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Clark girls team win streak reaches 11

GAME DAY: Saturday, 8/29

UPDATE: 11:20 p.m.

SCRANTON – NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls statistical leaders from their second win today:

Rachael Rose 13 points, 5 defensive rebounds, 4 assists

Ciera Toomey 10 points, 3 blocked shots

Kaeli Romanowski 7 points

Clair Marion 6 points, 5 steals

Skylar Bianchi 6 points

Moriah Murray 5 points, 4 assists, 2 blocked shots


UPDATE: 9:59 p.m.

SCRANTON – Claire Dougherty scored 14 points to lead a balanced attack and the NEPA Elite Genco 17U girls bounced back from an opening loss to defeat New York Havoc Grey, 63-44, in the Hoop Group Scranton Jam Fest.

The team will play two more games Sunday.

“We had a rough start, but we definitely bounced back well,” coach Jess Genco said. “Our level of focus was raised in the second game.”

Kaci Kranson and Carena Colo added 13 points each. Emily Taylor scored 10 and Mia Blume had 9.

It was a different type of balance, however, with which Genco was pleased.

“We got some inside scores; some outside scores, which is all you could really ask for,” she said. “It kind of stumps the defense a little bit, if you’re hitting them from both angles.”

Genco said the team was also more effective on the defensive end.

“I liked our positioning on defense,” Genco said. “I thought we were there for each other more on the help line.

“And, I thought they were pretty relentless. They worked hard today. I was real proud of them.”

The team lost Trinity Johnson to a leg injury in the first game and kept up the strong effort in the second game despite going the distance with just six players.

Dougherty is from Lake-Lehman, Kranson from Holy Cross, Colo from North Pocono, Taylor from Riverside, Blume from Dunmore and Johnson from Wyoming Valley West.


MORE TO COME: Still more details to come, recapping the NEPA Elite girls in the first day of the Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest.


UPDATE: 9:42 p.m.

SCRANTON – The NEPA Elite Lewis 17U girls suffered their two losses by a total of four points on the first day of the Hoop Group’s Scranton Jam Fest.

NEPA Elite had the last possession in both games, once with a chance to tie, the other with a shot to win. However, with limited time and both opponents in the position where they had fouls to give, NEPA Elite was unable to set up a quality last shot.

New Jersey Freedom defeated NEPA Elite, 47-46, in the second game, which came after a 50-47 loss to the Syracuse Royals 2021 HGSL team.

The New Jersey-NEPA Elite game featured nine lead changes and seven ties in the first half.

Avery McNulty hit a 3-pointer for the last of those lead changes and Rachel McDonald, who had two 3-pointers earlier, followed with a basket for a 26-23 lead.

New Jersey scored the last basket of the half to get back within one.

Anna Scoblick gave NEPA Elite its last lead of the game, 40-39, on a drive with about six minutes left.

New Jersey scored the next six points, then held on from there.

McDonald hit a foul line jumper while moving left with 1:48 to go and Jenna Beach scored on a drive with 1:18 remaining to close the deficit to one point, but neither team scored again after Beach’s basket.

McDonald and Scoblick are also teammates in high school at Abington Heights. McNulty is from Scranton Prep and Beach is from North Pocono.


MORE TO COME: The games are over, but the reports continue. Return to this page tonight for additional game details.


UPDATE: 8:19 p.m.

SCRANTON – The NEPA Elite 17U teams in the B Pool split in the last set of games for the night.

The NEPA Elite Genco 17U girls used a balanced scoring attack to defeat New York Havoc Grey, 63-44, to finish the first day at 1-1.

New Jersey Freedom edged NEPA Elite Lewis 17U girls, 47-46.

Both teams have two games Sunday when the Hoop Group Scranton Jam Fest concludes at Riverfront Sports.


MORE TO COME: Return to this page tonight for additional game details.


UPDATE: 7:12 p.m.

SCRANTON – The NEPA Elite Lewis 17U and Genco 17U teams both dropped their first B Pool games during the Hoop Group Scranton Jam Fest at Riverfront Sports.

The Syracuse Royals 2021 HGSL team scored the game’s final 12 points, hitting the winning basket from in the lane in the final minute, to defeat NEPA Elite Lewis 17U, 50-47.

The New Jersey Magic downed NEPA Elite Genco 17U, 63-53.

Rachel McDonald’s 3-pointer with 5:17 left gave NEPA Elite Lewis a 47-38 lead.

Jenna Beach from North Pocono and Avery McNulty from Scranton Prep led the team with 11 points each.

Beach and McDonald, from Abington Heights, each made a pair of 3-pointers.

Claire Dougherty, a rising junior from Lake-Lehman, scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half for NEPA Elite Genco 17.

Kaci Kranson from Holy Cross added 16 points.


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


UPDATE: 6:23 p.m.

SCRANTON – Rachael Rose led a 14-2, first-half run and the NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls held the Lady Panthers scoreless for the first 5:33 of the second half on the way to a 49-43 victory.

The win allowed the Clark team to finish the day 2-0 in the A Pool of the Hoop Group Scranton Jam Fest, which continues Sunday at Riverfront Sports. The team has won 11 straight to improve to 13-1 on the season.

