Lake Taylor guard JaNaiya Quinerly (photo: Antowyne Shaw/recruit757)
Class 5 Powerhouse Princess Anne meets Class 4 Force Lake Taylor Friday Night
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
The weather is cooling off… really, it’s supposed to… and the basketball season is heating up. Why not a ready for prime time match up early in the season?
Hampton’s Boo Williams Christmas Classic brings these two teams together at 9:00 p.m. Friday.
The Lake Taylor Girls, led by Sophomore Ja’Naiya Quinerly (17.0 PPG, 7 APG and 5 RPG last season), the Titans are already off to a 8-0 start after an 87-9 whitewashing of district opponent Granby a week before Christmas and a First Round Tournament win over Central Bucks West (PA) by a score of 56-28. Quinerly scored 17 points for Lake Taylor in Thursday night’s win.
This game against Princess Anne will be their first real test of the season. Norview has played them twice and the Pilots’ 25-point and 23-point losses have been the closest games for Lake Taylor all season.
Princess Anne has been just as dominant. Led by Miami commitment Brianna Jackson, the Cavaliers are 10-0 on the season. They have routinely scored 80+ points. Only Northwest Guilford (NC) has slowed Princess Anne, and that came by a 52-36 margin on December 15.
Thursday night, Aziaha James scored 22 points for Princess Anne in a 83-28 win over St. Mary’s (NY) in the Boo Williams Christmas Classic.
Both “home” teams are warmed up after the holiday break. Tonight’s game between Princess Anne and Lake Taylor will send the winner to the Championship game where they will face either New Hope Academy (MD) or St. Francis Prep (NY) at 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Here’s today’s schedule at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton:
St. Vincent’s Pallotti (MD) vs. Bishop Ireton (VA) 4:30 p.m.
Central Bucks West (PA) vs. St. Mary’s (NY) 6:00 p.m.
New Hope Academy (MD) vs. St. Francis Prep (NY) 7:30 p.m.
Princess Anne (VA) vs. Lake Taylor (VA) 9:00 p.m.
– Andy Hilton