OXON HILL, Md. – The Brooklyn Saints held JB Hoops scoreless for the final 3:42 while producing the game’s final seven points Sunday morning to rally for a 39-36 victory in the USJN 17U National Championships at the Gaylord Convention Center.
The result leaves each team with a 1-1 record. JB Hoops is back on the court at 11:25 a.m. against the Nike CyFair Shooters, the Texas team that beat Brooklyn in Saturday’s opener.
The game was close throughout with five ties and eight lead changes.
Leah Hodick broke the last of the ties when she scored the final six points of the third quarter to put JB Hoops ahead, 30-24.
Hodick fought for an offensive rebound, drew a foul and made two free throws with 1:58 left. She converted passes from Morgan Haefele and Gracie Guarino and grabbed the rebound at the other end of the floor in what turned into a highly productive minute of basketball.
The biggest lead in the game was six points, which JB Hoops had a second time at 34-28 with 5:10 remaining when Lexi Walsh penetrated to set up a Victoria Toomey basket.
Brooklyn outscored JB Hoops 11-2 the rest of the way.
Walsh hit a 10-footer from the right baseline for the last points and a 36-32 lead.
The Saints went ahead with 47.9 seconds left and JB Hoops needing to foul five times to send Brooklyn to the line.
JB Hoops had its best chance to pull out the win when Guarino tipped the ball away with 20 seconds left and Walsh controlled for the steal, but it was unable to convert the basket in transition.
Brooklyn then went 2-for-5 from the line in the final 10.3 seconds with two costly JB Hoops turnovers during that time preventing a shot at extending the game.
Cassie Ksiazek had a team-high seven points for JB Hoops, all in the first half. Mackenzie Steele had five rebounds. Toomey matched Hodick with six points, led the team with four assists and shared the steals lead with Walsh at two each.
Ketsia Alias did not score for Brooklyn but gave JB Hoops trouble inside with game-highs of 12 rebounds and four blocked shots.
JB Hoops also has two games Monday to complete pool play.
The team played without Erin Worzel, who suffered an injury early in Saturday’s opener, a 53-44 win over Maryland Pride.