The future of Bishop Loughlin guard Tayshana (Chicken) Murphy remains uncertain after she was involved in a fight at a boys basketball at the Fort Greene school on Jan. 22, Lions junior varsity coach Kasim Alston, who is Murphy’s godfather, told The Post.
The sophomore has not played since the incident happened. She missed games against St. Peter’s and Bishop Kearney last week. Loughlin athletic director Angela Proce said she had no knowledge of Murphy’s fate last Friday afternoon.
“We are having problems, but it’s nothing serious,” Proce said.
Head coach Rocco Romano declined comment.
Since the incident, rumors had swirled that Murphy could be suspended for the Lions’ final two games or possibly expelled from the school. Alston said that, “nothing has been set in stone or black and white yet.” He said he has heard the rumors since the fight during a game against St. Raymond, but the school has not completely finished looking into the matter and sorting out what occurred that night. He said he wants to hear any decision directly from school administrators. Murphy, a sophomore, is considered by scouting services to be one of the top recruits in her class in the country.
The flashy guard possesses exceptional strength going to the rim and is an excellent jump shooter. She has been the Lions’ leading scorer this season as they have struggled through a 0-13 season and are winless in 10 games in their first year back in Brooklyn/Queens Division I, after two seasons down in Division II. There, they reached consecutive Diocesan championship games. Murphy, a Harlem resident, helped lead the Lions to the Division II junior varsity championship a year ago. Her tuition is paid for by Lakers star and Queens native Ron Artest.
Whether Artest will need to keep writing checks remains to be seen.
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