Nutmeg Games Recap
August 9th, 2010
Southbury U-15 team wins Nutmeg Gold.
A great group of players from around the state recently won the Gold during the Nutmeg State Games which were held last week at New Britain, CT. Ashley Perez and Haili Welton helped lead their team to gold as they finished 5-0 in the tournament. The team included a strong group from Holy Cross High School, Ang Ariola, Danielle Dorsett and Amy Stafford who should help Cross contend for another NVL title. Dorsett is an outstanding athlete
who finishes strong at the basket, plays excellent defense and should be a major player to contend with in the coming years. Ariola, a starter from last year for the Crusaders was tenacious on defense and attacked the basket well in the open court. She was adept at drawing fouls and hit clutch free throws throughout.
Fellow NVL standout, 6' 2" Christina Cretalla from Seymour showed why she is getting plenty of interest from schools in the northeast as she played a sound all-around game. She has a nice perimeter touch for a player her size and can not be left unguarded. Ridgefield's Lauren Eckstrom played a great in your face defense throughout and
harassed opposing players into numerous turnovers which were often converted to easy baskets. In the semi-finals, she had several key passes leading to easy baskets down the stretch to seal the game. She will be a surprise player in the coming season for Ridgefield. Maggie O'Neil from Woodbury (Taft) proved why she may be one of the top incoming super soph's in the state as she demonstrated a solid all-around game making three's and attacking the rim.
Another soph, Amy Stafford played fantastic defense and knocked down some big threes. Jane Thompson showed why she will be New Milford's top threat this year as she played a complete game on the boards, passing, and making some big threes. She may be one of the surprise sleepers in the Southwest Conference this year. Ashley Perez once again demonstrated why she is not only one of the top juniors in the state, but perhaps the top player overall in Connecticut. Her 3 point range is tremendous as is her laser, pin point passes which you have to
see to believe. She is upper level D1 prospect who will once again lead Manchester in the coming year. Finally, Haili Welton proved her worth at point, especially in championship game where she had numerous assists getting the ball where it needed to be at the right time, with no turnovers. She also played great defense and scored in transition. As the only returning starter for Pomperaug this year, she will be counted on to provide much
needed leadership and more of a scoring punch.