In an area that’s seen teams like Paul VI, St. John’s, Riverdale Baptist and Good Counsel gain national attention, Elizabeth Seton has found a way to rise to the occasion.
The Roadrunners (12-3) are heading deep into conference play ranked No. 4 in the area by the Washington Post and No. 11 in the nation by USA Today. Seton is one of four teams-Paul VI, National Christian Academy, and Paul VI-ranked in the USA Today’s Top 25.
For Seton’s head coach Jonathan Scruggs, being on the national radar was something he sought out to do when he became the head coach of the team.
“Seton has always been a proud basketball program with a history of national prominence,” Scruggs said. “When I took the job seven years ago, it was our goal to return the program to the national stage. The USA Today ranking shows us that we’ve done that.”
One of the main reasons for Seton’s dominant play is the team’s experience. The Roadrunners has a good bunch of seniors, who have spent plenty of time going against the best the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference has to offer.
“We have managed to be successful thus far because we have a good mix of experience (seven seniors and a junior that has played varsity for three years) and talent (four seniors signed with Division I schools on basketball scholarship),” Scruggs said.
Senior guard Adrianne Hagood has done a good job as the team’s top scorer, averaging 15.7 points per game. Hagood’s 31 three-point field goals is good for first on the team.
“Adrianne has been incredibly and confident,” Scruggs said. “She wants to win and she wants to do everything that she can to help her team win. She is a talented player that doesn’t get enough credit for her abilities.”
Seton is coming off a 53-38 win over Bishop O’Connell on Tuesday. The Roadrunners outscored the Knights 14-0 in the second quarter after trailing 17-9 in the first. Jaylen Hines finished with a game high 24 points.
The Roadrunners will head to St. John’s College High School to take on a Cadets team, who’s ranked No. 9 in the nation and No. 2 in the area.