Reaching double figures in statistics is a common simple measuring tool in basketball.
Double-figures scorers have long been quick to be recognized and, in an era when double-doubles and triple-doubles are emphasized, reaching 10 in other categories – usually rebounds or assists – is another accomplishment that gets noticed.
Those individual achievements were plentiful for the NEPA Elite Genco 17U girls team in its most recent competition, Sept. 11-13 at the Hoop Group’s Spooky Nook Jam Fest. Not surprisingly, the series of individual accomplishments translated into more team success with three wins in four games to improve to 8-3 on the season.
The Genco girls team, coached for the weekend by Kaitlyn Lewis with assistance from Brian Haefele, had 12 examples of a player scoring in double figures. Kaci Kranson, a junior from Holy Cross, scored in double figures in all four games. The team placed five players in double figures in scoring in its final game of the weekend.
Kranson led the team with 18.5 points per game at the event with the help of going 17-for-23 from the foul line while making a team-high 10 steals. Carena Colo, a senior from North Pocono, averaged 13.3 points while three other teammates scored at least 8.5 per game.
There were also eight cases of a player getting at least 10 rebounds – half of those came in one game – and a game when Mia Blume surpassed that level in assists.
Trinity Johnson, a 6-foot-1 junior forward from Wyoming Valley West, averaged 11.5 rebounds for the weekend. In its three wins, NEPA Elite destroyed its opponents on the boards, outrebounding them by a total of 138-81.
Blume, a junior guard from Dunmore, led the team in total assists for the 4 games with 19 and also had the most 3-pointers made with 9.
A recap of the team’s games:
NEPA Elite 63, Team Miller HGSL 36
Kranson scored 22 points and Johnson had a big all-around game as NEPA Elite opened with a win while playing with just five players in its Friday night opener.
Johnson took just five shots, but made four. She finished with 10 points, 17 rebounds and 6 blocked shots.
Kranson was 8-for-12 from the floor, 2-for-4 on 3-pointers and 4-for-7 from the line. She also grabbed seven rebounds, made five steals, dished out three assists and blocked a shot.
Colo had 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.
Claire Dougherty, a junior forward from Lake-Lehman, had 10 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocked shots.
Blume grabbed 11 rebounds and led the team with 5 assists. She also had six points, three steals and two blocks.
Colo had the last seven points and nine total when NEPA Elite opened the second half with a 24-4 run to break open what had been a 30-26 game.
NEPA Elite dominated the boards, 49-20.
NEPA Elite 55, Empire State Blue Flames 2021-Chris 41
Blume hit four 3-pointers while leading the team in scoring with 18 points, to go along with 8 rebounds, during a win to open Saturday’s schedule.
Kranson had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Colo, who scored 9 points, and Dougherty each shared the team rebound lead of 11 with Kranson.
Johnson grabbed 10 rebounds.
Dougherty, Kranson and Johnson each handed out four assists.
New Jersey Freedom HGSL 55, NEPA Elite 35
Kranson’s 17 points were not enough in Saturday’s second game.
Johnson grabbed 10 rebounds and matched Colo with 7 points for the second-highest scoring output in a game when the team shot just 32.5 percent and was limited to a single 3-pointer.
NEPA Elite 84, Potomac Valley Thunder 46
Colo led the way with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists as NEPA Elite shot better than 50 percent in the Sunday finale of the event.
Many of the baskets were easy with the team producing 16 steals that it turned into 22 points.
Kranson had 19 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and a team-high 4 steals.
Dougherty went 9-for-11 from the floor to score 18 points.
Johnson had 12 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots.
Blume went 3-for-6 on 3-pointers to score 11 points along with dishing out 11 assists.