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JB Hoops captures Nike title

The JB Hoops National girls team captured the Prague Division title at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Chicago, leaving no doubt in the title game.

JB Hoops pounded Friends of Hoops Seattle, 67-37, Friday at the McCormick Place in the title game between teams that had each gone 5-0 in their pools.

Nya Johnson got JB Hoops out to a 32-22 halftime lead and the Scranton-based AAU team blew the game open by allowing just six field goals in the second half.

Johnson, a guard/forward from West Scranton, kept getting to the basket in the first half. She went 5-for-9 in the line during the half while scoring 11 of her game-high 12 points.

There was plenty of scoring support for Johnson.

Taylor Huyck and Rachael Rose each scored six points in the first half and finished in double figures. Huyck finished with 11 points and Rose had 10.

Lauren Charlton and Kayla Rose added eight points each.

Six JB Hoops players scored at least four points in the second half, led by Cecelia Collins, who scored all six of her points during that time.

Leah Hodick also had six points in the game.

Johnson finished 6-for-11 from the free throw line.

Huyck, Charlton and Collins made a pair of 3-pointers each and Lindsey Welsh made one.

Mackenzie Steele, who missed the end of the tournament with an injury, and Clair Marion were also part of the championship effort.

The team was coached by John Bucci with assistance from Jerry Rose, Dawn Steele and Justin Kearney.

JB Hoops won two games each Wednesday and Thursday, the one earlier Friday to finish 5-0 in Pool A.

The JB Hoops team is 21-1 in four live events this year with three first-place and one second-place finish. The team has one more national event remaining, the USJN 17U Girls Nationals at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md.

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