Hagerup, Cubs again top the Eagles

March 2

Ana Hagerup scored nine of her team-high 23 points in the second quarter to lead Georgetown Visitation to a 63-49 victory over National Cathedral on Sunday in a D.C. State Athletic Association semifinal game at American University’s Bender Arena.

Sophomore Alexis Gray added 20 points — including 14 in the second half — as the Cubs beat their Independent School League foe for the fourth time this season and the third time in 16 days. They did so despite making just two field goals in the first quarter.

Georgetown Visitation (27-3) will play St. John’s in the DCSAA final Thursday at Verizon Center. The game will begin at 6 p.m.

“I’m just having fun out there, and I realize these are my last high school games of basketball,” Hagerup said. “I’m not trying to think about what I’m doing too much.”

After a pedestrian first period, Coach Mike McCarthy extended the Cubs’ 1-2-2 zone to trap Eagles ballhandlers after passing the half-court line. The zone forced five Eagles turnovers in the second quarter, and the Cubs outscored National Cathedral 25-13 to take a seven-point lead into the half.

Visitation’s lead reached double digits on a Kate Delaney free throw in the second half and later swelled to 16 points.

Marta Sniezek scored 23 points to lead National Cathedral (17-5).

“I told my assistant coaches before the game there isn’t any way the seniors are going to let us lose,” McCarthy said. “I knew they were going to step up, and they did.”

In the second semifinal, guard Kailyn Ebb scored 13 points and added nine rebounds as No. 4 St. John’s cruised to a 61-29 win over Wilson.

The Cadets (24-7) and Tigers (21-8) were both just five days removed from close losses in their respective conference title games, but St. John’s looked fresher from the jump and never gave Wilson a chance to get close. St. John’s jumped out to an 18-0 lead in the first seven minutes, and Wilson’s first field goal didn’t come until the buzzer at the end of the first quarter. Wilson shot just 18.5 percent from the field in the first half, while St. John’s hit 59.3 percent of its shots and outrebounded the Tigers 20-9 in the first two quarters.

The Cadets finished the game shooting 50.9 percent and hit five three-pointers. Ebb had eight of her 13 points in the first half. Junior center Zion Campbell added 11 points for the Cadets.

St. John’s, which lost narrowly to Paul VI in last week’s WCAC championship, will now get set for a rematch with Georgetown Visitation. The Cadets defeated the Cubs soundly Feb. 8, winning 70-48 behind 17 points and 14 rebounds from sophomore center Sarah Overcash.

“It’s not going to be anything like the first game. We had a great day that day. . . . I’m sure they’ll come ready to play,” St. John’s Coach Jonathan Scribner said. “What a great opportunity to go play in the Verizon Center, represent D.C. and try to win a city title. I think that has a lot of value.”

The Cadets’ star guard, Amari Carter, didn’t play in that first matchup because of a stress fracture in her shin. She returned to the lineup for the WCAC tournament. St. John’s didn’t need to rely on her scoring prowess in the blowout Sunday. Carter finished with six points on 3-for-5 shooting, adding three assists and three steals.

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