By STEVE AMEDIO
GymRat CHALLENGE Director of Communications
The GymRat CHALLENGE AAU tournament is well-recognized as a launching pad for rising talent and a place where future stars begin shining brightly.
There certainly were plenty of individual standouts, as always, as this year’s girls’ event played at various sites throughout New York’s Capital Region. But, the 2015 edition might eventually be best remembered as one where true team play produced the best results.
This year’s age-division championship team coaches almost exclusively stressed the positive ramifications team-oriented tactics like sharing the ball, playing strong defense and having deep enough benches to keep everyone fresh as key aspects of success here.
It takes all of that and more in the two-day event that is known to require not only skill, but will to earn an age-division championship.
The GymRat CHALLENGE, after 11 years of girls’ tournaments, has long become regarded as one of the premier AAU tournaments in the country. And, an event-matching record of 240 teams bringing in more than 2,600 players this year continued to reinforce that reputation.
Yet, play here reinforced something else, that AAU play is about more than just bringing in the most-talented players. Results here annually confirm that playing the game the way it’s meant to be be played … with teamwork, with defense and, yes, with a heavy dose of “will” … results in success here.
The NIKE City Rocks’ 16-under coach Keith Danzy will confirm that after leading his team to an unprecedented THREE-PEAT with four returning players from last year’s GymRat championship squad.
Those four helped reinforce the lessons of team play and sharing the ball. And, sharing the load. The City Rocks had six players that averaged between 7.0 and 10.2 points per game. One would be hard-pressed, when watching, to identify the team’s top individual talent. But, it would be easy to se how the team continues to succeed here.
Overall team balance? No team epitomized that better than the Rivals-Black team at the 15-under level that had a full 12-player roster and used all 12 in every game.
At the 14-under level, head coach Joe McAleer used a unique tactic to help keep his team motivated. He requires his bench players to be loud to support those on the court. “Our goal is to always be the loudest team in the gym,” said McAleer. “When you have that kind of support it helps keep you up for playing defense and doing the little things.” Of course, as every coach will tell you, the little things usually add up to something more substantial.
The 13-under level saw New Heights earn a championship with a well-balanced group of extremely talented athletes whose dedication to pressure defense forced turnovers that turned into fast-break opportunities.
Division MVG Kaelynn Satterfield wasn’t even her team’s leading scorer, but she did so many of the oft-overlooked aspects of play like making good passes, playing tough defense and rebounding that she was her team’s most-influential component.
Of course the tournament had more than its share of top talent, too, and that included Satterfield, whose dad, Kenny, played in the first boys’ event (1998) and also had professional success in New York’s Capital Region as the starting point guard for the Albany Legends’ team that won the International Basketball League’s championship in 2010.
Other Most Valuable GymRats exhibited plenty of talent, too.
The City Rocks’ Abby O’Keefe was one of the top point guards at the 16-under level who has already made a commitment to attend Brown.
O’Keefe’s semifinal-round matchup with Katie Benzan, the point guard of the New England Crusaders’ was one of the best individual matches of the tournament. Benzan, who has twice been an age-level MVG here, is headed for Harvard so those two should see plenty more of each other in Ivy League play in future years.
Aleah Nelson, a highly-talented 5-foot-5 guard, reinforced her multi-talented abilities by earning the MVG at the 14-under level while leading her Maryland Belles’ team to a division title. Nelson, a top-level ALL-GymRat selection in the 13-under level here in 2014, was even better this year.
Janai Crooms 1st Team ALL-GymRat in the 13-under Age Division last year, too, but played up a level this year and it helped bring the 15-under division championship to RIVALS-BLACK Crooms is a multi-talented player who always seemed to do the right thing, whether it was score points on her own or find open teammates, to ensure team success.
It all reinforced everything the GymRat CHALLENGE has developed a reputation for over the years … not only as a place where top talent comes to play, but where talent needs to play well within a team framework to earn coveted tournament championships.
16-UNDER AGE DIVISION REPORT
CITY ROCKS HAVE GYMRAT SUCCESS ONE MORE TIME
By STEVE AMEDIO
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The theme for the City Rocks team at the 16-under age division level at this year’s GymRat CHALLENGE AAU Tournament was “One More.”
As in, one more pass. The theory being that one more pass and selfless play creates better shot opportunities.
But, how about one more … as in one more championship at the prestigious event’s highest competitive level?
The Keith Danzy-coached City Rocks’ program did just that, getting one more GymRat championship, winning for the third consecutive year at the 16-under level by virtue of a 53-46 victory over the Hudson Valley Elite program.
It’s been said that it’s tough to win and, then, even tougher to repeat. So, that would make winning yet again, completing a “three-peat” an even more-difficult task. But, the NIKE-sponsored City Rocks rolled on again this year, having success here annually in clockwork fashion while continuing to be established as the tournament’s marquee program in recent years.
Not that it came easy, though, particularly in championship round play. The City Rocks had to fend off a tough New Heights squad, 60-59, in the quarterfinal round and, then, followed that up with a 32-29 victory over a traditionally strong New England Crusaders team in the semifinals.
Once in the championship game, the City Rocks had to overcome a five-point deficit against Hudson Valley Elite with 6:54 remaining in the title contest with a 20-8 run in the decisive closing minutes to secure a third consecutive championship in the GymRat.
Five different players scored for the winners in that late-game run, epitomizing the team-oriented style the City Rocks displayed throughout the two-day tournament that concluded here at Skidmore College Sunday night.
The Rocks were at their best late, pulling away from a one-point advantage with 30 seconds remaining by scoring the game’s final six points. Guard Ali Fitzgerald scored the first four of those points from the foul line (she was a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe in the game) and, then, teammate Abby O’Keefe drained a last-second shot for the final score.
O’Keefe had 16 first-half points and finished with 20 in the game. She added strong defense, leadership and regularly showed that “one more” spirit by making the extra pass and accumulating several key assists. O’Keefe’s strong play at both ends of the court resulted in her selection as the age division’s MVG, or Most Valuable GymRat.
Forward Emma Guy, with eight points and strong work on the backboards, and guard DAnielle Rauch, with nine points and strong leadership from the guard spot, also made major contributions in the championship game.
“Our kids just fight and do everything we ask of them,” said Danzy. “They really share the ball. They’ve embraced the ‘one more’ philosophy of giving up a good shot to make a pass that will lead to a great shot.”
It doesn’t hurt that players recognize that type of team-oriented play led to two previous GymRat titles. “Winning cures a lot of ills,” said Danzy. “We expect a lot of the kids, and they recognize that what we’re asking from them has resulted in success.”
And, now, the City Rocks’ program has GymRat CHALLENGE success one more time.
16-UNDER AGE DIVISION MVG – MOST VALUABLE GYMRAT
Abby O’Keefe, 5-8 point guard, City Rocks-Danzy/Worcester Academy: A prototypical point guard who not only can run an offense, but can create shots for herself with good dribble and pull-up moves. Outstanding back-door-play passer. Gives it up to open teammates, but contributes her own points in key situations. Had a game-high 20 points in the championship contest. Finishes in the half-court and in transition with either hand or with a nice jumper out to 3-point territory. Verbal commit to Brown.
16-UNDER AGE DIVISION ALL-GYMRAT CHALLENGE TEAM
Sydney Zambrotta, 5-9 guard, New Heights/Christ The King H.S.: A hard-working, competitive player who has all the aspects to her game. Can hit the outside shot, or fake it to get into a pull-up or drive to get into the paint. Takes smaller players low to post up and score on the blocks. Just an intelligent player. Louisville, South Carolina, Miami, Minnesota showing interest.
Angelique Rodriguez, 5-11 power forward, New Heights/Capital Prep: A strong and powerful player who capitalizes on getting to the hoop and finishing strong. Has a long-distance three shot to be a threat on the perimeter. Competitor and wants to win. Backs up her game by working hard at both ends. Minnesota, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Rutgers showing interest.
Kayla Agentowicz, 5-9 point guard, Keystone Karma/Lakeland H.S.: Smart and hard-working point guard. She will attack to finish as well as dish for others to score. Keeps the defense honest by shooting and knocking down outside shots. Plays with leadership and all-out intensity. Binghamton, Le Moyne, Mt. St. Mary’s showing interest.
Zaria Dorsey, 6-2 post, New Heights/Bishop Loughlin H.S.: An athletic, strong and confident player with game. Has a good handle and will use the double cross-over and combo move to attack the rim. She has the requisite size and strength to be an effective power player. Played up an age level.
Morgan Westbrook, 5-10 power forward, Elmira Lady Express/Athens H.S.: Extremely hard working and a real team player. Has a good feel for the game. Uses her power game to attack the rim. Also showed an ability to make a strong pull-up move and hit the mid-range shot. Mansfield, St. Francis (Pa.) showing interest.
Olivia Lebaron, 5-9 wing, Elmira Lady Express/Corning H.S.: A team-oriented player who has a high motor. Has the ability to drive to finish against contact or pull up for mid-range jumpers. On the perimeter she has an effective step-back move to gain space and get off good shots. Canisius, Binghamton, Pace showing interest.
Emily Esposito, 5-9 guard, Maine Firecrackers-Clement/Gorham H.S.: A high IQ player with a strong motor. Will post up to take advantage on the blocks as well as stepping out to knock down open shots. Versatile game off the dribble. Ability to pull up and shoot, or hesitate and go. Confident player who wants the ball. St. Joe’s, Boston College, Marist, Maine showing interest.
Hope Brown, 5-9 wing, United N.J. (White)/Phillipsburg H.S.: A confident, hard-working player. She has a knack for always being around the ball and being in the play. She wants the ball. Made a variety of shots here … close-range, mid-range and long-range. Very versatile offensive player. Played up an age level.
Vanessa Young, 6-4 center, CT Starters/Loomis Chaffee H.S.: A very mobile and confident post player. She will also shoot from the outside as well as shot-fake and drive. Showed a mid-range game with a pull-up on reads. Amherst and most Ivy League schools showing interest.
Kelsey Shaw, 5-10 power forward, Maine Firecrackers-Clement/Mt. Desert Island H.S.: A smart, hard-working player who exudes confidence and shoots from long-range and from mid range. Plays well within the system and keeps the defense honest. A lefty who pushes the ball up and weaves to score. Real ball-hawk on defense. Stonehill, Assumption, St. Michael’s showing interest.
Dana Dockery, 6-1 post, TTNY Elite/Ketcham H.S.: A very athletic and long player that does her best work in the paint. Rebounds with the best of them. Has a nice turnaround jumper in the low post area. Fluid when taking it into the paint. Being recruited by some MAAC, NE10 schools.
Cameron Hendricks, 6-1 post, CT Starters-White/Glastonbury H.S.: A very confident player that runs the floor well for her size. Not afraid to shoot, and is a good shot-maker. Has a good feel for the game. A real team-oriented player. Hearing from Hamilton, Pace, Trinity and Weslyan.
McKayla Roberts, 5-4 point guard, Albany Capitals-DiBacco/Cicero North H.S.: A smallish, but extremely effective true point guard. Knows how to run an offense. Always looking for open teammates and delivers good passes. Very effective dribbler. Has an outside shot that keeps defenses hones. True floor general. Has committed to Le Moyne.
Katie Benzan, 5-6 point guard, New England Crusaders/Noble and Greenough School: A two-time MVG at lower age divisions in past years. Phenomenal court vision. Poised and confident, even vs. press and double-teams. Controls the game. WNBA range and a quick release. Can get to the rack almost at will. Clearly wants to create and find open teammates. High motor. Tough defensively, especially on the ball. Committed to Harvard, but could have gone higher.
Paige Niemeyer, 6-0 forward, Albany Capitals-Elite/Ichabod Crane H.S.: Decent handle in open court for her size. Great anticipation on defense, shoots the gaps. Attacks off the dribble from the win. Very vocal leader. Good-looking jumper, even out to 3-point range. Effective in transition, great speed for her position. Gets ahead of the defense. Getting some D-2 interest right now.
Erin Gibbons, 5-9 point guard, My Sky Elite/Wyoming Valley West H.S.: A real go-to player. Doesn’t just make things happen offensively but is also a defensive catalyst. Relentless motor. Converts steals. Great control in the open court. Finishes at the rim in transition. A do-everything player. Finds teammates. Solid rip-through drive from wing. Three-pint range. Getting some early D-3 looks.
Jenna Giacone, 5-11 guard, Albany Capitals-DiBacco/Bethlehem H.S.: Unreal feel on the floor, very creative with her dribble. Crazy quick pull-up. Draws defenders and finds open teammates. Can work the block on mismatches. Stellar anticipation on defense. Makes finishing moves in the air. Strokes from 3-point range. Keeps teammates involved. Many majors from ACC, Big Ten, some Big 10 schools involved. Definite high-major career ahead.
Jenna Feinberg, 5-7 guard, Metro Rockets Elite/Clarkstown South H.S.: Savvy ballhandler with great court sense. Looks to make plays up the floor. Does it all for her team. Great job of reading help when she drives. Effective pull-up jumper. Attacks basket hard. Finishes with contact. Good motor, plays hard every possession. Quick first step. Consistent from three-point range. Uses body well in traffic. Adelphi, American, Vassar, Misericordia, Montclair State, NYU showing interest.
