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