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Nine BPS teams qualify for girls' basketball state tournament

Posted by Justin Rice  February 22, 2013 06:26 PM

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Eight teams from the Boston City League and Boston Latin qualified for the girls’ basketball state tournaments when the pairings were released Friday afternoon.

Newly crowned city champs O’Bryant (18-1) is a No. 3 seed in the Division 2 South bracket and will play Somerset Berkley in the first round at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Madison Park.

O’Bryant beat Somerset Berkley last year in the first round before losing to Fontbonne in the semifinals.

“It’s a time where the kids have to step up and decide if they want to win or do they want to go home with a city championship,” O’Bryant coach Trudy Fisher said after the pairings were released.

Fisher said her team could have been a higher seed, but she scheduled a regular season game against a charter school, the Academy of the Pacific Rim, without realizing it wasn’t an MIAA sanctioned game.

“That was my mistake,” she said.

Defending Division 4 state champs, Fenway High (10-7), who missed the city tournament because they forfeited four games for playing JV players for too long during varsity games, is a No. 10 seed in the Division 4 North bracket and will play Notre Dame-Lawrence at Greater Lawrence at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

If they advance to the finals of their bracket, they could possible play No. 6 seed New Mission (14-6), which plays Minuteman at home at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the first round.

“We’re just really humbled by this whole thing, that’s really where we all are,” Fenway Coach John Rice said, noting that his girls are eager to get out and play.

In Division 1 North, No. 11 Boston Latin (14-6) will play Lexington at Lexington at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

In Division 2 North, No. 2-seed Latin Academy (14-5) hosts the winner of No. 7 Belmont (11-9) and No. 10 Charlestown (9-8) at 7 p.m. March 1. The Belmont-Charlestown game is at 7 p.m. at Belmont on Tuesday.

In Division 3 North, No. 3 South Boston (16-2) plays No. 14 Amesbury (9-10) at location not yet determined.

In Division 1 South, No. 15 West Roxbury (9-8) plays No. 18 Quincy (10-10) at 7 p.m. Monday at West Roxbury.

In Division 3 South, No. 16 Boston English (10-8) hosts No. 17 Dedham (11-9) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Fisher said she was pleased with the number of city league schools that qualified for states but noted that the real test of their skill will be determined by how many make it out of the first round.

“It’s who goes beyond that first round,” she said. “Count that after Wednesday and see how many of us have gone on. Hopefully we can make it past the first round.”

Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

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