Eastern Basketball Preseason Showcase Event Recap
December 4th, 2010
The Eastern Sports Center Club hosted the best NHIAA Players from all four classes.
The Eastern Sports Center & New Hampshire Notebook hosted the first ever Eastern Basketball Preseason Showcase on Sunday, November 21. The event featured eight different games featuring one game each for the classes of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 for both boys and girls in New Hampshire. Here is a look at who set themselves apart:
Katherine Harris, Pinkerton Academy – Harris scored 7 points in this game to help lead the White Team to the win. But the way she impacted the game goes far beyond the scoring column. She completely controlled the tempo of the game and was able to get to whatever spot she wanted to on the court in order to create an open look for either herself or a teammate. Harris also played excellent defense, on the ball and away from it.
Deanna Purcell, Alvirne HS – Purcell is a versatile player who is highly skilled offensively. She poured in a team-high 13 points, including a nice pull-up jumper from long range and also a play where she picked up a loose ball and finished hard at the rim plus the foul. The game comes easy to Purcell, and she is able to play at a fast pace. She also played solid defense.
Jenn Bujnowski, Salem HS – Bujnowski is a 6’2” forward with a strong frame and in this game she ran the floor well and showed some nice moves in the low post. She was also a force on the boards on both ends of the floor.
Sara Romano, Lebanon HS – Romano is a very quick player who did a nice job of playing the game at a fast pace without getting out of control. She was able to push the ball on the break and get into the lane in the half court offense and make plays all game. Romano also hustled after loose balls, drove hard to the rim and made pinpoint passes to open teammates.
Catherine Cloutier (Londonderry) 6’0” forward played exceptional defense and chipped in with 8 points in the win.
Savanna Butterfield (Londonderry) versatile forward who rebounded the ball well and had a very nice block in transition.
Olivia Lacroix (Manchester Central) combo-guard who played hard all game and scored a team-high 13 points.
Rachael Carter (Merrimack) wing player who excelled in the up tempo game that this game was played in, especially on defense.
Katie Donovan (Alvirne) excellent all around game, hustling for loose balls, grabbing offensive rebounds and finishing hard at the rim.
Jane White, Souhegan HS – In a game with a lot of talent that was evenly matched (no player scored more than 12), White stood out more than the rest. She is an extremely quick guard who flat out played the game faster than anyone else. White was able to play at that speed while staying under control, and also went hard to the basket all game. This resulted in a number of trips to the free throw line where she went 9/9 en route to a game-high 12 points.
Ashley Clough, Keene HS – The 5’10” Clough is an extremely versatile player. She has the size and strength to score in the post and rebound against other bigs. But she also showed the ability to handle the basketball and knock down the outside shot. Clough is a very smart player who not only scored and rebounded effectively in this game, but also did all of the little things well.
Emily Rose, Timberlane HS – Rose played extremely well in this game, both on offense and defense. The 5’10” forward had an inside game but also displayed an equally impressive face-up game. Rose was able to face-up from the 3 point arc and either drill the three ball or put it on the floor and go by people. She was also solid on the boards.
Ashley Giampetruzzi, Manchester Central HS – This was a close game throughout, but when the White Team took over it was Giampetruzzi who as instrumental in the 2nd half as she was not only starting the break but finishing on it as well. The 5’8” guard was very tough to contain off the dribble, and she was always attacking the basket, especially in transition.
Amra Elezovic, Manchester Memorial HS – Another versatile player who was able to play inside and out. Elezovic is 6’0” but has the skill set of a guard. She has the size and quickness to be able to guard all 5 positions on the floor, and offensively she can shoot it or put it on the floor effectively. Elezovic only had 3 points on the game, but her upside was apparent to everyone in the gym.
Lia Nawn (Trinity) plays the game at a fast pace and with confidence, nailed outside shots and also scored going to the rim.
Brianna Stoyle (Goffstown) for a 6-footer, Stoyle showed some excellent quickness and athleticism, especially when she got a steal at half court and took it in for the score.
Katie Stopera (Hollis-Brookline) excelled in transition game, unselfish 2-guard who set up her teammates for scores just as well as she set up herself for open looks.
