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Shawnee edges Camden Catholic in an Olympic Conference thriller

Cherry Hill (N.J.) - Shawnee High School's girls basketball team was looking to bounce back from a tough loss to Shore Conference powerhouse Trinity Hall in the She Got Game Classic over the weekend.

Shawnee's Nia Scott and Camden Catholic's Kiyanna Blacks-Stewart jump for the opening tip-off at Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill, New Jersey on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. Greta Farestad for D2 Sports Network

The opponent ahead of them was South Jersey Non-Public A powerhouse, Camden Catholic. The Renegades got the job done as they squeezed past the Irish, 50-44, in an Olympic Conference showdown on Tuesday night.

Camden Catholic stormed out to a 6-0 lead and ended the first quarter ahead 11-9. From there on, Shawnee fought tooth and nail to take a 21-17 lead into intermission and did not look back.

Bryant commit Nia Scott and Avery Kessler led the way for the Renegades with 16 points each. Salisbury commit Nicole Miller pitched in a key 11 points as well.

Quinnipiac commit Kassidy Thompson led all scorers with 25 points for Camden Catholic.

Shawnee coach Chrissy McGovern admitted that her team got out to a slow start. Her message was to "have no fear and trust your abilities."

"After that first timeout and that little reminder to the girls of our pregame speech, I think from there on we played great the rest of the game." McGovern said. "We've battled some challenges already playing a great team like Trinity Hall and just being on buses all around New Jersey in the past few days."

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