Olivia Ware, 5-11 wing, New England Crusaders/Westwood H.S.: Very consistent player. Solid perimeter defender. Runs floor well in transition. Good feel on the court. Attacks the boards on both ends. Great mid-range shot. Gets to rim off the dribble in transition. Does all the little things all the time. Fundamentally sound. Smaller D-1, D-2 interest so far.
Shannon Todd, 6-0 guard, New England Crusaders/York H.S.: A real shooter. Range beyond the 3-point line. Effective running off screens. Gets her feet set quickly. Effective in full-court defense and press. Hits with a hand in her face. Solid pull-up jumper. Can stop and pop from pass ahead in transition. Capable of getting to the rim and finishing off the dribble. Strong enough to play physical. Committed to Northeastern.
Amaya Finklea, 6-3 post, New England Crusaders/Noble and Greenough School: A tall, lanky and effective post player. Gets points in the paint, but does her best work with all the little things. She was a rebounding machine here. A true rim protector on the defensive end. She held her post assignments in check throughout play here. Played up a level.
Ashley Martin, 6-0 guard, Eastchester Hoopers/Marymount H.S.: Clearly a team catalyst. Huge spark, makes everything happen. Creates well off the dribble and cuts through defense in transition. Effective off the dribble either direction. Finishes in traffic. Makes plays in the open court. Changes the tone of games. Gets after it defensively. Offers from UMass, Indiana, Rider, Rhode Island, Fordham, Delaware, Marist.
Josephene DeProspo, 5-8 guard, Crossroads Basketball/Pope John H.S.: Oustanding player, particularly on the offensive end. Can shoot the three, but has a versatile offensive game. Extremely good handle. Capable of playing either guard position effectively. Distributes the ball well, but also puts up points in bundles.
Emily Miccile, 5-10 wing, Mt. Elite-Traversi/Bishop Feehan H.S.: A real standout, particularly on the offensive end. Can shoot out beyond the three-point line. Also a capable driver and finishes vs. contact. Rebounds well for her size. Very versatile skill set. Finds open teammates and delivers good passes.
Lauren Manis, 6-2 post, Mt Elite-Traversi/Bishop Feehan H.S.: An extremely active “big. Has a nice jump shot. Just a big-time player here that scored at will. Blocked her share of shots. Rebounds really well. One of the best leapers in the division. Just possesses exceptional moves on the offensive end.
Abigail Stone, 5-9 guard, CT Storm Premier/Lyme/Old Lyme H.S.: A real combo guard, capable of playing either back-court role. She can shoot out beyond the three-point line. Also a capable driver who gets to the rim and finishes against contact. Showed a nice ability to run the offense when the need arose.
Jillian Reynolds, 5-6 guard, CT Storm Premier/Baon Academy: Outstanding long-range shooter. Showed a versatile offensive game here. She exhibited a nice ability to drive into the paint and finish against contact. Can play either guard position. Good handle and works the ball well, finding open teammates.
Julia Braungart, 5-7 point guard, PFS Elite Red/Camden Catholic H.S.: An outstanding a true point guard. She has a very good handle and knows how to run an offense. Finds open teammates and delivers good passes. Keeps defenses honest with a nice long-range shoot. and an ability to slash to the basket.
Brittany Garner, 6-3 post, PFS Elite/Camden Catholic H.S.: An extremely mobile post player for her size. Played up two levels. Great strength and uses it to finish off shots. Outstanding rebounder. Can score at will with power moves from the low-post. Has major college potential.
Joie Grassi, 5-11 wing, Cape Cod Bulls/Plymouth North H.S.: Athletic enough to play on the wing, but strong enough to also play in the post. Outstanding rebounding instincts. Showed a good stand-still three-point during play here. Consistent motor at both ends of the court.
Amanda Kelly, 6-1 forward, L.I. Lightning-Flynn/St. Dominic’s H.S.: Good size for post-position play. Showed a strong rebounding ability here. Athletic player who moves well in the open court. Can get out in transition and finish in the paint against contact.
Jessica Fressle, 6-0 forward, L.I. Lightning-Flynn/Division H.S.: A lanky wing who is also strong enough to get in the post to score or get rebounds. Good interior defender, but can also go out and defend perimeter players. Showed ability to step out and hit three-point shots.
Olesheya Braxton, 5-10 wing, Ladies Play Too/J.F Kennedy H.S.: Excellent scorer in a variety of ways. Very active player on both ends. Extremely quick, and uses that to her advantage. Excellent ball-handler for a wing. Uses her length to get her share of rebounds. Has major-college potential.
Khyasia Caldwell, 5-5 point guard, Exodus Lehigh Valley/Pocono Mt. East H.S.: Explosive baseline to baseline in the open court Tremendous ability to finish at rim, especially with off hand. Has very high motor. Just wears opponents down with her fitness and ability to play at max speed the entire game. Very good on-ball defender with excellent hands.
Erin Jones, 6-1 guard, United NJ. Navy/Voorhees H.S.: A lights-out 3-point threat in every game. A major threat to the defense from the perimeter. Her game only opens up inside room for post teammates. Fuels full-court zone press on the point with her length. Has committed to attend Hartford.
Cameryn Benz, 6-3 post, United N.J. Navy/Montgomery H.S.: Has tremendous dribble-drive skills from the free throw line in. Routinely beats her defender off the dribble and draws contact to get to the foul line. Runs the floor very well. Dynamic skills with the ball for her height. Has already committed to Lehigh.
Jacki Jozefick, 6-0 post, CT Starters Bliue/St. Joseph’s H.S.: Quietly accumulates points in the paint with great decision making and ability to finish around the rim in traffic. Can step out and hit the three-pointer. Great hands help her to generate quality shot attempts in the lane. Very good finisher when the game is on the line. Pace, Southern Connecticut State and St. Lawrence interested.
Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda, 5-7 guard, Cape Cod Bulls/Rindge and Latin H.S.: Powerful and dynamic threat in half court. Has complete offensive game with 3-point range and penetration kills to get to the rim and finish with great body control. Can over power defenders, or out-quick them. Great hands and strength is used to dominate her opponent on defense. UMass-Lowell, New Hampshire, Manhattanville interested.
Annie Rose Darling, 5-8 guard, Hudson Valley Knights/Arlington H.S.: Excellent all-around player at both ends. Deceptive strength and quickness. Does everything at a high level A three-point threat. She rebounds effectively. Excellent passer. Gets to the foul line. Can guard in space. Very high motor with ability to run the floor. High court IQ. Committed to Sage.
Danielle Nappi, 5-9 point guard, Hudson Valley Knights/Marvelwood School: A point guard with three-point range and a nice dribble-drive move. Draws a lot of contact with her power drive to get to the foul line. Runs floor very well. Skilled on-ball defender. Interest from Western New England, UMass-Amherst, Elms and others.
Mikaela Rogers, 5-9 forward, Warriors Select/Bradford Academy: An undersized inside/outside offensive threat with very deceptive ability to penetrate. She may not beat the first defender but has second gear to keep plays in motion. Very good touch off the backboard. Sooth 3-point stroke, and gets to the foul line. Strong with ball in her hands. Getting some D-3 looks.
Emily Velozo, 5-6 point guard, Warriors Select/Tewksbury H.S.: An explosive, dribble-drive ability to beat defenders. Has ability to regularly finish with great touch off the backboard. Never out of control. A true point guard and a real decision maker. Salem State, Framingham State and several other D-3’s interested.
Kailyn Sytsma, 5-11 wing, Blue Crush/Northern Valley H.S.; A well-rounded offensive threat that can score all over the court. Has both 3-point range and ability to score in the paint. Very good hands, and also body control, allows her to finish in traffic. Navy, Springfield, Endicott, Western New England interested.
Emily Bonieacic, 6-0 wing, Blue Crush/Northern Highlands H.S.: Nice ability to score in the paint facing the basket when backboard is not available. Has excellent touch. Runs the floor very well to beat defense before it gets set. Good hands, can function offensively very well away from the basket. Colgate has shown interest.
Lauren Dines, 5-7 point guard, Blue Crush/Academy of the Holy Angeles: A pass-first point guard who has penetration ability but knows her role as a facilitator first. Handles full court and extended half-court pressure very well. New Haven, College of New Jersey and other D-3’s showing interest.
Christina Hartenfels, 5-9 guard, Hudson Valley Knights/ Spakenkill H.S.: Exellent 3-point threat, one of the best ones at this level. Can penetrate on occasion. Excellent free-throw shooter. Does not try to do too much. Great decision-maker, sees court well for n off guard who can fill it up from 3-point range. Very solid ball-handler and passer. Siena, Southern New Hampshire, Endicott showing interest.
India Pagan, 6-2 post, CT Storm Premier/New London H.S.: Great post moves. Outstanding rebounder. Good on offensive boards. When she gets the ball in the post she can score at will. Passes well from either high or low post. Played up a year, has outstanding potential.
Hailey Conley, 5-8 wing, CT Storm Premier/Norwich Free Academy: Very good shooter, even out to beyond the three-point stripe consistently. Moves extremely well without the ball, finds openings and is ready to fire when receiving a pass. Good in transition, getting to the rim. Played up an age level.
Tori Hyduke, 5-6 point guard, Jersey Shore Elite-Black/Rumson/Fair Haven H.S.: Long, lean scoring point guard who is unselfish and makes other players better by getting them open shots. She displays a good feel for the game and continuously did a good job breaking down defenses off the dribble.
Stephanie Karcz, 5-9 guard, Jersey Shore Elite-Gold/Middleton South H.S.: A dynamic guard who makes a lot of good things happen. A true 2-way player with a high motor and strong skill sets. Great court awareness, uses spacing to create mismatches. Can score from long range or in the lane. Very deceptive athletic ability and strength. Good rebounder for her size. Offers from Florida Gulf Coast, Loyola (Md.), Manhattan, Binghamton.
Zoe Pero, 5-11 wing, Jersey Shore Elite-Gold/St. John Vianney H.S.: Solidly built prospect with length. Plays hard, but under control. Very aggressive attacking the glass and has double-double capability. Classic blue-collar player, always working. Showed ability to play with back to the basket as well as facing up to knock down mid-range shots. St. Peter’s, St. Francis interested.
Jasmine Gee, 6-0 forward, NJ parks-Red/Immaculate Conception H.S.: A solid;y built forward that does the dirty work. Operates with her back to the basket. Also very effective in the high/low situation. Does her scoring in the lane, or by drawing fouls in the paint and getting to the foul line.
Sarah Furch, 6-0 wing, Jersey Shore Elite-Black/St. John Vianney H.S.: Solidly built forward project that can play either front court position. She did a nice job here rebounding. Knocked down the 10- to 15-footer effectively. Plays well either facing the basket or with her back to the hoop.
Corrin Baggs, 5-9 wing, New York Metro 1/Staten Island Academy: A solid athlete who has a lot of the basic skills required to succeed. Did most of her damage in transition, rebounding, defending and scoring with her mid-range jumper. Has already committed to D-1 Wagner.
Precious Featherson, 6-0 forward, NJ Sparks/Rosa Parks/Eastside H.>S: A lefty who is a jack of all trades. She plays virtually every position. Showed an ability to shoot the three, attack off the bounce and can also handle the ball. Reminiscent of San Antonio Spurs’ player Kyle Anderson. Providence, Central Connecticut, Liberty have offered.
Molly Dragan, 5-7 point guard, Ambush/Amity Regional H.S.: A heads-u[[ smart player. Reads the defense and gets to the glass. Can really attack when getting inside. Gets the ball and thinks “attack.” Good north-south passer in transition. Has a 3-shot to keep defense honest. Reads passing lanes and dishes the ball. Several D-3’s interested.
Gabrielle Cajou, 5-5 point guard, Hudson Valley Elite-Blue/North Rockland H.S.: A speedy point guard that works on both ends of th court. Has quick hands and is aggressive on defense. Good handle. Attacks the basket to draw and dish. Finishes off the dribble, but also has 3-point range. Smart and steady. Finds open players in transition. Real floor general. Verbal commit to Manhattan.
Madeline Eck, 5-10 guard, Hudson Valley Elite-Blue/Rye H.S.: A pure 3point shooter. Solid defender. Works hard on both ends of the court. Moves well without the ball to get her feet set to score. Heads-up player. Makes the extra pass. Can drive to the bucket and rebounds at both ends. Strong academically, several Ivies, Lehigh and Bucknell are interested.
Jaide Hines-Clark, 6-1 post, Hudson Valley Elite-Blue/Westwood H.S.: A strong rebounder on both ends of the floor. Uses her body to get good position. Solid shot-blocker and challenges shots. Aggressive in the paint. Good variety of post moves/turnaround jumper, drop step, dribble-back spin. Quick, strong on outlet passes. Strong to the hoop, draws the and-one. Verbal commit to Richmond.
