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Hoop Group championships for two girls teams

GAME DAY: Sunday, 10/4

UPDATED: 7:03 p.m.

The NEPA Elite Genco 17U girls placed four players in double figures in scoring while defeating the Potomac Valley Thunder, 65-57, in the 2021 Division final of the Hoop Group Girls Championships.

Carena Colo led the way with 18 points and 6 rebounds. She scored 10 points in the final 6:30, including hitting both ends of one-and-ones twice in the last 56 seconds.

Kaci Kranson finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

Mia Blume scored 11 points. Claire Dougherty had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

Trinity Johnson contributed nine rebounds and two steals.

NOTE: All statistics in this update are according to BeTheBeast.com.

 

MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the night for many more details on the dual championship efforts.

 

UPDATED: 6:36 p.m.

The NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls calmly responded to what could have been a championship-deciding bad break.

NEPA Elite scored eight of the game’s final 10 points, including Ciera Toomey’s tip-in with just under a second remaining, to pull out a 62-60 victory over I-90 Elite Wright in the Hoop Group Showcase League championship game at Spooky Nook.

The 16 HGSL teams – the strongest of those in the organization’s series of events – decided their title in the HGSL Division that was part of the Hoop Group Girls Championships Friday through Sunday in Manheim Township, Lancaster County.

NEPA Elite and I-90 Elite, from the Syracuse area, had battled into overtime before NEPA Elite emerged victorious earlier this season.

Top-seeded NEPA Elite slipped behind by four late in the rematch.

Cecelia Collins collided with I-90 Elite’s Shay Ciezki, knocking Collins away from the play and bouncing Ciezki right in the direction of the loose ball for a breakaway basket. The second I-90 Elite score in 16 seconds gave the team a 58-54 lead with 2:30 left.

Rachael Rose made sure there was no time for the New York state opponents to celebrate.

Rose drove the length of the floor to score seven seconds later.

Moriah Murray hit two free throws with 1:52 left, then NEPA Elite came up with its own key defensive play.

Toomey fronted I-90 Elite’s top post player, Jessica Cook, causing an errant pass that Moriah Murray came over from the back side to steal the ball away.

Again, NEPA Elite raced up court. Kylie Lavelle got into the lane to convert a rebound into a 60-58 lead with 1:25 left.

Kaia Henderson hit two free throws to lift I-90 Elite into one last tie with 1:14 left.

Each team was unable to score once with the game tied.

Murray blocked what turned out to be I-90 Elite’s final shot and Toomey pulled in the rebound.

NEPA Elite could not convert on the other end, but Collins forced a tie up on the rebound. With the help of Skylar Bianchi also tying up an offensive rebound on the previous possession, NEPA Elite had the arrow and kept the ball with 31 seconds left.

After NEPA Elite ran the clock down to five seconds, it set up a sideline in-bounds play coming out of a timeout.

Rose went hard to the basket down the right side of the lane, but could not get her shot to the fall.

Toomey was there to provide the winner and put a successful finish on the first season for the program out of Riverfront Sports in Scranton.

“I didn’t want to give I-90 another shot on the offensive end, so we ran the clock down to about five seconds and we ran one of our side out-of-bounds plays,” said program founder and team head coach Kevin Clark. “The girls ran it to perfection.

“I think any other day, Rachael’s probably making that shot, but Ciera did exactly what she’s supposed to do and was able to clean up that board.”

 

MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the night for many more details on the dual championship efforts.

 

UPDATED: 5:55 p.m.

Statistical leaders for the NEPA Elite Lewis 17U girls in their season-ending, 56-50 victory over I-90 Elite Pinkerton this morning, according to BeTheBeast.com:

Jenna Beach 18 points, 5 assists

Kayla Rose 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals

Avery McNulty 10 points, 3 assists

Alexis Chapman 8 points, 2 steals

 

MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the rest of the day for more updates, including details on the club’s two championship efforts.

 

UPDATED: 5:21 p.m.

Carena Colo led the NEPA Elite Genco 17U girls down the stretch this afternoon as they captured the 2021 Division title in the Hoop Group Girls Championships.

Colo had 10 points in the final 6:30 of the game at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim Township as NEPA Elite secured a 65-57 victory over the Potomac Valley Thunder.

The senior guard from North Pocono had two baskets in an 8-0 run to open the lead to 56-44 with less than four minutes remaining. Colo came out of a spin move to hit a 10-footer from the left baseline for an 11-point lead with 2:40 left, then went 4-for-4 from the line in the final 56 seconds to hold off the Thunder.

 

MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the rest of the afternoon and evening for many more details on the dual championship efforts.

 

UPDATED: 5:14 p.m.

New Hope Academy-Daley defeated the NEPA Elite 16U girls, 52-35, in a 2022 Division finale at the Hoop Group Girls Championship.

NEPA Elite went 1-3 for the weekend to place 14th among the 16 teams in the division.

 

MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the rest of the day for many more updates, including details on the club’s two championship efforts.

 

UPDATED: 4:51 p.m.

The girls portion of the NEPA Elite AAU program completed its first season with championships in the two highest-level divisions at the Hoop Group Girls Championships today at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim Township, Lancaster County.

Ciera Toomey’s tip-in at the buzzer lifted the NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls to the Hoop Group Showcase League title with a come-from-behind, 62-60 victory over I-90 Elite Wright.

Minutes before the Clark team took the floor to begin its title pursuit, the NEPA Elite Genco 17U girls downed the Potomac Valley Thunder, 64-57, for the 2021 Division championship.

 

MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the rest of the afternoon and evening for many more details on the dual championship efforts.

 

UPDATED: 1:26 p.m.

The NEPA Elite 16U girls did not score any points in the final 5:30 of today’s 2022 Division consolation bracket game.

They did not need any.

NEPA Elite played tough defense and protected the ball down the stretch to hold on for a 46-44 victory over New Jersey Belles Masonius in the Hoop Group Girls Championships at Spooky Nook.

New Jersey scored the last six points of the game, but needed more after NEPA Elite was able to add to its 27-22 halftime lead.

The win was the first of the weekend for NEPA Elite, which plays its fourth and final game of the event this afternoon.

 

MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the day for more scores, plus more details on completed games.

 

POSTED: 11:56 a.m.

The final day of the inaugural season for the girls teams of the NEPA Elite AAU basketball program got off to a positive start this morning when the NEPA Elite Lewis 17U girls defeated I-90 Elite Pinkerton, 56-50, in a 2021 Division consolation bracket game in the Hoop Group Girls Championships at Spooky Nook Sports, Manheim Township.

The game was close throughout with the teams trading the lead midway through the second half.

Alexis Chapman’s three-point play off an in-bounds pass with 1.5 seconds left closed the scoring and finally clinched the victory.

The Lewis team went 2-2 for the tournament, finishing second in its three-team pool, then placing third in the bracket of second-place pool finishers, essentially placing seventh in the 12-team field.

The team, coached by Kaitlyn Lewis, finished the season with a 16-8 overall record.

All four NEPA Elite girls teams are concluding their seasons today.

The NEPA Elite 16U girls, coached by Morgan Birmelin, are on the floor now for the first of two consolation bracket games today.

The NEPA Elite Clark 17U and NEPA Elite Genco 17U teams each have championship games this afternoon.

The Clark girls are playing for the Hoop Group Showcase League Division title. The Genco girls are playing for the 2021 Division championship.

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