By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Shaliquah Fahie scored the final seven points as the Elmore Stoutt High School Lady Rams fended off hosts Bertha C. Boschulte Lady Blazers,
35-30, to win the BCB International Junior Varsity March Madness Basketball Tournament in St. Thomas on Sunday. Fahie finished with 19 points to lead the Rams. Jah’Lysha Samuel and Nailea Nicholas combined for 24 points to pace the Lady Blazers.
“It was very, very special to win this tournament,” said ESHS Athletics Director Derwin Scatliffe. “The whole season we had issues with kids not being able to make it (to St. Thomas) because of money issues. I decided on this trip seeing that it would be the last one for the season, to dip into my own pocket to help out some of the girls to see if the team was really as good as I think it would be and it panned out to be. It tells me that hopefully next year, the program will be funded correctly that the best team will show up each and every day.”
Scatliffe said many of the girls were worried about the money they had to put in to make the trips to St. Thomas for Interscholastic Athletics Assiociation (IAA) league play. He had two girls who competed in league games last week, who didn’t make the tournament because of funding and he picked up a different two who were able to help the team.
“My cousin Cloé Scatliffe made a huge, huge impact this weekend and I have another two players who haven’t come out as yet—Elisa Minott and Amber Penn,” he noted. “I know when they do, the team is going to be basically unbeatable.”
The Lady Rams opened with a 29-17 victory over Charlotte Amalie High School. They then upset previously unbeaten Adeleta Cancryn—handing them their first loss of the season—25-18, before falling to BCB, 28-17. A 26-19 triumph over Charlotte Amalie placed them in the final.
The Boys team lost to Charlotte Amalie, 42-38 in the final. Michael Richardson led the Rams with 16 points.
The Rams began their trek to the final with a 39-35 triumph over host BCB, before crushing Montessori, 39-2, then they beat back Eudora Kean, 42-33 to advance to the final.
Scatliffe said the Boys did as good as they were supposed to. “I think the pressure and the climate kind of got to them and by time they got going and trying to make a run, some of the foul trouble, some of the energy and intensity that they didn’t match early in the first quarter, they dug a hole that they couldn’t get out of,” he explained. “I know some people say when a team is undefeated, sometimes its good o taste defeat so that now when they play in the next couple of weeks for the IAA Championship, I think they will be hungry, instead of sitting back thinking they are that good. The loss might have been bad in one sense but, I think it’s good that it makes them hungry and more prepared for the next championship.”