Alisha Aube, 6-0 forward, Maine Renegades/Westbrook H.S.: Solid frame, prefers to play on the perimeter but great instinct to crash offensive boards and post and flash across the lane. Three-point shot. Can get to the hoop off the dribble. Nice euro step to the hoop. Good movement without the ball. Boxes and goes to get rebounds. Deep 3-shooter. UMaine and Merrimack are interested.
Emma Guy, 6-2 forward, City Rocks-Danzy/Penfield H.S.: A tough inside player. Defends in transition. Attacks in the paint. Goes after every loose ball. Exceptional footwork. Creates contact and finishes. Good touch for 15 feet and around the rim. Runs the floor hard on every possession. Sets the tone for her team. Committed to Boston College.
Saeeda Aziz, 5-10 guard, City Rocks-Danzy/Mohonasen H.S.: Good range out to 3-point line. Does effective job in full-court defense. Finishes on either side with contact. Gets a lot of looks in transition. Can create off the dribble for herself or teammates. Passes, from the perimeter, into posting-up teammates. Good all-around guard.
Nicole Jorgensen, 6-4 center, South Shore Elite Shamrocks/Quincy H.S.: Can dominate the boards. Gets rebounds and makes good outlet passes. Finishes around the hoop. Great defensive timing, blocked eight shots in one game here. Can be a difference maker, but will be better with improved conditioning. Merrimack, Southern Connecticut and other NE-10 schools are involved.
Jordynn Jones, 5-7 guard, Lehigh Valley Lady Heat/Bethlehem Catholic H.S.: A dynamic guard. Able to slash to the basket at will. Hits the 3 when she has room. Great handle. Able to break down any defense. Many high majors involved, including Miami, North Carolina, Temple, Ohio and Charlotte.
Nia Irving, 6-1 forward, Maine Maniacs/Lawrence H.S.: Outstanding offensive player from 16 feet and in. Uses quickness effectively to get her body past taller defenders in the line to score in close or draw fouls. Above-average rebounder who has an extremely high motor. Nice-looking shot. Plays well within a team framework. Smart, physical and aggressive. Navy, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine involved so far.
Emily Jacques, 6-1 forward, Maine Maniacs/Edward Little H.S.: Strong rebounder. Showed an ability to score both inside and outside, out to 3-point range on her shot. Smooth and accurate shot. Go-to player in the post when her team needs her. Maine, Robert Morris, Southern Connecticut and other NE-10 schools involved.
Madeline Hasson, 5-11 forward, Maine Maniacs/South Portland H.S.: Very good scoring moves when going to the hoop. Also showed an ability to hit the 3-pointer. Smooth stroke on her shot. Displayed a very high court IQ. Maine, St. Anselm, some American East, NE-10 and Ivies are involved.
Ishanna Brown, 5-7 guard, Springfield Ladyballers/Central H.S.: Very quick backcourt performer. Great body control in mid air. Smart player who makes the best decisions. A lethal scoring threat in key situations. Excellent passer. Can play either guard spot. Colgate, Hartford are involved.
Callie Cavanaugh, 6-2 center, Springfield Ladyballers/Holyoke H.S.: A monster on the boards. Will dish out assists from the low post, when covered. Cleans up everything around the basket. High motor going after rebounds. Outstanding shot-blocker, rim-protector. Hartford, Navy, Villanova among schools interested.
Mikayla Thompson, 5-6 guard, Springfield Ladyballers/Central H.S.: Showed a nice ability to get inside and finish against contact. A very good lock-down defender. A variety of scoring options. Can shoot the three-pointer and has a soft bank shot. Very quick up and down the court. Played up two levels. Definite D-1 future.
Jaliena Sanchez, 5-6 guard, Springfield Ladyballers/Sabis International Charter: Sweet foot work. Handles the ball well and has a high court i. Dishes the ball for assists to open teammates. Shoots the floater. Extremely quick up and down the court. D-1 future, played up two levels.
Delphynia Sparks, 5-9 forward, NY Belles/Msgr Scanlan H.S.: An absolute scoring machine here. Hits big shots repeatedly, and not afraid to take them. Went head-to-head against several taller players with success. Hearing from Georgetown and Iona among others so far. Played up a level.
Nukiya Mayo, 6-3 post, NY Belles/Msgr. Scanlon H.S.: Unbelievable burst of speed after rebounding. Gets the ball, outlets and goes coast to coast. Tenacious around the hoop at both ends. High speed motor. No fear on the court, very confident player. Hearing from Princeton and Townsend, so far.
Liz Miller, 5-8 guard, Syracuse Nets-Dufrane/Cooperstown H.S.: A quick, long and agile guard that can consistently hit the 3. Can also run the point. Drives strong with either =hand. Anticipates well on defense. Quick hands for steals. Great vision to find teammates. Finishes vs. contact. Can shoot off the dribble, off screens and runs the floor. Lehigh, Niagara, Canisius, UMass, Colgate involved.
Anna Kelly, 5-6 guard, MA Huskies-Kendrew/Lexington H.S.: Anticipates well on defense with quick hands for steals. Drives strong with either hand and finishes with contact. Nice pull-back jumper. Pushes ball in transition with speed. Quick and agile. Can shoot of the dribble and has 3-point range. Committed to Fordham.
Khamera Muhammad, 5-6 guard, City Rocks-athis/Wilson Magnet H.S.: Quick and confident guard. Great court vision on both ends. Active defender. Consistent mid-range shot. Finishes with contact around the rim. Has 3-point range. Crashes the boards hard for rebounds. Confident and agile ball-handler.
Lanay Rodney, 5-8 guard, LB Blazers/Peekskill H.S.: Drives hard with either hand. Finishes round the rim vs. contact. Can handle the point, yet also a consistent mid-range shooting game. Fights for rebounds. Gets to the line and make free throws. Nice pull-up jumper in the lane. Interest from Hofstra and Stony Brook.
Sabrina Defreeze, 5-9 guard, N.J. Lady Titans/Dwight Morrow H.S.: Runs the floor well. Solid, strong physique. Handles the ball well both ways. Finishes at the rim vs. contact. Strong dribble moves to beat defenders. Composed under pressure when handling the ball. Pushes it well in the open court.
Ali Wickersheim, 6-2 forward, N.J. Lady Titans/Hackensack H.S.: A strong, physical post player. Gets good position in the paint. Strong post-up and good stance/base when she sets up. Good footwork. Demands the ball when open. Makes her free throws. Composed when pressured or doubled in the post. Patient but effective with post moves.
Amy Duggan, 5-11 guard, Bay State Jaguars/Noble Greenough School: A tall, long and active guard that runs the floor well. Can play inside or out. Has a tough winning attitude. Finishes around the rim on either side, and against contact. Moves her feet well on defense. Intelligent defender. Waits for the ball to release to go for blocks. Physical box outs and strong rebounder.
Adrienne Jones, 5-9 guard, Baltimore Starz/MAT H.S.: A very quick, agile guard. Drives strong in either direction. Good court vision and finds open teammates. Showed 3-point range here. Makes her free throws. Quick defensive hands and feet. Good perimeter defender, Hustle player who is all over the court. UNC, Binghamton, Coppin State showing interest.
Shannon Ryan, 6-4 center, Northern Border Ramapage/Tabor Academy: long, athletic post who has really improved in the last year with noticeably better conditioning. Patient with effective post moves. Strong finishes at the rim vs. contact. Soft touch at close range. Intelligent defender. Very good footwork and strong box out. Explodes up for rebounds. Composed under pressure. Committed to Boston College.
16-UNDER ALL-GYMRAT CHALLENGE HONORABLE MENTION
Ashley Ahern, 5-2 guard, Cape Cod Bulls-Teixeira
Sophia Gatzounas, 5-9 forward, Mass Frenzy-Black
Shelby Benjamin, 5-11 guard, Syracuse Nets-Dufrane
Sarah Smith, 6-0 forward, MA Huskies-Kendrew
Deja Ross, 6-1 forward, Boston Showstoppers
Deyja Medina, 5-10 guard, Westchester Hoops-Reyn
Julia Ford, 5-8 guard, Rivals-White
Emily Chang, 5-7 guard, Bay State Jaguars
Alexia Ocasio, 5-2 point guard, CT Lady Blazers
Cayla Staggers, 5-9 guard, CT Lady Blazers
Megan O’Hara, 5-9 guard, NY Belles
Kasey Gagan 5-6 guard, Rhode Island Breakers
Michaela Sullivan, 6-0 forward, Rhode Island Breakers
Katie Popp, 5-10 forward, WBA Lady Knicks
Lindsay Halpin, 5-5 guard, WBA Lady Knicks
Amber Rentz, 6-0 forward, Next Level D4
Jaynelle Robinson, 6-1 center, Next Level D4
Akilah McFadden, 5-6 guard Next Level D4
Daniella Dean, 5-8 guard, STNY Flyers
Kendra Delahunt 5-6 point guard, South Shore Elite-Shamrocks
Stephanie Flynn, 5-11 forward, South Shore Elite-Shamrocks
Vanessa Kobyluck, 5-10 forward, CT Storm Premier
Samantha Ashton, 5-5 guard, CT Storm Premier
CeCe Hancock, 5-4 point guard, Maine Maniacs
Dominique Lewis, 5-4 guard, Maine Maniacs
Ashley Howe, 5-10 forward, Maine Maniacs
Kayla Mohwak, 6-4 center, Springfield Ladyballers
Rebecca Fuehrer, 5-9 forward, Lehigh Valley Lady Heat
Alexa Itsines, 6-0 forward, Lehigh Valley Lady Heat
Taysia Snead, 5-7 guard, Lehigh Valley Lady Heat
RaShana Sider, 5-5 guard, CT Attack
Maryam Crawford, 5-9 forward, Jersey Shore Elite-Black
Jackie Ciccotto, 5-7 guard, New York Metro
Kyla Ramseur, 5-3 point guard, NJ Sparks (Reb)
Dominiqu Salas, 5-7 guard, NJ Sparks (Reb)
Natalie Wind, 5-5 guard, Stamford
Nicole Nicholson, 5-6 guard, NY Metro
Tina Lebron, 5-5 guard, Jersey Shore Elite (Gold
Alex Goslin, 5-2 point guard, Ct. Starters 16-Blue
Naya Rivera, 5-9 guard, House of Sports
Jalani Jackson, 5-3 point guard, Cape Cod Bulls
Kei-Tavia Glover, 5-4 point guard, LT Lightning-Martin
Haley Garcia, 5-7 guard, LI Lightning-Martin
Katie McLoughlin, 5-9 guard, House of Sports
Corrine McFadden, 5-9 forward, CT Starters-Blue
Gia Mancini, 5-9 guard, House of Sports
Karlie Brogan, 5-8 guard, Blue Crush
Nicole Wiggins, 5-9 guard, United Conquerors
Brooke Howard, 5-8 forward, Maine Firecrackers-Clark
Lauren Rubenstin, 5-5 point guard, CT Starters Blue
Nicole Elbeery, 5-7 guard, United Conquerors
Marion Dietz, 510 forward, Hudson Valley Knights
Madalyn Smith, 5-8 guard, United NJ Navy
Kristen Reilly, 5-8 point guard, United NJ Navy
Melissa Schoen, 5-11 forward, Crossroads Basketball
Jess Rapasy, 5-10 forward, Crossroads Basketball
Madeline Murphy, 5-8 guard, MT Elite-Traversi
Maya Davis, 5-11 forward, MT Elite-Traversi
Kathryn Sachs, 6-2 post, MT Elite-Traversi
Rebekah Patterson, 5-7 guard, MT Elite-Traversi
Mackenzie Burke, 5-8 guard, CT Storm Premier
Aliyah Stephens, 5-8 guard, PFS Elite Red
Sydney Wager, 5-7 guard, PFS Elite REd
Christine Friedel, 5-10 forward, Cape Cod Bulls
Carly Whiteside, 6-0 forward, Cape Cod Bulls
Kamille Jacobs, 5-9 forward, Team Freckles
Micaiah Battle, 5-10 forward, Team Freckles
Tiffany Jackson, 6-2 center, Team Freckles
Amani Williams, 5-10 forward, Team Freckles
Alexis Purdue, 5-7 guard, LI Lightning-Flynn
Jenna Siletti, 6-1 forward, LI Lightning-Flynn
Alyssa Torres, 5-8 guard, LI Lightning-Flynn
Malainah Elliott, 5-9 forward, Utica Lady Knicks
Cassidy Albright, 5-9 forward, Utica Lady Knicks
Lauren Lapertosa, 6-0 forward, Utica Lady Knicks
Addie McLaughlin, 5-4 guard Mass Frenzy-Gold
Kewa Gray 6-0 forward, Maryland Hoopmasters
Samantha Petela, 5-10 forward, Maryland Hoopsters
Rachel Onnrs, 6-2 center, Maryland Hoopsters
Lauryn Mitchell 5-6 guard, Maryland Hoopsters
Yazmen Pinchon, 5-3 guard, Ladies Play Too
Dashanique Ruffin, 5-11 forward, Ladies Play Too
Sarah Skeith, 5-3 guard, Ladies Play Too
Maria Vega, 6-1 forward, LayD Athleticz Club
Kelsey Coffey, 5-9 guard, NH Elite-Black
Carly Boland 6-0 guard, Albany Capitals-DiBacco
Vanessa Udoji, 5-10 guard, New England Crusaders
Brianna Legacy, 5-7 guard, Albany Capitals-Elite
Hannah Lea, 5-9 guard, Albany Capitals-Elite
Caitlin Estes, 5-10 guard, Saratoga Sparks
Kyra Rose, 5-9 wing, KSC Ducks Diamond
Korina Guerra, 5-10 guard, Westchester Hoopers-BUNK
Caroline White, 5-11 forward, Lady Lakers-Parizek
Carina Pringle, 5-7 point guard, Lady Lakers-Parizek
Marissa Stacy, 5-6 guard, Granite State Rockettes
Jordan Gans, 5-8 wing, Maryland Tribe
Allison Reid, 5-4 guard, Boston Showstopper-Drew
Jessica Camarda, 5-7 guard, Hudson Valley Elite-Blue
Alexa Amalbert, 5-9 guard, Hudson Valley Elite-Blue
Brianna Tarabocchia, 6-0 forward, Hudson Valley Elite-Blue
Cassidy O’Malley, 6-0 post, New Jersey Crusaders
McKenna Dale, 5-11 forward, CT Cobras-Hill
Julianna Dunlop, 5-7 guard, Maine Renegades
Sadie Nelson, 5-10 forward, Maine Renegdes
Lyric Jackson, 5-8 guard, BBA Nets
Marissa Gattuso, 5-6 guard, EVO Elite
Terri Falayi, 5-11 forwrd, EVOElite
Star Fitzgerald-Greer, 6-0 post, CAS Panthers
Lauren Schotter, 5-11 forward, TT Elite-Hackett
Jykayla Etting, 5-9 forward, TT Elite-Hackett
Cheray Saunders, 5-10 forward, CT Starters White
Chelsea Dow, 5-7 guard, CT Starters White
Samantha Ray, 5-5 point guard, CT Starters White
Sierra Tapley, 5-7 guard, Maine Firecrackers-Clement
Danasia Fennie, 5-11 forward, Maine Firecrackers-Clement
Sarah Cargill, 5-10 forward, Hoop Nation
Megan Totham, 6-1 post, Greater Boston Lions
Kayla Carter, 5-10 forward Greater Boston Lions
Elisabeth Cretella, 5-5 guad, CT Magic
Margo Peterson, 5-11 forward, United NJ White
Chelsea Repard, 5-8 guard, Elmira Lady Express
Destiny Jefferson, 5-5 guard, Keystone Karma
Cierra Brescia, 5-4 guard, CT Heat
Mikaiya Moore, 6-1 forward, New Heights
Katie Butler, 6-2 post, Maine Firecrackers-Clement
Milicia Reid, 5-8 guard, New Heights.
