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Moriah Murray, NEPA Elite Clark 17U guard. (Courtesy Empire State Takeover Blog)

17U teams combine for 4-0 day

GIRLS GAME DAY: Saturday, 8/8


There is something special worth noticing about the video of NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls that the Hoop Group Showcase League posted on Twitter at the end of the second day of the Summer Jam Fest.

Yes, there is some excellent film editing to fit so much into a relatively short amount of time, but the team also gave videographers and editors much with which to work.

All 10 players in action for the team at the event make an appearance in the video clip that lasts 2 minutes, 20 seconds.

The video includes assists by five team members, inside baskets by five, blocked shots by three, strong drives to the basket by two and multiple 3-pointers from two.

You can see the video at:


POSTED: 11:58 p.m.

There is more to a scoring streak on the basketball court than just hitting shots.

The NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls proved that while scoring the first 18 points in what became a 57-20 rout of the Fairfax Stars in the Hoop Group’s Summer Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports.

NEPA Elite started 8-for-11 from the floor. The scorers went to the basket hard during that time and produced 13 of the points in transition, including 9 off of steals. Of the eight baskets, six came on drives and the other two were 3-pointers by Moriah Murray and Cecelia Collins.

Murray had three of the team’s seven steals that were part of the scoring streak, which covered almost five minutes to begin the game.

Once NEPA Elite took the ball away, it moved it up the floor and into the right spots in a hurry. All six players who appeared during the first 6:24 had an assist while helping build a 23-3 lead.

The 18-0 run to start the game was the second straight by NEPA Elite, which went out and topped that in the second half, scoring the first 22 points.

Defense took center stage in that streak, holding Fairfax scoreless for the first 11:37 of the half and allowing just two second-half points until a buzzer-beating, 3-pointer.

Rachael Rose had seven points in the streak to finish with 11.

After Rose got it started with two free throws, Murray followed with two straight 3-pointers.

Murray made her first five shots in the game, four of them 3-pointers, and missed just once while scoring a game-high 14 points. The rising junior guard at Dunmore also led the team in steals with four and shared the lead of four assists.

Claire Dougherty had four points and Maria Belardi three in the second-half streak.

Dougherty, Collins and Skylar Bianchi, who had the other basket in the 22-0 run, all finished with seven points.

Bianchi led with seven rebounds while Dougherty and Clair Marion had six each.

Marion shared the assist lead of four and also had three steals.

Ciera Toomey had three steals. The team finished with 15.

Murray and Collins each had seven points in the opening streak.

Team Miller used 3-pointers to put a dent in the deficit, scoring all of its points from long range while getting within 30-15 at halftime.

The team’s final point total came from six 3-pointers and a single basket inside the arc.

Collins, Rose and Belardi are high school teammates at Scranton Prep where they helped the Classics go unbeaten in 2019-20.

Dougherty is from Lake-Lehman while Bianchi is from Valley View, Marion from Abington Heights and Toomey from Dunmore.


POSTED: 11:46 p.m.

Cecelia Collins and Moriah Murray hit 3-pointers in the first 2 ½ minutes to get the NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls off and running to a 50-28 rout of Team Miller HGSL in the Summer Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports.

The Hoop Group Showcase League opponent from central New Jersey could not keep up with NEPA Elite early.

Collins scored 7 of her game-high 15 points while NEPA Elite was scoring the game’s first 18 points.

Murray also scored seven points during that time and fueled the opening run with six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Skylar Bianchi helped get things started by finding Collins for a transition 3-pointer that opened the scoring, then adding the second basket.

Murray followed with a 3-pointer, then hustled to tear an offensive rebound away from Team Miller and feed a cutting Collins to make it 10-0.

Collins and Murray made steals, then took off on two-on-one breaks in which they set each other up for a 14-point advantage.

Rachael Rose’s second assist of the run set up the next Murray basket before Ciera Toomey closed the run with a backcourt steal and layup.

Clair Marion’s 3-pointer made the lead 21-2 before Team Miller made its first field goal with 7:05 left in the 15-minute half.

The lead reached as high as 31-6, then Team Miller scored the final five points of the first half.

The biggest lead of the game was 49-26 with 8:05 remaining.

Collins, a Bucknell University commit who is heading into her senior season at Scranton Prep, had 5 rebounds to go along with her 15 points. She finished 6-for-9 from the floor, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range.

Murray, a rising junior at Dunmore, added nine points and shared the team rebounding lead of seven with another guard.

