For BVP, Pride is alive and well

Fresh­man Mad­dax Zed­nik re­fuses to let ob­sta­cles stand in her way of con­tribut­ing on the court

Woonsocket Call - - SPORTS - By JON BAKER [email protected]­tuck­et­times.com

PROV­I­DENCE — Satur­day hap­pened to be Se­nior Day for the St. Pa­trick’s School hoop­sters at the UCAP Col­lab­o­ra­tive gym­na­sium, and the Padres ob­vi­ously wanted to make the most of it.

Still, a ju­nior proved the hero­ine dur­ing the Di­vi­sion III tilt, pour­ing in a game-high 16 points to pace the Padres to a rel­a­tively sim­ple 27-14 tri­umph over Black­stone Val­ley Prep.

Ac­tu­ally, St. Pat’s four se­niors, in­clud­ing Amanda Solano, Shakira Da­graca, Paola Perez-Hi­dalgo and sis­ter Amy, com­bined for only two buck­ets, but the hosts uti­lized another seven by sopho­more Na­cada Perry to im­prove to 2-13 in league ac­tion.

Late in the fi­nal stanza, it ap­peared the Pride was in store for a blowout de­feat, yet fresh­man Mad­dax Zed­nik seemed de­ter­mined to try to rally her team­mates. She notched six points in the fi­nal 4:43, in­clud­ing four in the last 1:16, while record­ing five steals and a re­bound to make the fi­nal score at least rea­son­able.

“Mad­dax lets noth­ing get in her way of achiev­ing suc­cess, even though life has dealt her a tough hand,” stated head coach Jackie Greaves, whose club fell to 1-12 in D-III. “She doesn’t al­low any­thing to af­fect her. She’s al­ways the first at prac­tice and al­ways the last to leave. You have to love that kind of de­sire and ed­i­ca­tion.”

Fresh­man team­mate Mercy Oyedele mus­tered three points, while ju­nior Nia Vanstroy and se­nior Dalay­isha Moore had two and class­mate Jan­a­siti Moore posted one on a free­bie.

The Padres burned BVP for most of the first half, rush­ing out to a 17-4 cush­ion, and the Pride didn’t help it­self in the fi­nal ses­sion with five turnovers in the ini­tial 72 sec­onds.

Greaves’ bunch, how­ever, set­tled it­self; Vanstroy nailed a 12-footer with just 3:45 elapsed to slice the deficit to 19-6, yet the hostesses went on an 8-2 surge in the span of 6:55 to take the 25-8

cush­ion and in essence seal it.

Zed­nik, though, con­tin­ued to bat­tle, can­ning a short jumper, then a 16-footer be­fore land­ing a one-han­der in the key for the fi­nal bas­ket with 23.9 ticks left.

“I don’t think we’ve mas­tered the kind of in­ten­sity we’re go­ing to need yet,” Greaves said while pre­par­ing her kids for the bus ride home. “We have to come out de­ter­mined to play a full 32 min­utes with all-out in­tensi- ty, but we’re not quite there yet.

“I have to say St. Pa­trick’s played out­stand­ing de­fense; they re­ally got their hands in the lanes and in our faces and dis­rupted our pass­ing.”

BLACK­STONE VAL­LEY PREP (14) – Jan­a­siti DaSilva 0 1-2 1, Dalay­isha Moore 1 0-0 2, Kay-lee Men­dez 0 0-2 0, Mercy Oyedele 1 1-3 3, Kenya Mon­teiro 0 0-0 0, Mad­dax Zed­nik 3 0-0 6, Nia Vanstroy 1 0-0 2, Ibby Ade­lani 0 0-0 0, Paige Wil­liamson 0 0-0 0, Malena Fisher 0 0-0 0, Tolu Ade­lani 0 0-0 0, Nailea Colon 0 0-0 0, Jenett Sosa 0 0-0 0, Bless­ing Oyedele 0 0-0 0, Ash­ley Estrada 0 0-0 0; to­tals 6 2-9 17.

ST. PA­TRICK’S (27) – Moeisha Joseph 7 2-4 16, Amanda Solano 0 0-0 0, Shakira Da­Graca 0 0-5 0, Paola Perez-Hi­dalgo 1 0-0 2, Amy Hi­dalgo 1 0-0 2, Na­cada Perry 3 0-0 7, Izzy Ar­naut 0 0-0 0; to­tals 12 2-9 27.

RIGHT, Black­stone Val­ley Prep fresh­man Mad­dax Zed­nik (11) looks for space to drive to the hoop dur­ing sec­ond-half ac­tion against St. Pa­trick’s at UCAP Gym­na­sium in Prov­i­dence Satur­day. Zed­nik ended up with six points, five steals, and one re­bound.

Photo by Ernest A. Brown

BVP fresh­man Jenett Sosa (24) lets it fly dur­ing Satur­day’s game against St. Pa­trick’s

Photo by Ernest A. Brown

BVP ju­nior Kaylie Men­dez (4) gets off a shot dur­ing sec­ond-half ac­tion against St. Pa­trick’s at UCAP Gym­na­sium in Prov­i­dence Satur­day.

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