The Lady Panthers made their first three 3-point attempts to take a 13-9 lead with 11 minutes left in the first half.

Rose had six points and three assists and Moriah Murray hit the 3-pointer that put NEPA Elite ahead to stay in the 14-2 run. Rose, the University of South Carolina Upstate-committed guard from Scranton Prep, finished the first half with nine points and three assists.

The Lady Panthers scored the last seven points of the first half to get within, 23-22, but NEPA Elite scored the first six of the second half.

After the Lady Panthers scored five straight points to get within, 47-43, Moriah Murray broke the press to set up Skylar Bianchi’s basket that closed the scoring with 2:31 to play.

Murray is a rising junior guard from Dunmore. Bianchi is a senior forward from Valley View.


MORE TO COME: Return to this page later in the day for more score updates and game details.


UPDATE: 5:28 p.m.

SCRANTON – Ciera Toomey blocked two shots in the final 10 seconds, allowing the NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls team to hold off 1 on None Virginia, 44-42, in a Hoop Group Scranton Jam Fest A Pool opener.

The last blocked shot eliminated a potential game-winning, 3-pointer on the game’s final shot and Rachael Rose controlled the rebound with less than a second remaining.

Toomey’s defensive work helped NEPA Elite overcome offensive struggles that included 6-for-24 shooting from 3-point range. The rising sophomore from Dunmore also led the team in scoring, producing all 10 of her points in the first half.

Rose, the Scranton Prep senior point guard who committed to a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I scholarship from the University of South Carolina Upstate earlier this week, added nine points and four assists.

Moriah Murray scored seven points, matched Olivia Ciullo for the team rebound lead of five, dished out three assists and blocked two shots. The junior guard from Dunmore also scored the game-winning basket.

NEPA Elite took a 12-6 lead when Toomey and Rose hit 3-pointers in an 8-1 run.

Three straight 3-pointers allowed 1 on None Virginia to surge in front, 15-12.

Toomey then scored five points in a 15-point streak for a 27-15 lead late in the half.

When NEPA Elite started the second half 3-for-15 from the floor, 1 on None Virginia quickly closed within a point.

Maria Belardi and Murray hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions for a 42-37 lead with 3:40 left, but 1 on None Virginia scored the next five points for the only tie of the second half.

Murray’s drive with 2:23 left broke the tie and wound up being the last score of the game.

Ciullo is from Old Forge and Belardi is from Scranton Prep.


MORE TO COME: Return to this page later in the day for more score updates and game details.


UPDATE: 3:18 p.m.

SCRANTON – The Syracuse Royals 2022 Hoop Group Showcase League team handed the NEPA Elite 16U girls their second straight loss in the Hoop Group Scranton Jam Fest, 53-43, at Riverfront Sports.

Julia Glowacki from Crestwood scored twice and Katherine Shepherd from Western Wayne hit a 3-pointer during a 9-0 run to a 19-12 lead with 4:12 left in the half.

Glowacki and Nadia Evanosky from Dallas each had six points in the first half.

Syracuse, which went 5:36 without a field goal, came back with the final eight points for a 20-19 halftime lead and remained in front through the entire second half.

An 18-2 run that bridged the two halves helped push the lead into double figures.

NEPA Elite rallied to within four twice in the final four minutes, but the Royals finished strong to secure the win.

The NEPA Elite 16U girls have two more games in the event’s C Pool Sunday.


MORE TO COME: Return to this page later in the day for more score updates and game details.


UPDATE: 2:56 p.m.

SCRANTON – Morgan Tompkins scored 24 of her 29 points in the second half and New York Havoc Silver controlled the boards while defeating NEPA Elite 16U girls, 65-44, in a Hoop Group Scranton Jam Fest opener at Riverfront Sports.

Kallie Booth, a rising sophomore guard from Pittston Area, led NEPA Elite with 11 points and 3 steals.

Nadia Evanosky from Dallas added nine points while Cadie Lewis from Dunmore had eight points and five rebounds.

Katherine Shepherd from Western Wayne grabbed eight rebounds and Anna Williams from Tunkhannock had seven, but it was not enough.

New York grabbed 19 offensive rebounds. It pulled away with the help of 10 second-chance points in the last 9 minutes.

The Havoc led 28-18 in rebounds in the second half and 50-33 for the game.


MORE TO COME: Return to this page later in the day for more score updates and game details.


POSTED: 10:35 a.m.

SCRANTON – The third straight weekend at home begins today for the NEPA Elite girls teams.

Four teams from the club are in the Hoop Group Scranton Jam Fest on their home courts at Riverfront Sports today and Sunday.

The teams won all 10 of their games last weekend in the Summer Showdown.

Today’s schedule:












12:40 p.m. 2 Birmelin C New York Havoc-Silver
2:00 p.m. 1 Birmelin C Syracuse Royals 2022 HGSL
3:20 p.m. 2 Clark A 1onNone Virginia HGSL
4:35 p.m. 1 Clark A Germantown Lady Panthers
5:55 p.m. 1 Lewis B Syracuse Royals 2021 HGSL
5:55 p.m. 3 Genco B New Jersey Magic
7:10 p.m. 1 Lewis B New Jersey Freedom HGSL
7:10 p.m. 3 Genco B New York Havoc-Grey


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

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