New York High School: Jamie O'Hare

ESPNNewYork All-New York City girls hoops team

April, 24, 2012
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It's been a wild and exciting year for girls basketball in New York City and its time to hand out some hardware. Our high school staff has collaborated to bring you its Big Apple All-City team for the past year. Here's who we saw as the best of the best.


Final girls basketball poll

March, 26, 2012
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After winning the State Federation title last year, Nazareth fell short this season, by falling in the semifinals. Still, the Lady Kingsmen end the season as our top team, as they were the best from day one to the final day. Here's the final poll.

1. Nazareth (18-4)/(LW: 1): Nazareth had a season it will want to forget, because of the tragedy and distractions it faced, and now has to turn its attention to try to keep its school open as it faces closure.

2. Christ the King (15-14)/(LW: 2): Christ the King will be right back in the mix next year as it has one of the most talented sophomores in the city in Sierra Calhoun and other strong players on its roster returning.

3. Moore Catholic (22-6)/(LW: 3): Moore Catholic continues to be one of the best programs in New York City but will have to try to rebound next season without the services of Christina Rubin and Jamie O'Hare.

4. Bishop Ford (22-6)/(LW: 4): Bishop Ford is destined for more success in the future and brings back plenty of strong pieces. There's no reason to think Bishop Ford can't contend for the league title next season.

5. Molloy (19-10)/(LW: 5): Molloy had a great first season under head coach Scott Lagas and will try to duplicate that next season. It has some key juniors like Carolyn Gallagher returning next year which will help.

6. Bishop Loughlin (17-12)/(LW: 7): Loughlin, just like Molloy last year, missed out on the AA playoffs and then swept through the Class A playoffs on its way to its State Federation crown.

7. Murry Bergtraum (18-8)/(LW: 6): Murry Bergtraum won its 14th straight crown and will now try to make it 15 straight years next season. Freshman Ashanae McLaughlin looks like a star in the making in the PSAL.

8. McKee/SI Tech (25-3)/(LW: 8): MSIT had the best season in school history but will now have to try to continue that success without senior Kaityln Astel. Bringing back junior Kelin Walsh will help the Seagulls.

9. South Shore (21-6)/(LW: 9): South Shore had a good season but has to think it underachieved by not reaching the PSAL final. This team will be in the mix once again next year although it loses some key players.

10. Mary Louis (13-17)/(LW: 10): Mary Louis is buoyed by talented freshmen and will be a team to watch in the next few years. In two season, the Hilltoppers could be as good as any team in New York City.

Moore girls win Archdiocesan title

March, 2, 2012
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With the game slipping away from Moore Catholic Friday night against Cardinal Spellman, the Mavericks' two senior stars in Jamie O'Hare and Christina Rubin rose to the occasion.

"They played a great fourth quarter and we needed every bit of it," Moore Catholic coach Rich Postiglione said by phone. "Jamie had two big offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter and Christina had a great drive down the lane and hit four three throws to seal the game."

The two guards combined for 55 points as they led top-seeded Moore Catholic to a 68-61 win over second-seeded Cardinal Spellman in the girls CHSAA Archdiocesan Class AA title game at St. John Villa in Staten Island. Moore won its fourth straight Archdiocesan title and its second straight AA title.

"It was a very close and we gutted it out," Postiglione said. "They were a tough team and we're a perimeter team and we made enough plays and we gutted it out. Our senior guards put us on their backs and we were able to get it done. Those two played phenomenal."

O'Hare and Rubin had been battling in the past few years as enemies, as O'Hare was at St. Peter's before the school closed, and Postiglione joked that it's nice to play a title game where she didn't torture him. She led the way with 29 points although Rubin was right behind with 26 points. With the win, Moore Catholic (20-5) now has a school record of four straight seasons with at least 20 victories.

"Christina is the epitome of a player as is Jamie," Postiglione said. "They're two players with tremendous amounts of experience and they never wilt in a big game,"

Moore Catholic now advances to the girls CHSAA Class AA State playoffs and will face the loser of Saturday's Christ the King vs. Bishop Ford game in the quarterfinals.

