Vikings pick up their first basketball conference victory since entering the MIAA

Jemicy senior Chris Prigg (white jersey) goes up with his right hand for two of his 14 points in the Vikings’ win. (Photo courtesy of Zachary Oestreicher)

When Jemicy School entered the MIAA prior to the 2014-15 school year, it did so in hopes of becoming more attractive to potential student-athletes who may otherwise pass up the Owings Mills school which is dedicated to educating students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.

To become competitive in the MIAA, even on the C Conference level, Jemicy knew it would take some time, especially on the basketball court. On Tuesday, the Vikings achieved a major milestone in this journey, a 59-55 victory over Saints Peter & Paul, the Vikings first win in three years of conference play.

Jemicy (3-12 overall, 1-8 MIAA C) has been very competitive in several league games this season and came close to its first win, late last month, in its first meeting with the Sabres (2-11 overall, 2-7 MIAA C), falling by just a single point, 49-48, on the road in Easton.

To get the victory, the Vikings staged a second half rally, coming from seven down at the break to pull ahead and win in the fourth quarter.

Senior center Chris Prigg produced a double-double to lead Jemicy, scoring 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. He got plenty of help.

Freshman Jonathan Cardwell scored a team-high 18 points. (Photo courtesy of Zachary Oestreicher)

Sophomore forward Braeden Smith also had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds and freshman point guard Jon Cardwell scored a team-high 18 points. In addition, sophomore guard Myles Johnson set a school record with seven steals in a conference game to go along with 15 points and five rebounds.

The work of the group overcame a sensational 28 points performance by the Sabres’ Lamont Powell. Also, Matt Schroeder netted 11 points for Saints Peter & Paul.

To add to the joy of the day for Jemicy, its junior varsity squad as captured its first MIAA win, earlier in the day, defeating Saints Peter & Paul, 35-28.