15-UNDER GYMRAT CHALLENGE AGE DIVISION REPORT
TEAM PLAY LEADS RIVALS-BLACK TO GYMRAT CHAMPIONSHIP
TROY, N.Y. — There is usually a well-worn formula to success not only on the AAU circuit, but on basketball courts anywhere and at every level. Teams that play together and play hard usually have a knack for being on the positive side of outcomes. And, so it was for the RIVALS-BLACK of the Haverhill, MA, area in the 15-under age division of the 2015 GymRat CHALLENGE Tournament.
“The kids play hard and share the ball,” said team coach Scott Hazelton, whose program has been traditionally strong here, but had never previously won an age-division title. That drought ended in this year’s event as the Rivals survived one close early round contest and, then, won every other game by eight points or more on their way to an eventual 63-50 victory over Long Island Lightning-CATAPANO to capture the championship of the 15-under age division at RPI’s Robison Gymnasium.
Jania Crooms, an athletic 5-foot-10 wing player, helped her team pull away in the championship game that had been close much of the way with some key second-half baskets and captured the division’s MVG award as its Most Valuable GymRat. “She is a very special player who really attacks the basket but also makes nice passes to get teammates involved,” praised Hazelton of his top player. “She also has the ability to post up and she is just a match-up nightmare for opponents.”
Hazelton’s team did more sharing than involved mere ball distribution here. His players also shared court time. The GymRat, which requires championship teams to play multiple times over the event’s two days, is a test of both skill and will. “We brought a 12-player roster here and used all 12 players,” said the Rivals’ coach. “We know that it’s a grueling two days and that you have to keep players fresh. Having strength in numbers was a big reason for our success.”
Very few teams showed the overall top-to-bottom balance of the Rivals squad. All 12 players got into every game, and 11 of them scored at least 2.8 points per game or more. It’s been a formula that has worked for Hazelton’s team throughout the current spring AAU season. Hazelton said his team, 6-0 in its games here, has only lost one game in tournament play anywhere so far this year.
He knows his players’ ability to share, whether it be scoring heroics or just playing time, is a key. “That the kids have all bought into sharing the ball and sharing time is a testament to them,” he added. “It takes some special kids to embrace that philosophy.”
And the results have been pretty special and, now, include an age division championship of the prestigious GymRat CHALLENGE Tournament.
15-UNDER AGE DIVISION MVG-MOST VALUABLE GYMRAT
Jenia Crooms, 5-10 guard, Rivals Black/St. Andrews H.S.: An aggressive shot-blocker and rebounder from the wing position. Outstanding handle and quick burst to the basket. Just an explosive athlete. Strong and powers through contact at the rim, yet also capable of being effective on the perimeter. Scored 14 points in the championship game and made big plays when necessary throughout the tournament.
15-UNDER AGE-DIVISON ALL-GYMRAT CHALLENGE TEAM
Nora Gabel, 5-8 forward, Long Island Renegades-Blue/Comsawogue H.S.: A smooth lefty forward. One of the best shooters in the tournament. Great corner jump shoot. Good body control when driving to the hoop and capable of finishing against traffic there.
Keelah Dixon, 5-5 guard, Bay State Jaguars/Braintree H.S.: Very difficult guard to defend. Very effective off the dribble, going to the basket to finish nicely. Showed a nice step-back jump shot. Outstanding at drawing defenders and dishing to open teammates. Extremely valuable. Makes others better with great passes.
Armani Free, 5-11 forward, City Rocks/Cicero H.S.: Already has good size and strong athletic ability. Rebounds well in traffic. Gets into the lane using her strength and athleticism. Finishes nicely around the hoop. Showed an ability to make perimeter shots here.
Meg Hair, 5-11 small forward, City Rocks/Jamesville DeWitt H.S.: A long and athletic wing forward. Nice shooting touch, and can connect from 3-point range. Very unselfish player. Willing to get at it on the defensive end. Looks to have a bright future.
Mackenzie DeWees, 5-8 guard, Central MD AttitudeNational/Manchester Valley H.S.: A clever ball-handler at the point guard spot. Also a capable shooter. Skilled backcourt player who provided strong leadership on a good team. Steady player who won’t hesitate to make the extra pass.
Kelly Simmons, 5-11 post, Central MD Attitude National/Centennial H.S.: A strong interior player who can score in the paint. Finishes nicely against contact. Also can step out and shoot the 15-foot jump shot, or put the ball on the floor to drive the lane. Capable passer out of the low post. Good footwork. Works hard on box-outs.
Tess Borgosz, 6-2 center, Full Court Hoops/DePew H.S.: Good size for this division. Finishes nicely around the basket against contact. Very strong in the paint and already has decent low-post moves. Showed an effective left-handed “baby hook” during this event. Her hard work draws fouls.
Grace Heeps, 5-10 guard, Saratoga Sparks-Florence/Columbia H.S.: A shooting guard who already has good size for the position. Excellent range on her jump shot. Also can shoot effectively off the dribble. Very good court IQ. Sees the court well and makes excellent decisions.
Emily Wander, 5-3 point guard, Saratoga Sparks-Florence/Bethlehem H.S.: Championship H.S. program, and it shows. Distributes the ball nicely in transition. Sees the court well. Will drive and dish to open teammates. Can shoot off the dribble. All-out hustler and an efficient point guard. Very valuable to team success.
Janine Cuffee, 5-5 point guard, Castle Lady Knights/Lawrenceville H.S.: Very effective in the transition game. Good court IQ, sees the court well and distributes to open teammates. Very effective off the dribble and going to the hoop. Showed ability to take over games from the point guard position.
Elizabeth Garcia, 5-11 forward, Castle Lady Knights/Academy of Holy Names: Long and athletic. She finishes nicely in transition. Really runs the floor well. Does most of her scoring in the paint. Good body control around the basket. Good moves and hard play enables her to get to the basket off the dribble.
Mary-Tracy Cilein, 5-10 forward, TW Bluehounds/Dawson Community School: Already has nice size. A lefty whose sense of play enables her to draw fouls. Solid physique and uses her strength to get to the basket and finish there against contact.
Brie Pergola, 5-7 guard, Connecticut Spirit/Williams-Torrington H.S.: A smart guard who just knows how to play Very versatile. Good body control. Varies speeds off the dribble to positive effect. Goes hard to the hoop and draws fouls along the way. Very valuable contributor to team success.
Skyler Schmid, 6-1 post, MA Huskies-Sheehy/Natick H.S.: Good size and uses it to score effectively inside. Actually plays bigger than her height. Decent moves around the hoop. Solid inside defender, really protects the basket on the defensive end.
Danielle Cajou, 5-5 point guard, Hudson Valley Elite-Gold/North Rockland H.S.: Very quick and fast point guard on a good team. Gets to the hoop off the dribble. Nice cross-over dribble and covers ground with it. Runs the show from the point. Looks to set up others and delivers good passes.
Katherine Cain, 6-5 center, Hudson Valley Elite-Gold/Pine Bush H.S.: An exceptional center that is very good around the basket, but also showed an ability to guard on the perimeter. Good court habits and has a major impact on games. Blocks and alters shots effectively. Rebounds well. Presents a target in the post. Scores primarily around the basket, but can make 15-footer. Good outlet passer. Delaware, Princeton and others showing early interest.
Gyanna Russell, 5-10 small forward, CT Attack-Seymour/East Hampton H.S.: Real motor, plays hard and runs the court at all times. Attacks the hoop off the dribble. Has a nice cross-over move. Can stop and pop in the lane. Decent shot fake that enables her to get past defenders. Sound defensive player.
LaNiya Clark, 5-5 guard, L.I. Lightning-Eve/Amityville H.S.: Very versatile and effective point guard. Showed the ability to make three-pointers here, or get to the hoop off the dribble to score or dish off. She runs the show, and carried her team here.
Cheyenne Mwai, 5-5 point guard, Rivals-Gold/Lowell H.S.: Capable of using her speed to be a disruptive force on the defensive end. She is the straw that stirs the proverbial drink when she’s on the court. Gets to the hoop off the dribble and dishes to open teammates. Sees the court well and distributes the ball.
Willcia McBorrough, 6-1 center Rivals-Gold/Times Square Academy: A very strong physical player who already has decent size She presents herself as a target in the paint. Knows how to get position and to hold it. Mostly inside-oriented, but a real force around the basket.
Taylor Soule, 5-11 forward, Rivals-Black/Kimball Union Academy: Strong, aggressive rebounder. Outstanding defender both on the ball and in help due to exceptional footwork, instincts and awareness. Smooth 15-foot jumper. Gets out and finishes in transition. Can play either with back to the basket or facing up.
Abby Streeter, 5-11 guard, Rivals-Black/Bishop Guerin: A lanky guard that gets out and finishes effectively in transition. She has very deep range, out beyond the three-point stripe. Tenacious and effective on-the-ball defender, knows how to use her size/length at both ends.
Katie Nelson, 5-8 guard, Honey Badgers/Bishop Feehan H.S.: Outstanding all-around player who was this event’s MVG at the 14-under level in 2014. Deep 3-point range. Tenacious defender, always hunting the ball in press and transition defense. Good vision in the open floor. Complete player who steps up at key moments.
Emma Forbes, 5-5 point guard, Honey Badgers/Bishop Forbes H.S.: Takes an outlet pass and pushes hard in transition. Good court vision on the move and delivers good passes to open teammates. Showed ability to knock down three pointers. Extremely quick player, yet always under control.
Kadaja Bailey, 5-11 guard, LI Lightning-Butler/Long Beach H.S.: An explosive athlete with a great handle. Uses her length and quickness to seemingly get her hands on everything. Can score from anywhere on the court. Does a great job rising above and finishing at the rim.
Jenna Annecchiarico, 5-6 point guard, LI Lightning-Catapano/Baldwin H.S.: Tough player who leaves everything on the floor. Great combination of handle, vision and control of the game. Strong frame allows her to attack the rim and finish through contact. Tenacious on-ball defender. Can shoot the three.
