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Coach Kevin Clark with point guard Rachael Rose. (Tim Drewes Photo)

Close finishes dominate Hoop Group event

GAME DAY: Sunday, 8/31

UPDATED: 11:15 p.m.

SCRANTON – Mia Blume scored 16 points and Claire Dougherty added 10 for the NEPA Elite Genco 17U girls in their final game of the Hoop Group’s Scranton Jam Fest, a 49-47 loss to New Jersey Freedom.

Blume made four 3-pointers, all in the 35-point first half.

New Jersey Freedom held NEPA Elite to 12 points in the second half while rallying for the win. Dougherty had half the team’s points during the second half.

Emily Taylor’s steal in the final 10 seconds gave NEPA Elite one last chance.

A last-second shot for the potential game-winning 3-pointer was blocked.

Blume is from Dunmore while Dougherty is from Lake-Lehman and Taylor is from Riverside.

 

UPDATED: 6:55 p.m.

SCRANTON – The standings are final from B Pool of Hoop Group’s Scranton Jam Fest at Riverfront Sports.

Team W-L
New Jersey Magic 4-0
New Jersey Freedom 3-1
NEPA Elite Genco 17U 2-2
Syracuse Royals 2021 HGSL 2-2
NEPA Elite Lewis 17U 1-3
New York Havoc Grey 0-4

 

MORE TO COME: The games are over, but more updates will still be posted.

 

UPDATED: 3:30 p.m.

SCRANTON – The NEPA Elite girls teams finished a combined 5-3 on the second day of the Hoop Group’s Scranton Jam Fest at Riverfront Sports.

The event comes to a close with NEPA Elite teams suffering losses on adjacent courts in the final time slot of the day.

Mia Blume’s four first-half 3-pointers were not enough to carry NEPA Elite Genco 17U girls, who went cold offensively in the second half of a 49-47 loss to New Jersey Freedom.

New Jersey Magic, the only 4-0 team in the B Pool, defeated the NEPA Elite Lewis 17U girls, 55-43.

Rachel McDonald also had four 3-pointers while scoring 16 points for the Lewis team in the loss.

 

MORE TO COME: Return to this page this evening for more details on the second day of the two-day event and return to NEPA Elite News for a report on the Coyle 17U boys team in its road trip.

 

UPDATED: 2:30 p.m.

SCRANTON – Both NEPA Elite 17U teams in the B Pool of the Hoop Group’s Scranton Jam Fest won their first games of the afternoon.

The NEPA Elite Genco 17U girls hit 14 shots from 3-point range and had four players score at least 14 points in a 75-69 victory over the Syracuse Royals 2021 HGSL team.

They improved to 2-1 for the event with the win.

The NEPA Elite Lewis 17U girls got their first win of the weekend, 51-43, over New York Havoc Grey.

The two victories made the four NEPA Elite girls teams 5-1 for the day at Riverfront Sports with the only losing coming by a point on a basket in the last two seconds of overtime.

Claire Dougherty scored 14 of her 23 points during a 48-point first half for the Genco team.

Carena Colo, who hit four 3-pointers, matched her early, scoring all 14 of her points in the first half.

Mia Blume drained five 3-pointers while scoring 19 points. She had 13 points in the second half.

Kaci Kranson also had 14 points.

Dougherty, a rising junior at Lake-Lehman, made three 3-pointers.

Colo is from North Pocono, Blume from Dunmore and Kranson from Holy Cross.

Rachel McDonald made three 3-pointers while leading the Lewis team to its victory with 15 points.

Jenna Beach had 9 of her 11 in the first half to help build a 29-23 halftime lead.

Lauren Casey chipped in nine points and Alexis Chapman made a couple 3-pointers while scoring eight.

McDonald is from Abington Heights, Beach from North Pocono, Casey from Nanticoke and Chapman from Dallas.

 

MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the day for more coverage of NEPA Elite teams in the Hoop Group Scranton Jam Fest.

 

UPDATED: 2:17 p.m.

SCRANTON – The standings are final from C Pool of Hoop Group’s Scranton Jam Fest at Riverfront Sports.

