While one chapter closed, another continued for the St. Frances Academy basketball team when the Panthers completed their season last weekend by winning a second straight Bishop Walsh Invitational Tournament championship in Cumberland.
The A Conference champs (24-4 overall) defeated Montgomery County’s Our Lady of Good Counsel in the final, 64-52 as senior guard Nia Clouden finished with 22 points and Angel Reese posted another double-double: 19 points and 23 rebounds.
Reese, a sophomore, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. The 6-foot-3 wing is rated the state’s top prospect in the Class of 2020 (11th overall nationally).
Clouden, a Michigan State University recruit, was named to the all-tournament. The reigning Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year, Clouden (100-15 as a varsity player) surpassed 1,500-point career scoring mark.
Delicia Pinnick joined Reese and Clouden on the all-tournament squad. The sophomore sharpshooter is one of eight returning letter winners for the East Baltimore school (ranked No. 18 nationally by MaxPreps), which graduates Clouden, Taneara Moore (Southern) and Taniya Patrick.
McDonogh finished third at the event with a 57-49 victory over New Hope Academy. Junior guard Aleah Nelson finished with 21 points and four steals, earning all-tournament honors for the Eagles (24-6).
B Conference champ Institute of Notre Dame defeated St. James School from Hagerstown, 53-36, for fifth-place as sophomore combo guard Eniya Russell posted 17 points and seven rebounds for the Penguins (22-9). Senior guard Ja’Lyn Armstrong, who will play for LIU-Post next season, was named to the all-tournament team.
After losing to St. Frances and IND, Mount Carmel salvaged seventh-place with a 68-47 victory over Bishop Walsh. Nia West led Mount Carmel with 17 points and five steals. Ayana Brim added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars (10-15).