Christ The King Lady Royals Advance To Federation
At this time of year, the Lady Royals would be getting ready to face St. Peter's of Staten Island at St. John's University for the opportunity to advance State Federation championship. St. Peter's though lost in their Archdiocese championship game to upstart St. Michaels, the Manhattan school that's been on a meteoric rise as a Class D school four seasons ago to a Class AA school.
For the defending New York State and mythical national champions, Christ the King is one of the few teams who can start slow by scoring 28 points in the first half and allow an athletic St. Michael's to score only 15.
The Royals would cruise in the second half for a 66-46 victory to advance to the New York State Federation Championship today at the Glens Falls Civic Center. They improved to 28-0 and will bring their 55 consecutive two year win streak against Rush-Henrietta at 1:45 p.m.
The Royals' sluggish early start would evaporate as they made a 13-2 run in the second quarter which was capped off by a Sky Lindsay three pointer that made it 25-11. Christ the King's triumvirate of Tina Charles, Lorin Dixon (19 points) and Lindsay each took turns to make St. Michael's miserable.
Charles couldn't be handled in the post as she poured in 25 points and gained 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 22 on the day. Lindsay scored 18 points and harassed St. Michaels (23-4) into shooting a woeful 20% in the first half.
If Christ the King defeats Rush-Henrietta, a potential rematch with Murry Bergtraum will once again take place on Saturday at 5:45 p.m. In a thrilling contest on January 15, the Royals' Tina Charles hit a buzzer beater that gave them a 65-63 win over Bergtraum at Madison Square Garden.
Epiphany Prince scored 33 points in a 81-66 Bergtraum win over Francis Lewis for the PSAL championship last Sunday at the Garden.
Ryan Pearson performed well in the absence of Christ the King Royals starting small forward Larry Davis, who was suspended for his berating of referee Mike Bennett after their loss in the city championship game to Rice on March 13. Pearson, a sophomore brought up from the JV squad in mid-season, scored 18 points and 7 rebounds in an 66-59 win over St. Dominics the state catholic semifinals Against Rice last Sunday, the Rockaway resident was on target,once in leading the team with 18 points and 14 rebounds. It wasn't enough as Rice won the state title, 64-58.
Lawrence Woodmere Academy will make another trip to Glens Falls as the Class A private schools representative. In the past two years in the New York State Federation Tournament, Woodmere (23-3) has lost to Jamesville DeWitt and St. Anthony's of Long Island in the semifinals.
Luck may be on Woodmere's side this season. They will have the bye and go straight to the championship title game on Saturday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. at the Glens Falls Civic Center. They will await the winner of St. Joseph Collegiate Institute and Peekskill, who play tonight at 6:45 p.m.