BENSALEM >> She scored a game-high 24 points, went over 1,000 points for her career, led St. Basil to the District 1-3A Title, and helped assure her team a spot in states.
All in a day’s work for Denae Carter.
“Since she was named Most Valuable Player of (Catholic Academies League), she’s just been playing at a whole other level,” said her coach, Terry Mancini. “She played real well in our league playoffs, scores 28 in the championship game.
“The other girls look for her and she’s very unselfish. To score 1,000 points by her junior year, that’s a real good feat.”
Basil was simply overwhelming in the district final Saturday at Bensalem, jumping out to a 16-0 lead and winning 56-36 over young New Hope Solebury.
It was a photo-filled afternoon for Carter, who first posed alongside her teammates when they were awarded the district trophy, and then she got to clutch a big, decorated poster board signifying her 1,000 points (now at 1,003 and counting).
“It feels great,” she said happily, on the crowded gym floor afterwards. “It was good that I got (the 1,000) in the district championship. And the team worked really hard and I think that it was really a team thing to help me get here.”
Quite a run >> Carter hit four 3-pointers as part of her 24-point performance, and the Panthers (24-2) were further assisted by Shannon Remolde’s 11 points.
Lauren Ems added six in the win.
“I just feel that we work really hard, work really hard in practice,” Carter said. “We come to our games ready to play. It’s helped us to grow a lot as friends and as teammates and I think that our chemistry really has developed over the years.”
Rachel Saxton led New Hope with 12 points.
What a four years it’s been for Basil. Four straight league titles, four straight district titles, and a cumulative record of 106-9 by the seniors.
“It’s a great group of kids,” Mancini said.
District 1-3A Final
St. Basil Academy 56, New Hope Solebury 36
New Hope-Solebury 3 6 14 13 – 36
Basil 16 14 17 9 – 56
New Hope: Sabrina Vlahovic 2 0-0 5, Rachel Saxton 4 2-4 12, Kate Dougherty 2 2-4 6, Reagan Chrencik 4 1-2 11, Emma Ives 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 5-10 36.
Basil: Shannon Remolde 4 0-0 11, Denae Carter 9 2-2 24, Riley Scannell 2 0-1 4, Lizzie Deal 2 0-0 4, Hannah Hunter 1 0-0 3, Lauren Ems 2 0-0 6, Hailey Magilton 1 0-0 2, Michaela Joniec 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 2-3 56.
3-pointers: NH-Vlahovic, Saxton 2, Chrencik 2; B-Remolde 3, Carter 4, Hunter, Ems 2.
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