Posted On: 02/28/21 10:27 PM

The debate for the best team in South Jersey officially ended after Saturday as Paul VI proved that its early-season victory over Cherokee was no fluke as the Eagles defeated the Chiefs, 43-36.

Twelve points have decided these two games, but there’s a new queen of South Jersey, and it’s Paul VI and its combination of lethal offense and suffocating half-court press defense.

The press caused problems in the first go-around on Feb 4 as the Eagles won in a low-scoring, 38-33 affair.

Despite eight more total points scored in round 2 on Saturday, the press was a nightmare for the Chiefs as Paul VI was able to hold Cherokee’s best scorer, senior forward Alexa Therien Alexa Therien 6'1" | SF Cherokee | 2021 State NJ , to just six points.

Therien hauled in 11 rebounds, but just one Chief, freshman Taylor Bartrum, scored in double-figures.

Her six points all came in the second quarter as a well-executed plan from head coach Lisa Steele worked to sheer perfection.

Only one scored in double-figures for the Eagles as well, but that one player was star sophomore guard Hannah Hidalgo Hannah Hidalgo 5'6" | PG Paul VI | 2023 State NJ , who led all scorers with 21 points and four steals.

Forward Nile Miller led the team on the

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