2021.

Freshman guard Cayne Woodland announced his presence on the high school level with an impressive 22 point performance to lead Curley.

The Friars (1-1) look a three-point lead after one quarter and grew that nine points at the half. Chapelgate moved back within six points after three quarters, but Curley outscored the Yellow Jackets 26-13 in the final quarter to win going away.

Curley won last year’s B Conference title behind an experienced senior dominated lineup, but the Friars appear to have reloaded nicely with youth. Sophomore Taye Williams is part of that group and he 16 points in the win, while junior Alex Kirsher added 13.

Zach Knox scored 17 points to lead Chapelgate (3-2) and Saihou Mbergan produced a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Jax Fielder also added 13 points for the Yellow Jackets.