"We're going to take the same approach we've taken every day," Postiglione said. "We go into games expecting to be successful and we had a very tough strength of schedule. The kids are used to tough battles and they'll be confident and you can't really count us out of anything."

O'Hara first chooses Moore, then Lafayette

July, 19, 2011
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Jamie O’Hare can finally just focus on basketball.

The rising senior first had to find a new school when she learned her previous school, St. Peter’s, would close at the end of the last academic year. O’Hare eventually chose to end her high school career close to home in Staten Island at Moore Catholic.

And once she was set choosing a new school to spend her final high school season, she immediately went about choosing an institution to continue her college career. About two months later, on Saturday, during the first July recruiting period, O’Hare committed to Lafayette.

The news was first reported in the New York Post.

“It was a lot of pressure on myself and my family,” said O’Hare, who led St. Peter’s to its 16th consecutive CHSAA Staten Island championship last season. “There was a lot of stress, trying to know where I was going to go to college and then trying to figure out where I was going to go to high school for my senior year. But once I figured out that I was going to go to Moore and I was ready. I was settled, I just focused on college. After that everything fell into place.”

O’Hare chose Lafayette over Wagner, Army and Navy. She said she feel in love with the school ever since she went to Lafayette for a prospect camp in June. Since then O’Hare said she had been hoping to get a call.

She chose Moore Catholic so that she could stay chose to home, where she developed her love for basketball playing CYO ball at St. Teresa’s under coach Tom Turner. She credited St. Peter’s coach Bob Daggett with guiding her through her high school career and she has already forged a relationship with Moore Catholic coach Rich Postiglione, who she said helped navigate her recruiting process.

“I have a really strong support system,” O’Hare said.

Now with her future decided, O’Hare, a 5-6 combo guard, is spending her summer working on her game, specifically honing her point guard skills. O’Hare has stepped in at the point for her travel team, the NYC Heat, after Mia Lynn Batista, a rising freshman at Mary Louis, had to leave the team because of family issues. She’ll likely be running the point when the Heat begin play at the USJN/Nike 17U National Championships, in Washington, D.C. Friday.

Heat coach Kevin White said she isn’t having any troubling making the adjustment.

“She’s very competitive,” White said. “She’s probably plays the hardest of any player I’ve ever coached. She just never takes a play off. She plays every minute.”

O’Hare isn’t completely unfamiliar with playing point guard though. She ran some point in grade school and shared duties with Christina Rubin at St. Peter’s. O’Hare said after talking to head coach Dianne Nolan, she expects to run the point at Lafayette as well.

“She pretty much told me that I’m going to take over at the one at Lafayette,” O’Hare said. “Just to know that I pretty much have a set spot, not that I’m not going to have to work hard, but they are already opening up and trusting me with a spot like that right away is pretty nice.”

Lafayette didn’t only have a position for her but everything she wanted. O’Hare said she loved the campus, the coaching staff, the school’s academic reputation and its proximity to home.

“I think it’s a great fit for her,” White said. “She knew that’s what she wanted so why wait?”

CHSAA Girls Archdiocesan Final Preview

March, 6, 2011
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CHSAA Archdiocesan Girls Final

WHO: Moore Catholic vs. St. Peter’s

WHEN: Sunday, 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: St. John Villa

WHY THIS GAME IS IMPORTANT: Moore Catholic and St. Peter’s have already battled three times this season. Meeting No. 4 takes place Sunday with the Archdiocesan title on the line.

St. Peter’s, ranked No. 4 in the city by ESPNNewYork.com, has won two of the three meetings between the two schools, the latest of which handed the Eagles their 16th straight CHSAA Staten Island title. St. Peter’s is looking to close its season strong as this will be the last season in school history as the school will close its doors at the end of the school year.

