2006-03-10 / Sports

Lady Royals Thrash Molloy For Diocesan Title

By Elio Velez

One win for any team in basketball is a great achievement. Two straight wins could give clues that a squad is about to form a winning streak. The Lady Royals of Christ the King achieved those feats two years ago and kept on winning... and winning...

And they're still winning as Archbishop Molloy became the 53rd straight opponent to fall by the wayside as Christ the King got 29 points and 19 rebounds from Tina Charles to win 72-38 and capture the CHSAA Division I Brooklyn/Queens Championship last Sunday at Bishop Ford.

Molloy, who was coming off a thrilling 63-61 win the previous day over Bishop Kearney, tried to keep pace with the talented Royals. The Stanners could not keep the UCONN bound center Charles in check as she exploded for 18 of her 29 points in the first half.

With the lead at 44-20 to start the third quarter, the Royals had sewn up another Diocesan title and were looking to their next opponent on Saturday night against St. John the Baptist in the Catholic State AA semifinals at Holy Trinity High School.

Lady Royals' head coach Bob Mackey lauded this year's group for coming together after losing starters in Miss New York State Careem Gay and Nakeja Kelly, who were two of nine seniors to graduate from the New York State Federation championship team last season.

"It's always different; it's always a new set of kids. They've played extremely hard this season and exceeded our expectations," Mackey said.

"We lost a lot of good players, we've got a lot of youth and expected to take some lumps but we rose to every occasion and won this season."

Charles is not about to get complacent about their impressive winning streak or their USA Today #1 national ranking. The senior is enjoying the way this season has progressed and doesn't want it to end until they win the Federation title, which most likely will be against Bergtraum and her best friends Epiphany Prince.

"This year is more special. We have so much talent. This year we've gotten together without Careem (Gay) and Nakeja (Kelly). This team is more hungry. This is one of my favorite years, my favorite team." In picture: Tina Charles (31) was unstoppable in the paint for Christ the King. Photo by Pete Borriello.

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