Jenna Beach made sure the NEPA Elite Lewis 17U girls team bounced back and came back.
With Beach leading the way, the Lewis girls took shook off recent struggles to win their final three games at the Hoop Group’s Spooky Nook Jam Fest Sept. 11-13 in Manheim Township.
The three-game winning streak included a late comeback, sparked by Beach, in the middle game of the streak.
The Lewis team started its first season with a 10-2 record before dropping four of its next five games, including the opener of this event. By the time the weekend in Lancaster County was over, the team was winning again and had improved its season record to 14-6.
Beach, a 5-foot-4 senior guard from North Pocono, led the team in scoring in two games, shared the lead in a third and finished one point behind the team leader in the other. She finished the weekend averaging 14.3 points by leading the team in field goals made and getting to the line more than the rest of the team combined, going 22-for-29.
“Jenna played extremely hard and brought the energy every game,” coach Kaitlyn Lewis said. “She made our team play tough and I was really proud of her aggressiveness on both ends of the floor.”
Alexis Chapman, a 5-6 senior guard from Dunmore, led the team with nine 3-pointers. She finished tied for second with 32 points, matching Nanticoke senior Lauren Casey, who hit half her shots from the floor.
Junior Anna Scoblick and senior Rachel McDonald, both from Abington Heights, led the team in rebounds (22) and assists (10) respectively.
Dunmore senior Elisa Delfino led the way with eight steals despite playing in just three of the four games.
A game-by-game recap for the team at the Spooky Nook Jam Fest.
Jersey Shore Rebels 58, NEPA Elite 45
Jersey Shore held NEPA Elite to 28-percent shooting in the Friday opener to the event.
Beach was the only player to hit at least half her shots. She went 3-for-6 from the floor, 1-for-2 on 3-pointers and 7-for-8 from the line while scoring a team-high 14 points.
Scoblick added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals.
Avery McNulty, a Scranton Prep junior, grabbed a game-high seven rebounds.
McDonald matched Beach for the team assist lead with three.
NEPA Elite 54, Syracuse Royals 2021 HGSL 37
McDonald made five 3-pointers while scoring 15 points.
The team hit a total of 10 shots from beyond the arc. McNulty and Alexis Chapman each made two 3-pointers and Elisa Delfino one.
Beach added 14 points.
Kayla Rose led the team with seven rebounds and three steals while joining McNulty and Chapman with six points each.
Delfino, McDonald and Scoblick all had three assists.
NEPA Elite 57, Elmira Fusion-2021 51
Beach scored 21 points and led the team down the stretch while Casey added 18 points in the come-from-behind victory.
Chapman made all three of her 3-point attempts in the first 13 minutes and finished with 12 points.
Scoblick and Delfino did not score, but found other ways to contribute. Scoblick led in rebounds with eight and assists with three. Delfino made a team-high five steals.
Beach finished 5-for-10 from the floor, 2-for-3 on 3-pointers and 9-for-12 from the line.
Casey went 8-for-10 from the floor. She did not miss a shot while scoring 14 points in the first half to help NEPA Elite to a 34-25 lead.
Elmira took a 47-41 lead with 7:05 remaining, but scored just four points the rest of the way. It used streaks of seven and nine points to outscore NEPA Elite, 22-7, to begin the second half.
Defense fueled the comeback in which NEPA Elite went on a 16-4 run over the final 5:43.
Rose, a Riverside senior, made a steal and drove for the first basket of the run. Then, following another Fusion turnover, Chapman set up an inside basket by Casey.
Beach drove down the middle for the go-ahead, three-point play with 3:49 left. That started a stretch in which she went 7-for-8 from the line and scored 9 of the team’s last 12 points.
Beach also sparked the run that created the game’s biggest lead. She scored five points and joined Chapman in hitting 3-pointers during a 12-0 run to a 21-11 lead with 4:55 left in the half.
NEPA Elite 42, Fencor National 24
NEPA Elite held Fencor National, a suburban Philadelphia team, to 12 points for more than 20 minutes to begin the game.
When it scored the first four points of the second half, NEPA Elite had a 32-12 lead.
The game featured the team’s most balanced effort, both offensively and defensively, of the weekend.
Chapman, who made both of her 3-point attempts, and Beach scored eight points each.
Casey and Scoblick added six points each while leading the team on the boards. Casey had seven rebounds and Scoblick six.
Rose had five points.
McNulty had four points and a team-high three steals while Delfino, Rose and Beach each made two steals.