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SHE GOT GAME CLASSIC

SHE GOT GAME CLASSIC

SHE GOT GAME CLASSIC

Upper Marlboro, MD

     The She Got Game Classic went down in history as the most covered high school girls basketball that the DMV has ever had.  In fact with over 17 media and scouting services in the house, the 2016 She Got Game Classic may possibly be the most covered girls basketball event ever.  All of the usual suspects were present, but there were also a host of newer media entities that made an appearance.  With it all said and done, you had plenty of tweets and video streaming to follow along with the action.  Now as everyone awaits the string of recaps that can sometimes become redundant with multiple eyes watching the same thing, Next Sports Phenom will take a different route and talk about some of the lesser important things. 

     There were 7 locations with ascetically pleasing Dr. Henry Wise High School acting as the main hub.  Most of the media and college coaches camped out at Wise for the most part, however, an intriguing Friday night matchup between two nationally ranked top 20 teams in Monacan (VA) and National Christian Academy (MD) which brought many of the media to St. John's College High School in Washington D.C. as NSP's top ranked player in the class 2017 Megan Walker * (Monacan/UConn) went head to head with NSP's second ranked player 2017 Mykea Gray (NCA/Miami).  Walker had one of the weekends most impressive performances scoring a game high 36 points and the player of the game award, while Gray mounted an outstanding second half comeback scoring 26 points of her own.  2017 Olivia Martino (NCA/Lafayette) scored 14 while going 5 for 6 including 4 out of 5 from way beyond the arc, leaving me wishing to see her shoot more.   In the end it was the Chiefs of Monacan cruising to victory over the favored Eagles.

     Saturday had many of the college coaches parked at Wise H.S. and for good reason, they love to eat.  There was plenty of food at Wise in their hospitality area as many were tempted by hot Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Chic Fila meals they also got to watch some good basketball games as well.  Good Counsel (MD) lost an early Saturday morning game to St. Anthony's (NY), but made up for it in one of the best games of the weekend by defeating Neumann-Goretti (PA) after trailing the entire game on Sunday.  The Falcons of GC were lead by 2017 Lindsay Pulliam * (GC/Northwestern) who was spectacular in the mid range making basket after basket during the game.  2019 Brianna Forbes made big plays down the stretch to help the Falcons hold on in the fourth.  2017 Chyna Nixon (NG/Ole Miss) had a very good game doing most of her damage in the first half.

     Next Sports Phenom TV did some streaming of the games but the primary stream team was Monumental Sports Network, most of the streams are archived videos that you can watch at a later date.  Paul VI (VA) was one of the teams that many tuned in to see.  The nationally #1 ranked Panthers were the most watched team in the streamverse.  PVI who sports a full roster of division 1 talent had standout performances by 2019 Ashley Owusu * and 2018 Honesty Scott- Grayson.   Both players were instrumental in helping PVI mount come from behind victories to keep their undefeated season intack.

     The check-in process went as smooth as silk thanks to the behind the scenes work of the She Got Game Staff led by Afiba Fairnot and Meri Davis.  After checking in I was able to get a close look at St. Frances Academy (MD) and their freshman phenom 2020 Angel Reese (SFA) as they took on Northwest Guilford (NC).  Reese's length was a problem for NG as she repeatedly disrupted the flow in the backcourt leading to multiple steal/layups for her.  Figuring out how to get past Reese was the least of their worries as 2017 Mia Davis (SFA/Temple) had an easy double-double and carried off the player of the game award.

     There were several games and performances that stood out over the weekend as was the case with back to back standing room only games featuring Bishop McNamara (MD) vs Bishop Loughlin (NY) and Rock Creek Christian Academy (MD) vs Life Center (NJ).  Bishop McNamara's 2019 Aliyah Matharu and 2019 Jakia Brown-Turner both had excellent showings as BMac overwhelmed Loughlin.  Matharu carried home the player of the game award and her Mustangs posted the win.  Rock Creek also got a win as well behind the solid play of 2019 Anissa Rivera * and 2018 Carrie Gross.  

