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8th Grade Orange #Lea8ue: Standouts & Storylines From Session 2

By Robin Dolan , 12/16/19, 12:30PM CST

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A Dozen Roses:

Mackenzie Hohulin, Bay State: She has all the intangibles to develop really nicely for Bay State. She has a ton of length and can score in a variety of ways. I really like her upside.

Olivia Schmitt, SI Bulldogs: Was lightning quick all weekend. A true PG who gets all her teammates involved and goes where she wants, when she wants because of her speed. She always stays low and can score in a variety of ways. She plays with pace, confidence and isn't afraid to take a hit.

Marley Long, DC Premier Prime: Was the anchor to what DC Premier Prime does in the post. She's relentless on the glass, and grabs every rebound at its highest point. Her motor makes it difficult for defenders to match her energy. Her post presence is a surprise because shes thin, but has wiry strength.

Taryn Guathier, UPLAY: She was the best defender I saw all weekend. No use of hands, slides her feet and keeps everything in front of her. Offensively, she is a downhill PG who fights for every basket. She isn't afraid to explode through defenders to get a bucket.

Jesse Silk, Bay State: She really impressed all weekend. Her ability to position herself on both sides of the ball makes her a really nice playmaker. A very talented ball player with excellent footwork, she sets her apart from the rest.

Taylor Williams, UPLAY: A high-level scorer who scores at all 3 levels with ease. Very advanced for her age, as she was a force from all three levels on the court. I am really excited to watch her develop as the years go on.

Maya Johnson, K-Low Elite: She is a ton of fun to watch. I have not seen many girls like her be so confident with the ball. I watched her put defenders on skates all weekend and said to myself, "she has the potential to be the real deal".

Danielle Ceresetti, Team Providence: She was excellent finishing with both hands around the rim in transition. Very skilled with the ball from multiple spots on the court. Plays a really nice finesse game to get easy baskets.

J’niya Weaver, Havoc City: A very confident ball-handler with a quick first step. Defenders couldn't find an answer for her all weekend.

Mizan Shell, Bria Holmes Elite: She continued to be one of the hardest workers on the floor. Sees the floor well. Makes all the right plays to help get her team the win. 

Talia Matthews, Hoopers NY: Strong combo guard with height. She knocks down shots in transition. Anticipates well on the defensive end. Finishes the traditional three-point play. Strong on-ball defender. 

Sara MacchiaStaten Island Diamonds: Smart player with a high IQ. Sees the floor very well. Has a quick release on her and is a strong baseline driver. 

Honorable Mention:

Dahmira DeloneLady Tigers (NH) 

Eniyah StinnetteMD Lady Tigers

Sofia MaldanadoRiverside Hawks 

Mia Torese, Team Miller 

Aliyah EasonTeam Takeover 

Kathleen TaruSisterkeepers

Shanell Smith-AkronTeam Providence

Nicole CapelliBria Holmes Elite

Sarah ContehHavoc City

Sydney GerioisseNH Saints

Teams On The Rise:

Havoc City

Came out so strong in Session II. Led by J’Niya Weaver at the lead guard spot. She was tough to stop. Complimented in the backcourt by Sarah Conteh, who can shoot it well off-the-dribble. Teams had a hard time defending them. Both are strong on-ball defenders causing “havoc” for defenders. This team will be fun to watch climb the standings going into the second half of the league. 

Team Providence

This team continued their run to stay undefeated and at the top of the standings. Danielle Ceresetti is such a difficult matchup for teams because her size and the ability to play on the outside, which make her a tough defensive match up. Shanell Smith-Akron really gets it done for this team when the game is close. She cares about protecting the basket, blocking shots at key moments. She is a strong finisher off the rebound. This team will look to continue their streak in the new year. 

Bria Holmes Elite

This team is such a pleasure to watch. The game is really played as a team on both ends of the floor, with all being involved on every play. Nicole Capelli is a big x factor for this club as she makes the right play at the right time to stop runs. They will look to keep pace with Team Providence and stay undefeated on their side of the bracket.

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