By Tom Robinson, NEPA Elite News
EAST STROUDSBURG – The NEPA Elite Rini 17U and Sheehan 16U girls teams joined the club’s two championship teams in closing out the Hoop Group’s Pennsylvania Showcase with wins Sunday at East Stroudsburg University.
The club had five teams entered in the event. The teams combined for a 5-2 record Sunday and went 16-5 for the three-day weekend.
The Rini 17U team had won Friday and Saturday games to finish first in its pool and enter Sunday with a shot at the 17U Poconos Division Championship. Offensive woes ended those hopes in the semifinals, but the team came back with a 47-29 victory over Team Elite in the finale.
Nadia Evanosky went 5-for-7 from the floor while leading the team with 13 points and 5 steals in the win.
Kallie Booth was 4-for-5 while adding nine points, five rebounds and four assists.
Katherine Shepherd and Claire Dougherty chipped in with seven and six points. Dougherty also blocked three shots.
Avery McNulty shared the team rebound lead of five with Booth. Chloe Lyle grabbed four offensive rebounds.
New York Extreme Hoops 17U defeated Rini 17U, 40-27, in the semifinals.
The Rini team was out to an 18-5 lead with 6:33 left in the first half of the semifinal before its offense stalled. New York closed the half on a 15-2 run to tie the game, then the Rini team managed just a single field goal over the final 11 minutes.
Dougherty led with seven points and nine rebounds.
Mia Blume, who had two 3-pointers in the fast start, and Evanosky added six points each.
Shepherd grabbed eight rebounds and Booth had three assists.
Evanosky is from Dallas, Booth from Pittston Area, Shepherd from Western Wayne, Dougherty from Lake-Lehman, McNulty from Scranton Prep, Lyle from Honesdale and Blume from Dunmore.
The Sheehan 16U team finished up at 2-2 by winning its second straight, riding a strong defensive effort to a 34-15 victory over Central PA Torchia in a consolation game.
Cadie Lewis led the way with nine points.
The offense joined in during the second half, scoring 24 points after managing just 10 in the first half.
Molly Murphy scored all seven of her points in the second half while Lexi Corby was scoring five of her six and Erin Van Ness all five of her points.
Corby and Van Ness are from Tunkhannock while Lewis is from Dunmore and Murphy is from Valley View.
The Scoblick 15U team also finished up a 2-2 weekend.
After going 2-1 to place second in its four-team pool, it dropped a consolation game to Lady Runnin’ Rebels 2024 National HGSL, 44-37.
Sophia Talutto led the offense with 10 points.
Finley Bittenbender had nine, Ella Wilson eight and Mackenzie Perluke six.
Talutto is from Dunmore, Bittenbender from Scranton, Wilson from Lake-Lehman and Perluke from Wyoming Valley West.
Clark 17U: Team won twice Sunday for championship. https://nepasportsnation.com/legacy-champions-clark-team-wins-title-at-pennsylvania-showcase/.
Butler 15U: Another championship effort on Sunday. https://nepasportsnation.com/butler-15u-girls-claim-championship/.
Saturday: Recap of all the day’s action. https://nepasportsnation.com/toomey-handles-spotlight-leads-one-of-three-pool-titles-by-club-teams/.
Friday: Recap of opening day of event. https://nepasportsnation.com/roundup-clubs-teams-go-5-2-to-begin-pennsylvania-showcase/.