GCA Eagles

The Grace Christian Academy Eagles pose for a photo after winning the IT&E Interscholastic Girls Middle School Basketball League on Saturday at the MHS gym.

GRACE Christian Academy claimed the IT&E Interscholastic Girls Middle School Basketball League championship by crushing Francisco M. Sablan Middle School 30-12  Saturday at the Marianas High School gym.

The GCA Eagles also ended the season with an 11-0 record.

As usual, GCA's  “tower of power” Azriel Fatialofa led the rest of the Eagles to victory as she showed consistency on both ends of the court.

She started by draining the opening bucket and followed it with a split on the charity line.

The Napu Riders of FMS did have a strategy to shut down GCA's main scorer, but whenever Fatialofa was unable to put up a shot, the rest of her teammates stepped up.

In the second half, Eagles Fiona Regan Vaniqa Torres delivered the points.

FMS continued to put up a fight with Napu Rider Rosie Saralu contributing five points, including one from the three-point line.

She remained hot from beyond the arc as she converted her second triple in the second half along with two more points from the free-throw line.

But FMS could not stop Fatialofa. With a total of 22 points, she alone outscored the Napu Riders, carrying GCA to victory 30-12.

Before FMS met GCA in the finals, the Napu Riders had to beat the highly favored Hopwood Middle School 2 Hilitais.

At first, Hopwood seemed to be headed to victory as the Hilitais led 12-8 with only three minutes left on the clock.

However, FSM’s  Rosie Saralu rose to the occasion by  scoring five points to give her team the lead, 13-12.

Hopwood had one last chance to seal the deal, but Leona Saures failed to connect and Kialeen Leemarvin missed the desperation 3-point shot.

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