New York High School: Kristen Olsen

Loughlin girls win State Federation A title

March, 25, 2012
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Tournament MVP Ayana Ratliff scored 28 points as Bishop Loughlin held off Curtis 75-69 in the Class A final Saturday at the New York State Girls Basketball Federation Tournament of Champions.

Imani Tate added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Lions (17-12), who never trailed. Jasmine Alston had a dozen points and 13 rebounds in the win.

Kristen Olsen scored 21 points for the Warriors (21-9), and Jessica Rosalbo added 17 in a losing effort.

Down 19 at one point in the first half, Curtis pulled to within 71-69 with 19 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter on Rosalbo's three-point play.

But on the inbounds pass, Bishop Loughlin found a streaking Colbert deep in the other end for a layup to clinch the win.

Bishop Loughlin led 38-24 at halftime and won despite shooting 18 of 30 from the foul line.

Curtis, from Staten Island, represented the PSAL.

Bishop Loughlin, from Brooklyn in the CHSAA, reached the championship with a 70-58 win over Rochester's East High School in Saturday's semifinal round.

Girls PSAL A and B finals roundup

March, 18, 2012
The PSAL A and B finals for both the boys and the girls was held at City College of New York in Harlem on Sunday. Here is the roundup for the girls.

Girls A: Curtis 61, Goldstein 30: Following the closure of St. Peter’s in Staten Island last year, six of the girls from the JV team followed coach Bob Daggett to Curtis.

However, Daggett thought that the best way to win at Curtis would be to forget St. Peter’s and to try to get the girls to act as one unit instead of creating a St. Peter’s clique and a Curtis clique.

“At the first practice a few of the girls showed up wearing St. Peter’s shirt and I made them take them off immediately,” Daggett said.

After second-seeded Curtis beat Goldstein 60-31 to win the PSAL A title at CCNY on Sunday evening, former St. Peter’s player Kristen Olsen declared, “We’re Curtis Warriors now.” Goldstein was the top seed.

Jessica Rosalbo hit a half-court shot at the buzzer in the first quarter that put Curtis up 20-3 and it never looked back. Danielle Leguillou took the MVP with a 15-point performance. Shannon McGill had nine, and Rosalbo and Oluwaseun Adeniji each had eight.

The Warriors also sent another message with the way they ripped through the playoffs en route to this championship: they belong in the PSAL AA divsion. They believe the PSAL disrespected Staten Island this year when they only allowed one team from the borough into the AA playoffs, McKee/SI Tech.

“I think there should be at least two or even three Staten Island teams involved,” Daggett said.

The Warriors ripped through the playoffs this year outscoring opponents, 351-183. Their closest game came in the quarterfinals when they beat New Dorp, another Staten Island team, by 19.

“We should definitely be in the AA next year,” Leguillou said. “If not, we’re just going to have to win the A championship again.”

Girls B: Scholars Academy 51, Bedford Academy 43: Scholars Academy has been motivated by former assistant coach Clare Droesch, who is suffering from breast cancer, all season long. But head coach Janet Kliener said that even more than that, her girls want to win to prove that they are the best in their division.

“She was their leading motivation after wanting to go back to back,” Kleiner said. “These girls are so competitive, especially (Jessica Glaz). I have coached for years, thousands of kids in a few sports and Jessica is by far the most competitive. We can be having fun in practice and even then she's got to win.”

Glaz showed off that competitiveness on the court as she scored 21 points en route to a 51-43 Scholars victory over Bedford Academy Sunday afternoon at CCNY.

The second-seeded Scholars jumped out to an early 6-0 lead over No. 1 Bedford and never looked back. Glaz set the tone early as she scored seven in the first quarter to give her team a 14-7 lead after one. In the second quarter,Taylor Gallagher scored eight points as they held a 21-point lead by halftime.

Bedford went on a 12-2 run to start the fourth quarter that put them within 11 points, but Kayla Nolan hit a layup and then Taylor Gallagher a jump shot to kill Bedford’s run and left the Scholars with a 46-31 lead with just 2:29 left.

Glaz led the game with 21 points and her teammate Gallagher had 14 points. Eleasha Wiggins led Bedford with 11 points while Brianna Perlmutter and Alexis Foster had 10 each. Emma Michaels had nine points in the first half, but did not play for most of the second half after hitting her head.

PSAL Class A & B title game previews

March, 16, 2012
All the champions in the Public Schools Athletic League will be crowned this weekend. While you can read about the Boys AA title game here, and the Girls AA title game here, here's what you can expect to see in the Class A & B title games at City College. All stats are courtesy of the PSAL website.

Boys Class A: No. 1 Mott Haven vs. No. 3 Brooklyn Collegiate (5 p.m.): Mott Haven enters this game as the favorite, having just one loss in league play this year, an one-point loss to Evander Childs. Mott Haven has a bevy of scorers in double digits but is led by Hakeem Grant, who averages 22 points and 6.5 rebounds.

Brooklyn Collegiate upset Long Island City in the semifinals to make the final. Both its losses in league play this year came against Bedford Academy, so Brooklyn Collegiate can breathe easy knowing it doesn't have another matchup against the Panthers. Brooklyn Collegiate is led by Ervin Mitchell, who scores 26.3 points and grabs 9.4 rebounds.

Girls Class A: No. 1 Goldstein vs. No. 2 Curtis (3 p.m.): Could Golstein actually be the underdog in this game, despite being the No. 1 seed? It appears so. Goldstein went undefeated in the league and will try to keep it that way against Curtis. Senior point guard Nourhan Elbassiony leads the Dolphins with 14.3 points and 7.1 rebounds.

Curtis had a very successful season in its first year with Bob Daggett helping to coach the Lady Warriors. Curtis was the second-best team in Staten Island in the PSAL and easily could have made noise in the Class AA tournament. Junior Kristen Olsen averages 14.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Boys Class B: Pathways Prep vs. No. 3 Newcomers (1 p.m.): Pathways Prep will go for its second straight title against Newcomers. Pathways Prep has been the class of the league and will try to do it once again. It is led by top junior recruit Jordan Washington, who averages 21. 7 points and 14 rebounds per game.

Newcomers did not lose a game in the league this year and will put that on the line against Pathways Prep. The Lions only earned the No. 3 seed for their efforts and defeated seventh-seed Washington heights in the semifinal. Junior Christian Zapata averages 17.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.

Girls Class B: No. 1 Bedford Academy vs. No. 2 Scholars Academy (11 a.m.): The Scholars Academy will look to defend its title in the only chalk matchup in the final. Scholars Academy went 12-2 in the league and then defeated Samuel Gompers in the semifinals to get a chance to defend its title. It's led by sophomore wing Jessica Glaz, who averages 14. 9 points and 8.2 rebounds.

Bedford Academy completed an undefeated year in league play and barely survived a game against Queens Vocational in the semifinals, pulling off a 44-43 win. Senior center Brianna Perlmutter has averaged 16.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game as well.

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

February, 24, 2011
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.