DuPont Manual vs. Sacred Heart Academy (Girls)
2018 Class ACT 7th Region Girls Championship
Valley High School
March 3, 2018
DuPont Manual coach Jeff Sparks started the following lineup: 5-11 Sr. Aniah Griffin, 5-6 So. Jeanay Riley, 6-1 Jr. Nila Blackford, 5-2 Sr. Tyonne Howard, and 5-5 Sr. Jaela Johnson. Sacred Heart Academy coach Donna Moir countered with 5-11 Sr. Grace Berger, 5-7 Sr. Kia Sivils, 6-0 So. Kristen Clemons, 5-6 Jr. Ashlee Harris, and 5-7 Sr. Kiki Samsel.
DuPont Manual pulled off the big upset and defeated Sacred Heart Academy by a score of 55-52. DuPont Manual trailed 30-23 at halftime but outscored the Valkyries 32-22 in the second half. The score was tied five times and there were six lead changes in the game. DuPont Manual shot 38.3% from the field including five of 11 from the three point line. The Lady Crimsons connected on 14 of 17 free throws, pulled down 30 rebounds, and scored 14 points off 10 Sacred Heart Academy turnovers. Sacred Heart Academy shot 41.3% from the field including two of 14 from beyond the arc. The Valkyries connected on 12 of 13 free throws, pulled down 29 rebounds, and scored eight points off nine DuPont Manual turnovers.
Jaela Johnson led the victors with 18 points including eight of eight free throws and two steals. Nila Blackford added 14 points, 14 rebounds, and two steals. Aniah Griffin also scored 14 points including two three point baskets, and five rebounds. Tyonne Howard recorded nine points and four assists.
Grace Berger led Sacred Heart Academy with 16 points and six rebounds. Kristen Clemons added 15 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocked shots. Clemons was five of five from the field and five of five free throws. Ashlee Harris and Kiki Samsel each recorded nine points.
Sacred Heart Academy,13,17,9,13,52
DuPont Manual (55) – Griffin 14, Riley 0, Blackford 14, Howard 9, Johnson 18.
Sacred Heart Academy (52) – Berger 16, Sivils 3, Clemons 15, Harris 9, Samsel 9.
All Tournament Team – Shamaria Stikes (Central), Kiarah Carney (Ballard), Ne’Jah Elliott (Waggener), Ciaja Harbison (Male), Jacqueline Racque (Assumption), Mikayla Kinnard (Eastern), Kristen Clemons (Sacred Heart Academy), Kiki Samsel (Sacred Heart Academy), Jaela Johnson (DuPont Manual), Tyonne Howard (DuPont Manual), and Nila Blackford (DuPont Manual).
A special thanks to Bob Tonini of Sacred Heart Academy for providing the comprehensive statistics for today’s game.