Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Holmdel, NJ - Coaches Choice College Showcase brought in some top notch talent this year, this was their 11th Annual event that takes place at Holmdel High School. Tom Sclafani of Central Jersey Hawks was able to pull some of the top teams in the Tri-State Area together, teams included in the College Showcase was Philadelphia's Power House Archbishop Wood (PA) 32 who took on a deep St. John Vianney (NJ) 46. This was a back in forth game in which Vianney use their extra body's to wear down the undersized Vikings, (Seton Hall) 17' Kimi Evans 14 Pts size in strength was a little bit to much for Wood down on the block, Evans was able to do what she wanted to, just ask Woods Head Coach. 19' Sajada Bonner is starting to come into her own, scoring 6 Pts, and grabbing 5 Rebounds, Bonner has exceptional athleticism and can defend multiple positions. 19' Sarah Karpell dropped 10 Pts to help out, Archbishop Wood was lead by 18' Katie May (Northeastern). Rumson-Fair Haven (NJ) 53 vs Long Island Lutheran (NY) 62 was a intriguing game, Rumson came out with all there guns blazing, they where up by 10 at the half Katie Foos (NYU) was having a three point party in the first half but cooled off by the second half, she finished with 12 Pts making 4 three pointers, 18' Tori Hyduke was getting to lane early setting up her teammates and getting them a bunch of open looks. Tori finished with 7 Pts, 5 Assit, and 4 Rebounds, 17' Hannah Scanlan (Quinnipiac) 17 Pts, 11 Rebounds, and 20' Lucy Adams 10 Pts, Long Island never gave up, they kept apply pressure and would eventually get it to a single digit lead, they out scored the Bulldogs 31 - 12 in the second half, Crusaders Wing 19' Celeste Taylor who is ranked by ESPN told me that she wasn't worried and know that her and her teammates would make a come back, Taylor would finish with a game high 23 Pts her shots started to fall when they where in transition, then 19' Jada Patrick 21 Pts, 13 Rebounds was getting to the basket and getting a bunch of second chance shots that Long Island was looking for especially in the first half. Once the Crusaders finally got the lead, 18' Grace Stone 7 Pts started to play a little New Jersey ball, in would milk the clock down the stretch of the game. The game of the night would be a sellout crowd, standing room only to let you know the magnitude of this could be match up in New Jersey's TOC Championship in March. Manasquan (NJ) 54 vs Rutgers Prep (NJ) 62 The feel was in the air, this was a much needed game for Rutgers Prep who lost to Manasquan last year in the second round of the the TOC, 4:00 minutes into the game the Argonauts would lose one of their key players in 18' Jahsyni Knight the JR guard who makes the engine go in the Prep. Put that didn't seem to faze the Argonauts, Freshman's Olivia Mullins and Jasmine Lyles looked like veterans playing in coach Mary Klinger offense. But the Sophomore Sensation Leilani Correa 20 Pts stole the whole show, 19' Correa was getting to the basket with ease cutting through the lane of a tired Warriors defense, put that didn't stop a scrappy Manasquan team that just kept on fighting back. 17' Stella Clark (Northeastern) finished with 12 Pts, she was hot early on in the game draining to long three balls from the deep corner put kind of faded as the game went on. The other two key parts of Manasquan big three 18' Dara Mabrey 16 Pts and 19' Faith Masonius 15 Pts just wasn't enough to stop a red hot Prep team that also got some inside help from 17' Gabi Redden (Marist) 17 Pts.