Western Wayne junior Kaeli Romanowski came off the bench to provide six points and seven rebounds.

Bianchi, Claire Dougherty and Olivia Ciullo all joined Collins with five rebounds as NEPA Elite dominated on the glass, 44-21.

Rose, a Scranton Prep teammate of Collins, wound up with five assists.

Bianchi is from Valley View, Toomey from Dunmore, Marion from Abington Heights, Dougherty from Lake-Lehman and Ciullo from Old Forge.


MORE TO COME: Keep checking back as we continue to add details from today’s action.


POSTED: 10:01 p.m.

Rachel McDonald scored 18 points to lead the way when the NEPA Elite Carra/Lewis 17U girls team began its day with a 65-58 over the New Jersey Belles-Fagan.

McDonald, a rising senior at Abington Heights, was 6-for-10 from the floor, 3-for-7 on 3-pointers and 3-for-3 from the line.

Six teammates chipped in with between five and nine points.

Avery McNulty from Scranton Prep had nine points.

North Pocono’s Carena Colo scored six points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

NOTE: All statistics in this entry were compiled by


MORE TO COME: Return to this page tonight. There are still more details coming from today’s action.


POSTED: 9:06 p.m. (revised 9:51 p.m.)

The NEPA Elite Carra/Lewis 17U girls defeated the JKMBA 16U girls, 38-31, in the final game of the night for the club’s teams.

NEPA Elite girls teams went 5-1 on the day, are 7-2 for the tournament and are now 19-5 combined on the season.

Both 17U teams went 2-0 on the day.

Each of the three teams has one more game left Sunday.


MORE TO COME: Return to this page tonight. There are still more details coming from today’s action.


POSTED: 8:29 p.m.

The strong starts are lasting even longer for the NEPA Clark 17U girls team.

After scoring the first 18 points of the game for the second time on the day, NEPA Elite went back out in the second half and scored the first 22 points, holding the Fairfax Stars scoreless for 11:37 on the way to a 57-20 rout at the Summer Jam Fest.

Moriah Murray made her first five shots, four of them 3-pointers, on the way to finishing with 14 points, 4 assists and 4 steals.

Rachael Rose added 11 points, Skylar Bianchi grabbed a team-high 7 rebounds and Clair Marion matched Murray’s 4 assists.

Murray is a rising junior at Dunmore. Rose is from Scranton Prep, Bianchi from Valley View and Marion from Abington Heights.

NEPA Elite improved to 3-0 in the event at Spooky Nook and 7-1 on the season.

Earlier, NEPA Elite Carra/Lewis 17U girls defeated New Jersey Belles-Fagan, 63-58, in a game that originally had erroneous scores reported.


MORE TO COME: Return to this page later tonight for many more details about the streaks as well as on the club’s other girls games.


POSTED: 5:41 p.m.

Moriah Murray and Cecelia Collins led the way as the NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls overwhelmed Team Miller early, scoring the game’s first 18 points on the way to a 50-28 victory in a meeting of Hoop Group Showcase League teams during the Summer Jam Fest at Spooky Nook.

The Clark girls team improved to 2-0 at the event and 6-1 overall in its first season.

The latest win was never close.

After missing its first two shots, NEPA Elite hit four of its next five, including transition 3-pointers by Cecelia Collins and Murray. Collins had five of the points in the 4-for-5 start, which made it 10-0 just 2:29 into the game.

NEPA Elite needed just 5:20 to make that lead, 18-0.

Collins drew a charge on one defensive possession, then made a steal on the next to begin a 2-on-1 break that she finished by feeding Murray for a layup.

The two all-state guards then reversed roles with Murray making the steal to set up Collins for a similar basket.

Murray scored again when Rachael Rose drove to set up another easy basket.

Murray had seven points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals during the 18-0 start while Collins also scored seven points.

The lead reached 21-2 on a Clair Marion 3-pointer with NEPA Elite holding Team Miller without a field goal for the first 7:55.

Team Miller started 0-for-9 from the floor. It also missed its first seven 3-point attempts before hitting one with 33 seconds left in the half.

Even with Team Miller scoring the last five points of the half, NEPA Elite headed to the break with a 31-11 lead.

Collins and Rose are high school teammates at Scranton Prep while Murray plays at Dunmore and Marion at Abington Heights.


MORE TO COME: Return to this page for more coverage of girls games at Spooky Nook today and tonight.


POSTED: 5:27 p.m.

Mid-Atlantic Magic handed the NEPA Elite 16U girls their first loss of the weekend, 46-35.

