Bay View Academy (R.I.) Wins 1st Place at Queen City Invitational
by. Julia Maldonado
MANCHESTER, NH --- St. Mary Academy Bay View (R.I.). came away the winner of the Queen City Invitational Girls’ Basketball Tournament championship held on Thursday with a 53-49 victory over the Memorial High School Crusaders (N.H.).
After a quick Bay View basketball off of the opening tip, Memorial found a scoring rhythm and took a 12-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, with senior forward Amra Elezovic leading the way with 6 points.
Just 35 seconds into the second quarter, Bay View picked up its seventh team foul, which awarded Memorial a 1-and-1 free throw opportunity following every foul. Elezovic took advantage of the situation and went 6-for-6 from the line. However, Bay View’s senior point guard Johanna Dombrowski’s two 3-pointers and senior forward Vandell Andrade’s knack for bringing down rebounds propelled their team to a 31-24 lead going into the half.
The third quarter began as a continuation of the second, as Dombrowski found herself open on the perimeter and hit two more 3-pointers that extended the lead over Memorial. The Crusaders were resilient and did some offensive work of their own with five points from freshman guard Peace Kabari and five from junior guard Allie Hartford that cut the lead down to six heading into the final quarter.
Memorial had plenty of chances to overtake the lead, and came as close as two points behind Bay View, but due to a series of turnovers and missed shots, they were unable to do so. The score remained close during the final four minutes, and with both teams in foul trouble, much of the scoring during that stretch came from the free throw line. Although Bay View and Memorial both made six from the line, Bay View held on to win the Queen City Invitational Tournament at Manchester Central High School for which they travelled just over 100 miles.
During the award ceremony, Bay View’s Vandell Andrade was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. She had 15 points and seven rebounds. Bay View’s Johanna Dombrowski also had 15 points on the night. Amra Elezovic from Memorial lead the team in scoring with 18 points, followed by Peace Kabari, who had 13.
Memorial’s Kabari was given the challenging task of guarding Andrade, and revealed that she strives for those types of opportunities to match up against tough competition.
“To guard a senior and to prove that you can guard her, it just puts you up there with (the upperclassmen),” said the freshman Kabari. “I have a lot of respect for her because she’s a really good player. I was watching her yesterday and I said ‘I want to guard her’ to see if I could be at her level. ”
Memorial Coach Jack Quirk put Bay View’s talent aside and stated that he thoroughly believed that his team was going to find a way to make a comeback as they have done on other occasions this season.
“When we were down 11, I fully expected that we were going to win,” said Quirk. “We have come back from bigger deficits than that.
“I don’t expect us to lose,” Quirk continued. “I really don’t take much consolation out of being close. I’m not one of those guys, and our kids aren’t like that. Our kids are competitors. They may throw the ball all over the place and make tons of mistakes but they’re very, very, very competitive. ”
Quirk repeatedly stated his disappointment with the loss, pointing to the unforced errors and failure to execute on offense as the major stumbling blocks for his team in the closing minutes.
“At the end, you’ve got to make shots, you’ve got to execute. We’re not used to losing like that, and that’s tough. I don’t think (Bay View) is that much better than us, (but) they were on this evening. They were four points better. ”
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