On Saturday afternoon at Reading Memorial High School roughly 50 underclassmen hoping to someday play basketball at the collegiate level took part in the 2012 NE Starz Girls Spring Exposure Classic. Players included some of the top freshmen, sophomores and juniors from both New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
The event was run by Ricky Oliver (coaches Nashua North girls and NE Lady Panthers AAU) and Scott Hazelton (coaches Bishop Guertin girls and NH Rivals AAU). It consisted of an hour of skill work stations followed by 2 hours of full court games. Here's a look at who stood out for NH players at the event.
Jamie Sherburne, 5'6", Bishop Guertin (2014) - It was just two weeks ago when Sherburne helped lead BG to the D-I state title. Well at this event she picked up right where she left off. She was the best player in the gym during the dribbling drills and in game action she made a number of high level plays. Sherburne simply plays the game at a faster speed than most and she always looks to push the tempo. She hit pull-up jumpers and made some nifty dishes on the break. She also blew by her defender off the dribble and made some nice drives and finishes inside. Sherurne plays the game hard and she makes her teammates better.
Dina Pitsas, 5'9", Milford HS (2013) - Pitsas has flown under the radar over the last couple years, playing for a very young Milford team that has struggled to win games. But there is no question that she is one of the state's top players. Pitsas is a versatile wing player who can play inside or out and can defend all 5 positions on the floor. She has a very good all-around game, as she can slash to the rim, hit the 18-foot jumper and can also rebound, pass and defend. Pitsas has great instincts on the court and while some people say there's no defenses at showcases she silenced those people by stepping in and drawing a charge (but for some reason didn't get the call!).
Sandi Purcell, 5'2", Alvirne HS (2014) - Purcell is a lightning quick point guard who looked to push the ball up the floor, keeping her head up while doing so and finding the open teammate. Purcell also hit jumpers in rhythm from all over the floor and hustled back on defense to block a pass while defending the 2-on-1 break and stop the transition opportunity.
Kayla Stacy, 5'5", Pinkerton Academy (2014) - Stacy hit shots of the catch and the dribble. She was also effective in transition, as she led and finished on the break. Stacy is a point guard who can score with a variety of dribble drive moves or by hitting the outside shot and she also sets her teammates up for looks.
Gigi Piercy, 5'7", Bishop Guertin (2014) - Piercy had a breakout season this year for BG and just keeps on getting better. She played great on the ball defense and showed an improved outside jump shot. She pressured the basketball defensively, made some strong drives to the rim and finishes and played as hard as anyone in the gym.
Megan Kerutis, 5'5", Bishop Guertin (2015) - There's no question Kerutis is one of the state's top freshman, and she showed why that is the case once again at this event. Toughness is the best word to describe her game, as Kerutis is both physically and mentally tough. She doesn't back down from anybody, went hard to the rim and also impressed during dribbling drills.
Veronica Moceri, 5'7", Alvirne HS (2014) - Moceri had some nice dribble drive moves and finishes during 1 v 1 drills, and during games the wing player went to the rim strong, looking for her shot but not forcing anything.
Ellie Flaum, 5'5", Hollis-Brookline HS (2013) - Flaum saw limited minutes this winter at Hollis, but with all 5 starters graduating she will be needed to take on a much bigger role next season. On Saturday she showed she's capable of doing just that, going toe-to-toe with players like Purcell, Stacy and Sherburne during drills and games. Flaum didn't back down one bit, displaying good quickness, a solid handle and a solid shooting stroke.