Elizabeth Seton G Camden Musgrave prepares for WCAC grind

December 23, 2013

Elizabeth Seton has played one of the area’s most grueling schedules through the first month of the season, as the Roadrunners have already met top-ranked Paul VI Catholic, top-10 powers in Good Counsel and Stonewall Jackson and a tough out-of-state opponent in Shipley (Pa.).

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But for the team’s star guard, senior Camden Musgrave, perhaps the most important early-season test came two weeks ago in a win over National Cathedral. That was the game when Musgrave matched up with the area’s most prolific scorer, junior guard Marta Sniezek, who is averaging 30 points per game for the Eagles.

The 5-9 Musgrave knew guarding Sniezek was only a matter of containing her. Sniezek scored 29 points, but to Musgrave, who hit four three-pointers and poured in 26 of her own points, the game represented great expectations headed into 2014.

“That was the first time playing National Cathedral, and I knew Marta was one of the top girls in the DMV. And I knew I was, too. And to make myself more known, I knew I had to stop Marta,” Musgrave said. “I let me defense come first, and my defense led to my offense. I was hot in both categories in that game.”

After a year of learning from former Elizabeth Seton guard and Richmond recruit Janelle Hubbard, Musgrave has grown into her role as the go-to threat for the seventh-ranked Roadrunners (5-2). Musgrave — who scored 28 points in her latest outing in a win over Loughlin (NY) last weekend — is averaging 17.7 points per game. She has posted 11 rebounds in her last two games, has hit 11 three-pointers in seven games and is shooting 86.5 percent from the foul line.

“It came with more experience and confidence,” Musgrave said. “With Janelle Hubbard leaving, I knew I had to fill the scorers position. . . . I learned more visually, because I played next to her.”

The Central Connecticut recruit, who committed to the Blue Devils over Mount St. Mary’s late last summer, is surrounded by college talent at Elizabeth Seton. Center Savannah Johnson (Brown) and 6-3 senior forward Casey Davis (George Mason) are combining for about 22 points and 16 rebounds per game.

Musgrave, who transferred from Holy Cross as sophomore, now fully understands the strength of the WCAC after the Roadrunners pushed Paul VI in a three-point loss, and beat Good Counsel. On Monday afternoon they will meet St. Mary’s Ryken (3-3), and  Musgrave will expect herself to carry her team on both ends of the floor. It’s what Hubbard did a year ago, and what she now must do in order to help her team stay in the thick of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference race.

“Since it is one of the biggest conferences out there, it is pretty hard, because every day you’re faced with tough competition and you can’t relax during a game. Because if you relax, any team can come by and take that ‘W’ away from you,” Musgrave said. “Everybody is good, and everybody can have the game of their year and beat you.”

NUMBER CRUNCH: 6.40

The 55-meter dash time run by T.C. Williams sprinter Noah Lyles during Saturday’s PR Invitational, which set a meet record and qualified Lyles for the Virginia state meet.

BREAKFAST LINKS

– With Maryland basketball Coach Mark Turgeon looking on at two of his future recruits, O’Connell’s Melo Trimble and Potomac’s Dion Wiley faced off — and didn’t disappoint – at this weekend’s DMV Tip-Off Classic.

– St. John’s was expecting a bruising affair against a rare public school opponent in Wise this weekend, but the No. 2 Cadets didn’t stray from their shooting ability beyond the arc in a key win over the Pumas. 

–With an atmosphere resembling a Friday night football game, Ashburn rivals Briar Woods and Stone Bridge took to the ice this weekend — and proved that high school hockey in Loudoun County is as relevant as ever. 

– With his father in his corner, McNamara’s Alfred Bannister set out to win his second consecutive Beast of the East wrestling tournament Saturday in Delaware. Add the accomplishment to a long line of honors in what has already been a decorated career for the senior. 

PHOTOS FROM THE WEEKEND

VIDEO FROM THE WEEKEND

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Girls’ basketball: No. 2 St. John’s at No. 1 Paul VI Catholic, 7:30 p.m.

Stars will be strewn across the court Monday night in Fairfax. The Panthers (6-1) routed Bishop Ireton Saturday behind 16 points from Lindsay Oblitey, who will square off against St. John’s (4-1) junior guard Amari Carter (28 points in a 61-54 win over Holy Cross Friday).

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