Anna Sullivan (Winnacunnet) Tough as nails point guard who played as hard as anybody and also wasn’t afraid to go inside and mix it up on the boards with the bigs.
Rebecca Arnone (Campbell) physical forward who finished strong and rebounded well inside. Also an underrated passer.
Trina Scheie, Lebanon HS – She might not be as well known as some of the other girls in this game, but on this day Scheie was clearly the best player on the floor. She played hard and with a purpose all game long. She’s 5’10” with a very strong frame and she was physical in the paint, just bullying her way through the opposition to grab boards and score points at will. Scheie tallied a game-high 17 points to go with 10 rebounds. She scored in the paint, and was also able to catch the ball at the elbow, face-up and make some very nice moves to get looks.
Meghan Green, Bishop Guertin HS – Considered by many to be the top NH player in this class, Green had a quiet 1st half but got better as the game went on. She finished up with a team-high 13 points and 8 rebounds. Like usual, Green showed some nice and smooth post moves and a soft shooting touch around the rim.
Moriah Morton, Lebanon HS – Morton is definitely an elite player, she is lightning quick and was the best defender we saw in this game. She showed a nice handle and took it hard to the rim all game. Morton had a nice steal and finish on the other end late in the game. She played with a ton of energy and made plays all game long.
Dina Pitsas, Milford HS – Pitsas quietly poured in 14 points, most of which she was able to get in the paint. The 5’9” wing was able to go by people off the dribble, and also showed some crafty moves in the lane in order to get high percentage shots. Pitsas played fundamentally sound, and all of her points came in the flow of the offense.
Katherine Johnson (Manchester Central) tough forward with strong, wide body. Johnson played extremely hard, and really got after it on the boards.
Kelsey Brown (Oyster River) the 5’11” two-guard continues to be a match-up nightmare for opposing teams with her size and skill set.
Madison Gibbs (Bishop Guertin) the steady Gibbs was once again a smart player who didn’t force anything, played solid defense and made shots.
Allie Hartford (Manchester Memorial) point guard who is a prototypical floor general, gets her teammates involved but can also score herself if you leave her open.
Marissa Merrill (Inter-Lakes) quick, athletic point guard who got in the lane and made plays.
Aliza Simpson, Londonderry HS – Simpson showed once again why she is the #1 ranked freshman in New Hampshire. She was effective running the point for the Black team, setting up her teammates but also taking it hard to the rim and sticking jumpers off the dribble. What was most impressive about Simpson was that she was even better defensively than she was on offense.
Ali Glennon, Bedford HS – Glennon continues to show that she is an extremely difficult match up, as a 5’10” player who has the ability to take people off the dribble. She has the size of a forward, but she can shoot, pass, defend and handle the ball like a guard. Glennon made some strong drives to the basket in this game, including one where she set up a teammate with a nice dish.
McKenzie Brown, Bedford HS – Brown had 10 points and 8 rebounds to help lead the White Team to the win. Brown has tremendous upside due to her size and skill set. She’s already 6’1” and has good foot work and a soft shooting touch around the basket.
Jamie Sherburne, Bishop Guertin HS – Sherburne can play the 1 or the 2, and in this game she once again played with a ton of energy. She is a very quick, athletic player who was able to shoot, pass and handle the ball as well as anyone. Sherburne also showed a lethal spin move in transition as well as knocking down shots from the outside.
Clairee Putnam (Windham) very quick guard who played hard and showed a nice handle.
Rachael Collins (Bedford) impressed with a nice floater in the lane and an even better finish at the rim with her left hand against a defender.
Gigi Piercy (Bishop Guertin) solid guard who pushed the ball and made good decisions on the break.
Kayla Stacy (Manchester Memorial) tough, scrappy player who dove on the floor for loose balls and did all of the little things well.
Brenna Walczak (Oyster River) lots of upside for the 6’0” Walczak who has a wide body and rebounded the basketball effectively.
Sandi Purcell (Alvirne) lightning quick guard who shot it well and hit the open man.
Bailey Marshall (Bedford) wing player who hustled and made plays all game long.