From staff reports
If you’re a fan of high school girls basketball, Holy Spirit is the place to be this weekend, as some of the top local teams join several outstanding programs from out of the area at the 22nd Annual 97.3 ESPN FM Girls Shootout.
The schedule is loaded this year, as the two-day event features two defending state champions, three South Jersey champs and a pair of Central and North Jersey title winners from a year ago, according to Tom Williams of primeevents.net. The field includes five of the top 15 teams in South Jersey, and 10 of the top 21, according to recent rankings by primeevents.net.
Saturday’s slate begins with ACIT, a surprise team in the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference, going up against CAL United foe St. Joseph. The RedHawks came into Friday sporting a 9-5 record, including 4-1 in the CAL American, just a half game behind conference-leading Millville. Absegami then faces Springside-Chestnut Hill of Pennsylvania, and Cedar Creek will battle Trenton Central. Ocean City, off to a 12-0 start and coming off a big win over rival Mainland this week, takes on Camden Catholic, and St. John Vianney — annually one of the best teams in the state — squares off against Rancocas Valley.
Sunday features Middle Township, which came into Friday on a 13-game winning streak, going up against Monmouth County power Middletown South. The Sunday slate also features Gloucester Catholic vs. Saddle River Day School. Saddle River guard Michelle Sidor scored her 1,000th career point just seven games into her sophomore year.
Host school Holy Spirit takes on Kingsway on Sunday at 3:30, and that game is followed by Mainland against defending Group 4 state champion Lenape.
Admission for the entire day is just $6, and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Edythe Selvagn Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Here’s a look at the full schedule:
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Noon —— Atlantic Tech vs St. Joseph
1:45pm —– Absegami vs Springside-Chestnut Hill PA
3:30pm —– Cedar Creek vs Trenton Central
5:15pm —– Ocean City vs Camden Catholic
7:00pm —– Rancocas Valley vs St. John Vianney
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Noon —— Middle Township vs Middletown South
1:45pm —– Gloucester Catholic vs Saddle River Day School
3:30pm —– Holy Spirit vs Kingsway
5:15pm —– Mainland vs Lenape
7:00pm —– Atlantic City vs Wildwood Catholic