Aziah Hudson, 5-9 guard, LI Lightning-Catapano/Baldwin H.S.: A tall guard that uses her blazing speed to be a real force in transition game. She can blow by defenders and get to the rim with ease. A lock-down defender. She causes turnovers with her foot speed and overall quickness. Gets her hands on everything
Dara Mabrey, 5-6 guard, LI Lightning-Catapano/Mawasquan H.S.: Tough as nails player and extremely aggressive at both ends of the court. Uses those traits to excel in transition, goes hard to the basket. She just hunts down rebounds. Also showed an ability to knock down three-pointers.
Jamayra Castro, 5-11 forward, Rivals-Red/Bellingham H.S.: Possesses a strong frame and uses it well to be an effective rebounder. Uses her strength/size to score inside. Also showed an ability to flash and hit jumpers, even connecting on a couple at the three-point stripe.
Grace Stone, 5-10 guard, LI Lightning-Catapano/Long Island Lutheran H.S.: A superb athlete with a sweet shooting stroke out to deep 3-point range. She has the size and strength to effectively finish after contact. Great job on jumping the passing lanes in pressure defense situations.
Jenna Roche, 5-8 point guard, Mass Premier-Swish/Braintree H.S.: A very skilled point guard. Great vision and passing ability. Very good in the open court and strong decision maker. Great handle and understands spacing and where to get teammates the ball. Can also score herself.
Tess Sussman, 5-11 wing, Mass Premier-Swish/Rivers H.S.: A lefty wing that can shoot with range yet can also attack the rim aggressively. Very hard worker. Strong and fit. Can defend multiple positions. Effective rebounder. Strength is to shot-fake and attack the rim aggressively.
Grace Coutu, 5-11 post, Team BSB/Barrington H.S.: A skilled inside player. Outstanding use of footwork results in her being able to score inside. Can defend on the perimeter, too. Runs the floor well. Can fake up, attack the rim and finish. Effective back-to-the-basket inside force. American showing early interest.
Christina Kiser, 5-8 combo guard, Team BSB/La Salle Academy. Has a very effective attack-the-rim game. Finishes well against contact. Also has a strong handle and outstanding court vision. Capable of playing either guard position. Can score in a variety of ways. Quick, strong, tough. Can shoot with range.
Sydney Harwood, 5-8 wing, Orange County Crusaders/Monroe-Woodbury H.S.: An athletic slasher with a strong handle. Can get to the rim with ease and has the ability to finish against contact. Exhibited nice leadership qualities. Good court vision and awareness. Shares the ball.
Courtney Shaw, 6-1 post, Baltimore Starz-Black/Perry Hall H.S. An athletic, raw post player. Good strength and much upside. Finishes well around the rim. Strong defender. She can defend the post or either forward position. Rebounds well and anticipates rebounding position. Runs the floor very well. High motor.
Ebony Brown, 5-10 post, NJ Lady Titans/Teaneck H.S.: A strong, solid build. Strong defender and rebounder. Still raw in the post, but looks to have strong upside. Finishes through contact. Athletic player who is very quick for her position. Can play the top of the full-court pressure defense.
Bridgette Moran, 6-1 forward, LI Lightning-Haller/St. John The Baptist H.S.: A long, lanky athlete. More than capable of playing either forward spot or in the post. Slender, but good timing on defense and is an effective shot-blocker. Can finish through contact. Also showed an ability here to make mid-range jumpers.
Morgan Staab, 6-1 center, Rising Stars/Kellenberg H.S.: A big, solid true center. Great footwork and finishes well around the rim and through contact. Runs the floor well for a “big.” Athletic, tough player. Plays hard and uses strength effectively. Can play with back to the basket, or facing up around the paint.
Devyn Dash, guard, NJ Sparks-Black/Saddle River Day School: Can be effectively offensively at either guard position. Can shoot from deep 3-point range and lights-out shooter from anywhere on the court. Quick with a great handle. Works hard, high court IQ. Understands the game. Can defend any perimeter position.
Willow Duffell, 6-2 post, Orange County Crusaders/Monroe-Woodbury H.S.: A big, talented post player. She can score vs. contact. Great footwork. Very fit and runs the floor well. Can defend and rebound. Good vision and passing ability. High motor, a real worker. Gets on the floor for loose balls.
Masseny Kaba, 6-3 post, Boston Showstoppers-Lassiter/Cathedral H.S.: A tall, thin and athletic post player. Very quick. She can finish through contact. Very long arms and strong at anticipating when to make blocks. Steps into passing lanes. Runs the floor extremely well and has a solid handle in the full court. Already getting D-1 looks, including from Kentucky, Boston College, Rhode Island, Fordham.
Jada Lucas, 5-4 point guard, New Heights/New London H.S.: A flashy, little point guard with an extremely strong handle. She can make the pull-up jumper. At her best on the fast break, pushing the ball past defenders and either getting to the rim or finding open teammates. Outstanding on-ball defender.
Kajae Hargrave, 5-4 point guard, CT Lady Blazers-Howard/Career Magnet H.S.: A very strong handle. Capable of playing either guard spot. Very good in the open court. Strength is getting to the rim. Finishes well and uses her body well to create contact and can finish against it.
15-UNDER DIVISION ALL GYMRAT CHALLENGE HONORABLE MENTION
Maya Bernsley, 5-10 wing, Rising Stars
Aliyah Powell, 5-4 combo guard, NJ Sparks-Black
Kalilah Hall, 5-8 wing, Boston Showstoppers-Lassiter
Lara Matos, 5-6 combo guard, Boston Showstoppers-Lassiter
Brianna DeLeo, 5-3 combo guard, Orange County Crusaders
Morayo Adenegan, 6-1 post, Baltimore Starz-Black
Morgan Ress, 5-10 post, NJ Lady Titans
Deja James, 5-5 guard, NJ Lady Titans
Madison Grossman, 5-8 wing, NJ Lady Titans
Heidi Scarth, 6-2 post, LI Lightning-Haller
Allison LaMonica, 5-6 guard, LI Lightning-Haller
Megan Hill, 6-2 center, Mass Premier Swish
Nicole Gallagher, 5-7 wing, Mass Premier Swish
Ariana Odom, 6-4 post, New Heights
Cassandra Duda, 6-3 post, Team BSB
Kayla Raymond, 5-11 forward, Team BSB
Emma Bounanno, 5-8 point guard, Vermont Heat
Emily Britton, 5-7 guard, Rivals-Red
Meagan Morelli, 5-10 forward, Rivals-Red
Elena Hart, 5-7 guard, NJ Blu Sharks
Montia Moon-Figueroa, 5-5 point guard, LI Lightning Butler
Nadia Elcock, 5-5 guard, LI Lightning Butler
Asiah Knight, 5-8 forward, Stamford Peace
Camille Martinez, 5-4 guard, Stamford Peace
Cameron Corbett, 5-7 guard, Staten Island Finest
Adrianna Blake, 6-0 forward, United NJ Grey
Jennifer Peel, 5-7 guard, Honey Badgers
Julia Strachan, 5-8 wing, Honey Badgers
Olivia Orlando, 5-10 wing, Rivals-Black
Laura Gonzales, 6-1 forward, Rivals-Black
Nicolette Arnold, 5-8 guard, Rivals-Black
Destiny Samuel, 6-1 forward, LI Lightning-Catapano
Kaia Harrison, 5-4 guard, LI Lightning Catapano
Grace Brady, 6-3 center, LI Renegades Blue
Christina Bonfiglio, 5-8 forward, Bay State Jaguars
Tanashia Drayton, 5-4 point guard, City Rocks
Jessie Maurer, 5-10 forward, LI Renegades-White
Mallory Oeschger, 5-8 guard, T Cobras-Kupper
Adin Maund, 5-10 forward, New England Crusaders
Cameron Tooley, 5-6 guard, Saratoga Sparks-Florence
Daiyanni Davis, 5-11 forward, Castle Lady Knights
Caitlyn Gresh, 5-5 point guard, CT Spirit-Williams
Shania Shorter, 5-7 guard, CT Spirit-Williams
Maya Thompson, 5-11 forward, MA Huskies-Sheehy
Makala Mitchell, 5-5 guard, MA Huskies-Sheehy
Lauren Murphy, 5-8 forward, CT Attack-Seymour
Taylor Rodriguez, 5-8 guard, Hudson Valley Elite Gold
Samantha McClutchy, 5-10 forward, Hudson Valley Elite Gold
Kelly Fogarty, 5-8 shooting guard, Bay State Jaguars
Marissa Fontaine, 6-0 forward Bay State Jaguars
Jennifer Louis 5-9 forward, TW Bluehounds
Hailey Reynolds, 5-11 forward, Hudson Valley Elite Gold
Samira Abdelrehim, 6-1 post CT Attack-Seymour
China Butler, 5-6 point guard, City Rocks
Jessica Foster, 5-2 guard, Central MD Attitude National.
Maeve MacNeil 6-2 center, Hudson Valley Elite Gold
Francesca Vanegas, 5-7 guard, Central MD Attitude National
14-U GYMRAT CHALLENGE AGE DIVISION REPORT
CHAMPIONSHIP MAKES LONG TRIP WORTHWHILE FOR MARYLAND BELLES
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The farther his team advanced in this year’s GymRat CHALLENGE AAU Tournament the less likely Maryland Belles’ coach Joe McAleer was going to catch a scheduled evening flight back to his Baltimore-area home. McAleer wound up missing his flight and, instead, faced a six-hour car ride home. And, you can be sure he didn’t mind a bit. It meant the Maryland Belles played into the evening and eventually won the championship of the 14-under age division.
The victory came with a 42-29 title-game decision over the Maine Firecrackers in a contest played at the Saratoga Recreation Center.
Aleah Nelson, a multi-talented 5-foot-5 point guard, led the winners by averaging 11.2 points per game over the two days of GymRat play and had a game-high 12 points in the championship game. “She shot the ball real well here, she handled the ball well and she ran the team,” said McAleer, about Nelson’s play during the tournament.
The Belles’ success, according to McAleer is predicated on team-oriented play and a tight bond of players. “We really support each other,” said the coach, who promotes that type of support with a unique demand. “We yell and scream for each other … we always try to have the loudest bench in the gym,” said McAleer. “When you have that kind of vocal support it helps get you up for defense. And, playing strong defense is one of our main goals.”
The Maryland team surely was among the stingiest defensive squads in early play, allowing opponent totals of 16, 21 and 16 in three pool-round contests. And, then, holding a strong Maine Firecrackers’ squad to just 29 points in the championship contest was another defensive statement.
The Saratoga Recreation Center didn’t quite match the Golden State Warriors’ Oracle for its decibel level, but it was still noticeably loud during the Belles’ games. McAleer said that, by now, the loud support and strong defense comes naturally to his team. “That’s what we do,” he said. “We’ve developed that type of culture. We’re like that when we practice.”
McAleer said his travel plans meant he’d only get a few hours sleep before having to arrive for work the morning after the Belles’ championship at the GymRat. But, he didn’t mind. He knew, for sure, he was going to have sweet dreams. Probably loud ones, too.
14-UNDER DIVISION MVG-MOST VALUABLE GYMRAT
Aleah Nelson, 5-5 point guard, Maryland Belles/McDonogh H.S.: A quick and athletic point guard that has all the tools to play the position. Excellent ball-handler. Sees the court extremely well and delivers great passes. Can get past defender, get to the rim and finishes there. Outstanding vision and feel for the game. Great court IQ. Far advanced for this division.
14-UNDER ALL-GYMRAT CHALLENGE TEAM
Erin Fouracre, 5-7 forward, Albany Capitals-Kimmey/Colonie H.S.: Smart, composed small forward, solid frame. Hard working, fundamentally sound player. High motor. Will sacrifice body for loose balls. Neutralizes bigger opponents with positioning. Quick short-to-mid range offensive game. Finishes with oft-hand. Power in the post. Excels on defense both on ball and in help.
Maggy Kirby, 5-8 forward, Albany Capitals-Kimmey/Bethlehem Central H.S.: Scrappy, relentless player. Aggressive and pro-active defender Fills her role well. An asset in a variety of different sets. Good shot mechanics, plays with pace. Can get up and down the floor well. Can connect from distance. Above-average passer.
Molly Kirby, 5-6 guard, Albany Capitals-Kimmey/Bethlehem Central H.S.: Crafty, push-tempo guard with a high motor. Plays with intensity. Extremely active on-ball defender. Proficient with both hands. Steps out to hit perimeter shots. Can run the offense when necessary. Penetrate-and-kick capability. Good court vision. On-time, accurate passer.
Azariah Wade, 6-0 forward, Salt City Shakers/Bishop Grimes H.S.: Athletic, strong power forward. Great interior mobility. Hard worker. Able to hold off and position defenders to receive passes into the post. Strong, sure hands. Keeps the ball high after the catch. Scores through contact. Can catch and face up at the high post. Rebounds well on both ends. Looks to box out on shots. High ceiling for growth potential. Willing defender and a disruptive force in the lane.
Breanna Ransom, 5-8 guard, Salt City Shakers/Central Square H.S.: Streak-shooting guard who get better as the tournament progressed. Smooth shot mechanic and good selection. Does not force attempts. Works around the perimeter, but can make plays off penetration. Good court vision, an pass in tight spaces. Decent size helps discourage smaller guards.
