ALBANY – Brianna Fraser did have something to enjoy despite her South Shore team falling to Christ the King in the state Federation semifinals.
The Maryland-commit and McDonald’s All-American forward put on the greatest scoring display by a girls’ basketball player in the 32-year history of the New York State Federation tournament. She scored a record 46 points in the Vikings’ 71–67 loss on March 27 at UAlbany.
Fraser, who is averaging 31 points in her last three playoff games, broke the mark of 43 points set by Michelle Blot of Colonie in 2001.
The 6-foot-3 Fraser said she had no clue she had that many points during the game. Her head was focused on the contest and doing whatever she could to help her team win. There wasn’t much she didn’t do.
Despite the defeat, Fraser was able to take great pride in her accomplishment when she learned about it outside the locker after the contest. She broke the record with two free throws at the 1:43 mark of the fourth quarter that put the Vikings team up 62–59.
“I’ll appreciate that now because I’m just finding that out now,” Fraser said. “That’s a great thing to have accomplished.”
Christ the King had no answer for Fraser, who displayed consistent aggressiveness. Fraser, who will play for Maryland coach Brenda Friese next year, scored every way possible.
Fraser scored seven of the final eight South Shore points in the second quarter to give her 19 at the break. She hit a jumper and completed a three-point play during the stretch to help put the Vikings up 29–24 at the break.
The barrage continued in the third quarter. Fraser scored 16 of the Vikings’ 20 points in the frame. She hit a three-pointer and made a jumper with a hand flush in her face. Fraser later connected on three free throws after being fouled by Kaela Kinder on a last-second heave to end the period. South Shore led 49–41 going into the fourth.
“Brianna Fraser came to play,” said Christ the King coach Bob Mackey. “Brenda Friese knows how to recruit, because that is just a great player.”
Fraser’s quickness and was too much to handle for the Christ the King forwards. It forced Mackey to put 5-foot-9 guard Dominique Toussaint, his best defender, on Fraser in the hope of slowing her down late in the game. But it didn’t work —she scored 11 points in the fourth.
“She had 46 points,” said Viking coach Anwar Gladden. “Did it look like it slowed her?
Fraser flew across the lane and grabbed a rebound over two defenders to keep South Shore ahead with 2:00 to play in the game. Her free throw tied the score at 63–63 at the 1:13 mark, but she would not score again until there was 11 seconds remaining in the contest. Her free throw cut the lead to two, but she and her team couldn’t pull out the win.