Boston High School: Raven Kelsey

Boston City League All-Star Classic rosters

March, 31, 2011
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The Boston Scholar Athlete Program and the Boston Centers for Youth and Families have announced the teams and award winners for the 2011 Boston City League Basketball All-Star Classic.

The game will take place this Saturday at Northeastern University's Cabot Center, with the doors opening at 1:30 p.m., the girls' game starting at 2 p.m. and the boys' game following at 4 p.m.

Below are the rosters and award winners for the North and South divisions:

BOYS

North
Jose Alfonseca, Sr. G, Snowden
Jeff Amazon, Sr. G, East Boston
Jonathon Deane, Jr. G, Latin Academy
CJ Dowdell, Sr. F, Charlestown
Rony Fernandez, Jr. G, Charlestown
Tyrese Hoxter, Soph. F, Charlestown
Khayree Hudson, Sr. C, Madison Park
James Jones, Sr. F, Fenway
Kwamaine Lane, Sr. F, Latin Academy
Walter Lewis, Sr. G, East Boston
Akosa Maduegbunam, Jr. G, Charlestown
Paul Maurice, Jr. G, Snowden
Tyrell Pugh, Sr. F, South Boston
Johan Vizcaino, Sr. G, South Boston
Stan Winn, Sr. G, East Boston

Coach of the Year: Edson Cardoso, Charlestown
Sportsmanship Award: Troy Bowens, Snowden

South
Dominique Boyd, Sr. F, Dorchester
Jared Butler, Soph. C, O'Bryant
Jakari Christopher, Jr. G, Burke
Darius Davis, Sr. G, New Mission
Jason Hall-Sergenton, Sr. F, West Roxbury
Dwayne James, Sr. G, Burke
Samir McDaniels, Sr. G, New Mission
Jesse Noel, Sr. G, Hyde Park
Kachi Nzerem, Sr. F, New Mission
Roger Paul, Sr. G, West Roxbury
Chris Shelton, Sr. F, Burke
Bernadin St. Vil, Sr. C, Brighton
Andrew Toney, Sr. F/C, Brighton
Alex Villanueva, Sr. G, Boston English
Kevon Young, Sr. G, Brighton

Coach of the Year: Hugh Coleman, Brighton
Sportsmanship Award: Jakari Christopher, Burke

GIRLS

North
Sara Centeio, Fr. G, Charlestown
Kayla Cox, Jr. G, Fenway
Maria Delvecchio, Jr. C, East Boston
Kaila Duarte, Soph. C, Fenway
Amber Edwards, Soph. G, Madison Park
Krystal Edwards, Soph. G, Madison Park
Makeeba Farguarson, Sr. C, Charlestown
Brittani Hardy, Sr. F/C, Snowden
Davetta Kinner, Sr. G, Latin Academy
Jovanna Sandifer, Jr. G, Snowden
Maya Scott, Sr. F, Latin Academy
Cleusa Sequeria, Sr. G, Fenway
Daitannah Smith, Fr. F, South Boston
Tajanay Veiga-Lee, Soph. G, Fenway
Elaina Wright-McCarthy, Fr. G, South Boston

Coach of the Year: Carla Hands, Madison Park
Sportsmanship Award: Maya Scott, Latin Academy

South
Araion Bradshaw, 8th G, O'Bryant
Robbie Cardoso, Sr. G, New Mission
Kiana Dailey, Soph. F, O'Bryant
Pierline Durand, Sr. G, O'Bryant
Khadijah Ellison, Sr. G, Burke
Ashley Jean-Louis, Soph. G, Boston English
Tianna Johnson, Jr. G, New Mission
Raven Kelsey, Fr. F, O'Bryant
Jazala Laracuente, Fr. G, New Mission
Fredericka Lawson, Sr. F, Burke
Trayana Mair, Soph. G, Boston English
Rachelle Pierre, Jr. F, Hyde Park
Marissa Serrette, Soph. G, West Roxbury
Shantal Solomon, Sr. G, Brighton
Aaliyah Williams, Jr. F/C, Dorchester

Coach of the Year: Gertrude Fisher, O'Bryant
Sportsmanship Award: Pierline Durand, O'Bryant

City championship long time coming for O'Bryant

February, 25, 2011
2/25/11
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ROXBURY, Mass. -- The journey to the Boston City League Girls' Championship didn’t start mid-season for O'Bryant. Or, for that matter, at any point of the game.

The quest for the title, which was attained after a 50-43 victory over Fenway on Friday night at Madison Park High School, started over the summer, where the players would meet and learn how to play with each other. That work was instrumental for a team that features seven underclassmen, including an eighth grade point guard who runs the show.

“(We) worked hard ever since last season,” said senior Pierline Durand, who finished with 10 points and the tournament MVP honors. “We played over the summer together. We played in preseason on Saturdays. It’s a great feeling.”

The Lady Panthers (16-4) would need all that extra work together to hold off a late charge by the Panthers in the title game. Tajanay Veiga came to life with five of her 17 points in the final minute of play to pull the game to three points.

But O’Bryant (16-3) was able to close out the game, mostly because of the work on the glass that was showcased in the fourth quarter, in the games most crucial moments.

After Veiga converted a continuation bucket to pull the score to 46-43, the Panthers pressed the inbounders and came away with the steal. Chandlor Lyles picked off the inbounds pass and darted towards the net, but her attempt came up short. Raven Kelsey collected the rebound -- one of her 14 -- and dished it off to Durand, who was immediately fouled.

Durand made 1-of-2, but Kelsey was there again for a rebound and she dished it off to Kiana Dailey for a lay-up and the and-1 with six seconds left to go to seal it.

The tandem of Kelsey and Dailey collected 24 rebounds, including eight offensive boards in the fourth quarter to keep the Lady Tigers ahead.

“I told them to make sure they got the rebounds, because we were up and all we needed was the ball,” said head coach Trudy Fisher.

PRESS FOR SUCCESS

The Panthers could have been down and out in the game after they failed to convert a field goal in the games first seven minutes. The Lady Tigers could only mount a 10-1 lead in that time, and by the fourth quarter, Fenway was able to grab a 27-26 lead thanks to a lethal press that forced several turnovers.

Kayla Cox forced three straight turnovers in the third quarter, and her work with Veiga on the press made life miserable at times.

“We were trying to create our offense with our defense,” Panthers head coach Steve Drayton said. “We couldn’t hit anything. We couldn’t make anything. It was like we were drained. So I put pressure on them to try and get some offense out of it to get some easy ones.”

A BUDDING FUTURE


One of the subplots of the game was the great rivalry that is budding between two very young guards. Veiga has been a name to be reckoned with all season for Fenway, but Araion Bradshaw made a case to join those accolades with a strong tournament.

The beauty of this rivalry is that the two are friends off the court, and they are also just beginning their respective high school careers. Veiga is a sophomore, while Bradshaw is just an eighth grader.

“It’s great for the city, that’s what it is all about,” said Drayton. “It’s city kids getting an opportunity on the biggest stage to show their talents.

Added Fisher: “They respect each other. They are going to fighting each other for years to come.”

The two were constantly matched up against each other, and although they have much different games, the competitiveness to one-up the other is alive and well.

“Off the court she is my friend, but on the court she’s on the opposite team,” Bradshaw said. “I have respect for (Veiga). She’s a great player and we just go at it.”

Added Veiga, “When we get on the court we aren’t friends anymore, so we just have to go at it and go after each other."

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