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Lewis, Clark girls win twice each

GIRLS GAME DAY: Saturday, 9/12

UPDATED OVERNIGHT

Ciera Toomey and Moriah Murray found each other, including on some of the game’s biggest baskets, while combining for 26 points and 11 assists to help the NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls battle past I-90 Elite-Wright, 78-77, in overtime at the Hoop Group Spooky Nook Jam Fest.

The win was the second of the day for the Clark team, which will also play twice Sunday.

Dunmore High School teammates Toomey and Murray were a big part of the balanced attack that helped NEPA Elite put up some impressive offensive numbers.

NEPA Elite shot 54.5 percent (24-for-44) from the floor, 69.2 percent (9-for-13) on 3-pointers and 91.3 percent from the line (21-for-23) while committing just 13 turnovers despite playing an extra two minutes in tense circumstances.

Toomey led four players scoring in double figures and also led the team in assists and blocked shots.

NEPA Elite had a total of eight players score at least five points.

Toomey scored 14 points, going 8-for-9 from the line, and dished out 6 assists while blocking 4 shots.

Murray went 4-for-5 on 3-pointers, hitting the team’s last 3-pointer in regulation and scoring its first points of overtime. She also dished out five assists and blocked shot shots.

Toomey assisted all four of Murray’s baskets. In turn, Murray assisted two of Toomey’s three field goals and helped send her to the line.

Riverside’s Kylie Lavelle added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Her rebound and steal totals led the team.

Scranton Prep’s Rachael Rose had 10 points.

The four double-figures scorers were a combined 14-for-22 (63.6 percent) from the floor, 6-for-9 (66.7) on 3-pointers and 15-for-16 (93.8) from the line.

NEPA Elite needed that accuracy.

Binghamton University commit Ella Wanzer went 5-for-9 on 3-pointers while scoring a game-high 28 points to lead I-90 Elite.

Cecelia Collins chipped in eight points, Olivia Ciullo seven, Skylar Bianchi six and Kaeli Romanowski five.

I-90 Elite led much of the game up to the midway point of the first half.

Once Toomey scored four straight points for the lead and Rose followed with a 3-pointer to make it 26-22, NEPA Elite held the lead for more than 22 minutes and never trailed again.

Murray’s 3-pointer with 2:10 left made it 70-65, but I-90 scored the next five points.

A steal and breakaway by Lavelle put NEPA Elite ahead with 32 seconds left, but Wanzer’s runner over Toomey beat the regulation buzzer to force overtime.

Murray opened the overtime scoring with a 3-pointer, but I-90 answered.

Collins hit what proved to be the winning 3-pointer with 54 seconds left.

The win was not secured until NEPA Elite safely in-bounded the ball four times in the final five seconds while I-90 fouled.

Collins is from Scranton Prep. Ciullo is from Old Forge, Bianchi from Valley View and Romanowski from Western Wayne.

NEPA Elite’s three 17U girls teams were a combined 5-1 on the day.

 

UPDATED: 11:40 p.m.

Statistical leaders, according to BeTheBeast.com, for NEPA Clark 17U girls in opening, 61-44 win over New Jersey Belles Fagan:

Ciera Toomey 15 points

Cecelia Collins 13 points

Olivia Ciullo 5 points, 6 rebounds

Rachael Rose 9 points, 2 steals

Kaeli Romanowski, Maria Belardi, Moriah Murray 3 assists each

 

MORE TO COME: Keep checking this page. More game details still to come.

 

UPDATED: 11:36 p.m.

The NEPA Elite 16U (Birmelin) girls lost both of their games today at the Hoop Group Spooky Nook Jam Fest.

NEPA Elite fell to the New Jersey Belles-Masonius/Prior, 51-39, and I-90 Elite-Goode, 35-25.

 

MORE TO COME: Keep checking this page. More game details still to come.

 

UPDATED: 6:35 p.m.

The NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls won twice, once comfortably and once with a dramatic finish.

Moriah Murray and Cecelia Collins hit 3-pointers on the team’s only two shots of overtime in a 78-77 victory over I-90 Elite-Wright to finish its day at the Hoop Group Spooky Nook Jam Fest.

The victory was not complete until NEPA Elite in-bounded the ball safely four times in the final five seconds. I-90 Elite was fouling each time, but NEPA Elite was not yet in the bonus, so instead of going to the line, it kept having to make another pass against pressure.

The Clark team cruised to a 61-44 victory over New Jersey Belles-Fagan in its first game.

The latest victory leaves NEPA Elite girls teams 5-1 on the day with two games for the 16U girls (Birmelin) team still to come.

 

MORE TO COME: For scores on the remaining games and many more details from the two NEPA Elite Clark wins, return to this page this evening.

 

UPDATED: 5:05 p.m.

