2013 Public vs Private Challenge,  Saturday, December 21st

The 2nd annual Public versus Private school challenge took place on Saturday, December 21st at the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore city. 12 schools from across the state of Maryland competed in six games to determine bragging rights for the year. The teams split the games right down the middle at 3 each so we will to wait another year for bragging rights.

Mervo (Mergentheler Vocational) 61, Mercy 58 in double overtime.

The first game of the day was a barnburner. Mervo took a 9-7 lead after one quarter behind some strong play by guard Jasmin Henley. They opened the lead up to 25 to 16 at the half thanks to some hot shooting by Tishon Gibson. This battle of two East Baltimore schools heated up early in the fourth quarter when Mercy turned up their pressure. Mervo was up 40 to 31 after 3 quarters. Mercy capitalized on several Mervo turnovers and when Mervo's point guard Henley fouled out they were able to force overtime. Both teams struggled to score in the first overtime, but Mervo jumped out to an 8 point lead in the second extra session. That proved to be enough to hold off another furious rally by Mercy. Henley and Gibson both scored 11 points for Mervo while Jakelle Patterson and Brionna Little added 9 each for the Lady Mustangs. Mercy was led in scoring by guard Sierra Davis who dropped in 15 points, including a huge 3 pointer down the stretch. Senior guard Kristina Bayton scored 11 and freshman Morgan Cobb added 10 for the Magic. This gave the public schools a 1-0 lead.

Mercy Guard Sierra Davis

Mervo's End'Dya Barbes at the line for two.

 South River 43, John Carroll 33

South River, a public school in the Edgewater area of Anne Arundel County took on the John Carroll Patriots of Belair in Harford County in the day's second game. Both teams struggled with their shooting in this one as South River took a 10-7 lead after the first quarter. John Carroll settled in and tied the game at half time. The game was close throughout the third quarter until a late flurry in the last minute put South River ahead 34 to 26 after 3. That late 3rd quarter run was enough for South River to pull it out as John Carroll could not close the gap in the fourth. Molly Folks led South River with 7 points and Rita Watson scored 10 for John Carroll. Publics are up 2-0.


Notre Dame Prep 65, C. Milton Wright 51

The Notre Dame Prep Blazers are from the Towson area of Baltimore County. Coach Katie Marks had them prepared and ready to go for C.Milton Wright which is a public school in the Belair area of Harford County. The Blazers jumped out to a 20-7 lead after one period thanks to the scoring of sophomore Marisa DeLuca and junior guard Marissa Varnado. NDP extended their lead to 40-22 at the half and were able to maintain that margin for most of the 2nd half. NDP's duo of Varnado (19 points) and DeLuca (16 points) were too much for C. Milton Wright whose top scorer was six foot forward Emma Hanner. She scored 20 points while Alexis Johnson chipped in 10.  Privates get their first win and it is now 2-1.

Archbishop Spalding, 43, Westlake 40, overtime

Once again two teams struggled to score. The Spalding Cavaliers of Severn in Anne Arundel County were able to muster just enough offense to get by Westlake, which is a public school in the Waldorf area of Charles County. Spalding had leads of 20-19 at the half and 28 to 22 after 3 quarters. Some hot shooting by Alexus Willey helped Westlake rally in the fourth to force overtime. Spalding regained the lead and held on in the extra session thanks to sophomore Madison Gorman who scored 14 points in the game and had four 3 pointers. Westlake's high scorer was Nialla Curtis who scored 10 while Willey chipped in 9 for the losing team. This private schools pull even with this win at 2-2.


Milford Mill Academy 60, Bishop McNamara 41.

Milford Mill, a public school in Baltimore county, features two of the best guards in the area in George Mason recruit Qierra Murray and Dionna White. Bishop McNamara is located in Prince George's county and is led by first year coach Frank Oliver Jr. The first half featured both teams playing physical defense and feeling each other out enroute to a 26-20 score in Milford Mill's favor at the half. The Millers turned up their pressure in the second half and were able to force the Lady Mustangs into turnovers and capitalize. Milford cruised to a 60-41 win behind 17 points from Murray and 16 from White. Senior guard Kelli Smoot added 13 points. McNamara's leading scorers were guards Kholby Oliver and Moriah Crisp who each scored 8 points. This puts the public schools ahead 3-2.

