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July 21, 2010 BasketBull Staff
Girls National Invitational Recap
Last week Basketbull LLC, held its first annual Girl's Hall of Fame National Invitational at the Mass Mutual Center in downtown Springfield, MA. The event included some of the top talent in New England as well as a few quality players from outside of the region.
In the 16u Division the Albany Capitals made it look really easy at times. They matched up well with other strong teams including MB Nation (Maine) led by Rebecca Knight and the Connecticut Storm. In the championship game the Capitals proved to be too strong for the Storm taking home the championship.
The 15u Division was loaded with good young talent. Teams like the Bay State Jags, Exodus New England and Mass Premier Courts made it easy to see why the young teams and players in this year's event were raising eyebrows. Mass Premier Courts defeated Exodus New England in a hard fought final. MPC was lead by their athletic backcourt duo of Nikisa Thomas and Indira Evora and Exodus was powered by class of 2013 point guard Diandra DaRosa of Pawtucket, RI. DaRosa caught the eye of just about all college coaches on hand and by the end of the first day the young floor leader had Maine, Northeastern and URI all taking a closer look.
Top 5 Performers:
Kelsey Booth - Connecticut Storm - Booth proved that she will be able to play on the perimeter as well as in the post at times at the next level. Her offensive game was invaluable to her team and at times she carried the team and led them to the finals. Siena and the University of Maine coaches were on hand to see Booth play and liked what they saw.
Tehresa Coles (Committed to Siena) - Albany Capitals - Her athleticism and toughness was on display during the tournament final. She finished strong in traffic while taking contact and rebounded the ball well on both ends of the floor.
Diandra DaRosa- Exodus New England - This lefty point guard played at a high level during the entire event. Her speed and ball handling coupled with her ability to finish plays makes her a very intriguing prospect for the future.
Rebecca Knight (Committed to Maine) - MB Nation - Her team struggled due to the fact that they played the entire tournament with only 5 players but she showed great leadership and a skill set that allows her to play inside and on the perimeter. She'll become an even bigger asset on the college level when she develops into more of a leader on the floor.
Jaci Oskam (Committed to Quinnipiac) - The long 6'1 post player helped led her team to the tournament championship and was a constant inside presence rebounding and forcing opponent to alter their shots.
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