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Rough time in Philly as Middletown loses, Jasper’s career ends

Posted 3/15/17

The Middletown girls basketball team lost to Neumann-Goretti on Saturday in the 2017 PIAA AAA girls state tournament, ending their season and the career of Bianca Jasper, one of the most prolific …

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Rough time in Philly as Middletown loses, Jasper’s career ends

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The Middletown girls basketball team lost to Neumann-Goretti on Saturday in the 2017 PIAA AAA girls state tournament, ending their season and the career of Bianca Jasper, one of the most prolific scorers in program history.

The final score at St. Joseph’s Prep High School in Philadelphia was 77-50 as the Raiders (12-14 on the season) were no match for one of the best teams in Pennsylvania in the state tournament’s opening round.

Fittingly, she scored the last two points of the game, from the foul line.

Jasper recorded more than 1,230 points in her Middletown career. Jaylynn Burton-Jones (1,586 points), Kris Smith (1,295 points) and Amy Holman (1,232 points) are the only other girls players to top 1,200 points as a Blue Raider.

She averaged about 17 points a game this season and 16.7 as a junior. She put up 32 against Trinity on Jan. 31.

Jasper said her best memory from her high school career was being able to become the Mid-Penn Capital Division champion her freshman year.

Knowing she played her last game as a Blue Raider gives her a feeling of accomplishment, she said.

“I am not upset or sad because I am going onto a new journey. I would like to tell my Middletown family and friends thank you for all the support throughout the years. I have made many friends and met people I consider family throughout the years as a Blue Raider, and I know they are there to support me at the next level,” she said.

She will play collegiately at California University of Pennsylvania.

“I’m going to miss seeing people around town and talking to them about basketball and how our team is doing,” she said. “But there will be new conversations when I come home about my new chapter in life. Once a Blue Raider, always a Blue Raider. … you will see me around.”

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