Institute of Notre Dame 40, Meade 27

 The final game of the day saw the host school and their first year coach Doug Able even things up for the day by stifling Meade high school of Anne Arundel county. IND is located in East Baltimore city. Meade's top player Alexis Jackson picked up two first quarter fouls and sat out the rest of the half. Without Jackson to worry about, IND was able to shut down Meade's offensive attack with senior Morgen Caution protecting the paint and helping the Indians take a 19-10 halftime lead. Meade was just able to score enough as IND kept a working margin throughout the second half and evened the series for the day at 3 games apiece. Shana Williams led IND with 9 points and 10 rebounds and Morgen Caution added 8 points and 3 blocks. Sophomore Bria Gates scored 11 for Meade.


Jasmin Henley, Mervo

Tishon Gibson, Mervo

Sierra Davis, Mercy

Kristina Bayton, Mercy

Molly Folks, South River

Rita Watson, John Carroll

Marisa DeLuca, Notre Dame Prep

Marissa Varnado, Notre Dame Prep

Emma Hahner, C. Milton Wright

Madison Gorman, Spalding

Nialla Curtis, Westlake

Alexus Willey, Westlake

Qierra Murray, Milford Mill

Dionna White, Milford Mill

Kelli Smoot, Milford Mill

Moriah Crisp, Bishop McNamara

Kholby Oliver, Bishop McNamara

Bria Gates, Meade

Brooke Fields, IND.

Shana Williams, IND.

Morgen Caution, IND.






The 695Hoops Public vs Private Challenge took place at John Carroll on Friday and Saturday. The opening game had Maryland Academy of Tech, Health Sciences (Maths) holding on for a 45 to 39 win over host John Carroll. Michelle Fitzgerald had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Maths. Yemaya Johnson scored 9 for John Carroll.


Maths: Fitzgerald 14, Davis 7, Clarke 8, Shuler 8, Mitchell 8

JC- Johnson 9, Clarke 2, Schultz 2, Watson 7, Reece 2, Hunter 6, Kuyger 6


Game two saw the Calverton School make the trip up and notch an easy win over Baltimore's Coppin Academy. Angelina Horan's 13 points led Calverton. The final score was 39 to 13.


Coppin: Bonner 3, Hill 8, Mack 2, Martin 1

Calverton: Moore 9, Lerch 4, Horan 13, Manning 8, Arrington 2, Bouchard 2


The Friday finale saw Aberdeen hang on to beat a tough McDonogh team, 57 to 51. Aberdeen's Bri Jones was too much of an inside presence as she poured in 30 points. Endia Jones added 8 points. McDonogh's Danielle Edwards had 14 points and Dajah Logan added 13.

Aberdeen: B. Jones 30, S. Jones 6, Palmer 6, Mcclusky 7, E. Jones 8.

McDonogh: Edwards 14, Logan 13, Johnson 4, Jacobs 9, Robb 8, Robinson 1, Wynn 2


Saturday's opening game saw Milford Mill wear down the the Blazers of Notre Dame Prep in a battle of two of Baltimore County's best programs. The Blazers kept it close for most of the first half but the Millers' pressure wore them down. The final score was 64 to 50. Dionna White and Qierra Murray scored 21 each for Milford and Angela Healy had 15 for NDP.


NDP: Bracken 2, Ford 7, Deluca 2, Robinson 2, Fiocco 2, Healy 15, Varnado 4, Smith 10, Tommins 6

Milford: Murray 21, Smoot 5, White 21, Makenzie 8, Thompson 2, Lewis 7


North Point defeated Seton Keough in a back and forth game by a score of 51 to 47. Khaila Prather scored 16 points for North Point. Karli Zeps led Seton Keough with 12.

