St John's and Gonzaga take home the DCSAA Girls and Boys Championships


Malu Tshitenge- Mutombo took over in the second half to help lead St John's over Georgetown Visitation

Chris Lykes added a DCSAA championship to the resume after his 24 point performance

Girls Championship - St Johns 63 Georgetown Visitation 51 -

Despite an off game from star senior Aisha Sheppard and foul trouble to sophomore center Malu Tshitenge Mutombo and junior guard Jaylin Carodine, St John's came through when it mattered most, defeating Georgetown Visitation 63-51 to take home their second straight DCSAA championship. Early it appeared that Georgetown Visitation may walk out victorious as they held a 15-12 first quarter lead, thanks to the inside scoring from senior forward Maeve Carroll (20 points). St John's as they've shown all season wouldn't go away quietly. Despite their offensive woes, the Cadets turned up the intensity on defense and dominated on the boards to take a 29-26 halftime lead. The second half brought a back an forth battle however it was the inside play of Tshitenge Mutombo that turned out to be the difference. Tshitenge- Mutombo scored 9 of her 17 points and grabbed 8 of her 9 rebounds down the stretch to lead St John's to victory. It was the type of performance that validates why she is one of the most coveted sophomores in the country. Senior guard Aisha Sheppard scored 13 points while junior guard Jaylin Carodine added 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 steals. Sophomore guard Ellie Mitchell posted 12 points, 4 assist and 4 rebounds while guard Cristin George added 8 points to pace Georgetown Visitation.

Ellie Mitchell filled in with key scoring when Carroll was swarmed by St John's defense

Aisha Sheppard had an off game but came through in the clutch to secure victory

Maeve Carroll gave St John's problems all game long as she posted a game high 20 points

Boys Championship - Gonzaga 76 Maret 66 -

Maret senior center Luka Garza put on one of the most dominating performances in recent DCSAA history, posting 37 points, 17 rebounds and 3 blocks, although it wasn't enough as Gonzaga led by senior point guard Chris Lykes 24 points and 5 assist defeated Maret 76-66 to win the DCSAA boys basketball championship. Maret stormed out the gate behind the dominance of Garza and efficient play of guards Elijah Bowens (15 points, 5 assist) and Coby Davis (11 points, 7 rebounds) to take a 24-16 first quarter lead. Gonzaga looked sluggish and played sloppy in the opening period. The Eagles adjusted well. Gonzaga led a balanced scoring attack from Lykes and Myles Dread (14 points) went on to out score Maret 43-24 over the second and third quarters to take a 59-48 lead. In the fourth, Garza tried valiantly to put Maret on his back, yet, the clutch play of Lykes and junior guard Prentiss Hubb (16 points, 6 assist and 5 rebounds) proved to be too much to overcome.

Maret center Luka Garza as a man amongst boys posting 37 points and 17 rebounds

Prentiss Hubb showed he is one of the deadliest all around players in the country with his performance

Elijah Bowen gave Gonzaga fits with his 50% shooting from 3-point territory

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