Tigers 5th Graders win USJN Hershey Nationals...AGAIN!
The 5th grade Tigers traveled to Hershey, PA to participate in the US Junior National tournament.
The Tigers first took on the Lady Bulldogs from NYC. The Tigers dominated early, taking a quick 26-0 halftime lead. The Tigers finished off the NYC Lady Bulldogs 37-4 to begin our great weekend. 8 Tigers scored in this dominating game, led by Julie McCarron with 10 points, and Fiona Teaney and Paige Kenton with 4 points each.
Next, the Tigers drew the nightcap game - 8:45pm against United from NJ. This was the Tigers first game with all 10 players playing. The Tigers again jumped out to a quick 18-8 halftime lead, and completed the victory 36-13. Alyssa Faville led the Tigers with 20 points, and Maddie Fowler, Mo Smith and Dani Waltz all chipped in 4 points.
The second day, the Tigers started off with a 10:30am game vs. VA Hurricanes. The Tigers unleashed an offensive masterpiece, notching 33 points in the first half alone. The Tigers had all 10 girls score, and finished off the Hurricanes 50-13. Dani
Waltz led the Tigers with 5 points, and Maddie Wallace, Izzy Gioffre and Bella Squillacechipped in 4 points each. Fiona Teaney earned 4 points, and Paige Kenton chipped in 3 points in this very balanced Tiger attack.
In the last game during pool-play, the Tigers faced the Matrix from Washington DC. Although the Matrix were very quick, the Tigers proved too strong, and too tall to overcome. The Tigers finished pool play with a 49-14 victory. Tigers "big" girls dominated this game, with Julie McCarron earning 14 points, Maddie Fowler notching 12 points, and Izzy Gioffre chipping in 7 points. The Tigers headed into the Semi-final game 4-0.
The Tigers headed into the Semi-Final game on Monday night, facing another 4-0 team, the Chantilly Elite from VA. The Elite were a quick team, and were very "pumped" up to face the Tigers. The Tigers jumped out to a quick start, notching a 18-9 halftime lead. Alyssa Faville and Julie McCarron paved the way with 10 and 8 points respectively in the first half. The Tigers were able to break the game open in the 2nd half, outscoring the Elite 20-12 in route to a 38-21 victory. Alyssa Faville finished with 13 points 3 steals and 2 assists, Julie McCarron notched 20 points 9 rebounds, and 2 steals. Maddie Fowler chipped in 2 points, 6 rebounds and 1 steal and Bella Squillace notched 1 point, and 3 rebounds. The Tigers were headed into the FINALS!
The FINALS, played at 8:00am on Tuesday morning, featured the Tigers vs. KSC Thunder from Massachusetts. This proved to be a great championship match-up, roudy fans and physical play for all! The Tigers played an evenly matched first half, finding their outside shooting touch against the Thunders extended 2-3 zone defense. Bella Squillace started the scoring with 2 three-pointers, and Alyssa Faville also hit a three-pointer and an outside jumper. The Tigers led 16-12 at the half.
The second half the Thunder attempted to pressure the Tigers, moving from a zone to a man-to-man defense and press. Bella Squillace, and Izzy Gioffre handled the press well. The
Thunder's man to man defense was no match for the Tigers offense, and the Tigers took advantage of one-on-one matchups. The Tigers were able to hold off the Thunder's one last surge, and were victorious 30-25. Alyssa Faville finished with 15 points, 2 assists and 2 steals. Bella Squillace earned 7 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals, and Izzy Giofree chipped in 2 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals.
The Tigers were crowned the USJN Champions!
The Tigers finished a wonderful season, 27-6. We went 13-0 for the last 3 tournaments, winning the JKMBA championships, going 4-0 in the Scoop Taylor Invitation in Wildwood, and finishing 6-0 in the USJN tournament in Hershey, PA.
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