The 16U team is 2-1 going into Sunday for its final game of the Summer Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports.


MORE TO COME: Return to this page for more coverage of girls games at Spooky Nook today and tonight.


POSTED: 1:19 p.m.

A film review revealed Nadia Evanosky had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds for NEPA Elite 16U girls in their 50-40 Friday win over Spooky Nook Lady Raiders-King.

Other statistics from that game, including many corrections from what was compiled at the event:

Evanosky 5-for-14, 16 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocked shots

Cadie Lewis 9 points, 7 rebounds

Kallie Booth 9 points, 4 rebounds

Gianna Dickson 6 points

Anna Williams 5 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists

Julia Glowacki 4 points, 5 rebounds

Katherine Shepherd 4 rebounds, 1 blocked shot

Lizzie Pettinato 2 steals


POSTED: 11:32 a.m.

Carsyn Cole and Kallie Booth led a balanced offense and sparked a key run midway through the first half to lead the NEPA Elite 16U girls to their second straight win in the Summer Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports.

Cole finished with eight points and Booth had seven in a 45-35 victory over Heat Hoops Upper Makefield, a team from the Philadelphia suburbs.

The first NEPA Elite girls team in action today, the 16U girls added to their win Friday night. They never trailed after Booth and Cole led the early surge into the lead.

Booth and Cole each had four points in a 13-2 run to a 22-14 lead with 3:52 left in the half.

Heat Hoops was up, 12-9, with 9:30 left.

Booth scored on a drive, only to have her three-point play wiped out by a teammate’s lane violation.

Cole followed by taking a steal the length of the floor to put NEPA Elite ahead to stay, 13-12.

Sam Polishan’s 3-pointer made it seven points in a row.

After Heat Hoops scored for the first time in three minutes, Booth and Cole again scored back-to-back, this time on a drive and a putback.

Heat Hoops went more than three minutes without scoring this time and Gianna Dickson added a drive for the 22-14 lead.

The six baskets in the run included four on drives to the basket.

That development was not a surprise to coach Morgan Birmelin.

When discussing the hopes of building the team’s half-court offense after its first event two weeks ago, Birmelin said an inside game off drives would likely be the key.

“Our driving capabilities are probably our strong suit,” she said. “I think a lot of our girls can take the ball off screens. We really need to work on our outside game a little bit, but it’s an unselfish group.”

Brooke Arnold got to the basket on a fastbreak to beat the halftime buzzer and give NEPA Elite a 24-21 lead.

That started an eight-point streak and, after holding Hoops Heat to one basket in the first 5:25 of the second half, the lead remained at nine or more the rest of the way.

The advantage went as high as 14 points and Hoops Heat needed a running 3-pointer at the buzzer to reduce the final margin to 10.

Cole, a rising sophomore guard at Holy Cross, finished 4-for-6 from the floor and also led the team with six rebounds.

Pittston Area’s Booth, another sophomore, was 2-for-4 from the floor and 3-for-4 from the line.

Cadie Lewis and Nadia Evanosky added six points each.

Evanosky and Katherine Shepherd had five rebounds each.

Julia Glowacki dished out three assists.

Glowacki and Evanosky each had two steals and a blocked shot to lead the defense. Lewis, Shepherd, Polishan, Cole, Arnold and Lizzie Pettinato also had two of the team’s 17 steals.

Polishan is from North Pocono, Arnold from Old Forge, Lewis from Dunmore, Evanosky from Dallas, Shepherd from Western Wayne, Glowacki from Crestwood, Dickson from Scranton Prep and Pettinato from Abington Heights.

The NEPA girls teams are a combined 3-1 this weekend and 15-4 in the first season for the new AAU club out of Riverfront Sports in Scranton.


MORE TO COME: Follow the girls results throughout the day by returning to this page.


POSTED: 8:26 a.m.

The three NEPA Elite girls teams continue The Hoop Group’s Summer Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster County today after going 2-1 in Friday’s games.

Here is the schedule:











9:40 a.m.   3 Birmelin 16U Heat Hoops Upper Makefield
1:50 p.m.   3 Birmelin 16U Mid-Atlantic Magic
4:30 p.m.   1 Clark 17U Team Miller-HGSL
5:40 p.m.   2 Carra/Lewis 17U NJ Belles-Fagan
7:10 p.m.   1 Clark 17U Fairfax Stars
8:20 p.m.   1 Carra/Lewis 17U JKMBA 16U


MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the day to follow the girls results.

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