Sarah Scerbak, 5-7 guard, Metro Rockets Elite/Paramus Catholic H.S.: A mult-talented combo guard. A very crafty scorer who can shoot from long range yet also finishes strong driving to the basket. She had a division-high 42 points in one game here. She also finishes strongly driving to the basket. Excellent handle and makes good decisions in transitions. Tough defender with great footwork. Very high court IQ.
Lia Baroncini, 5-7 guard, CT Storm Premier/RHAM H.S.: Pure shooting guard with consistent shot from beyond the arc. Finds openings in the defense to spot up. Effective in mid-range game and attacking the rim. Focal player of the offense. Unaffected by pressure. Always good body control. One of the top shooters in the division. Could be unstoppable with assassin mentality.
Samantha Chapps, 5-11 forward, CT Storm Premier/Mercy H.S.: Long, rangy power forward with good athleticism. Not afraid to battle for rebounds. Quick first step when attacking off the dribble. Can step out and hit mid-range shot. Natural shot-blocking ability. Soft touch around the rim. Aggressive rebounder at both ends. Finishes through contact. Flashed developing left-hand layup.
Anna Barry, 5-10 forward, CT Storm Premier/RHAM H.S.: An effective interior post player that maximizes touches. Prolific rebounder on both ends. Strong and reliable when catching the ball. Not asked to do much jump shooting. Active hands in passing lanes on defense. Can come out and defend perimeter and bother shooters.
Sofia Rose, 6-1 center, MA Huskies-Lebwith/Lincoln Sudbury H.S.: Long, active low-post “big.” Showcased a consistent mid-range shot. Smooth, fundamental shot mechanics. Runs the floor well, often beating opponent up court. Can finish with contact. Great hands in traffic and in passing lanes on defense.Not an imposing frame, but hustle compensates for lack of physicality.
Hannah Brodski, 6-0 forward, MA Huskies-Lebwith/Lincoln Sudbury H.S.: Hard-working forwrd. Does a little bit of everything. Makes an impact on the defensive end and through rebounding. Gets up the floor in transition. Some playmaking abilities. Great use of shot fake to set up penetration. Good floater. Soft touch at the rim. Crisp passer. Willing to sacrifice body on defense.
Nyah Garrison, 5-10 guard, PFS Elite-Red/Archbishop Prendergrast Bonnor H.S.: Solid, tough shooting guard/small forward. Lethal long-range threat. Enough size to bully defenders on penetration. Uses body and physicality in all aspects of her game. Capable rebounder. Active, attentive defender. Fights for loose balls.
Faith Bonett, 6-0 power forward, PFS Elite-Red/Moorestown H.S.: Tenacious rebounding power forward. Plays with a chip on her shoulder. Visible, yet controlled aggression. Good vertical leaping ability. Decent shooting mechanics, but only mid-range capabilities for now. Active hands in passing lanes on defense.
Pamela Gonzalez, 5-10 forward, Greater Boston Lions/Revere H.S.: Mobile left-handed power forward that is athletic and rangy. Makes hard, aggressive moves attacking the rim. Utilizes space on floor. Boxes out and rebounds well. Skilled footwork. Can isolate and compromise opponents on offense. Serviceable ball-handler. Could be an elite defender if motivated.
Samantha Mancini, 5-4 guard, WBA Lady Knicks/Scarsdale H.S.: Steady shooting guard with a smooth release. Shows nice touch on long-range shots. Needs to be respected from the perimeter. Ball fakes lead to immediate points. Operates with either hand. Composed with the ball. Crafty rebounder. defender. Strong, solid base. Satisfactory passer.
Anna DeWolfe, 5-6 point guard, Maine Firecrackers/Greely H.S.: Confident, savvy point guard; fearless passer; plays with a touch of flare; enjoys displaying a stylistic element in her game; has a sufficient mid- to long range jump shot, but is most often in penetrate mode; proficient with both hands; can push tempo effortlessly; finishes smoothly at the rim; active hands in passing lanes; stealthy defender; demonstrates a rare combination of quickness and speed; equal parts playmaker and scorer.
Mackenzie Holmes, 6-2 center, Maine Firecrackers/Gorham HS: Powerful, dominant presence; plays the game as a traditional, back-to-basket center; impressive mobility and foot speed for size; makes quality instantaneous decisions on the catch; possesses a range of crafty, polished post moves; finishes with the left hand; almost unstoppable inside five feet of the basket; can finish in traffic and thru contact; not a pure shot blocker, but often disrupts penetration; excellent help defender. Not only the tallest, but the most skilled interior post player in the division.
Faith Blethen, 6-1 forward, Maine Firecrackers/Boothbay HS: Long, agile small/power forward; has respectable outside shooting ability; can get up and down the court in transition; game comes naturally; does not need to force offense; can operate around the perimeter, but possesses solid post technique; finishes with the left hand; presents mismatch opportunities due to length and mobility; rebounds well on defense; bothersome in passing lanes; large potential for offensive growth.
Karli Opalka 6-0 forward, CT Hawks/Pomperaug H.S.: Tough, physical inside workhorse at power forward. Establishes great rebounding position. Internal radar for retrieving rebounds. Keeps the ball high, secure on rebounds. Gets off the ground quickly on second and third jumps. Gets on the floor for loose balls. Athletic enough to guard multiple positions. Strong with the ball at the rim on offense. Ability to manufacture baskets.
Bridget Whelan, 5-7 point guard, Albany Lady Falcons/Albany H.S.: Opportunistic player who prefers long-range shooting. Score-first point guard. Decent quickness/speed. Handles the ball with either hand. Can push tempo, always in motion. Shows potential to be effective at attacking the rim. Fairly consistent shooter, and will improve with better mechanics.
Cece DeMayo, 5-11 forward, Albany Lady Falcons/Shaker H.S.: A strong, active and athletic forward. Solid offensive and defensive rebounder. Aggressive low-post player who can also attack quickly from the wing. Soft touch around the rim. Uses her height to create space and opportunity. Decent mid-range shot. Confident ball-handler. Can operate well with the ball in transition. Accurate interior passer.
Shyla Sanford, 5-9 guard, Albany Lady Falcons/Shaker H.S.: All-around talent. Ability to play shooting guard or small forward. Active hands on defense, causes numerous transition opportunities. Consistent, fluid shooter who showed an ability to connect from distance. Composure on penetration and can finish at the rim off multiple attacking angles.
Ashley Ducharme, 6-0 post, Bay State Jaguars/Nobles & Greenough H.S.: Long, slender and athletic post player. Extremely active, gifted rebounder at either end. Decent mid-range jumper, although most effective when attacking the rim. Excellent shot-blocker. Trustworthy passer. Has toolkit of interior post moves. Above average hands when receiving in position to score. Can handle the ball effectively. Runs the floor well. Enters transition mode immediately off a rebound.
Asiah Dingle, 5-5 guard, Bay State Jaguars/Archbishop Williams H.S.: Confident point guard with a tight handle. Next-level first step quickness. Most lethal when attacking in the half court or transition. Can push tempo at any time. Terrific lateral movement. Prefers to penetrate, but has good shot mechanics. Could easily implement an effective mid-range jumper to her arsenal.
Kendall Currance, 5-8 forward, Bay State Jaguars/Falmouth Academy: A fearless, streaky shooter. Athletic, multi-dimensional slashing forward with a quick first step and a solid handle. Impressive elevation, finishes well on either side. Consistent when using short- to mid-range jumpers. Special off-balance ability to finish at the rim.
Sarah Sullivan, 6-0 power forward, Mass Frenzy-Black/Monument Mountain H.S.: Smart, composed “big” that makes good decision. Decent mobility. Most effective posting up around the hoop, but showed some ability to step out and shoot from perimeter. Good shooting form and shot mechanics. Rebounds well, particularly when inspired.
Molly O’Brien, 5-9 forward, Mass Frenzy-Black/Northfield Mount Hermon H.S.: Smart, strong interior post player. Solid frame. Fundamentally sound. Good hands when receiving the ball. Plays through contact. Knows how to use her body to establish and secure space on the court. Can step out and hit the mid-range shot. Decent rebounder, very tough defender.
Sami Gallo, 5-11 power forward, Team CT Red/Mercy H.S.: Solid, formidable left-handed post player. Long arms and strong frame. Respectable mid-range shot with decent touch. Will step out and shoot from the perimeter. Finishes with either hand within five feet. Locates the ball well on rebounds. Draws contact on put-backs. Finishes in heavy traffic. Serviceable handle. Moves well, although lacks foot speed. Exclusively a post defender.
Bella Santoro, 5-8 guard, Team CT Red/Mercy H.S.: An active, attacking wing. Has proper shooting mechanics and hits long-range shots. Soft touch on floater. Ability to get to the rim. Reads defenses well. Not flashy, but effective. Has a knack for being in the right position for rebounds Satisfactory ball-handling and passing skills. Active hands on defense.
Meara Carter, 6-4 center Boston Showstoppers/Fenway H.S.: Raw, agile post player. Tough physical style of interior play. Motor always running on both ends. Gains extra possessions for her team. Remarkable uptempo energy. Aggressive shot-blocker and rebounder. Willing defender. Undeveloped offense skill set, but massive potential with proper instruction/direction.
Nirel Lougbo, 5-9 guard, United Conquerors/Tabor Academy: Combo guard with good size for the position. Excellent athleticism. Good handle, particularly when driving the ball into the paint. Good things happen when the ball is in her hands. Great finisher around the rim, even against contact.
Yasmeen Guerrier, 5-5 wing, B2L Black/Everett H.S.: Strong and athletic scoring wing player. Very good handle. Gets by defenders and gets to the rim with ease. Plays really hard. Super tough player. Finishes well around the rim and through contact. High motor.
Caroline Anderson, 6-1 post, MA Huskies-DeSantis/Wilmington H.S.: A tough, scrappy post player with a high motor. Very aggressive rebounder on both ends. Spent a lot of time on the floor chasing loose balls. Solid shooting touch around the rim. Not afraid to initiate contact on drives and finishes through contact.
Emily Sifferlin, 5-7 guard, MA Huskies-DeSantis/North Andover H.S.: A talented and aggressive high-scoring wing player. Solid handle, and seems to be going downhill on drives to the rim. Outstanding finisher in the paint. Also showed ability as a capable shooter out to 3-point range.
Savannah Marshall, 5-8 wing, CT Cobras-Landino/Westbrook M.S.: An eight-grader playing up a division. A versatile player that can guard multiple positions. Good driver that gets to the rim and is an excellent rebounder for her size. Tough player and not afraid to finish at the rim against contact.
Willcia McBorough, 6-1 post, Mass Rivals/Times2 Academy: A big, strong yet athletic post player. Uses size and length to be an effective rebounder on both ends of the court. Good moves in the low post. Aggressive offense player in the paint. Great at finishing through traffic.
Danielle O’Brien, 5-6 guard, KSK Ducks/Rockland H.S.: A talented, tough and aggressive guard. Has a solid handle, particularly when attacking and getting to the rim. Good finisher. Also a good passer. Big-time shooter. Quick release and isn’t shy about pulling the trigger.
Nahemiah Johnson, 5-2 point guard, PFS Elite White/Mastery Charter: A quick, aggressive and athletic point guard. She has a big-time handle. Capable of driving the ball into the paint and making plays, draws defense and dishes. Good finisher at the rim. More than capable of scoring herself.
Trinasia Kennedy, 5-7 wing, Lady Knuckleheads/Binghamton H.S.: A high-level athlete. She is an incredibly versatile player. An adept scorer not only on the perimeter, but ca also go inside to cause damage. Excellent rebounder at both ends of the court. Showed solid shooting ability out to three-point range.
Mia Len, 5-4 guard, NH Elite/Souhegan H.S.: A left-handed combo guard with a good handle that sees the floor well. Goes past defenders, gets into the lane and finds open teammates. Good shooter, and cam make the three. Nice 15-foot pull-up jumper. Good finisher at the rim vs. contact.
Kalena Menard, 5-6 guard, NJ Sparks-Postell: An eight-grader playing up a level. Highly skilled player with a keen knack for scoring the ball. She scores in a variety of ways. More than capable of going past defenders and getting to the rim to score against contact. Showed a nice pull-up jumper and connects from 3-point range.
Menel Lamadzema, 5-8 guard, United Conquerors/Mystic Valley Charter: A quick, talented guard. Just figures out ways to score. Good handle. Can beat defenders to get into the paint. Ridiculous finisher. Has trick-like looking layups. Solid mid-range shooter as well.
Sadie Shore, 5-7 forward, NH Elite/Portsmouth H.S.: A tough, physical and gritty face-up forward, plays either front-court spot. High IQ player that moves well without the ball. Attacks the rim from the high post and elbows. Excellent rebounder on both ends of the court. Solid shooting ability, out to 3-point range.
