About two weeks ago, it was all but a forgone conclusion that the Murry Bergtraum girls’ varsity high school basketball team would capture an eleventh consecutive PSAL Girls’ Varsity Class AA city championship.
Although nothing is ever certain in sports, it was difficult to argue that any team could possibly challenge a Murry Bergtraum team which hadn’t lost in nearly three years, including a 20-0 start this season that extended the Lady Blazer’s winning streak to an incredible 73 straight games.
However, that was all before Murry Bergtraum’s February 11th meeting with The Manhattan Center For Science & Math and the Lady Rams’ China Crosby, in a Bronx/Manhattan Class AA regular season game at the Murry Bergtraum Gymnasium.
Crosby, Manhattan Center’s leading scorer, scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Manhattan Center to a shocking 61-54 upset of Murry Bergtraum.
The Lady Blazers (20-1) still won the Bronx/Manhattan Class AA regular title by a game over the Lady Rams (20-4), but in the bigger picture, Manhattan Center’s victory served notice that maybe Murry Bergtraum’s road to yet another PSAL city title isn’t as automatic as previously thought. Crosby is a big reason for that sudden change in thinking.
An athletic 5-foot-5 senior guard who can shoot the three and go either right or left with a nice ability to change speeds, Crosby is considered one of the top point guards in the nation for the class of 2009, and was named a MacDonald’s All-American last week.
Upon graduation from high school, the talented Crosby will remain One To Watch as she plays next year for the University of Virginia. But, before that, now that they’ve stopped Murry Bergtraum’s streak, Crosby’s Lady Rams are also ones to keep an eye on in the 2009 PSAL Class AA playoffs.
Top-seeded Murry Bergtraum awaits a second-round matchup on March 3rd with either sixteenth-seeded Cardozo or 17th-seeded Madison. Meanwhile, Crosby and third-seeded Manhattan Center will also play a second-round game on March 3rd against either fourteenth-seeded Clinton or nineteenth-seeded Frederick Douglas.