Mass Hoops Shootout Tournament Recap
June 18th, 2010
Frenzy tournament was loaded with talent
The 2010 Mass Hoops Shootout Tournament, hosted by the Mass Frenzy, was jam-packed with intense play and talented players. 43 teams gathered at American International College in Springfield, MA to compete against squads from all over New England and New York. Numerous games were won by 4 points or less including an exciting overtime game to kick off Sunday morning. The U-16, NH Rivals and Mass Frenzy teams competed for 34 minutes as the Rivals hit a three point shot at the buzzer to send the game into OT.
The Frenzy matched the shot with a buzzer beating layup at the end of the extra minutes to take the win. The game captured the attention of several teams who were able to match the level of play throughout the day.
All teams showed up to play physical, focused basketball which was exceedingly evident as bodies hit the floor for every loose ball and fast break layups were rarely uncontested.
Top Players on the weekend
Junior Kellie McDonald, NH RIVALS U-16 (Hazelton), started her second day of tournament play at the Mass Frenzy tourney by hitting a game tying three pointer at the buzzer. She set up her defender perfectly coming off a screen and used her quick release to force overtime play. Kellie almost saved the game for the Rivals once again as she sunk two free throws with 18 seconds left in the extra minutes to tie it up with the Frenzy. The Mass Frenzy ended up taking the win but MacDonald and teammates put up quite a fight.
Kellie did not only showcase her finesse beyond the 3-point arc but displayed just the same under the basket with some added strength. With no problem powering up in traffic Kellie finished a number of contested layups and used her body effectively to create space down low. She is comfortable anywhere and shows confidence in her ball handling skills.
Also playing well for the Rivals, Brooke Stewart, displayed similar confidence with the ball and was effective both under the basket and behind the three point arc.
Maddy Blais, NH RIVALS U-16 (Hazelton), her strong performance and consistency could not go unnoticed. Maddy worked inside and out to be one of the top players in the tournament. Her willingness to sacrifice her body for loose balls was matched by her poise as she served as a spark to the Rival play. she uses skilled footwork and well developed fundamentals to finish short jumpers as well as shots behind the arc. She has the ability to drive or play with her back to the basket. Blais is obviously a reliable player at any position but shows the natural traits of an extremely successful 3, 4, or 5.
Madeline will be playing as a junior at the New Hampton School for the 2010-2011 school year. She will be playing for the U-16 New Hampshire Rivals this summer with major tournaments in Kentucky and Tennessee along with a number in the Northeast.
Ashley Perez from Manchester Connecticut,Shamrocks U-16 (Slattery), exhibited her ability to take over a game this weekend. Ashley plays a very physical game for the Connecticut Shamrocks as a point guard or shooting guard. She has a great presence on the court and she is able to control the pace on the floor. Ashley usually pushes the ball using excellent ball control to move through defenders. She has no difficulty finding gaps in the paint and getting to the hoop to finish well contested layups.
Beyond her excellent ball handling, Ashley moves well without the ball and is able to set up her defenders as well as other teammates. Ashley crashes the boards each shot and uses her strength and physical ability to rip rebounds from players that outsize her. Her energy and hustle would be difficult to match.
The Mass Frenzy outlasted opponents by presenting them with tough defense and a consistent team offensive attack. Laura Ann Dinan and Tara Dooley use their quickness to pressure the guards on defense creating several steals and poor passing. They both have great ability to finish plays and can control the pace on the floor. The balanced offensive attack of the Frenzy is led by Sarah Whitestone and Kristen Ferola. The duo shoot extremely well from behind the arc and always follow to finish. They are great rebounders.
The Frenzy brought home wins this weekend with team play. They matched their opponents intensity on both ends of the court and force opponents to play true defense as all players are scoring threats.