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December 6, 2013

CTK Lady Royals Charge Through Nazareth





BROOKLYN, NY - The girls basketball season has just gotten underway and already NYCHoops.net preseason #1 Christ the King faced off against #2 Nazareth.

On Friday, the Lady Kingsmen (1-1) hoped to set the record straight by dethroning the CTK in their first meeting of the year but the Lady Royals (2-0) charged right through the Nazareth gym en route to a convincing, 89-76 win to remain on top

Paced by Duke-bound Sierra Calhoun's game high 28 points, a 15-2 run by Christ the King broke the game open late in the first quarter. In addition to a balanced scoring attack, the Lady Royals also were tenacious on defense led by Kristen Drogsler.

Drogsler, a 5'8" senior, had a well rounded game with 18 points while also grabbing 6 rebounds and adding 5 assists. Christ the King Head Coach Bob Mackey said that Drogsler set the tone on defense, taking two charges that sparked additional charges taken by Calhoun and 5'9" sophomore Sydney Zambrotta.

"They had great position they had their feet set," said Mackey. "It's great defense and the fact that they're not trying to block shots and jump all over the place was amazing."

Calhoun said that their defense set the tone, adding that the charges taken were big momentum builders for the team. "We were all getting on the floor and diving. You know, goin' hard."

Naz jumped out in front early as South Carolina-bound Bianca Cuevas led the offense. The Lady Kingmen remained ahead by midway through the opening quarter but a trey by Scarbrough, who also had a team high 15 rebounds and 6 assists to go with her 21 points, gave Christ the King their first lead, 11-10 and never looked back.

Ahead 26-14 to start the second quarter, the Lady Royals pushed their lead to 13 to end the half. While Cuevas turned up the heat offensively, Calhoun countered by stuffing the stat sheet with not just points but with 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals

Throughout the remainder of the game, the Kingsmen, who inexplicably never pressed defensively until late in the game, could only get within ten points of Christ the King

After the game, a stunned Yazmine Belk, who had 15 points and 11 rebounds, spoke about the loss saying, "They just out hustled us. We can't let that happen. It was like we were a different team. We practiced the whole entire week and it was nothing like we played today."

Belk said that perhaps it was jitters from the game being a home opener but said that is no excuse. Cuevas who led Nazareth with 26 points and 3 assists said, "I'm too upset. I don't even want to talk about it."

Coach Mackey said that this year's team has much more depth that last season's team. "I have kids that didn't play that could've played this game. I went with the kids that got hot. Kristen got hot. She stays. Normally Ashley [Howell] doesn't play a lot but she gave us a huge lift because of her size." Howell, a 6'3" sophomore, added 14 points.

Mackey admitted that it was a feat to come into Nazareth's gym and beat them but said he's not ready to get on a pedestal just yet. "It's only game two of the year. We've got a long way to the end of the road.

Calhoun said that road ends in Albany. "We have a lot of senior leadership this year and we're all just looking to, you know, win a federation championship."

Belk feels it's Nazareth's duty to stand in Christ the King's way. "If we don't beat them, no one else will beat them."





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