Weekend wrap — Stephenson, Padgett take home title
Terps shooting guard target Lance Stephenson made history on Saturday.
The five-star prospect led Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln to its fourth consecutive New York Public Schools Athletic League championship.
Stephenson, a 6-6, 205-pound shooting guard, ended his PSAL career with an exclamation point, scoring a game-high 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to earn MVP honors in leading the Railsplitters to a 78-56 win over JFK Saturday in the "AA" title game at the Garden.
But James Padgett, Lincoln’s 6-8 Maryland-bound big man, who had 17 points and 14 rebounds, scored inside, and Shaquille Stokes made two steals that led to baskets.
Stephenson’s scheduled to announce his college decision April 1 at the McDonald’s All-American Game. He’s down to Kansas, Maryland and St. John’s, but according to SNY.tv’s Adam Zagoria, the Jayhawks are the heavy favorites in his recruitment.
Based on numerous interviews, Stephenson’s comments in recent days and the history of his recruitment, it’s a safe bet that he ends up in a Jayhawk uniform next season. Lance says it was between Kansas, Maryland and St. John’s, but several sources said Maryland is not in the picture and one source very close to the decision-making process said Kansas is a heavy favorite.
• Jordan Williams’ Torrington squad dropped a 58-57 game to Bulkeley in the Connecticut Class L title game on Saturday, but the Maryland-bound forward had a memorable performance in his final high school game.
The 6-foot-10 senior scored a game-high 36 points shooting 15-for-20 from the field, and he missed a triple double by one blocked shot as he also had a game-high 13 rebounds.
With his 21st point, Williams broke the all-time Naugatuck Valley League scoring record.
In his 400th and final game, [Torrington coach Tony] Turina saw his prize pupil make history by becoming the all time leading scorer in NVL history, finishing a magnificent career with 2,228 points, good for seventh place overall in the state.
• UM small forward target Terrell Vinson (12 points, 10 rebounds) helped St. Frances to a 64-58 win over DeMatha in the semifinals of the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament at Frostburg State on Friday. On Saturday, Vinson scored 13 in the Panthers’ 66-56 championship-game loss to Gonzaga (D.C.).
"We didn't come to play the whole game - we showed up in the second half, but it was too late then. We weren't playing enough defense, and our shots weren't falling in the first half. And Gonzaga executed, especially down the stretch," St.Frances junior forward Dante Holmes said. Holmes and senior teammate Terrell Vinson were named first-team All-Tournament, and Calvert Hall junior forward Jonathan Graham was named to the second team.
Victor Oladipo had nine points, six rebounds and perhaps the best dunk of the weekend, a powerful two-hander in traffic after taking a pass from Quinn Cook in the second quarter.
• Maryland women’s combo guard recruit Natasha Cloud led Cardinal O’Hara in scoring in the Lions’ 67-58 loss to Mount Lebanon in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class AAAA championship game.
For the Lions, Natasha Cloud drilled five of eight three-point attempts en route to 20 points. Holzer (14 points, six rebounds and five blocks in 18 minutes) and Alicia Manning (10 points) were next in the scoring column.