The No Boyz Allowed League had four exciting games in their second round of the play-offs last night, September 29, 2015, at the Miller Center in Elizabeth, NJ.
The night opened with 5th seeded The Karpell Effect (Saint John Vianney High School) playing against 4th seeded Locked and Lodied (Immaculate Conception High School). The Karpell Effect defeated Locked and Lodied 44-33, but it is hard to consider this an upset. Saint John Vianney is a powerhouse NJSIAA Non-Public A team whereas Locked and Lodied is an NJSIAA Non-Public B team. Neither team was able to score for the first five minutes of the game. Both teams had a few open looks at the basket, but were unable to lock-in with scoring. Locked and Lodied made the adjustment by attacking the seams of The Karpell Effect zone. With 15 minutes remaining they led 10-4. At the 10 minute mark the score was 13-4. The Karpell Effect utilized screening on the wings to earn open looks at the basket and began to chip away at the lead. With 5 minutes remaining the score was 16-13, Locked and Lodied still in the lead. At the half-time Locked and Lodied was up by one, 18-17. Locked and Lodied did a great job of sharing the ball and playing strong team basketball. Immaculate Conception’s Jasmine Gee, Autumn Webster, Breyenne Bellerand, Khay’la Latimer, Jordan McLemore, and Jaayden Lafontant did a good job passing the ball and patiently looking for open shots. Early in the second half The Karpell Effect earned the lead through strong outside shooting. It continued to be 4 point game until the last 8 minutes when the Karpell Effect hit a three, extending their lead to 7. With 4 minutes remaining the Karpell Effect went into a a delay, forcing Locked and Lodied to foul to stop the clock. Saint John Vianney’s Kelly Campbell is a tremendous point guard. She not only exerts extremely energy running the point and scoring, but she is also the strongest defender on the team. She eagerly takes on playing the other team’s best player and can match up with that player full court.
The second game featured the 7th seeded Trained To Go (The Patrick School) against the 2nd seeded Jewel’z of Gladstone (Gill Saint Bernard). The Jewel’z of Gladstone won 30-26. Trained To Go started the game firing strong. They earned steals, looked to fast break, and attacked the basket aggressively. At the half-time they led 15-12. In the second half the Jewel’z of Gladstone stayed in the game with some long range shots. With 7:48 remaining they hit a 3 to earn the led, 23-22. From there they secured the lead and used the clock to win the game. Gill Saint Bernard’s Samantha Kramer is a great point guard. She controls the floor and knows when to pass and when to shoot. The Patrick School has a lot of great players and will be a major force this winter. Quadasha Hoppie and freshman Kelina Menard play great together.
The third game was played between 1st seeded Lady Soldier’z (Bishop Loughlin from New York) and 8th seeded the Big Cat’z (Staten Island Academy). Lady Soldier’z won 47-38. The Lady Soldierz jumped to an easy 6-0 lead to start the game. The Big Cat’z tied up the game 9-9 at the 10 minute mark. Both teams worked to attack the basket and draw fouls. With 4 minutes remaining the score was 13-13. Mimi Reid scored right before the half to earn the lead for the Lady Soldier’z, 20-17. To start the half the Lady Soldierz scored right away, but the Big Cat’z came right back to shorten the lead, 26-23. After extending the lead 34-29, the Lady Soldier’z controlled the ball for the remainder of the game. The Big Cat’z fouled them at the end, which enabled the Lady Soldier’z to extend their lead from the foul line.
The last game of the night took place between the 3rd seeded Diamond Girlz (Rutgers Prep) and the 6th seeded The Warrior’z (Franklin High School). Diamond Girlz won 33-29. Both teams are strong, aggressive, and fast. Anyone who watches New Jersey AAU basketball probably knows Coaches Choice Team Miller’s 6 foot Diamond Miller. Now, as a freshman at Franklin High School, Miller is dominating on the court. She has great fundamentals and strong basketball IQ. Rutgers Prep has depth and can sub freely.
All semi-final games, the championship, and the all-star game will take place on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at Miller Center in Elizabeth, NJ.