Sports Round-Up Jan. 6

Khalid Moore

Khalid Moore, a senior forward on the Archbishop Molloy H.S., Briarwood, boys’ varsity basketball team, will continue his hoops career at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.

Moore will join fellow Molloy graduates Kenny Anderson (1989) and John Martinson (1984) as Stanners to play at Georgia Tech.

Anderson spent 14 seasons in the NBA for nine teams – averaging 12.6 pts. per game. Martinson is currently a physical education teacher at Molloy.

As a junior, Moore averaged 11.6 pts., 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He was named a 2016-2017 Tablet All-Star.

From Dec. 19 to 22, the St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows, varsity girls’ basketball team competed in the 21st annual Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix. A total of 81 teams from 19 states participated, with the L’il Terriers playing in the John Anderson bracket.

After wins against nationally ranked Mater Dei H.S., Santa Ana, Calif., and Bishop O’Dowd H.S., Oakland, Calif., the team reached the Final Four of its bracket before dropping a contest to Westside H.S. in Omaha, Neb. St. Francis rebounded with a victory over the nationally ranked New Hope Academy, Landover Hills, Md.

Senior forward Emily Engstler, who will be attending Syracuse University in the fall, averaged 20.5 pts. per game, earning her All-Tournament team honors for the John Anderson division.

Sophomore guard MacKayla Scarlett also turned in a solid performance, averaging 14.0 pts. per game over the four games.

“This tournament was a big test for us,” said St. Francis’ head coach Kerri White.

“Having played only one home game so far this season, we have faced a bunch of big battles on the road. It’s definitely an advantage having seen some of the top competition in the country before we take on most of our league play.

“Traveling to a top tournament like the Nike TOC gave us an opportunity to compete against some of the best teams in the country, against great players in a tough atmosphere. We got stronger physically and mentally having played four games in four days.”

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