     The DMV teams showed well the entire weekend winning 85% of their games against the out of area opponents proving to be one of the top regions in the country and Roland Park showed why they are considered one of the top teams in the area.  The Reds only have two seniors on their roster with 2017's Jeydah Johnson and Liz Schlerf, but they have a handful of underclassmen in lead guard 2019 Ja'Niah Henson who is one of the areas top point guards and the high flying 2020 Mir McLean who had college coaches in awe of her arial acrobatics.  2018 Aniyah Carpenter played a spectacular all around game Coach Scott Buckley left the tournament with a pair of victories and a group of kids that will keep Roland Park in title talks for the next four years.

     The She Got Game International Classic ran simutaneously with the She Got Game Classic as a seperate event, but it all came together beautifully.  Canada was well represented playing all of their games at Gwynn Park and Frederick Douglass high schools and college coaches took the 10 minute drive up to check out the foreign kids which has been a hot commodity in the last few years.  Next Sports Phenom was able to get his international fix watching 2019 Jennifer Ezeh of Riverdale Baptist School, at 6'1" she had a good mix of athleticism and skill that made her a scoring threat around the rim and in the high post.  I was very impressed with the Crusader's 2018 Rochelle Norris, at 6'4" she was very powerful inside and finished well by the basket.  She had great footwork and was dominant in their game against Archbishop Wood (PA).  

     NSP has covered the She Got Game Classic for the last 8 years and it gets better each year.  The 2016 version was the best one yet and once again shows that the DMV is the place to be in December as the home to 4 major tournaments (She Got Game Classic, Title IX Classic, Art Turner Memorial Classic and Under Armour East Coast Challenge), there are plenty of opportunities for players and college coaches to connect their futures.

* denotes Player of the Game recipient

     

 

 

 

              

SHE GOT GAME CLASSIC

Premiere DMV high school tournament

TINA THOMPSON SHE GOT GAME CLASSIC

The Tina Thompson, She Got Game Classic was founded in 2009 by the WNBA's first ever draft pick, Tina Thompson and Shot Doc Nation, creating a platform for young ladies to compete and prepare for life.  The DMV is happy to have been the host area since it's inception.  Each year this event has grown bigger and better.  Now in it's sixth year the 2014 Classic is bigger than ever welcoming 58 high school teams from 9 states.  Of course Next Sports Phenom would be in the house with this much talent and Tina Thompson's and Keith Veney's world class hospitality.

 

GAME 1

FLOWERS 53 VS NATIONAL CATHEDRAL 56

The most anticipated game of the day with two Washington Post 1st team All Mets in De'Janae Boykin (UConn) and Marta Sniezek (Stanford) this game had many subplots and undertones with two players who will face off several more time in years to come.  Niether disappointed although they never faced head to head as Boykin's was shadowed most of the game by the 6'3" Isabella Alarie, it the game had an head to head feel as each answered each other stride for stride in the box scores.  NCA spent most of the first half with the lead although up slightly with the score 16-13 after 1 and 27-26 at the half.  Boykin lead a Flowers balanced attack with 7 points while Sniezek (15) and Alarie (9) accounted for 24 of NCA's 26 first half points.

The second half kicked off with Boykin making back to back baskets sparking a 6-0 run and lead by Flowers.  Boykin who finished with 22 points received some help from Nicole Hill (10) and Sierra Eggleston (7) who combined to put Flowers up 42-40 after 3.  This game as it should went down to the wire as Boykin's late heroics and a three point play with a foul by Nicole Hill could not over come Sniezeks 30 point performance and Alarie's 18 point 12 board output.

Marta Sniezek Game MVP

GAME 2 

DAMASCUS 46 VS OXON HILL 22

Marykate Staines led Damascus with 15 points and the game MVP.

GAME 3

WALT WHITMAN 49 VS POTOMAC (VA) 43

Eyes set on Potomac's DeMeya Felder and Whitman's Abby Meyers.  With a one point lead (16-15) after the first quarter.  Whitman was able to extend the lead going into the half leading 27-22 behind Meyers team leading 8 points.  Felder led Potomac at the half with 12.

The second half started with Felder closing the lead with a running hook shot and back to back baskets by 6'3" Bailey Taylor and Potomac had their first lead 30-29.  Whitman went up 37-36 after 3 and the set up for back to back down to the wire games was on.  As Meyers (14) cooled off a little, Felder heated up scoring 11 of her game high 23 points late in the game.  Whitman up 46-43 with 2:30 to play were in no hurry to shoot the ball as they worked the clock adding a few free throws to win 49-43.