Moore Catholic, tabbed at No. 5 in the city, won the middle game of the set and is looking to try and even the series. The Mavericks are 22-4 on the season and can play with any of the best teams in the city, but brining home the Archdiocesan title will be quite the accomplishment. Then again, Moore Catholic knows St. Peter’s as well as any team in the city.


KEY PLAYERS:

St. Peter’s junior guard Jamie O’ Hare
St. Peter’s senior guard Christine Kline
St. Peter’s senior forward Ashley Motrechuk
Moore Catholic senior guard Jessica Coscia
Moore Catholic senior forward Taylor Baggs
Moore Catholic junior forward Christina Rubin

Coaches:
St. Peter’s: Bob Daggett
Moore Catholic: Rich Postiglione

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

St. Peter’s (21-6)
Nov. 28:
63-54 win vs. John F. Kennedy
Dec. 12: 72-46 win vs. Our Lady of Lourdes
Dec. 18: 70-40 win vs. St. John Villa
Dec. 19: 81-78 loss vs. Murry Bergtraum
Dec. 28: 47-41 loss vs. Teaneck (NJ)
Dec. 30: 53-49 loss vs. St. Rose (NJ)
Dec. 31: 68-18 win vs. University Academy (NJ)
Jan 6: 68-41 win vs. St. Joseph by-the-Sea
Jan 8: 67-63 win vs. East Orange Campus
Jan 11: 63-44 win vs. NDA
Jan. 14: 73-41 win vs. St. Joseph Hill
Jan. 15: 50-39 loss vs. Shabazz
Jan. 22: 67-60 win vs. Moore Catholic
Jan. 29: 77-39 win vs. St. Joseph by-the-Sea
Jan. 30: 55-51 win vs. JFK (NJ)
Feb. 5:
49-46 win vs. South Shore
Feb. 8: 52-50 loss vs. Moore Catholic
Feb. 12: 62-43 win vs. NDA
Feb. 14:
61-42 win vs. St. John Villa
Feb. 19: 61-55 win vs. St. Joseph Hill Feb. 20: 51-43 win vs. Ocean City Feb. 21: 53-50 win vs. Trenton Catholic Feb. 23: 68-41 win vs. North Bergen Feb. 24: 61-54 win vs. Moore Catholic Feb. 26: 64-38 win vs. Preston March 2: 51-49 win vs. Cardinal McCarrick
March 3: 64-43 win vs. St. John Villa

Moore Catholic ( 22-4)
Dec 4: 59-58 win vs. JFK
Dec. 11: 70-33 win vs. St. John Villa
Dec. 16: 54-35 win vs. South
Dec. 17: 44-32 loss vs. Shaler Area
Dec. 18: 52-49 win vs. Upper Darby Dec. 29: 66-33 win vs. St. Mary’s
Dec. 30: 64-30 win vs. Bishop Kearney Jan. 4 : 39-26 win vs. Cardinal Spellman
Jan. 8: 59-35 win vs. St. Joseph Ill Jan. 9: 50-38 win vs. Piscataway
Jan. 13 : 66-35 win vs. St. Joseph-by-the-Sea
Jan. 15: 42-27 win vs. St. Anthony (NJ)
Jan. 17: 59-38 win vs. Western
Jan. 22:
67-60 loss vs. St. Peter’s
Jan. 29: 49-44 win vs. Francis Lewis
Jan. 30: 58-48 win vs. Manasquan
Feb. 2: 53-38 win vs. St. John villa
Feb. 5: 69-38 win vs. Notre Dame Academy
Feb. 8: 52-50 win vs. Moore Catholic
Feb. 10: 61-43 win vs. St. Joseph Ill Feb. 12: 48-43 loss vs. Murry Bergtraum Feb. 14: 44-26 win vs. NDA
Feb. 19: 71-25 win vs. St. Joseph-by-the-Sea
Feb. 24: 61-54 loss vs. St. Peter’s
Feb. 26:
48-35 win vs. Maria Regina
March 4: 57-26 win vs. Cardinal Spellman

Rapid Reaction: No. 5 St. Peter's 61, No. 4 Moore 54 (OT)

February, 24, 2011
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NEW YORK - Nearly 1000 people packed into the gym at Monsignor Farrell Thursday night to watch there to watch St. Peter's girls basketball team defend its Staten Island CHSAA division title that it had won the previous 15 years against Moore Catholic. While the division title certainly attracted fans, the sad news that St. Peter’s is shutting its doors following the season also played a role in the large turnout.

