FORT MYERS, FLORIDA – Baltimore’s top-ranked girls basketball team, McDonogh, was one of four teams invited to participate in the GEICO Nationals and the Eagles represented themselves well in a 76-65 loss to New York’s Long Island Lutheran, the nation’s No. 3 team according to SBLive Sports, in a semifinal contest on Friday morning.

Playing before a national television audience on ESPNU, McDonogh only had seven players available for the 10 a.m. tip and the missing players included 6-foot-4 star Kennedy Umeh, who is away with the US National Team. The Eagles, however, went toe-to-toe with LIL into the fourth quarter before their lack depth and size took its toll.

The biggest benefactor of Umeh’s absence was Long Island Lutheran’s Kate Koval who set a tournament record with 38 points. She also dominated on the boards with 16 rebounds. Behind her the Knights moved out to a seven point lead at the half and led by eight entering the fourth quarter.

McDonogh (23-2) had three players in double figures led by Ava McKennie’s 17 points. Paris Locke and Autumn Fleary each scored 16 points. McKennie led the Eagles with nine rebounds.

Gary Adornato is the founder and original publisher of Varsity Sports Network, a high school sports news network that became part of The Baltimore Banner in August 2022.

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