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8th Grade Orange #Lea8ue Standouts & Storylines From Session 1

By Robin Dolan , 12/02/19, 12:30PM CST

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Aniya Rowe

A Dozen Roses:

Meghan Roche, Bay State Jaguars: Combo guard who attacks the gaps well and can finish on both sides of the rim. Anticipates well on the defensive end. 

Mizan Shell, Bria Holmes: Blue collar type of guard. Wins a lot of 50/50 balls. Is all over the floor. Sees the floor well in transition. 

J’Niya WeaverHavoc: High IQ point guard runs the floor well. Strong on ball defender. Can knock down the three in transition. 

Maya Gray, MD Lady Tigers: Anticipates very well off of the press and finishes strong at the rim. Long athletic guard. Can shoot the three off the dribble. Consistent foul shooter. 

Isabella Pedone, NJ Sparks: One of the most consistent shooters in the leagues. Runs off screens well, spots up around the arc on the drive. Able to connect with ease. 

Sofia Maladonado, Riverside Hawks: Lengthy combo guard who anticipates well on the defensive end. Consistent set shooter from three. 

Olivia Schmidt, SI Bulldogs: The ultimate point guard. She is the complete package, seeing the floor very well. Consistent shooter from three. Always looking to make the extra pass. 

Kathleen Taru, Sisterkeepers: Long athletic combo who can score in a variety of ways. Is able to finish the traditional three point play. Anticipates well on the defensive end. 

Faye Vidal, SI Diamonds: She is a hard working, undersized guard. Wins a lot of 50/50 balls. Able to knock down the open shot on the offense, runs well off of screens. 

Mia Torese, Team Miller: Very strong on the isolation on the wing. Nice mid-range game, has a quick first step to get by and to the rim. Strong on ball defender. 

Danielle Foster, Team Takeover: She moves well. Is able to run the floor and makes the right pass off of the rebound. Has strong handles for her position. 

Aaliyah Parris, UPLAY Green: Post player shows ability to move well laterally. Plays both the high post and low post well. Nice first step to the rim.

Honorable Mention:

Honey CarterBria Holmes Elite

Jessie SilkBay State Jaguars 

Angel AllenHoopers NY

Aniya RoweSisterskeepers

Brooke BarnesKLow Elite

Shanell Smith-AkronTeam Providence

Madeline Maloney, NH Saints

Dahmira DeloneLady Saints NH

Camryn Howard, DC Premier

Undefeated Teams:

Bria Holmes Elite

This team really showed they are here to play in their first appearance in the Rose Winter League. They showed a strong IQ running some strong offenses to find the open player under the basket. They shoot well from the field, and play defense as a unit. This is what led them to the record they had. Nicole Cappelli and Mizan Shell really help lead this team when they need a stop or they need to run an offense to score. Nicole pulled down a lot of big rebounds for this club, where Mizan really ran the floor and found the open option in tight games. They will look to continue their strong showing in DC. 

Team Providence

They were welcomed to Rose Winter League in a big way, going undefeated in session I, proving they were here to play. Shanell Smith-Akpan is a strong guard who showed her ability to get to the rim with a quick first step and an arsenal of moves. Danielle Ceseretti is a long combo player who can really get off the ground. She is consistent from midrange and finishes around the rim. Breena Hannon is really a motor for this club, doing everything she needs to do to win. She distributes well, and she won just about every loose ball that was around her.

Sisterkeepers NYC

This team was one of the strongest teams we have seen. This team has it all, and they play well together on both ends of the floor. Starting with Aniya Rowe, who runs the offense and is an excellent ball defender. Erin Frazier has great court vision in transition, making extra passes for lay-ups. Kathleen Taru is long and athletic and can finish on both sides of the rim.

Teams To Watch Heading Into Session 2...

Team Takeover

The one thing about this team is that they were tough. They might not have had the ball bounces there way a few times but they definitely have what it takes to continue to make a run toward March. Aliyah Eason and Trinity Turner are two strong guards that really play both sides of the ball. They both defend well and anticipate to cause steals in the open floor. One of the strongest players in this division, Danielle Foster was really the difference maker. She works hard and rebounds on both ends of the floor. She has a soft touch from fifteen feet and finds teammates off the high low. Look for them to have the stands packed in DC as they look to close the year out on top. 

Bay State Jaguars 

This team is just hardworking and that's half the battle. They really play like a unit, and share the ball. They are the type of team that wants to win no matter who gets the credit. Megan Roche finds herself constantly around the rim off of a strong one dribble move. She showed her ability to consistently finish tough drives. Jessie Silk has a strong motor and really closes the traps well on the defensive side of the floor. Camryn Collins showed great poise at the guard position and was a consistent set shooter from three. Look for them to continue to rise the standings in DC

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