Frett leaves her coach 'speechless' Kean guard scores 33 in overtime victory at Central High Tournament
Published: February 16, 2013
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Akia Frett scored a career-high 33 points as the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School varsity girls basketball team rallied from a 12-point deficit to force overtime in a 52-50 win over St. Croix Central High on Friday.
It was the second game of the Central High School Invitational Basketball tournament, and Frett put on a show. The win was one of four in a St. Thomas sweep of St. Croix boys and girls teams Friday. The Lady Devil Rays trailed at the end of the first three quarters, but Frett saved the best of her incredible performance for the fourth quarter and overtime.
The junior guard scored 13 points in the fourth and hit the game-winning basket, which resulted in the only points of overtime.
"We had to put on a press to get little turnovers and such," Frett said. "We didn't give up. We kept playing to build the momentum of the players to get back in the lead."
Kadesha Barry led Central with 20 points.
Kean coach Akil Lewis said his team fell behind by 12 points with about four minutes remaining in the third quarter, and then Frett began to take over.
"Akia will always be Akia and she also rebounds," Lewis said. "She's just great. Leaves me speechless. Once she goes, the team goes. I'm just blessed to have her on my team."
Kean forward Renique Francis chipped in 10 points.
The Lady Rays open Day 2 of the tournament against Charlotte Amalie High School at 10 a.m. today. It will be the fourth meeting of the season between the teams and the Lady Chickenhawks have won each of the previous three games by double digits. Frett was already thinking about CAHS and downplaying her stellar performance minutes after beating Central.
"Well, it still don't mean anything," she said. "Unless we win the rivalry of St. Thomas, it's nothing to us. That's what we're really focused on."
Lewis said he would focus on getting his team mentally prepared at the hotel Friday night. He's seen the first three games against CAHS slip away in the third quarters.
"We just gotta keep in the game," he said.
Central will play Complex at 11:30 a.m. The girls games resume later in the day with Kean and Complex at 4 p.m. and CAHS and Central at 5:30 p.m.
Girls: CAHS 58, Complex 18
The CAHS girls started on a 24-0 run en route a 58-18 rout of St. Croix Educational Complex in the first game of the tournament.
CAHS sisters Sheraine and Sherelle George each scored a game-high 11 points as the Lady Chickenhawks' bench led the way after coach Myron Corbett pulled his starters after the first quarter.
"We played extremely well in the beginning," Corbett said. "We were extremely aggressive getting to the ball and scoring at will. We kind of came together today in terms of intensity and defense."
CAHS forward Renique Francis finished with a game-high 12 rebounds to go with seven points. Guards Germequa Bell and KeAnna Mills each had a game-high seven steals.
Danielle Christian led the Lady Barracudas with seven points.
"I don't think they made any adjustments to how physical we played," Corbett said.
Boys: Kean 53, Country Day 49
In the tournament's first boys game, Kean High held on for a 53-49 win over Country Day School. Both teams shot a woeful 9-for-24 from the free throw line, but the Devil Rays managed to build a nine-point lead at the half and keep the Tigers in check.
"The first half, we looked like a well-oiled machine," Kean assistant coach Ronnie Cummings said. "Second half, it looked like we ran out of gas. I don't know what happened. We started missing free throws, but my guys had heart, kept our composure and came out with a win."
Kean High junior Stephaun Adams scored a team-high 12 points. Aseah Thomas chipped in 10 points, and Ashley Ritter added nine.
Country Day's Jamar Ryan led all scorers with 19 points, and teammate Jordan Evans added another 10 points.
The Devil Rays will play Central High at 1 p.m. today. Country Day will play Complex at 2:30 p.m.
The CAHS boys beat Complex 68-59 in the final game of the night. CAHS senior Sekayi Petersen scored a team-high 19 points, and senior guards Elisha Arnold and Akito Amaro added 13 points apiece.
"It was a close game," CAHS coach Pedrito Estrill said. "We were behind at halftime, and I think we took them out of the game in the fourth quarter. We moved the ball much better tonight than we did against Kean. I have to give the kids compliments for the way they held their composure on the court."
Complex's statistics were unavailable. CAHS will play the winner of the Kean vs. Central game at 7 p.m.
The championship games will be played Sunday with the girls tipping off at 7 p.m. and the boys at 8:30 p.m.
CAHS 58, Complex 18
Kean 52, Central 50 (OT)
Kean 53, Country Day 49
CAHS 68, Complex 59
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