Marianapolis Girls' Basketball: 2017 Class A Champions
Marianapolis was matched up with Choate Rosemary Hall in the Class A NEPSAC Championship game. Choate was able to hit the first shot of the game knocking down a 3 pointer but the Knights would respond with an 11-0 run capped with a 3 pointer by junior Sophia Widmeyer off of an assist by eventual MVP sophomore Olivia Summiel. Defense was the name of the game for the Knights as they forced 11 turnovers in the first half which led to some great scoring opportunities. All seven Marianapolis players that checked into the first half were able to put the ball through the hoop capitalizing on seven team assists on nine made field foals. Choate went on a run at the end of the first half to cut the lead to 1 as the Knights went into halftime up 21-20.
Marianapolis looked to settle down on offense and stay out of foul-trouble on defense in the second half. They continued to share the ball and looked to score in the paint on offense, while they played tough nose man to man on the defensive end. The second half was dominated by point guard Saoirse Power-Cassidy ’17 as she scored 11 of her team high 13 points including finishing 6-8 from the free throw line. Summiel also continued to dominate both ends of the floor as she not only scored the ball but she controlled the defensive end and on the boards. Both junior Eva Widmeyer and sophomore Kara O’Neil’s hard work and game contributions did not show up in the scoring column, but they were invaluable in the team’s win. The Knights ended the day with a 52-44 victory and took home the NEPSAC Class A trophy.
The Knights were led in the scoring column by Saoirse Power-Cassidy '17 with 13 points and grabbed 4 steals. Fellow senior Nicole Anderson was in double-digits with 12 and had 3 steals as she came up huge once again on the defensive end, covering the opponents top players. Jordan Frye '17 added 7 points and pulled down 4 rebounds while dishing out 3 assists for the day.
Sophomore Olivia Summiel was elected the Class A Championship Game Most Valuable Player as she finished the game with a double-double of 12 points and 16 rebounds. She also had 3 steals and helped to control the paint all day.
It was a true team victory for the Knights as they made history for Marianapolis winning the school’s first NEPSAC Class A Championship.