Statistical leaders from BeTheBeast.com for NEPA Elite 17U girls teams in their three wins to start the day.

For Lewis team in 54-37 win over Syracuse Royals HGSL:

Rachel McDonald five 3-pointers, 15 points, 3 assists

Jenna Beach 14 points

Kayla Rose 7 rebounds, 3 steals

Anna Scoblick 3 assists

Elisa Delfino 3 assists

For Lewis team in 57-51 win over Elmira Fusion 2021:

Lauren Casey 9-for-12, 21 points

Jenna Beach 18 points, 6 rebounds

Alexis Chapman 12 points

Elisa Delfino 4 steals

Anna Scoblick 3 assists

For Genco team in 55-41 win over Empire State Blue Flames-Nick:

Mia Blume four 3-pointers, 18 points

Kaci Kranson 16 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists

Carena Colo 9 points, 11 rebounds

Claire Dougherty 11 rebounds, 4 assists

Trinity Johnson 10 rebounds, 4 assists

MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the day for more results, statistics and game details from the club’s four girls teams.

 

UPDATED: 4:02 p.m.

The NEPA Elite Genco 17U girls split their two games today in The Hoop Group Spooky Nook Jam Fest.

Mia Blume scored 18 points in a 55-41 victory over Empire State Blue Flames-Nick.

New Jersey Freedom HGSL then defeated NEPA Elite, 55-35.

Kaci Kranson had a team-high 17 points and Trinity Johnson grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss.

Blume plays at Dunmore High School. Kranson is from Holy Cross.

The team is 2-1 at the event with one game remaining.

 

MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the day for more results from the club’s four girls teams.

 

UPDATED: 9:57 a.m.

Jenna Beach scored a team-high 18 points and led the NEPA Elite Lewis 17U girls through the final minute of their 57-51 victory over Elmira Fusion 2021.

The win was the second of the morning for the NEPA Elite Lewis team in the Hoop Group’s Spooky Nook Jam Fest.

Lauren Casey added 16 points in the win.

NEPA Elite went into the final minute with a three-point lead.

Beach went 4-for-4 from the line in the final 56 seconds.

Alexis Chapman made a steal in the lane while protecting a three-point lead with 40 seconds left and wound up hitting one of two free throws when she was fouled four seconds later.

Anna Scoblick cleared two defensive rebounds in the final 27 seconds to help limit Elmira’s comeback chances.

Beach is a senior at North Pocono. She has scored in double figures in all three games while NEPA Elite Lewis has gone 2-1 at the event.

Casey is from Nanticoke, Chapman from Dunmore and Scoblick from Abington Heights.

 

UPDATED: 8:59 a.m.

The day is off to a winning start for the NEPA Elite girls.

Rachel McDonald scored 12 points to lead the way as NEPA Elite Lewis 17U girls defeated Syracuse Royals 2021 HGSL, 54-37, in the first game of the day at the Hoop Group’s Spooky Nook Jam Fest.

McDonald, a senior from Abington Heights, and Jenna Beach, a senior from North Pocono who added 11 points, each finished in double figures.

NEPA Elite took control of the game midway through the first half and gradually built its lead.

The Lewis team is 1-1 for the three-day event, which concludes Sunday.

 

MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the day for more results from the club’s four girls teams.

 

UPDATED: 8:11 a.m.

POSTED: 7:58 a.m.

All four NEPA Elite girls teams are in action today in the Hoop Group’s Spooky Nook Jam Fest in Lancaster County.

The club’s three 17U teams – coached by Kevin Clark, Kaitlyn Lewis and Jess Genco – are in action along with the 16U team, coached by Morgan Birmelin.

The NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls are playing their opener in the event after winning their bracket last week at The Challenge in the same Manheim Township facility to improve to 18-3 on the season.

The other three teams played Friday night with the NEPA Elite Genco 17U team posting the club’s only win.

Return to this page throughout the day for coverage of the games.

Check out the Recent Posts listing on the right for links to coverage of all the NEPA Elite teams in recent games, including Friday night.

Today’s schedule for NEPA Elite girls teams at Spooky Nook is below:

Time Team Coach Division Opponent Court
8:00 a.m. Lewis 2021 Syracuse Royals HGSL 2021   4
9:15 a.m. Lewis 2021 Elmira Fusion 2021   2
1:20 p.m. Genco 2021 Empire State Blue Flames 2021-Chris   6
2:35 p.m. Genco 2021 New Jersey Freedom HGSL   6
4:00 p.m. Clark 2021 New Jersey Belles-Fagan   1
5:25 p.m. Clark 2021 I-90 Elite-Wright   1
6:40 p.m. Birmelin 2022 New Jersey Belles-Masonius/Prior   3
8:05 p.m. Birmelin 2022 I-90 Elite-Goode   3

 

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