Boston High School: Tianna Johnson

Preseason MIAA All-State girls hoop team

December, 12, 2011
ESPN Boston will be unveiling its first MIAA girls basketball poll of the season later today. Here are ESPN Boston's preseason MIAA All-State girls basketball teams:

G – Nicole Boudreau, Sr., Andover
G – Lexi Sells, Sr., Bishop Feehan
F – Elizabeth Belanger, Sr., Acton-Boxborough
F – Ariel Ward, Sr., East Longmeadow
F – Bri Schnare, Sr., Wachusett

G – Monique Heard, Sr., Holyoke
G – Tianna Johnson, Sr., New Mission
G – Dana Theobald, Sr., West Springfield
F – Jen Narlee, Jr., Medfield
F – Olivia Healy, Jr., Reading

G – Kayla Burton, Jr., Newton South
G – Brooke Stewart, Sr., Masconomet
G – Emma Roberson, Sr., Arlington Catholic
F – Casey McLaughlin, Jr., Central Catholic
F – Jen Gonsalves, Sr., Harwich

Mission's Tianna Johnson commits to Hampton

November, 14, 2011
New Mission senior guard Tianna Johnson has verbally committed to Hampton University this afternoon, the school's athletic director Cory McCarthy confirmed.

The 5-foot-6 Johnson chose the Pirates over offers from UNC-Wilmington, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Central Connecticut State and Morgan State. She is expected to sign her National Letter of Intent on Wednesday.

Johnson averaged 22 points, seven assists, six steals and four rebounds for the Titans, who lost to Hull in the Division 4 state championship last March at TD Garden.

"I expect Tianna to go to Hampton and contribute right away," said McCarthy, who also coached her this summer on the Boston Warriors AAU squad. "She's a Division 1 point guard with undeniable court vision and ballhandling. You can quote me on this -- she has the hands of a bear, and that allows her to dribble the ball like a magician.

"She has a good, strong work ethic, she's still learning the game but she will flourish in coach David Six's system. Hampton has been to the NCAA tournament a lot the last few years, and she'll go in and contribute right away. It's ideal for her to be at school like Hampton. It's got a small school feeling coming from a small school like New Mission, with a family atmosphere. That will definitely contribute to her success going forward, it'll be an easier transition than if she went to a larger school."

Boston City League All-Star Classic rosters

March, 31, 2011
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:


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

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


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

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

Johnson carries Mission to D4 North title

March, 12, 2011
LOWELL, Mass. –- Whenever the New Mission High School girls basketball team needed a big play during Saturday’s Division 4 North sectional final, junior guard Tianna Johnson provided it.

Johnson scored 14 of her team-high 19 points in the second half to help fifth-seeded New Mission post a 64-55 triumph over second-seeded Fenway at Lowell’s Tsongas Center.

“At certain times I decided I was gonna [take over], so I could help my team,” Johnson said. “I tried to penetrate more and dish it out to my wings. We came here to win.”

New Mission never trailed in the contest. The Titans led 18-10 after one quarter, 30-22 at halftime and 48-39 entering the fourth.

Fenway used a 13-4 run in the final quarter to trim its deficit to two points (54-52), but Johnson scored eight points in the final 2:21. She made each of her four free-throw attempts in the final minute.

“At the end we started getting scared as a team, but our coach told us not to panic,” Johnson said. “We tried to slow it down, so we don’t have to play at their pace. That let us do what we know how to do.”

Eleven players scored for New Mission, which improved its record to 18-5. Senior guard Robbi Cardoso tossed in 10 and was the only other New Mission player to score in double figures.

“It was a very hard-fought game,” New Mission coach Greg Berry said. “Hats off to Fenway.

“One of the things I can say about Tianna Johnson is she’s one of the best point guards I’ve ever coached. She looks to get others involved, but when she needs to turn it up she does. Sometimes pass-first guards forget about themselves, but Tianna doesn’t.”

New Mission will face Hull, the Division 4 South champion, Monday at TD Garden at 2:15 p.m. Hull advanced by beating Greater New Bedford, 50-38.

Fenway’s Tajanay Veiga, a sophomore guard, led all scorers with 24 points. Veiga also scored 24 points when Fenway beat New Mission, 59-51, in the Boston City League semifinals last month.

Fenway (19-4) also received a 16-point performance from junior guard Kayla Cox.

The Panthers lost even though they had a 35-10 edge in free throw attempts. Fenway made 19 of its 35 attempts. New Mission made seven of its 10.

“We didn’t do a lot of the little things when they beat us,” Berry said. “We didn’t do a good job of identifying who their shooters were. The girls were a more cohesive unit this time. When you play a team a second time you can learn a lot from your mistakes.”

“We came back and told ourselves, ‘We’re not losing to a team twice,’” Johnson added. “We played a lot better in this game.”

The Titans built a 10-point lead (13-3) midway through the first quarter. New Mission’s first-half lead peaked at 11 points, 28-17, when De’Andra Humphries scored with 1:12 left in the half.

New Mission made five 3-pointers in the first half.

“She [Johnson] actually pulled me aside at halftime and said, ‘Coach, I’m gonna take over,’ Berry said. “I want the ball in my hands. I’ll get everybody involved and we’re gonna pull this one out.’”