St. James School, John Paul the Great High and Loudoun Country Day School all swept their opponents Saturday to claim division titles at Foxcroft School’s seventh annual Think Pink Basketball Tournament to benefit the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation.
It was a fun day for hoops fans as 11 teams played 15 games – three at a time! — over six hours in Foxcroft’s spacious Athletic/Student Center. The round-robin format featured shortened halves and a running clock. Admission was free but proceeds from the sale of t-shirts and food concessions, as well as donations by spectators and friends, raised hundreds of dollars to help local breast cancer patients and programs. And the balls kept bouncing . . . .
A balanced offense and tough defense led St. James (Hagerstown, MD), to its first championship at the varsity level. Both the Saints and Middleburg Academy were 2-0 when they faced off in the afternoon. The two teams played evenly into the second half when the Saints broke for a third comfortable victory, 35-25.
“We wore them down in the second half with our pressure defense,” said St. James Varsity Coach Nate Naylor. “It was a real team effort.”
Freshman Christa Bartlett scored 11 points, senior Leanne Ludwick had 7 and Morgan Moseley, an 8th-grader, added 6 against Middleburg. St. James had easily dispatched Randolph-Macon, 35-21, and Foxcroft, 32-17, earlier. Bartlett led the team with 22 points on the day and Moseley had 21.
Middleburg, which had just six players, edged Foxcroft 21-18, and beat RMA, 30-20, to earn its chance at the title.
Host Foxcroft, battling back from a three-week break for exams and winter break, eked out a 33-28 overtime win over RMA in its final game. RMA hit a free throw with 7 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 26-26, but senior Kat Forrest scored four points and sophomore Mia Moseley added three in the extra session to pull out the victory.
Forrest and Moseley, who hit a series of clutch free throws down the stretch, each had 10 points in the game. For the tournament, they led the team in rebounding and scoring with 19, respectively. Senior Moseley also had 11 rebounds while senior Alex Grace added 18.
Newcomer John Paul the Great Catholic High School (Dumfries, VA) outscored opponents 64-20 in 29-3 and 35-14 victories over Foxcroft and St. James, respectively, to grab the Junior Varsity championship. St. James placed second after Foxcroft freshman Loren Sepulveda’s three-pointer glanced off the rim with time running out to give St. James a nail-biting, 10-8 win.
In the middle school competition, Loudoun Country Day vanquished Quantico Middle School (2-1 on the day), Randolph-Macon Academy (1-2) , and the home-school squad Front Royal Flames (0-3) to collect one of the cool trophies Foxcroft engineering students had designed and made on the School’s t3-D printer. Fredericksburg Academy. St. James School (Maryland) defeated Foxcroft in JV action.
The tournament was organized and run largely by student members of Foxcroft’s Athletic Association, with assistance from Athletic Director Michelle Woodruff. Most of the referees volunteered their time, as did numerous Foxcroft students and faculty members, who served as scorekeepers, timekeepers and runners as well as concessionaires and hosts.
“Thanks to Miss Woodruff, (athletic rainer) Ruth Ann Allen, the Athletic Association and all of the volunteers today for hosting a great tournament for a great cause!,” Foxcroft Coach Patrick Finn said. “On behalf of the coaches and players, we appreciate all of your efforts!”
Foxcroft School has raised more than $50,000 for the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation foundation over the past decade through this tournament, the Cherry Blossom Walk, Run and Pooch Prance (which Foxcroft hosts on campus) and other fundraising efforts. Two Foxcroft students – senior Jesse Herman and junior Mary Park Durham – as well as Head of School Catherine S. McGehee, sit on the CBBCF Board.