Kennedy Defeats DePaul at the Basketball Needs New Jersey Showcase

Kennedy Defeats DePaul at the Basketball Needs New Jersey Showcase

Jimmirah Johnson from Kennedy HS during the press.

Coach Burgess teamed with The Dribble Drop to run an exciting showcase at JF Kennedy High School in Paterson, NJ. The tournament was titled Basketball Needs New Jersey and featured some of the top high school girls’ basketball teams. The tournament was open to college coaches to attend.

The first game of the day featured Kennedy High School (Paterson, the host school) and DePaul Catholic (Wayne, NJ). Kennedy won the close fought game, 51-47.

Kennedy, lead by Taneisha Gilbert, jumped to an early lead against DePaul. They led at the end of the first quarter 16-10. Gilbert did a great job of anticipating passes to earn steals and pushing to the basket. She finished with 22 points.

Deziah Gonzalez is able to maintain speed while artistically attacking the basket. She knows how to pump fake in the air to score around defenders. She also knows how to draw fouls and still finish. She had 23 points.

Kennedy led at the half-time 30-21.

Freshman for DePaul Kayla Gonzalez is good at reading the defense and distributing the ball. She can also be counted on for an outside shot. Kennedy’s Jimmirah Johnson is the definition of “can’t teach height!” She can get rebounds and finish moves over the heads of her opponents. She also has a tough drop step and turn and face. Johnson added 14 points.

At the end of the third Kennedy still had the lead, 43-36. DePaul made a nice run in the fourth quarter and trailed by only 1 point with just two minutes left. However, Kennedy made good decisions on transition to extend their lead back up.