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Girls teams finish first day of Jam Fest 2-1

GAME DAY: Friday, 8/7


A film review revealed Nadia Evanosky had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds for NEPA Elite 16U girls in their win.

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


UPDATED: 11:59 p.m.

Trinity Johnson’s seven rebounds and Anna Talutto’s four steals were among the statistical highlights for the NEPA Elite Carra/Lewis 17U girls during a 43-41 loss to the Elmira Fusion.

Anna Scoblick made one of two free throws with 49 seconds left to put NEPA Elite ahead by a point.

NEPA Elite had a balanced scoring attack in the game, which was close throughout.

Kelly Moravec’s 24-footer with 11 seconds left lifted Elmira to the victory.

Johnson is from Wyoming Valley West, Talutto from Dunmore and Scoblick from Abington Heights.


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UPDATED: 11:51 p.m.

Cecelia Collins led the way on both ends of the floor, scoring 14 points and making 6 steals while leading the NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls team to a 58-50 victory over New Jersey Shoreshots-Sabino at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster County.

The game was the opener for each team in the Summer Jam Fest and was also part of the Hoop Group Showcase League, played in conjunction with Hoop Group events.

Two of Collins’ teammates on Scranton Prep’s unbeaten 2019-20 team also made major contributions.

Rachael Rose was the team’s only other double figures scorer. She hit four straight free throws in the final 16 seconds to finish with 11 points and also led the team with 5 assists.

Maria Belardi led a strong effort from the NEPA Elite bench, scoring all eight of her points in the second half and also chipping in with three rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot.

High school all-state guards Collins, Rose and Moriah Murray each hit two 3-pointers. Murray, from Dunmore, finished with nine points and four assists.

The bench efforts included five points and two steals by Clair Marion from Abington Heights, a team-high six rebounds by Clair Dougherty from Lake-Lehman and late-game contributions by Olivia Ciullo from Old Forge.

Ciera Toomey, from Dunmore, blocked two shots.

The game featured nine lead changes and eight ties before NEPA Elite broke away late. Six of the ties and five of the lead changes came in the first half.

The only time the teams were separated by more than three points in the first half was after a seven-point NEPA Elite streak produced a 17-12 lead.

Western Wayne’s Kaeli Romanowski tied the game with two free throws.

Collins then turned a steal into a breakaway and an in-bounds play into a 3-pointer from the corner for the five-point advantage.

Rose and Belardi set each other up for consecutive 3-pointers in a quick six-point burst to a 38-33 lead.

Marion’s 3-pointer from the right wing broke a 39-39 tie, but Shoreshots took one last lead by converting a turnover into a 45-44 advantage.

Ciullo’s reverse layup put NEPA Elite ahead to stay and started a game-ending, 14-5 run.

Belardi followed with a steal and sprinted away for a breakaway and 48-45 lead.

A Collins steal and Rose pass led to a Toomey basket before Collins hit a long 2-pointer while standing on the arc to make it eight straight points and a 52-45 lead.

Rose took a defensive rebound the length of the floor to set up Belardi for the team’s last field goal.

Ciullo missed both free throws, but tracked down the deflected rebound on the second miss, maintaining possession with a four-point lead and setting up NEPA Elite to hold the ball for almost all of the final minute while drawing a series of fouls that eventually led to the late Rose free throws.

Chloe Teter finished with 15 points and Ally Carman added 11 for Shoreshots.


UPDATED: 9:44 p.m.

Nadia Evanosky scored a game-high 16 points and spearheaded a defensive effort that coach Morgan Birmelin said was the key to a come-from-behind victory by the NEPA Elite 16U girls in their 50-40 victory over the host Spooky Nook Lady Raiders-King team in the opening game of the Hoop Group’s Summer Jam Fest.

Evanosky went 5-for-10 from the floor and 6-for-7 from the line. The rising junior guard from Dallas also led the team in rebounds (six) and steals (five) while sharing the lead in assists (two).

NEPA Elite trailed 12-6 nearly midway through the first half. The team continued its game-long, full-court pressure and used that to turn things around.

Kallie Booth, a sophomore guard from Pittston Area, added nine points.

Cadie Lewis, a sophomore guard from Dunmore, had six points and four rebounds. Tunkhannock’s Anna Williams had three steals and two assists.

NOTE: Statistics cited in this update are from


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UPDATED: 9:08 p.m.

East Coast Power-Fusaro ran off 27 straight points in the first half on the way to an 82-31 victory over the NEPA Elite 16U boys in the Summer Jam Fest at Spooky Nook.

It was the first Hoop Group Showcase League game for the NEPA Elite 16U boys.

The game completes competition for the first day.

NEPA Elite has eight teams in action at Spooky Nook this weekend. There will be 16 games Saturday and 8 more Sunday.


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UPDATED: 7:46 p.m.

After close games involving three different teams, the NEPA Elite girls are off to a 2-1 start in the Summer Jam Fest at Spooky Nook.

The NEPA Clark 17U girls broke a halftime tie and overcame trailing briefly in the second half to defeat New Jersey Shoreshots-Sabino, 58-50, in their first meeting with a Hoop Group Showcase League rival.

The only loss by one of the club’s girls teams came as the result of some late heroics.

Kelly Moravec hit a long 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to lift Elmira Fusion over NEPA Elite Carra/Lewis 17U girls, 43-41.

Both NEPA Elite teams that went unbeaten in their first events suffered their first loss.

The NEPA Elite Coyle 17U boys lost earlier while the NEPA Elite 16U girls were rallying for a win.

The girls teams are done for the night.

The NEPA Elite 16U boys are about to take the court for their first game.


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UPDATED: 7:08 p.m.

The NEPA Elite 16U girls used pressure defense throughout the game to overcome a slow start offensively and defeat the host Spooky Nook Lady Raiders-King, 50-40, in a Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest opener.


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POSTED: 6:17 p.m.

East Coast Power-Cieslak opened a 15-point lead in the first 12 minutes on the way to handing the NEPA Elite 17U Coyle boys team its first defeat, 44-31, in the opening game of the Summer Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim Township, Lancaster County.

The Power jumped to a 24-9 lead and did not allow NEPA Elite to get any closer than nine points the rest of the way.

NEPA Elite made two brief surges – one in each half.

Ethan Meuser hit a 3-pointer with four minutes left in the half and Brandon Hall added a putback to get within 24-14.

East Coast built its biggest lead before Caleb Vigil closed the first-half scoring with a 3-pointer to make it 31-17.

When Meuser opened the second half by scoring inside and Cole Walker drove for a three-point play, NEPA Elite had its longest streak of the night – eight straight points – and was within, 31-22, with 14:04 to play.

The NEPA Elite 16U girls were also in action in the first set of games. They got off to a slow start, but have moved in front, 34-30, with the midway point in the second half approaching.


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