North Point: Prather 16, Butler 11, Mainor 11, Greenwood 6, Hodges 2, Niravanh 3, Wigfall 2,

Seton Keough: Porter 7, Booker 5, Davis 5, Riebling 9, Zeps 12, Wilson 9


The final game of the series saw Severn make a late rally and put away Maths, 55 to 51. Emily Gibbons scored 29 points to lead Severn. Michelle Fitzgerald had 22 points and 13 rebounds for Maths.


Severn: Gibbons 29, Montgomery 3, Hollinger 7, Woepke 2, Burnett 2, Manning 2, McDaniel 10

Maths: Fitzgerald 22, Cox 1, Davis 7, Clarke 2, Shuler 2, Bryant 3, Mitchell 11, Whitfield 2


2012 Public/Private All Tournament Team


Michelle Fitzgerald, MATHS

Yemaya Johnson, John Carroll

Angelina Horan, Calverton

R'Kell Hill, Coppin Academy

Danielle Edwards, McDonogh

Dajah Logan, McDonogh

Brionna Jones, Aberdeen

Endia Jones, Aberdeen

Angela Healy, NDP

Dionna White, Milford Mill

Qierra Murray, Milford Mill

Emily Gibbons, Severn

Khaila Prather, North Point

Tasia Butler, North Point

Karli Zeps, Seton Keough












Admission is $5 children under 12 are free


The Girls Middle School Showcase makes its first stop in Baltimore on Friday, September 11th at the INSTITUTE OF NOTRE DAME. The school is located at 901 Aisquith Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. The event is open to players who are in the 7th and 8th grade as of September of 2015. This is an individual event so you cannot register entire teams. There is only room for 48 participants. We expect to have many high school coaches in attendance based on positive feedback from last year's showcases. We have listened to feedback over the past year and have worked hard to make the showcases even better. Upon your completed registration you will receive instructions and a sample letter to send to high schools that your student athlete is interested in attending. We expect to have local youth media in attendance to cover the event including Nextsportsphenom, DMV Elite Showcase and of course 695hoops.com. Participants could be selected to play in the Girls Middle School Showcase All Star Game in March 2016 . This is an exclusive, invitation only event which is part of the 695Hoops Senior Shoot Out.



PLAYERS ATTENDING (will be updated every 48hrs)

Gmss Baltimore – 7th






7th grade Aaliyah Robison
7th grade Koi Sims
7th grade Anya Walker
7th grade Kayla Cabbagestalk
7th grade Asia Dodson
7th grade Janeiyah Cajudoy
7th grade Sydney Stokes
7th grade Sanaya Gray
7th grade Taylor Sawyer
7th grade Vashae Rideout
7th grade Kristin Sterling
7th grade Harley Herndon
7th grade Ah'Naiyah Free
7th grade Tamyra Timmons
7th grade Allie Cullison
7th grade Gabriella Mancini
7th grade Aniya Gourdine
7th grade Emily Durkee
7th grade Amani Humphry
7th grade Amayah Frazier




Gmss Baltimore – 8th

8th grade Grace Taylor
8th grade Destiny Ryles
8th grade Leah D. Johnson
8th grade CLAIRE NEFF
8th grade Jourdyn Ayers
8th grade Charia Roberts
8th grade Julia Williams
8th grade Monika Greenhow
8th grade Tiffany Manning
8th grade Kayla Cooper
8th grade Nhaikyia Smith
8th grade Anujin Dashdorj
8th grade Niana Rosser
8th grade Saniya Dorsey
8th grade Amelia Saunders
8th grade Alex Sawyers
8th grade Mir Mclean
8th grade Tajiah Ridgeway
8th grade Jordan Bugg
8th grade Brylen Hatcher
8th grade Aiyahnah Burke
8th grade Elaine Harris
8th grade Marisa Sanchez Henry
8th grade Lillian Harris
8th grade Camille Malagar
8th grade Joelle Moore
8th grade Dynajah Glenn