“I've never played in front of so many people before,” said St. Peter's Jamie O'Hare. “I loved it. It's overwhelming and it puts a lot of pressure on you. It's great.”

The huge boisterous crowd was not disappointed either as No. 5 St. Peter’s(17-6) went into overtime to win its sixteenth consecutive Staten Island title when it beat No. 4 Moore (20-4) 61-54 Thursday night behind a great game from senior Christine Kline who scored 19 points.

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: The first half of the game was focused on defense. Both teams put an emphasis on it in the first quarter and when St. Peter’s got a little sloppy in the second quarter Moore was able to jump out to a 25-19 lead by the end of the first half.

That lead didn’t last long though as St. Peter’s slowly chipped away at Moore’s lead throughout the third quarter. The Eagles came out and played much better defense in the third quarter and were able to come within one point of Moore by the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Kline finally got hot. In the first three quarters she had just one point, but she hit two free throws at the 7:00 mark that seemed to wake her right up.

“Something came over me and I just started making shots,” explained Kline.

Unfortunately for St. Peter’s, Moore’s Taylor Baggs, who scored 19, also got hot. After every shot Kline made, Baggs was right there to even the score for Moore. In total there were seven different lead changes in the quarter and when it was over the two teams were tied at 48.

“When we went in I told them that I thought it was great,” St. Peter’s head coach Bob Daggett said. “At half time I told them that we could be down by a lot more and we should be happy. We were going to get to play overtime and I thought it was tremendous that we were still playing.”

St. Peter’s dominated the four minute overtime. O’Hare came out and hit two free throws almost immediately. Then Kline went to work. She hit one basket, then two, and then she went to the free-throw line three times. By the end she had scored nine points in overtime to help her team win the Staten Island division championship.

“I feel like that because I'm a senior it was my time to step up and lead the team,” Kline said. “I feel like I did what I was supposed to.”

TURNING POINT: In a game that had 13 lead changes, including 10 in the third quarter and overtime, it's hard to pick a single turning point. The late fouls were what did Moore in. In the overtime period St. Peter’s went 7-of-8 from the free throw line which ended up being the difference. Kline alone was 5-of-6 from the line.

“Christine wasn't going to miss,” O’Hare said. “She kept taking foul shots and they kept going in and it won us the game.”

STAR OF THE GAME: As good as Kline was, the star of this game was O’Hare. Without O’Hare’s work throughout the game Kline would have never had gotten the opportunity to make the big push late..

O’Hare had 18 points overall including 15 in regulation. Her biggest play in the game occurred when the two teams were tied at 43 with just 1:49 left in regulation. Moore was inbounding the ball and O’Hare stole the ball from under the net and then put it in for a quick two points while also drawing a foul. She then made the bucket to make it a three-point play.

BIGGEST SURPRISE: Sophomore Kristen Olsen came up with 10 big points playing in just her third varsity game of her career. She was the leading scorer on the JV team, but coach Daggett called her up because he felt like his team was lacking something.

“We didn't have a guard to come off the bench,” Daggett said. “We've been struggling from the outside and she had a tremendous year on the JV. We thought about it and talked to her parents about it and we decided to call her up. We needed some help off the bench and she gives it to us.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “If they were not going to keep the school open at least we could win a championship to close it out. There were a lot of extra people in the stands tonight. A lot of alumni came out to say their final good bye. It makes you very satisfied when they come back and go home happy.”--Daggett

UP NEXT: It’s onto the Archdiocesan playoffs for these two teams. Neither is sure of their next opponent, but they should will both play Saturday.

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