Tuesday, March 22, 2011

ODU, Richmond signees shine in N.J. tourney

Monday was a big night for a pair of high school players we may be hearing a lot from in the years to come. In the final game of their high school careers, Old Dominion signee Queen Tiye Jackson and Richmond-bound Miah Register both played pivotal roles as Trenton Catholic (N.J.) defeated Neptune 54-49 to win the prestigious NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title. The Trentonian newspaper referred to the TOC as "the biggest game of the year in New Jersey girls basketball.

Jackson had 16 points and a team-high 7 rebounds; Register tallied 6 points and spooned out a team-high 5 assists. Trenton Catholic's third soon-to-be Division I star, McDonald's All-American Briyona Canty, led all scorers with 17 points. Canty has signed with Rutgers. The crowd was estimated at 3,000; we suspect that total included Wendy Larry and Michael Shafer.

The 5-11 Jackson is one of five players ODU signed in the early period, along with 5-8 guard Myeisha Hall, 5-11 wing Tiffany Minor, 5-5 point guard Ashley Betz-White and 5-7 guard Kaneisha Atwater.

Richmond has also signed five players, with 5-9 guard Keri Soppe, 6-3 forward Amber Battle, 6-4 forward Liz Brown and 6-3 forward Yazmean Burgess set to join the 5-9 Register with the Spiders.

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