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Posted: 10:07 p.m.

OXON HILL, Md. – Cecelia Collins hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute left and JB Hoops Coleman went on to defeat Cincy Swish Fladung, 40-33, in a Pool XX game tonight in the USJN 17U Girls Nationals at the Gaylord Convention Center.

Once Collins put JB Hoops Coleman ahead, she teamed with Taylor Huyck to secure the victory.

Collins blocked a 3-point shot, saved the rebound from going out of bounds and added a steal in the final minute. Huyck put the game away by hitting four straight foul shots for JB Hoops, which finished 12-for-15 from the line.

JB Hoops Coleman won for the second time today and improved to 2-1 in Pool XX with two games still left to be played Tuesday.

“We did have tough competitors last night, but we still wanted to persevere and get through there,” Collins said of an opening loss to Always 100 Wilmont, the pool leader from Indiana. “We definitely finished it off today.”

The win completed a 3-1 day for JB Hoops teams, which are a combined 4-2 in the event at the National Harbor. JB Hoops Carra is also 2-1 with its only loss coming when a potential winning basket was ruled to have been after the final buzzer.

Collins led JB Hoops Coleman in the latest win with eight points. Maria Belardi and Bethany Maby added seven points each.

Kayla Rose had a team-high six rebounds. Belardi and Huyck each had two assists. Maby, Huyck and Collins had two steals. Belardi had two blocked shots.

The Swish grabbed five offensive rebounds in the first 4:15 while opening a 7-0 lead.

JB Hoops Coleman was scoreless for more than five minutes before Collins hit a double-pumping shot on a drive to start a 16-5 run.

After Cincy moved in front in the final five minutes, another comeback was needed. JB Hoops scored 12 of the game’s last 13 points to pull out the win. Maby hit an off-balance shot in the lane, Rose hit two free throws and Belardi made one of two to get the rally started.

Collins got help from a Lauren Casey screen to get plenty of room on the left wing. She received a pass and quickly took the winning shot.

“There was definitely no doubt,” said Collins, a part of the rotation at Scranton Prep’s Lackawanna League Division 1 championship team in her recently completed freshman season. “I knew I was open. My girl got blocked by a screen. If I’m open, I like to shoot.

“It was a tight game, but I had confidence and I just put it up.”

The Swish scored just one point in the final 4:10.

Return to this page for more coverage of the JB Hoops girls teams at nationals.

–          TOM ROBINSON



Posted: 8:08 p.m.

OXON HILL, Md. – Lauren Casey led an inside dominance and the JB Hoops Coleman held New Heights from New York City without a basket for two long stretches this afternoon on the way to a 57-31 romp in a Pool XX game at the USJN 17U Girls Nationals.

JB Hoops Coleman is 1-1 and in a four-way tie for second in the six-team pool with one game left tonight and two Tuesday at the Gaylord National Convention Center. It lost Sunday to Always 100 Wilmont, the only team in the pool that is off to a 2-0 start.

Casey had 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.

JB Hoops held New Heights scoreless for more than five minutes while it scored 12 straight points early in the game to erase a 4-0 deficit. After New Heights scored the first point of the second half, it went almost seven minutes without a basket while JB Hoops used an 18-1 run to take a 48-20 lead.

Kylie Lavelle added 14 points and team-highs of 7 rebounds and 2 steals.

Maria Belardi and Kayla Rose also had 6 rebounds to contribute to a 49-19 advantage on the boards, including grabbing 10 of the first 11 rebounds of the second half.

Cecelia Collins made both of her 3-point attempts while scoring eight points. Bethany Maby also hit as JB Hoops went 3-for-3 from long range in the second half, all during a stretch of 3:07 to complete the 18-1 run.

Rose led the team with four assists while Belardi, Maby and Taylor Huyck had three each.

While the official score was recorded as 57-31, JB Hoops actually outscored New Heights, 55-33. As noted in an earlier post, scoring errors occasionally occur in AAU basketball with more than 20 games going on at a time, then played back-to-back on each court morning to night. After the 18-1 JB Hoops run, the New Heights basket that stopped the streak was added to the JB Hoops score by mistake.

Return to this page for a report on the JB Hoops Coleman 8:40 game against the Cincy Swish Fladung from Ohio.

–          TOM ROBINSON



Posted: 7:41 p.m.

OXON HILL, Md. – JB Hoops Carra lost a footrace and a race with the clock this afternoon.

In a fast-paced game that featured 116 shots in 30 minutes, JB Hoops held the lead from 5:55 remaining in the first half until the final 23 seconds.

The game ended when Rachael Rose’s shot was ruled to have been taken after the final buzzer, wiping out the potential game-winning basket and allowing Team Wall to escape with a 35-34 victory.

The result allowed Team Wall, a Raleigh, N.C.-based squad sponsored by Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, to join JB Hoops among four teams tied with the best record in Pool GG at 2-1. JB Hoops and Team Wall are tied for second according to the point-differential tiebreaker and both get a shot at the Baltimore Charm, which leads the six-team race, when pool play concludes Tuesday with two games.

The top two teams in each pool advance to elimination brackets on Wednesday.

