Day 1 at Lady Knights Holiday Showcase

Day 1 at Lady Knights Holiday Showcase

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Newark Tech at the Lady Knights Holiday Showcase

Kennedy High School in Paterson, NJ is hosting their annual Lady Knights Holiday Showcase this winter break. Some of the best teams in New Jersey are competing against each other over this three-day tournament.

The tournament opened with Immaculate Conception (Montclair) and Morristown High School. Morristown won 50-39. At the end of the first quarter Morristown led by two points, 13-11. In general, the Morristown team has great spacing and does a ton of cutting and passing. They pass at least 5 times before a shot and always find a way to get an open layup. Their senior starting point guard Elizabeth Strambi is a good leader who can find open teammates, but can also finish strong and creatively.

At the half-time Morristown led 26-23.

IC’s Amaya Santiago is great in transition. She can go up strong, finish, and draw fouls. Toni Renee Blanford is a tall post with a soft touch around the rim. She has great velocity and can pull down rebounds, but can also leap to receive high passes and finish.

The second game of the day was between Saddle River Day and Life Center Academy. Saddle River Day won 75-62.

Life Center’s Imani Lewis was a huge presence inside. She clears the board easily, has strong hands, and can finish and draw fouls. Everyone on Life Center is stellar from the foul line.

Shooting guard Sydney Watkins mixed it up inside by getting rebounds and put-backs.

At the half-time the game was tied 34-34.

Michelle Sidor finished with 31 points. Jenna Jordan followed her with 19 points. Jaida Patrick had to sit out in foul trouble for most of the game.

The third game of the day took place between Manasquan High School and Immaculate Conception (Lodi). Manasquan won 70-45.

The first half of the game was close. Manasquan led at the end of the first quarter 16-14.

IC’s Jariah Patterson went strong to the basket. She did a good job of cutting, has strong hands and can catch, and finished over much bigger defenders. She is also deadly from the outside.

IC’s Jordan McLemore finished with 13 points. She did a good job on defense of contesting shots and forcing players to their weak sides.

At the half-time Manasquan led 37-25. Dara Mabrey is a major gamer. She is the spark plug that gets her team moving. She has arguably the fastest first step in New Jersey. She flies past opponents and can use a variety of finishes around the rim. She is also great at setting up teammates for shots. She finished with 16 points and 6 assists.

Manasquan’s Faith Masonius is very strong inside. She can box out, jumps high for rebounds, and can score from anywhere in the paint. She has quick steps that seals out her defender and allows her open looks at the rim. She finished with 23 points. Lola Mullaney had 22 points. Lola Mullaney had 22 points, 5 of which came from the three-point line.

The last game of the night featured Kennedy High School and Newark Tech. Newark Tech won 51-26.

Newark Tech has a deep bench and is able to play 11-14 players. Each player knows her role and enters the game with effort and energy. They all work hard for rebounds and hound the ball for steals. Abbey Lawrence is a major player who never rests on a single possession. She finished with 14 points.

Kennedy’s Jimmirah Johnson got injured early on and had to sit out. Prior to this she was a doing a good job inside the paint of contesting shots and getting rebounds.