Monday, April 25, 2011

North vs. South Clash - Girls Seniors Game Recap

The first 2 girls games in the North vs. South Clash were close, hard fought battles. Team South won both of them, but they were very competitive and fun to watch. The seniors game was not nearly as close, as the south team won it easily. There was a good amount of talent on display. Now even though this was the seniors game, the story of the game was the play of the 4 freshman on Team South.

Here are the game's video highlights, plus the game recap and player evaluations.

Game Recap
Team South won it 64-21. There was some freshmen, sophomores and juniors who got a chance to 'play up' in this game. The south team had 4 freshmen and still won it by 40. That's because they were not your typical freshmen, and were not in over their heads at all playing against the seniors.

It was a good chance for a pair of Stonehill College recruits to get some court time together as teammates. Deanna Purcell and Ashley Gendron are both headed off to play at Division II Stonehill College in the fall. Both played very well, and along with the play of 4 freshman it was an easy win for the south.

Player Evaluations

Standout Players

Deanna Purcell, Alvirne HS (2011)
"DJ" had a nice game, finishing with a game-high 17 points to lead Team South to the win. She was hitting outside shots from the outside, finishing on the break and looked for her shot all game. She was also unselfish, finding the open teammate and pushing the ball on break, tallying 4 assists.

Ashley Gendron, Manchester Memorial HS (2011)
Gendron also played very well in this game, showing a good inside-outside game. She played the game at a fast pace, and when she went to the basket the North team had some serious trouble from stopping her from scoring. She has the strength and scoring ability to really give opponents some match-up problems.

Other Strong Performers

Jamie Boyatsis, Dover HS (2011)
The game's most dominant big, Boyatsis continued to be a tough, hard nosed inside player who plays hard and with a purpose. She was very good on the boards, tallying 9 boards along with 8 points. Boyatsis will continue her basketball career at Keene State College, where she will play at the same school at her older brother John Boyatsis.

Sandi Purcell, Alvirne HS (2014)
Purcell once again showed why she is one of the top 5 freshmen in NH, showing a well-rounded game and playing at a level that is beyond her years. She grew up playing against her 2 older sisters (1 playing at River, 1 headed to Stonehill) and you can tell by watching Sandi play. She is a very quick player who played tough defense, hit shots and showed a high basketball I.Q.

Rachel Collins, Bedford HS (2014)
Collins had a very nice game, getting out on the break and finishing on run-outs not once but 4 times late in the 1st half. Team North wasn't getting back on defense, and Collins made them pay. She also showed range on her outside shot, a good handle and played tough defense. There's nothing flashy about her game, but Collins is a winner.

Emilee Marro, Trinity HS (2011)
Marro ran the point for much of the game for Team South, and while she is very capable of scoring the basketball she did a nice job in this game of distributing it to her talented teammates in this game. Marro knows how to run an offense and was clearly one of the better guards in this game.

Angie Michalski, Inter-Lakes HS (2011)
Michalski had over half of the points for Team North. She is a versatile player who also has a good inside-outside game. At 5'11", Michalski was able to put the ball on the floor and go to the rim, show an outside shot and rebound effectively as well. Michalski is headed to play her college ball at Merrimack College.

Ali Glennon, Bedford HS (2014)
Glennon is now 5'11", has the skill set of a 2 guard and is only a freshman. She had a strong showing at this event. She led the break, finished on the break and played both in the paint and on the perimeter.

Emma Rosen, Hanover HS (2011)
There weren't many highlights in this game for Team North, but Rosen definitely made the team's best play. In the 1st half she made a terrific drive to the basket and finish with the left hand. Rosen is a good wing player with a scorer's mentality, and she also moved well without the basketball.

Other Notables

Kayla Stacy, Manchester Memorial HS (2014)
Another one of the talented freshmen on Team South, Stacy might not have gotten a ton of playing time on the Memorial varsity this winter but she has clearly been working on her game. She showed good toughness, a good handle, she played scrappy and played to win. Stacy more than held her own out there with the older players.

Sydney Robertson, Prospect Mountain HS (2011)
Not many from southern NH probably know about Robertson, but she's an intriguing player. She is 6'1", ran the floor well and showed a soft shooting touch from 15 feet and in.

Harley Smith, Hopkinton HS
Smith is a point guard who played hard and distributed the basketball effectively to her teammates. Even when Team North went down by 20+ points, she just kept playing hard and competing out there, showing a good handle as well.

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