St. John’s G Amari Carter narrows list to Penn State, Kentucky


St. John’s sophomore Amari Carter (left) has narrowed her college list down to Penn State and Kentucky. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

St. John’s guard Amari Carter, who helped the Cadets reach the District of Columbia State Athletic Association title game with a semifinal win over Wilson Sunday, has narrowed her college list down to Penn State and Kentucky.

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The 5-foot-7 junior is one of the area’s most highly touted players in the class of 2015, and she was previously considering Maryland along with the Nittany Lions and Wildcats, among others. Carter is ranked as ESPN’s 10th overall prospect in her class, and fifth overall at the point guard position. Carter said she whittled down her list to two last month.

“I love the coaches [at Penn State and Kentucky],” Carter said.  “They’re great coaches and great programs. I like the way they play fast.”

Carter scored six points and added three assists and three steals in Sunday’s DCSAA semifinal blowout of Wilson, which earned the Cadets (24-7) a berth into Thursday’s title game against Georgetown Visitation (27-3) at the Verizon Center. Carter, who has been battling a stress fracture in her shin since early February and missed several weeks, showed no signs of fatigue or discomfort against the Tigers. The win came just five days after the team lost narrowly to Paul VI in the WCAC championship, and Carter said she has felt better physically during the state tournament.

She earned first team WCAC honors in February, and is averaging 17.8 points per game this winter.

Carter said that she has visited Penn State, and plans to make a trip to Lexington in April. She said she has no timetable on making a decision. Her lone focus this week will be on closing out her junior season on a high against Georgetown Visitation, which St. John’s beat in February while she was sitting out with her injury.

“It hurt to lose on Tuesday,” Carter said. “But we came out and played hard in our last game against Bell, and [Sunday] against Wilson. Hopefully we can bounce back and get a W on Thursday against a good team.”

NUMBER CRUNCH: 25

The number of saves by Briar Woods goalie Elliott Shelton in Friday’s Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League title game against Stone Bridge, which helped propel the the Falcons to their second consecutive crown.

BREAKFAST LINKS

– Theodore Roosevelt guard Johnnie Shuler turned in a gutsy performance to help his team past St. John’s in the DCSAA semifinals Sunday, while Maret’s Alex Peltier notched a double-double against Cesar Chavez to set up a championship game between the Rough Riders and Frogs on Thursday.

– The Washington Pride hockey program has become a fixture for local girls, and is building a pipeline for prospective college recruits.

– Genesis Parker ignited Stonewall Jackson to a 6A North region girls’ title Saturday against West Springfield, while the W.T. Woodson boys found themselves in a familiar position against Lake Braddock, but found a way to claim a second consecutive region championship.

– A honed focus on the fundamentals gave Clinton Christian a much-needed boost against Riverdale Baptist, helping the Eagles take home their first Capital Beltway championship.

– Wakefield wasn’t intimidated by undefeated Potomac (Va.) in Saturday’s 5A North Region boys championship game, as junior guard Marqua Walton scored 15 points in the final five minutes to help the Warriors to a statement win over the Panthers.

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WHAT TO WATCH FOR: SNOW

The Washington area is expecting plenty of it on Monday, which has already shut down schools across the region. The inclement weather is likely to have an impact on Maryland boys’ basketball playoffs, which were scheduled to get underway Monday. Stay tuned with allmetsports.com for all the latest on postponements and rescheduled games.

Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.
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