Jordan McLemore, 5-7 guard, NJ Sparks-Postell/Immaculate Conception H.S.: Incredibly talented combo guard. She scores in bunches while running a team. Excellent passer. Super tough and good finisher against contact at the rim. Great handle, does her best work in the open court.
Maren Durant, 6-2 center, Mass Mavericks/Rivers School: A very long player that is an outstanding rebounder on both ends. Far above-average shot-blocker with good timing. She has strong, solid hands around the basket. Makes herself a good target and catches everything. Needs to improve on upper body strength to take the next step, but high upside.
Emma Squires, 6-0 forward, Bay State Magic Elite/Tabor Academy: A real outstanding and versatile player. She can play three positions on offense. Makes the three-pointer and can also play with her back to the basket. A real player to watch. Needs to get stronger, but can already score in a number of ways, particularly inside. Much potential.
Victoria Mireki, 5-9 forward, Hudson Valley Elite/Washingtonville H.S.: A very strong inside player who knows how to use her physicality. She is extremely tough to stop around the basket and has a nice close-range touch. Very effective defender and it seems she loves to get after it on that end. Just a solid, all-around player.
Cassie Caldwell, 5-7 guard, Bay State Magic Elite/Marshfield H.S.: A great leader on the floor, a true floor general who is also able to step over and play the off guard spot. Handles the ball under pressure and makes good decisions in the offense. A tenacious defender. She puts good pressure on the ball. Outstanding footwork.
Victoria Kurisko, 5-8 point guard, Metro Rocket Elite/Clarkstown H.S.: A very aggressive player both on offense and defense. A good-sized point guard. She can handle the ball well in transition, she makes good decisions and she has the ability to get to the basket. Excellent footwork on defense and lateral movement. Just needs a little more consistency on perimeter shot.
Alexa Kellner, 6-2 forward, Hudson Valley Elite/Stamford H.S.: A very versatile player who uses her height well. She can step out and hit the three-pointer as well as score effectively in the paint. A very good defender and rebounder. Can play center or either forward spot. Needs to work on upper body strength, but looks to have a high ceiling.
Avery LaBarbera. 5-5 point guard, House of Sports/Harrison H.S.: A very skilled scorer in a variety of ways. Great moves off the dribble with an ability to easily create her own shot. She is a consistent shooter from the three-point land. Very special talent. Continued hard work will take her far.
Elena Pulanco, 5-2 point guard, Hudson Valley Elite/Holy Angels H.S.: A very tough point guard that exhibited great leadership qualities. She wants the ball when the game is on the line. She is an outstanding on-the-ball defender and when applying pressure. Very effective at the drive and kick-out play. Very high court IQ.
14-UNDER ALL-GYMRAT CHALLENGE HONORABLE MENTION
Alexa Huertas, 5-6 guard, Metro Rockets Elite
Katie Mager, 5-9 forward, Metro Rockets Elite
Charlotte Macken, 5-5 point gurd, Albany Capitals-Kimmey
Aliyah Wright, 5-5 guard, Albany Capitals-Kimmey
Sarh Serbascewicz, 4-11 point guard, CT Storm Premier
Marissa Shirshac, 5-5 guard, CT Storm Premier
Sarah Gillooly, 5-1 point guard, MA Huskies-Lebwith
Nicole Wedge, 5-3 guard, MA Huskies-Lebwith
Diana Willand, 5-8 guard, MA Huskies-Lebwith
Kate Deutsch 5-9 forrward, PFS Elite-Red
Aurora Ball, 5-9 forward, PFS Elite-Red
Paris Wilkey, 5-9 wing, Greater Boston Lions
Nayeli Germosen, 5-5 combo guard, Greater Boston Lions
Dora Duguay, 5-9 forward, Greater Boston Lions
Valentina Pepic, 6-0 center, Greater Boston Lions
Ashley Kaye, 5-11 power forward, WBA Lady Knicks
Ally Turner, 5-10 forward, Maine Firecrackers
Eva Mazur, 5-9 forward, Maine Firecrackers
Rylee Mulligan, 5-5 point guard, CT Hawks
Lily Daniels, 6-0 power forward, CT Hawks
Lauren Pelosi, 5-9 forward, CT Hawks
Claudine Legato, 5-11 power forward, CT Hawks
Haille Hart, 6-0 center, Albany Lady Falcons
Imani Harris, 5-7 guard, Albany Lady Falcons
Tony Geisel, 5-8 forward, Bay State Jaguars
Caroline Ducharme, 5-6 forward Bay State Jaguars
Cinnamon Dockery, 5-9 guard, Castle Knights
Dyamon Hunter, 5-7 guard, Castle Knights
Ema Schumer, 5-7 point guard, Castle Knights
Deja Francis, 5-8 guard, Castle Knights
Brianna Hawley, 5-8 forwrd, Mass Frenzy
Arienne Sauvignon-Howard, 5-7 guard, Boston Showstoppers
Arielle Shingles, 5-8 guard, Boston Showstoppers
Bailey Savage, 5-6 guard, MA Huskies-DeSantis
Carly Christofori 5-4 guard, MA Huskies-DeSantis
Ivy Gogolin, 6-1 center, MA Huskies-DeSantis
Mary Kate Guerriero, 5-4 guard, Rising Stars
Katie Shea, 6-1 center, CT Cobras-Landino
Carly-Ann Thompson, 5-9 forward, CT Cobras-Landino
Lauren Wright, 5-9 forward, CT Cobras-Landino
Shyan Mwai, 5-5 guard, Mass Rivals
Chyna Bullen, 5-10 forward, Mass Rivals
Tai Humphrey, 5-7 forwrd, PFS White
Mercedes Greeley, 5-9 forward, NH Elite
Laayden LaFontaine, 5-11 forward, NJ Sparks-Postell
Amaya Santiago, 5-9 forward, NJ Sparks-Postell
Forever Toppin, 5-6 guard, NJ Sparks-Postell
Tatiana Arias, 5-5 guard, Stamford Peace
Emily Tuin, 5-6 guard, Stamford Peace
Ema Jacketti, 5-10 forward, TTNY Prep
Kelsea Demelis, 5-4 guard, TTNY Prep
Fredi Degugliemo, 5-6 guard, United Conquerors
Ellen Klucznik, 5-9 forward, United Conquerors
Makayla Daniels, 5-5 guard, MD Bellles
Adrianne Davis, 6-1 center. MD Belles
Taylor Geiman, 6-0 forward, MD Belles
Logan Lornell, 5-7 forward, Central Mass Shooters
Kyla Roccio, 5-5 guard, CT Attack
Rachel Eria, 5-11 center, Hoop Nation
Vanessa Duarte, 5-4 guard, House of Sports
Amber Raisner, 5-4 guard, CT South Rebels
Riley Childs, 5-9 forward, Mass Mavericks
Hannah Malicki, Saratoga Sparks
Briann Barringer, 5-10 center, Saratoga Sparks
Annebella Larnard, 5-9 forward, Bay State Magic
Bailey Hyland, 5-7 guard, CT Spirit-Crockett
13-U AGE DIVISION GYMRAT CHALLENGE REPORT
SATTERFIELD UPHOLDS FAMILY TRADITION OF GYMRAT SUCCESS
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y — The Satterfield family already had some basketball success on New York’s Capital Region basketball courts and, now, it has even more.
Kaelynn Satterfield, a multi-talented 5-foot-11 forward, displayed a full arsenal of dominating hoop skills during the GymRat CHALLENGE AAU Tournament played at Siena College, culminating with her New Heights team’s 13-under division championship and MVG (Most Valuable GymRat) honors for Satterfield.
New Heights captured the age-division crown with a decisive 58-32 victory over the New Jersey Sparks in a game played at Siena College. Satterfield, who combines the inside skills of a “big” with perimeter abilities that rival any guard’s, has been on Capital Region courts before. She recalls coming to the area in 2010 to watch her dad and former University of Cincinnati star, Kenny Satterfield, play for the Albany Legends team in the International Basketball League. Satterfield was the starting point guard on that team that captured the IBL’s championship.
The elder Satterfield was a playground legend on New York City courts, a standout at Rice High School and, in college, at Cincinnati. He was in the NBA for two years and played professionally in a variety of locations for another 10 years after his NBA days.
“I remember coming up (to Albany) to watch him a couple of times when I was younger,” said the 13-year old Satterfield, of her dad. “I’m sure having him as a dad has helped, but my mom (Shallimar Walker-Satterfield, a standout on the high school level at St. Michael’s Academy in the Bronx) was also a very good player.”
Kenny Satterfield also has GymRat experience, having played in the inaugural event as a member of the New York Gauchos in 1998. Kaelynn Satterfield is believed to be the first 2nd generation ALL-GymRat CHALLENGE selection in the events 18-year history.
Like her dad, she not only played but she excelled. Yet, she was far from alone as a significant contributor to the GymRat CHALLENGE championship. Guards Mackenzie Helms and Alexsia Rose each averaged double figures in points at the event for a well-balanced, extremely talented team that used extreme quickness and defensive pressure to rattle opponents, create steals and get out for easy fast-break points.
Over its six games, New Heights’ average margin of victory was 26.7 points and only one of its victories was by a single-figure margin, a nine-point win over Bay State Magic in the semifinal round. “We stress togetherness and playing as if we’re a family,” said New Heights coach Rock Rosa. “We tell the girls to seize the moment and to push one another.”
New Heights most definitely did that, using that type of togetherness and an offensive efficiency to score 41 first-half points to take control in the championship contest. “The girls just seem to work very hard, and we can go 10 or 11 deep to keep them all fresh,” added Rosa. “They all buy into what we’re trying to do. We spend a lot of gym time on skill development, but we stress that what they do in their classrooms is more important. We want them to know that academics are the most important thing for them to eventually become successful women.”
The team is already experiencing its share of on-court success, thanks in no small part to Kaelynn Satterfield, whose is just carrying on a family tradition of championship results on Capital Region courts.
13-U AGE DIVISION MVG-MOST VALUABLE GYMRAT
Kaelynn Satterfield, 5-11 forward, New Heights/Thurgood Marshall School: A dominant performer here at both ends of the court and in any number of ways. A strong, solidly-built “big” with the additional skills of a point guard. One of the best passers at this division. Very unselfish. She finds open teammates and delivers good passes. Just an outstanding feel for the game. Dominates at this level. Excellent footwork and good hands on the defensive end. Uses size to be an effective rebounder.
13-U AGE DIVISION ALL-GYMRAT CHALLENGE TEAM
Sophie Tougas, 6-0 wing, Albany Capitals-RAIN/Glens Falls H.S.: Great size, length already. Showed a good feel for the game. Good timing makes her an effective shot-blocker. Great help defender. Finishes at the rim and can also step out and shoot three’s. Capable of guarding any position.
Graceann Bennett, 6-0 center, Albany Capitals-RAIN/Lake George H.S.: A great rebounder at both ends of the floor. Good finisher at the rim against contact. Good footwork in the post. Nice shooting touch from out to 15 feet. Effective shot blocker. Runs the floor well Very versatile player
Katherine Haidal, 5-9 forward, EVO Elite: Good size already and uses it to be an effective rebounder. Also showed a good shooting ability both from mid range and at the three-point line. Plays with all-out intensity at all times. Real team leader.
Jabarria Brown, 5-4 point guard, NJ Sparks-Jefferson/International H.S.: Good shooter from a variety of places on the court. True point guard in that she already knows how to run a team’s offense. Finds open seams and attacks. Can penetrate and dish to open teammates. Good on-ball defender.
Breyonna Frazier, 5-7 forwad, NJ Sparks-Jefferson/Marist H.S.: Just a rebounding machine, high energy player. Outstanding defender. Very fast first step on offense. A “freak” athlete. Runs the floor well. Great transition player.
Marianna Jentzen, 5-6 combo guard, New England Crusaders/Needham H.S.: A athletic guard capable of playing either backcourt position. She can handle well enough to play the point, yet has a nice mid-range shot. Very unselfish player that finds open teammates both in transition and half-court settings. Lock-down defender on or off the ball.
Rachel McMenany, 5-10 wing, New England Crusaders/Algonquin Regional H.S.: A do-it-all wing player that has good long-range shooting ability, yet also has a quick first step that enables her to get to the rim at will. Strong, aggressive rebounder at both ends of the court. Good defender, and can match up defensively either with a “big” or a guard.
Dejah Jenkins, 5-4 point guard, Boston Sharks/Cathedral H.S.: Great ball-handler. Already has above-average point-guard skills. Very good passer. Sees open teammates and delivers. Outstanding court IQ. Gets at it on the defensive end. Good in the open floor both ways.
D’Anique Briggs, 5-7 guard, Boston Sharks/JD OBryant School: Quick hands on defense, gets more than her share of steals and deflections. Nice shooting stroke from 3-point range. Athletic finisher, even against contact. Runs the floor extremely well.
Alexsia Rose, 5-6 guard, New Heights/Carmen Araces School: Outstanding in the open floor. Gets to the rim and finishes there against contact. Very good without the ball, always on the move. Showed an ability to get more than her share of rebounds from the guard spot.