Abby Meyers Game MVP

GAME 4

GEORGETOWN VISITATION 44 VS SPRING-FORD 34

Alexis Gray led Visitation with 21 points and the game MVP

GAME 5

GOOD COUNSEL 54 VS BATTLEFIELD 47

This one kind of got away from Battlefield after the 9-7 first quarter, but not without a fight.  Elisha Diggs (4) was able to find gaps to get to the basket and Misha Jones (14) showed off some of her range, however, Good Counsel went up by as many as 16 in the 3rd quarter led by game MVP Nicole Enabosi (17)  and Lindsay Pullium (9).  Battlefield would not go away quietly as a late charge brought the game to within 5 with two minutes to play as Good Counsel held on for a 54-47 win.

Nicole Enabosi game MVP 

Game 6

BISHOP O'CONNELL 64 VS MEDGAR EVERS 36

Bishop O'Connell pulls off the stunner led by game MVP Jasmine Taylor 17 points, Katie Meckus 11.

Game 7

PAUL VI 64 VS GRAND STREET STATION 36

This game was out of hand early as Paul VI proved to be too strong and too deep for the Station.  Jonquanae Cole powered the inside and led all scorers with 13 points, Jasmine Whitney controlled the tempo of the game and freshman Kate Klimkiewicz walked off with the MVP honors with 12 points.

Kate Klimkiewicz game MVP

Game 8

STONEWALL JACKSON 46 VS BISHOP LOUGHLIN 37

Genesis Parker scored 11 points all on free throws and Sydney Jordan added a team high 13 points to fuel the Raiders to victory as they never trailed in this one.

Genesis Parker game MVP

Game 9

NATIONAL CHRISTIAN 54 VS SHIPLEY 35

National Christian used their speed to make easy work of Shipley.  Mykeya Gray led the way with 11 points, while Mykiya Croskey added 9 and Maya Calder 8.  MVP honors when to E'Lexus Davis who score 7 while also adding 10 assits and 8 boards.

E'Lexus Davis game MVP

Game 10

WESTLAKE 47 VS BELL 34

Westlake defeats Bell as Briana Hardee led the way with 16 points and the game MVP.

 

Game 11

PALLOTTI 51 VS NAZARETH 53

One of the most exciting games of the day and the first game without a DMV winner.  Pallotti battled and clawed erasing a 15 point lead.  Lea Whitehead (6) and Wesley Young controlled the boards for the Panthers. Hunter Rowson added 11 points, but the standout was 6'4" Musharapha Alhassan who tallied a career high 26 points as Pallotti fell short losing 53-51.

Game 12

ST. JOHN'S VS CHRIST THE KING

The night cap featured a classic New York versus D.C. battle.  St. John's started strong as freshman Amira Collins showed her versatility with 6 first quarter points pacing the Cadets to a 12-11 lead after 1.  The Cadets who are struggling in the point guard department being down both starters Amari Carter and Niya Beverly saw the affects in the turnover department netting 12 in the first quarter alone.  St. John's went back and fourth with the Royal, but found themselves trailing at the half 27-26.

The second half had the Cadets in a constant battle from behind, they remained in striking distance thanks to Aisha Sheppard's 17 second half points (22 overall).  Sheppard's 3 in the corner made it a 56-53 game with 1:01 to play which was the closest they woud get as Christ the King won 59-53.

SHOUT OUT TO TEAM TAKEOVER 5TH GRADE TEAM FOR HOLDING THINGS DOWN LOGISTICALLY 

Day 2 Results

ST. FRANCIS 53 SANFORD 50 (Tyanna Custis MVP)

ST. MARY'S RYKEN 55 FRIENDSHIP COLLEGIATE 50 (Becky Burghardt MVP) **

NATIONAL CHRISTIAN 57 WOODLAWN 31 (E'lexus Davis MVP)

PAUL VI 61 CHRIST THE KING 49 (Jonquanae Cole MVP)

ELIZABETH SETON 54 ST. ANTHONY'S 64

O'CONNELL 59 BLAIR ACADEMY 36 (Jasmine Taylor MVP)

** corrected earlier post