JB Hoops forced a five-second violation on Team Wall in-bounds play with 2.8 seconds left. However, the clock moved to 2.1 seconds left and game officials did not notice.

On the ensuing in-bounds play from about 35 feet out on the right side, Moriah Murray received the pass and hit Rose underneath for a lay-up. A game in which several whistles went unheard because of the noise level inside the Gaylord National Convention Center ended with officials having to make a decision on whether the shot beat the final horn as time expired.

The shot was ruled as too late.

JB Hoops let a double-figures lead get away in the second half for the second time in the day. It recovered to beat the MT Elite Ducks Onyx from Massachusetts, 56-51, in overtime earlier.

After missing nine straight shots from the floor at one point in the first half and 11 out of 12 during a stretch of the second half, Team Wall won the game at the foul line.

Team Wall was 7-for-7 from the line in the second half, including the two free throws for the tie and the lead to close the scoring with 22.1 seconds left.

Victoria Toomey led JB Hoops with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.

Moriah Murray added nine points. She hit three straight 3-point attempts, making her 6-for-6 for the tournament before missing her last shot.

Graacie Guarino grabbed five offensive rebounds, Rose had three assists and Leah Hodick had three steals.

Team Wall made its first two shots from the floor on the way to a 7-2 lead, but managed just one more field goal over the next 11 minutes.

Toomey, Murray, Hodick, Guarino and Lauren Charlton all blocked shots during that stretch as JB Hoops put together a 21-4 run to a 23-11 lead.

Hodick converted her own rebound for a 32-29 lead with 6:15 left, but that was the last field goal for JB Hoops. The final points came with 4:02 left on two Toomey free throws for a 34-29 advantage.

Return to this page for more updates from the tournament at the National Harbor.

–          TOM ROBINSON



Posted: 5:30 p.m.

OXON HILL, Md. – It has been an action-packed day at the Gaylord Convention Center at National Harbor with back-to-back games on different floors and a lot of news to report.

The short version is that the second day of USJN 17U Girls Nationals has already included an overtime win and a controversial loss at the buzzer for JB Hoops Carra as well as a dominant bounce-back effort from JB Hoops Coleman.

JB Hoops Carra is 2-1 in Pool GG after its 35-34 loss to Lady Wall, a Raleigh, N.C. squad sponsored by John Wall of the Washington Wizards.

JB Hoops Coleman is 1-1 in Pool XX following a 57-31 rout of New Heights from New York City.

Lady Wall won when a possible game-winning shot by JB Hoops Carra’s Rachael Rose was ruled by officials to have come after the final buzzer.

JB Hoops Coleman outrebounded New Heights, 49-19, to turn its first game of the day into a blowout. The team is back on the court at 8:50 tonight.

JB Hoops Carra is done until two games later in the day Tuesday.

More detailed reports of the latest two games are coming up.

–          TOM ROBINSON



Posted: 2:41 p.m.

OXON HILL, Md. – Gracie Guarino and Victoria Toomey combined to hit 11 of 12 free throws, including the ones that helped put away today’s 56-51, overtime victory by Hoops Carra over the MT Elite Ducks Onyx from Massachusetts in a Pool GG game at the USJN 17U Nationals.

JB Hoops Carra is 2-0 with three games remaining in pool play. It needs to finish in the top two in the six-team pool to advance for the second straight year in the event at the Gaylord Convention Center at National Harbor.

MT Elite rallied from a double-figures deficit down in the final seven minutes of regulation to force overtime, but did not score again.

JB Hoops built the lead to 13 points in the second half. An apparent scoring error – something that happens periodically in AAU basketball – did not record the next two points by JB Hoops for a possible 15-point lead.

The Ducks then came charging back and had two shots at the winner in the closing seconds.

“We let up on defense,” Guarino said.

Leah Hodick’s only basket proved to be the game-winner. Seconds into overtime, Moriah Murray spotted Hodick open underneath and fired a pass from near midcourt for the lay-up.

Toomey, who finished with 19 points and 7 rebounds, hit one of two free throws for a 54-51 lead with 53.2 seconds left in the two-minute extra session.

Guarino added two more with 28.7 seconds left to finish off a 6-for-6 effort at the line. She finished with 10 points and matched Toomey for the team lead of seven rebounds.

Rachael Rose went 6-for-8 from the floor, scored 14 points and led the team with 4 assists and 3 steals.

Rose sparked the streak that had appeared to put JB Hoops in control. She hit a pair of 3-pointers while scoring eight points, made a steal that she used to assist a Toomey 3-pointer and drew a charge during a four-minute span that produced a 14-1 run for a 45-32 lead midway through the second half.

Toomey’s basket, off a Guarino feed coming out of a timeout, would have extended that run to 16-1, but it did not appear to catch the scorer’s attention.

JB Hoops held a 34-30 rebounding advantage with the help of five by Hodick.

Haefele, Toomey and Murray all had three assists.

Because of the overtime game, JB Hoops had less than an hour from breaking its postgame huddle to stepping on to the court for its second and final game of the day.

–          TOM ROBINSON

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