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Maggie Lucas Play-By-Play Classic Standouts Pt. 2 (Jan. 22, 2023)

01/23/2023, 1:15pm EST
By CoBL Staff

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215)

The final local Scholastic Play-By-Play Classic event of the season took place this weekend, as several area teams gathered on the two courts at Jefferson University for the the Maggie Lucas Classic. 

Plenty of talent filled the floor for the 11-game affair, which featured 10 girls games and one boys game to cap the day. Here is the second half of players (K-W) who stood out to the CoBL staff (Click here for Part 1):

Life Center senior Safiatu Kolliegbo had 19 points in a win over Archbishop Carroll. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

Safiatu Kolliegbo (2023 | Life Center)
The 5-10 senior guard is a tempo pusher who kept the Archbishop Carroll defense on its heels Sunday. She finished the game with 19 points, and was a major reason for Life Center’s 69-57 win. Kolliegbo's main way of scoring was going strong to the basket, mostly going through defenders, and finishing with both the left and right hands. She was also able to step outside and knock down a couple of catch-and-shoot threes. One of Kolliegbo's main attributes is her defense. She has great anticipation and jumps the lane well. She was able to convert steals into easy fast break layups many times. 

Sanyiah Littlejohn (2025 | Lansdale Catholic)
Before Casey got going in the third quarter and set her record mark, Littlejohn was the start of the show for the Crusaders in a dominant win over Penn Charter. She finished with 15 points (12 in first half) and 11 rebounds. She sped out in transition, stepped out for a three and went 8-for-9 from the foul line. Littlejohn was able to break down the PC defense and get to the hoop. She’s getting better and better as a finisher as well.

Natalie Magnotta (2024 | Episcopal Academy)
Magnotta didn’t start the game but she made her presence felt quickly upon subbing in against CB West. With both teams struggling to get anything going offensively, Magnotta connected on a pair of threes in the first half to spark the Churchwomen, adding two free throws before halftime. That was enough to get her a second half start, where the forward added four more points for a team-high 12, plus four rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Kiyomi McMiller ( 2024 | Life Center)
The 5-7 junior point guard had an amazing game, finishing with 26 points to lead her team to a 69-57 win over Archbishop Carroll. McMiller was easily the craftiest player on the floor, showing that she is very confident when handling the ball as the point guard. She showed her basketball IQ by never picking up the ball prematurely. Having 18 points and 6 rebounds at only halftime, McMiller had an answer for Archbishop Carroll's offense the entire game. She was able to drive and finish in the lane, while also creating her own shot. She hit multiple three pointers from beyond collegiate range. The speedy and shifty guard plays a freestyle type of game and is able to quickly get past defenders, with a barrage of combination moves and flashy passes to her open teammates. McMiller is averaging 27.8 points this season and looking to do more damage as the season goes on. 

Kara Meredith (2023 | Archbishop Wood)
The Holy Family-bound wing started the game against Friends Central how she finished it - on fire. Meredith opened things up with two big threes off-the-catch for 7 of Wood’s 20 first quarter points. Her off-ball movement made her difficult to keep track of as she came off screens and relocated after passing the ball. FCS countered by going to their 1-2-2 zone, slowing down the Vikings attack. Despite a rough shooting stretch in the second and third quarters, the 5-11 senior still locked in on defense and worked the boards. That team effort kept their head above water until Meredith went off again. She popped another two catch and shoot threes, extending Wood’s lead and finishing with 16 points.

Upper Dublin freshman Megan Ngo had 12 points and five assists on Sunday. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

Megan Ngo (2026 | Upper Dublin)
Ngo pretty much did it all for the Cardinals on Sunday by navigating Garnet Valley’s intense on-ball defense, hitting big shots, grabbing needed rebounds and setting up her teammates. One of those assists went to her older sister Amy, the duo finally getting the chance to share the court for the first time this week. The 5-foot-2 freshman loomed large late, hitting the go-ahead three then assisting a three by Nora Brady that gave UD the lead for good in a tense fourth quarter and finished with 12 points, four rebounds and five assists.

Mac Pettinelli (2024 | Spring-Ford)
“She’s a shooooooter.” That statement, with the emphasis on the word shooter, was all one Mount Saint Joseph Academy defender could muster about Pettinelli’s back-to-back third quarter threes which were part of a near double-double for the active junior guard. Pettinelli was the two in the one-two punch alongside classmate Anna Azzara, posting 12 points, nine rebounds, three helpers and three steals as the Rams took control early in Sunday morning’s opener.

Georgia Pickett (2023 | Mount Saint Joseph Academy)
The Magic knew they were up for a tall task down two starters against one of the top teams in the 6A power rankings. Hampered by foul trouble in the first half, the 5-foot-11 Pickett came back blasting in the third quarter, registering 12 of her team-best 15 in the period and helping the Mount play Spring-Ford to a draw in the quarter. MSJA is hoping to get some reinforcements this week, but the senior forward has continued to do her part in her teammates’ absences.

Molly Rullo (2025 | Cardinal O’Hara)
Scoring just 13 points in an all-around team win over Neshaminy, Rullo showed versatility inside the arc. She drained a long two early, then spent the rest of the contest getting to the cup. Rullo used her face up game and attacked on the move. In the paint and on her way there, she didn’t allow contact to knock her off her spots. The 5-11 guard crashed the glass for a putback as well. She made her statement for the game’s MVP in the second half with her footwork on the low block and around the elbow. Rullo brought the contact to her defenders by posting up her defenders to create angles to finish. The angles also made good passing windows when she drew help and kicked the ball back out to shooters on the perimeter.

Charlie Thornton (2023 | Radnor)
Thornton won MVP honors because he was impossible to keep away from the painted area. Halfcourt or full, it didn’t matter. He did in the first half what his partner-in-crime Hicke did in the second, scoring-wise. Attacking downhill off-the-dribble and on cuts, Thornton finished around people with scoop layups and over them with touch. He even threw down a dunk and swished a three for good measure as he went for a game-high 26 points. His improving skill on the offensive end is catching up to his overall impact on defense. The two-way wing is one of the best uncommitted prospects in the Philadelphia region and he reminded us why Sunday night.

Cire Worley (2023 | Abington)
The 6-0 senior combo forward, who is a UMass-Lowell commit, finished with 19 points against Haverford to become Abington’s girls basketball’s all-time leading scorer (1,499). .Many of her points came from spacing the floor with a bunch of 3s from way beyond the three point line. She knocked down a heavily contested three late in the game. Worley was able to use her taller frame to her advantage, by getting to the paint and converting on layups. She also drew fouls and made her free throws. Worley showed potential on the defensive end towards the end of the game with a combination of steals and blocks. She is the tallest player on the Ghost, and typically one of the tallests players on the court at the high school level, but she also possesses the ability of a point guard. 

Honorable Mention
Emily Knouse (2025 | Archbishop Wood), Chloe McGrorty (2023 | Mount Saint Joseph Academy), Cooper Meuller (2023 | Radnor), Jalyn Moore (2025 | West Catholic), Kylie Mulholland (2025 | Garnet Valley), Zay Neurell (2023 | Audenried), Amy Ngo (2024 | Upper Dublin), Joanie Quinn (2024 | Cardinal O’Hara),  Danny Rosenblum (2023 | Radnor), Amani Savage (2023 | Friends Central), Amya Scott (2025 | Neumann-Goretti), Shayla Smith (2023 | Audenried Charter), Joey Suarez (2023 | Downingtown West), Riley Thibodeau (2023 | Episocpal Academy), Bella Toomey (2023 | Penn Charter), Abbey Wolfe (2024 | Bishop Shanahan) 

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