Makenzie Helms, 5-7 guard, New Heights/St. James School: Exceptional shooting touch, both from 3-point territory and with mid-range jumpers. Uses an effective pump fake to get past defenders and attack the basket. Capable passer. Runs the floor extremely well and effectively.
Kateri Poole, 5-7 guard, New Heights/St. Mark’s School: Athletic and an outstanding finisher. Great player in the open floor. Capable shooter. Uses her quickness very effectively on the defensive end. Very good passer. Plays passing lanes well and gets her share of deflections, steals.
Sarah John, 5-3 point guard, MT Elite 8A/Bishop Feehan School: Very good shooter from the perimeter. Standout point guard, a real on-the-floor leader. Good passer, delivers the ball well to open teammates. Very quick hands on the defensive end. Good in transition and a strong finisher.
Samantha Hourihan, 5-11 post, T Elite 8A/Coyle Cassidy School: Already has good size and uses it well, particularly to defend the post. Has good footwork on both ends of the court. Exhibited a nice mid-range offensive game. Athletic, runs the floor well and effectively.
Fiona Mullen, 5-9 guard, Hudson Valley Elite-Green/Tappan Zee School: Good size already for the position and is a real shooter. Has outstanding range. Also handles the ball with poise and effectively. Smart defender, always seems to be in position on the defensive end.
Nia Bailey, 5-7 forward, Westchester Hoopers-WLMS/ALMS School: Capable of playing either guard position. Very effective at driving to the basket and finishing against contact. Excellent mid-range jump shot. Rebounds well and gets out with it to push the ball up court.
Eniya Russell, 5-3 guard, Baltimore Starz/MATHS H.S.: Outstnding jump-shooter from both deep and mid-range area. Very active on the offensive and defensive boards, effective rebounder despite her size. Capable of playing either guard spot. Controls the tempo for her team.
McKinley White, 5-9 forward, Springfield Lady Ballers/Powder Mill Middle School: Good size and uses it to perform in the post with nice back-to-the basket skills. Rebounds effectively on both ends of the floor. Good at getting the ball on the perimeter and attacking the basket.
Sam Jenks, 5-7 guard, Springfield Lady Ballers/Hopkins Academy: Very athletic off-guard who attacks the basket effectively and finishes with composure against contact. Good hands and defends with high energy. Seemed to be at her best in tight situations.
Elizabeth Mullane, 5-10 forward, Full Court Hoops-WHT/Lockport H.S.: Good size for this division and uses it to be an effective rebounder on both ends of the court. Does most of her work in the paint and will finish near the rim against contact. Very defensive-minded player.
Kaitlyn Davis, 5-10 forward, Connecticut Impact/Greenwich Academy: Good size and is solid around the basket. Sees the floor well. High court IQ. Very good passer and decision maker. Makes teammates better. She does a lot of the little things. Fundamentally sound.
Lauren Wagner, 5-3 guard, Jersey Cardinals-Lazur/Califon Public School: Her team’s primary ball-handler and runs the team well. Extremely high court IQ. Makes good passes to open teammates. Energetic, but composed player. Also showed she can hit mid-range jumpers.
Alyssa Bondi, 5-4 guard, Jersey Cardinals-Lazur/Churchill Junior High: Already an outstanding three-point shooter, particularly from the corners. Alternate ball-handler and performed that duty effectively. Always finds the proper spot to spot up and shoot from. Smart in her positioning.
Shelby Sekinski, 5-4 guard, Valhalla School: Plays either guard role. Versatile player. Very good awareness, on the defensive end, in playing passing lanes. Gets her share of deflections, steals. Goes to the basket effectively. Good shot with outstanding range.
Jordan Wade, 5-8 wing, House of Sports/Hackley School: High motor. Goes to the basket hard and can finish with either hand against contact. At her best when slashing to the basket, with or without the ball. Can handle any defensive match-up at any position.
Maddie Burke, 5-8 combo guard, Doylestown Elite/Lenape Middle School: Very versatile perimeter player, can play either guard spot or small forward. Can shoot well off the dribble. Good defender. Moves her fee well. Shoots with a nice high arc and good follow-through.
Alexa Broie, 5-1 point guard, Doylestown Elite/Central Bucks South: A smart point guard with strong basketball IQ. Makes good decisions when dribbling and passing. Can knock down the open mid-range shot. Hesitation dribble is her signature move. Very good at finding open teammates and creating shots for them.
Breanne Davis, 5-5 guard, Ring City Elite/Brookeside Middle School: Hits the open 3-pointer consistently. Very accurate shooter, particularly from the corner. Stepped up big in one game when her team was trailing and provided the offensive punch to rally for a victory here.
Sierra Gonzalez, 5-6 guard, Team Providence/Woodlawn School: An excellent slasher that finishes well in traffic and against contact. Can play either guard spot. Good ball-handler and passer. Shoots well enough from the perimeter. High motor, always hustling.
Antonia Corsinatti, 5-1 point guard, Team Providence/St. Rocco School: A fast point guard that handles exceptionally well, particularly when pressed. Can change directions with her dribble quickly in traffic. Shoots the three with deadly accuracy, whether open or off a pick. The engine that keeps a team going.
Fanta Ballo, 5-7 guard, Castle Lady Knights/P.s. 76: An athletic guard that can hit the floater/runner consistently. Plays with a visible competitive fire, very high motor. Dribbles in traffic effectively and gets to the rim and finishes there against contact.
Heather Caroccia, 5-8 post, Castle Lady Knights/Lavell Prep: A strong forward who can play effectively in the post. Makes hard drives to the basket and finishes well against contact. Also able to step out and hit open mid-range jumper. Outstanding rebounder.
Breanna Randolph 5-1 guard, Castle Lady Knights/P.S. 161: An excellent all-around player that controls her team’s offense. Good leadership skills and communicates clearly and effectively with her teammates. Has a diversified offensive skill set. Good step-back jumper. Creates off the dribble for herself and others.
Kellie Nudd, 5-11 post, CT Storm Premier/Bacon Academy: Great size for this division. Runs the floor exceptionally well. Drives hard to the basket and finishes against contact. Active defender who contests shots well. Gets after it on the offensive boards and is an effective offensive rebounder.
Megan Bauman, 5-4 point guard, CT Storm Premier/East Lyme Middle School: High IQ point guard. Makes good and smart passes. Good fundamentals already. Knows to keep her dribble alive when looking for an open teammate. Does not rattle under pressure.
Adia Burrows, 5-10 post, CAS Panthers/Middlebrook School: A strong post player with great size. Great rebounder on both ends of the court. Finishes well in traffic and against contact. Puts the ball back up strong after offensive rebounds. Had 10 rebounds in half of one game here.
Ainsley Jolin, 5-5 guard, Rivals-Williams/Beckwith Middle School: Versatile player who anticipates passing lanes well. Penetrates the lane effectively. Can hit the open three-pointer. Good size. Has a feel for the game. Needs only work on left hand. Makes strong moves to the hoop. Sees the floor well and makes good passes.
Catherine Bravo, 5-7 guard, Rivals-Williams/Wood Hill Middle School: Good scorer, had 15 points in her first game of pool-round play. Gets multiple fast-break points from anticipating dribble moves and passing lanes. Gets steals and takes off. Made quick, athletic drives to the basket.
Victoria Abelson, 5-8 guard, Doylestown Elite/Central Burks West: A solid, all-around player. Finds open teammates, pushes the ball hard in the open court. Makes good decisions offensively. Can hit from mid-range or can drive to the hoop with either hand. Can knock down open 3’s. Plays with obvious intensity.
Madison Olcott, 5-1 guard, Northern Border Rampage/Moriah School: Very athletic guard with good all-around offensive skills. Has long arms and a knack for finding the ball. Outstanding defender. Can knock down open mid-range shots. Creates for herself and others. Anticipates dribble moves well enough to pick pockets.
Alexis Motagne, 5-7 guard, CAS Panthers/Promise Academy: An athletic guard that handles the ball well. Good feel for the game. Can score in a variety of ways. Good slasher. Can also shoot off the dribble fro mmid range. Can run the point as well as play the off-guard spot.
Cassandra Urso, 4-11 point guar, CT Spirit-Huggins/JFK Middle School: Excellent in the open court. Drives and kicks well. Solid outside shooting stroke. Tough on-ball defender. Uses her lack of size to her advantage. Ultra-quick first step. Good vision of entire court. Uses either hand effectively.
Marianna Freeman, 5-2 guard, Albany City Rocks/Nazareth Elementary School: Very explosive moves off the dribble. Lights-out shooter from 3-point territory. Strong knowledge of where ball needs to go. Relentless defender. A problem for opponents in the open court. Just a sixth-grader, might have been the youngest player here, but already a standout.
Ahniysha Jackson, 5-4 guard, Albany City Rocks/Hackett Middle School: Plays either guard spot. Smart with the ball. Active hands on defense. Can create own shot off the bounce and is a deadly 3-poit shooter. Plays full-court pressure man-to-man defensive effectively. Very few mistakes made on either end.
Bailey Teal, 5-2 point guard, Albany City Rocks/Pennfield Middle School: Smooth with the ball. Pressure defender. Creates own shot off the dribble, and also creates open shots for teammates. Has shooting touch out to three-point territory. Limits turnovers. Uses both hands effectively.
Kendra Cooper-Smith, 5-5 guard, Hudson Valley Elite-Vegas/Farragut Middle School: Good court IQ. Creates shots for teammates. Showed a nice touch from 15-to-18 feet out. Great decision maker. Active hands on the defensive end. Very unselfish ball-distributor. Very quick and effective in transition.
13-U AGE DIVISION ALL-GYMRAT HONORABLE MENTION
Jessie Manning, 5-5 forward, N.J. Sparks-Gerald
Adrianna Vasquez, 5-1 guard, Bay State Jaguars
Nicole Beckett, 5-7 wing, New England Crusaders
Alivia Panglow, 5-10 post, Saratoga Sparks
Taneisha Gilbert, 5-7 forward, NJ Sparks-Yancey
Madison Stevens, 5-7 guard, CT Attack-Glezen
Fiona Mullen 5-6 guard, Hudson Valley Elite-Vegas
Aliyah Pits, 5-9 forward, United NJ Pinkman
Jordan Phillips, 5-4 guard, Ct. Spirit
Mikyla Mitchell, 5-4 guard, City Rocks
Noelle Barrett, 5-8 post, Seacoast Thunder
Jasmine Lyles, 5-11 forward, Jersey Cardinals
Sierra Stein, 5-9 forward, United NJ-Pinkman
Danielle Cornetta, 5-6 guard United NJ-Pinkman
Isabella Pellecchia, 5-5 guard, Jersey Cardinals
Neive Donegan, 5-5 guard, Hudson Valley Elite-Vegas
Mariah Benavides, 5-3 guard, Lightning-Catapano
Christina Costa, 5-6 guard, Bay State Jaguars
Devyn Scott, 5-6 forward, Ring City Elite
Jocelyn Polanski, 5-9 guard, CAS Panthers
Brooke Jarvis, 5-9 forward, Eastside Hoops
Xaryia Melendez, 5-9 forward, CT Storm Premier
Leila Stansberry, 5-9 forward, Bay State Magic-Elite
Jeniyah Jones, 5-9 guard, Bay State Magic Elite
Alivia Diaz, 5-6 guard, Team Providence
Brittany Faphino, 5-11 forward, Bay State Magic Elite
Sadie Homer, 5-5 guard, Rivals
Toni Neely, 5-5 guard, Ring City Elite
Mohogany Worsley-Wooten, 5-5 guard, Metro Rockets Elite
Elessia Salzillo, 5-5 guard, EVO Elite
Taylor Landry, 5-4 guard, EVO Elite
Taliyah Rahman, 5-3 guard, PFS Elite-Red
Aliyah McFarlane, 5-9 forward, PFS Elite-Red
Deziah Gonzalez, 5-4 guard, NJ Sparks-Jefferson
Ella Wanzer, 5-4 guard, Full Court Hoops-Will
Samantha Volpe, 5-8 forward, WBA Lady Knicks
Sanai Grayson, New Heights
Laysha Delosantos, 5-4 guard, New Heights
Imani Clachar, 5-4 guar, Boston Sparks
Kaitlyn Watrobski, 5-5 guard Saratoga Sparks
Dolly Cairns, 5-3 guard, Albany Capitals
Janelle Johnson, 5-6 guard, Connecticut Impact
Sanaa Boyd, 5-6 guard, Connecticut Impact
Ashley Smith, 5-6 guard, Full Court Hoops-WHT
Adrianna Parks, 5-7 guard, Westchester Hoopers-WLMS
Samantha Pacheco, 5-0 guard, Jersey Cardinals-Lazur
Kassidy Fields, 5-9 post, MT Elite 8A
Hanna Davis, 6-2 forward, Jersey Cardinals-Lazur
Amalia Mulinio, 5-2 guard, Empire Nighthawks
Anne Ward, 5-11 forward, New England Crusaders
Raquel Addona, 5-4 guard House of Sports
Trinity Bosecker, 6-0 forward, House of Sports