Schedule set for Beast of the East girls hoops showcase

Seven girls basketball teams that finished in The Baltimore Sun's Top 15 last winter, as well as some of the top high school teams from around the Mid-Atlantic region, will compete in the Beast of the East Showcase at Roland Park the second weekend in December.

No. 1 Archbishop Spalding, No. 2 Aberdeen, No. 3 McDonogh, No. 6 Milford Mill, No. 7 Roland Park, No. 10 St. Frances and No. 11 Seton Keough are scheduled to play in the showcase, which features 21 games.

According to the Beast of the East website, the showcase is the largest girl’s high school basketball mixer on the East Coast. It also includes teams from Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. Victoria NITP (National Intensive Training Program) is the first international entrant, coming from Australia.

Roland Park coach Scott Buckley is looking forward to hosting the event for the first time. The Showcase was held at St. Frances last season.

“It’s such a great event, and I thought our new facility would suit it,” Buckley said.

At Roland Park, teams have a separate area to warm up, so games will move along quicker, especially Saturday when nine games are scheduled.

Among the out-of-state participants, Long Island Lutheran was the No. 1 team in New York last season. Maryland fans will get a chance to see 6-foot-3 Aja Ellison, a senior at Life Center Academy in New Jersey who has committed to the Terps.

The team from Victoria, Australia, includes many of the top players in Australia, Buckley said. In addition to Life Center, Victoria NITP will meet Riverdale Baptist.

Below is the schedule for the Beast of the East Showcase:

Thursday, Dec. 12

Friendship Academy vs. Milford Mill, 5:30 p.m.

Life Center (N.J.) vs. MATHS, 7 p.m.

Riverdale Baptist vs. Victoria NIPT, Australia, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13

Aberdeen vs. Holy Cross, 5:30 p.m.

Stonewall Jackson (Va.) vs. Elizabeth Seton, 7 p.m.

Life Center vs. Victoria NITP, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14

Mervo vs. Frederick, 9 a.m

St. Frances vs. Forest Park (Va.), 10:30 a.m.

McDonogh vs. Holy Cross, noon

Roland Park vs. Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.), 1:30

Victoria NITP vs. Blair, (N.J.), 3

St. Mary’s Ryken vs. Germantown Academy (Pa.), 4:30

Milford Mill vs. South Shore (N.Y.), 6

St. Hubert’s (Pa.) vs. Franklin County (Va.), 7:30

Pallotti vs. Williamsburg Christian (Va.), 9

Sunday, Dec. 15

Archbishop Spalding vs. Archbishop Carroll (D.C.), 10 a.m.

Blair vs. St. Mary’s Ryken, 11:30

Seton Keough vs. Williamsburg Christian, 1

Roland Park vs. St. Hubert’s, 2:30

Long Island Lutheran vs. Holy Cross, 4

St. Frances vs. Archbishop Wood (Pa.), 5:30

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