Team W-L
Syracuse Royals 2022 HGSL 4-0
Jersey Shore Rebels 3-1
New York Havoc Silver 2-2
NEPA Elite 16U (2022 HGSL) 2-2
Syracuse Royals 2023 1-3
New York Havoc White 0-4

 

MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the day for more coverage of NEPA Elite teams in the Hoop Group Scranton Jam Fest.

 

UPDATED: 1:15 p.m.

SCRANTON – The NEPA Elite 16U girls held the Syracuse Royals 2023 team to a single field goal for the first 8:07 while building a double-figures lead before cruising from there to a 51-40 victory in the final C Pool game at the Hoop Group’s Scranton Jam Fest at Riverfront Sports.

The 16U team, coached by Morgan Birmelin, went 2-0 for the day to finish 2-2 for the event and improve to 10-7 on the season.

Kallie Booth, a rising sophomore from Pittston Area, led the way with 13 points and 3 steals.

Nadia Evanosky from Dallas added 11 points.

Gianna Dickson scored all seven of her points in the first seven minutes. The Scranton Prep sophomore capped the fast start with a 3-pointer from the left corner for a 15-4 lead.

Katherine Shepherd grabbed seven rebounds while Brooke Arnold had six.

Julia Glowacki had a team-high three assists.

Shepherd is from Western Wayne, Arnold from Old Forge and Glowacki from Crestwood.

 

MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the day for more coverage of NEPA Elite teams in the Hoop Group Scranton Jam Fest.

 

UPDATED: 11:45 a.m.

SCRANTON – Julia Glowacki converted a Nadia Evanosky pass into the game-winning layup with 31 seconds left to lift the NEPA Elite 16U girls to a 36-35 victory over New York Havoc White in a C Pool game during the Hoop Group’s Scranton Jam Fest at Riverfront Sports.

New York had moved in front less than 10 seconds earlier by scoring off a mid-court steal.

On the ensuing possession, NEPA Elite beat the Havoc pressure and Evanosky made the lead pass to Glowacki for the score.

NEPA Elite headed into the final minute with the lead thanks to a stretch in which it made eight steals while holding New York scoreless for five minutes. Cadie Lewis had three of the late steals.

Off an in-bounds play following a foul with 6.3 seconds left, Kallie Booth was able to dribble out the remaining time to preserve the one-point win.

Glowacki is from Crestwood, Evanosky from Dallas, Lewis from Dunmore and Booth from Pittston Area.

 

MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the day for more coverage of NEPA Elite teams in the Hoop Group Scranton Jam Fest.

 

UPDATED: 11:05 a.m.

SCRANTON – More statistics from the 50-44 win by NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls over Long Island Renegades to start the day:

Clair Marion 9 points

Ciera Toomey 8 points, 3 blocked shots

Rachael Rose 7 points, 4 assists, 2 steals

Olivia Ciullo 6 points, 4 rebounds

Maria Belardi 6 points

Skylar Bianchi 6 points

Moriah Murray 5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals

Toomey, Bianchi and Ciullo were all 3-for-5 from the floor

 

MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the day for more coverage of NEPA Elite teams in the Hoop Group Scranton Jam Fest.

 

UPDATED: 11:00 a.m.

SCRANTON – The standings are final from A Pool of Hoop Group’s Scranton Jam Fest at Riverfront Sports.

It has been confirmed again that ties are not broken for this event.

Team W-L
New York Havoc Blue 3-1
NEPA Elite Clark 17U 3-1
Germantown (Md.) Lady Panthers 2-2
New Jersey Demons 2-2
Long Island Renegades HGSL 2-2
1 on None Virginia HGSL 0-4

 

MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the day for more coverage of NEPA Elite teams in the Hoop Group Scranton Jam Fest.

 

UPDATED: 10:40 a.m.

SCRANTON – New York Havoc Blue needed to withstand an NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls comeback from 11 down in the second half, rally in the final seconds of overtime, then survive Moriah Murray’s 50-footer that went off the backboard and rim at the final buzzer.

When it managed all three, the Havoc brought an end to a 12-game winning streak by the Clark girls in the final A Pool game of the Hoop Group Scranton Jam Fest at Riverfront Sports.

