|Katie Lou & Karlie Sameulson w/ Jasmine Hotchkins|
Karlie and Katie Lou Samuelson, the Orange County girls came out here and put on a show on the biggest stage. They earned co-mvp honors, shooting an efficient 13-17 from beyond the arc combined and tallying 67 points combined of their team's 94 points in the championship game. The key word there is efficient. They do it without demanding the ball too much and within the confines of their teams game plan and system. Mater Dei gets great ball movement amongst each other and play strong roles in support of each other and team. Great players and even greater kids and family.
Jayde Woods of Mater Dei, the freshman stepped up and filled big shoes. First in the semi-final game of the G Division, Jayde drew the assignment of stopping UConn commit Courtney Ekmark and did she ever do so, limiting the sharp shooter's touches and the few times Ekmark did get the ball, Jayde's lateral quickness and length never allowed Ekmark to get to the basket or shot off. In the championship game Peyton Langston took a hard hit under the basket and subsequently suffered a concussion. Jayde was called upon to step up, play some big time defense under the basket against Marshal commit and powerful 6'1 Maya Singleton.
Gabby Williams, 5'11 guard from Reed (Sparks,NV) is a stud!! Arguably the best athlete of the tournament has already cleared 6ft, 1.5 inches in the high jump and been invited to compete for spot on the U.S Olympic team. She compliments her athleticism with great basketball skill and basketball IQ. She is a lot of fun to watch and considered in the discussion of top 10 prospects in the 2014 class.
Mikayla Cowling, 6'1, long, athletic junior has many tools that makes her game dynamic and exciting to watch. She has range to her jumper, can make some great moves off the dribble and soars pretty with her long extension to the basket. She is a very intimidating presence on defense at the tope of that Syracuse match zone. Her wing span is incredible. She has great hands and plays the game with the grace and finesse like former Pittsburgh Steeler great wide receiver Lynn Swan played his position in the NFL.
Gabby Green, 6'2, junior can play 1-4 positions on the floor. She is a floor general, scorer, facilitator, shot blocker and clutch!!!!
Chantel Osahor, 6'1 center, committed to Washington, is simply probably the best passer in the high school game. Chantel pulls down rebounds and outlets text book and her ability to make precision passes from a top the key to cutting teammates is surgical. A crowd favorite, her ability to do the unexpected, like hit beyond the arc and take unsuspecting defenders off the dribble infuses the gym with energy.
Kelsey Plum, south paw combo guard, future teammate of Chantel Osahor at Washington is a vicious competitior and can get buckets by the handful, two handfuls... She is clever, savvy and makes quick on point decisions throughout the course.
Long Beach Poly, is loaded with talent and athleticism. Jada Matthews is a solid forward, strong, athletic, can make moves off the bounce, has a great mid-range jump shot. She is solid on every aspect of the game, a major prospect.
Kristen Simon, 6' post, Windward, CA. is a skilled post that can play on the low block and in the high post. She is great in the pick & roll combo.
Britta Nordstrom, 6' wing player out of Pinnacle hs, AZ, is an aggressive, athletic wing with a great motor. We have been seeing a lot out of this kid lately and she is a legitimate 4.5 gpa, D1 prospect who wants to find an academic institution of elite status.
Rock Bridge, is loaded with immeasurable young talent and very well coached. Every varsity player is returning and arguably their best player for two more years. Sophie Cunningham, displays leadership, communication, skill, basketball IQ and fundamentals beyond her years. Look out for this squad next year and years to come.