2005-03-18 / Sports

Linsday Sparks Lady Royals To Glen Falls

By Elio Velez

Sky Lindsay accompanied her Christ the King teammates to Madison Square Garden last Sunday morning. They watched the Murray Bergtraum Lady Blazers once again defeat Francis Lewis, 66-45 in a blowout to hoist their seventh straight PSAL championship trophy.

It served as motivation to Lindsay. If her team wanted to possibly face the Blazers for the N.Y. State Federation Title, she had to help the Lady Royals take care of business on their end later that night. And the sophomore guard certainly did just that.

Lindsay scored 17 points to ignite the Lady Royals to a 67-39 win over St. Peter’s of Staten Island and capture their 16 th consecutive CHSAA State Class AA championship at St. John’s University. She scored three consecutive baskets in a 12-0 Christ the King run late in the second quarter to pull away from St. Peter’s. Remarkably, the Eagles have been beaten by the Royals in the championship for 16 straight seasons.

Carrem Gay scored 19 points and Tina Charles added 13 rebounds for Christ the King (26-0), who will have a bye at the federation tournament held in Glens Falls this weekend. They await the winner of Nottingham (Syracuse) and Bergtraum on Saturday night for the Federation AA Title.

If Bergtraum wins, CTK will try to avoid being knocked out by the Blazers, who have won in the semifinals or the finals for four straight years.

Lindsay has a unique vantage point of the history between her team and Bergtraum. Sky’s sister Candace was a star forward on the last Royals team to win the federation championship in 2000. Sky is very close to her 19 year old sister, who is a sophomore forward at Fairfield University along with former CTK teammates Meka Werts.

After watching Candace’s games in junior high school, Sky easily came to the conclusion that she wanted to head to Christ the King.

The #25 uniform Sky wears is the same Candace wore in high school. She wears her shorts backwards with the Nike swoosh for good luck as her sister previously did. “I’m representing her. Everything she wasn’t able to do I’m trying to do. She was the first class to not the win the state games in Glen Falls (2001 semifinals loss to Bergtraum) so I’m going to win it for her,” Sky proudly stated after the game. “What she didn’t accomplish, I’m going to accomplish for her..”

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