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SEABROOK – The Pallotti High School girls have gotten off to a strong start this season, winning their five games and earning two key victories to open their Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference schedule.
Panthers’ Jania Hall and Jasmine Valentine have led the way on offense.
Hall is averaging 15 points per game. She posted 22 points in a 52-38 victory over St. Mary’s Ryken on Nov. 27. She also added 17 in a 74-55 victory over John Carroll from Harford County on Dec. 7, who is slated to be one of the best teams in the conference this season. The junior guard registered 14 points in a 72-46 win over Holy Cross on Dec. 1.
Meanwhile, Valentine is the team’s second-leading scorer through the season’s first four games. The junior forward is averaging a double-double of 12.8 points and 14.8 rebounds per game. Her best game came in the win over John Carroll, where she finished with a double-double performance of 17 points and 20 rebounds – 10 of which came on the offensive end. Valentine also scored 17 points in the victory over Holy Cross and pulled down nine rebounds.
Lady Yellow Jackets win opener; Riverdale Baptist start strong
Gwynn Park got help from a few different players in its season-opening 72-48 victory over St. Charles on Dec. 7. Center Jenae Dublin led the way with 26 points in the win. Senior captain Denai Bowman turned in a strong all-around performance with 18 points and 10 steals. Senior Kroix Dale added 15 points as Gwynn Park raced to a 40-17 lead then cruised to the victory.
Riverdale Baptist also had gotten off to a solid start this season. The Lady Crusaders jumped to a 5-0 start and are led by Kaylah Ivey, who was averaging 13.4 points per game in those first five contests. Ivey’s top game was an 18-point effort in a 70-59 victory over Rock Creek on Dec. 6.
Haskins lead Red Storm to three straight wins
Capital Christian (3-2) wins three straight games, in large part for solid offensive work from Shanell Haskins. The senior was averaging 22.3 points per game including a 23-point performance in a 61-49 victory over Anacostia on Dec. 5. Haskins added a season-high 26 points in a 68-65 overtime victory against Chesapeake-Baltimore County on Dec. 8