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JB Hoops Rose trying to make it a perfect weekend

MANHEIM – JB Hoops Rose added two more wins Saturday to take a perfect record into Sunday’s early morning finale in the Blue Chip Pre-season Challenge, presented by Under Armour.

JB Hoops and Rising Stars Paprocky were both 4-0 to lead Pool MM in the 14U Division going into their game to wrap up the tournament.

With Rachael Rose leading a balanced attack, JB Hoops defeated Team Assist VA, 49-34, and United New Jersey, 49-23.

All 11 players scored in Saturday’s first win as JB Hoops continued to show a variety of options offensively.

“If the guards aren’t playing well, our bigs step it up and vice versa,” coach Jerry Rose said.

Rachael Rose, an eighth-grader at St. Paul’s in Scranton who is no relation to the coach, had eight of her 10 points in the first half when JB Hoops opened a 26-15 lead.

“She’s a little fireball,” coach Rose said of Rachael, who had been effective throughout the tournament, running the team’s offense when she is on the floor. “She makes everything go.

“She’s a very good player. She’s unselfish and she plays great defense.”

Stephanie Yatko also had 10 points in the win.

Kylie Lavelle hit a pair of 3-pointers and added seven points.

Lauren Casey finished with 10 points and Rachael Rose had 8 against United New Jersey.

Nine players had scored by halftime to help open a 28-16 lead.

JB Hoops then broke the game open by scoring the first eight points of the second half on the way to a 45-20 lead.

Rachael Rose got into the lane to score twice in the first minute of the half, hitting a runner and pulling up from 10 feet. She then fed Skylar Bianchi in the post before Rachel McDonald made a steal and drove to the basket to complete the run.

UPDATE: JB Hoops won Sunday’s battle of unbeatens, 45-28, over Rising Stars Paprocky to finish as the only unbeaten team in its pool.

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