Melanie Hoyt, a 6-foot-2 forward, lifted the upstate team to a 52-51 victory by converting an offensive rebound with 1.8 seconds left.

Maria Belardi had given NEPA Elite a 51-50 lead with 30 seconds left by hitting a 3-pointer for the team’s only points of overtime.

NEPA Elite stopped University at Albany-commit Lilly Phillips on a late drive to the basket, but Hoyt went high for the rebound and put in the winning shot off the glass.

Hoyt is the all-time leading scorer at Stamford Central (N.Y.) where she is approaching 2,000 career points as she heads into her senior year.

The teams finished tied for first in the six-team pool. Hoop Group does not break the tie in this format, so the teams share the top spot.

Twin sisters Sophie and Lilly Phillips combined for 22 points and five 3-pointers in the first half to lead New York to a 31-24 lead.

That advantage stretched as high as 41-30 before Olivia Ciullo began the comeback with two straight baskets.

Rachael Rose scored on a 3-pointer and assisted two other baskets in an 11-point streak.

Kaeli Romanowski hit a 17-footer, then Belardi’s drive off a steal tied the game, 41-41.

Ciera Toomey hit a 3-pointer for the first NEPA Elite lead of the second half, 44-43, with 2:17 left.

Belardi again turned a steal into a basket for a 48-46 lead with 51 seconds left in regulation.

The Havoc tied the game at the foul line, then had regulation’s last possession.

Toomey blocked a shot with 4.4 seconds left, her fourth block in the final 10 seconds of a close game during the four-game tournament. New York got the ball under the basket after the block, but NEPA Elite’s defense did not allow another shot, extending the game to overtime.

NEPA Elite held the Phillips twins without a 3-pointer after halftime. Sophie finished with 14 points, all in the first half, and Lilly had 12.

Toomey, a rising sophomore from Dunmore, led NEPA Elite with 17 points and 3 blocked shots.

Rose, a recent National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I commit to the University of South Carolina Upstate, had 12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.

Belardi had seven points, four rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.

Clair Marion chipped in with six points and a team-high eight rebounds while Murray had five assists.

Belardi also plays for Scranton Prep and Murray also plays at Dunmore while Ciullo is from Old Forge, Romanowski from Western Wayne and Marion from Abington Heights.

 

MORE TO COME: Return to this page for more scores and more details on today’s games.

 

UPDATED: 9:08 a.m.

SCRANTON – The NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls took over sole possession of the top spot in the A Pool standings by scoring the game’s final six points to defeat the Long Island Renegades, 50-44, in the first game of the morning at the Hoop Group Scranton Jam Fest.

Clair Marion scored a team-high nine points and five teammates added at least six.

Ciera Toomey, Olivia Ciullo and Rachael Rose each scored for the game’s final six points after the teams were tied for the eighth time in a game that also featured six lead changes.

Rose’s two free throws with 12.6 seconds left matched the game’s biggest lead and put the margin at six for the first time since 10:30 remained in the first half.

Both teams were 2-0 Saturday.

 

MORE TO COME: Much more on this game, plus scores and details on upcoming games still ahead. Check back throughout the day.

 

POSTED: 6:52 a.m.

Action gets started bright and early on the second and final day of the Hoop Group’s Scranton Jam Fest at Riverfront Sports.

The first games are at 8 a.m. and include a meeting between the two teams that made it through Saturday with 2-0 records in the A Pool. The NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls start the day with the Long Island Renegades.

Today’s schedule:

Time Court Coach Pool Opponent
8:00 a.m. 2 Clark A Long Island Renegades HGSL
9:15 a.m. 1 Clark A New York Havoc-Blue
10:35 a.m. 3 Birmelin C New York Havoc-White
11:50 a.m. 3 Birmelin C Syracuse Royals 2023
1:10 p.m. 1 Lewis B New York Havoc-Grey
1:10 p.m. 2 Genco B Syracuse Royals 2021 HGSL
2:25 p.m. 1 Lewis B New Jersey Magic
2:25 p.m. 3 Genco B New Jersey Freedom HGSL

 

MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the day for scores and game details.

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