The FBC Defenders participated in a well organized, well operated, college exposure event over Father’s Day weekend and got some very good looks from college coaches and scouts. Amanda Carney, Freshman Sensation, has just started her aau career with the Defenders but is turning heads like the legendary “Alexis Scott” did a few years back. Amanda is long, athletic, skilled, and completely unafraid when playing the game. Click Here to read what scouts are saying about this exciting young player…
All of lady basketball elite players, and teams ascended on the Greater Richmond County Convention Center for the annual phenomena that is, the Blue Chip Invitational. In their first contest, the FBC Defendes – (Stone) relied upon blistering red hot perimeter shooting performance in the first half led by Jackie (J-Rod) Rodriguez who connected on 5 triples on her way to a game high, 22 points performance. Signature swarming defense from the entire team, and timely contributions from Shaunna Randolph, and Elise Brown who each finished with 8 points, helped the Defenders create an unsurmountable deficit in the first half. The Defenders never looked back on their way to a 60-39 win.
After a 4 hour recess between games, the Defenders squared off against a feisty, Lehigh Valley Heat team that was able to match their trademark energetic play. The Defenders struggled to rebound on both ends of the floor, and relied too heavily on perimeter shooting, and eventually fell to the Heat. Jackie Rodriguez continued to lead the way with consistent scoring with 23 points. Ahsley Opitz scored 8, and Kyra Fox contributed with 7 points in a losing effort.
In the second day of competition, FBC Defenders (Stone) was matched with the sharp shooting, Lower Buck Lightning of Pennsylvania. In the early game with a 9:10 start. Paced by Morgan Mitchell and Ashley Opitz who led the team in scoring with 9 points each, the Defenders battled throughout the game but failed to win the rebounding contest, as the Lightning’s prowess on the offensive boards gave them more than double the Defenders’ opportunities. The Defenders fought back in the second half but, fell short losing 48 – 45. Amanda Carney showed offensive promise for the Defenders with a solid 7 points contribution.
In game 2, the Defenders met an experienced Warriors squad who struggled to score, and only managed 10 points in the first half. The Defenders continued to build on their 28-10 lead in the second half with scoring contributions from 10 of the 12 players on their roster. The Defenders enjoyed a comfortable lead throughout this contest with a balance scoring attack, and signature swarming defense. Shaunna Randolph led all scorers with 11 points, while Jackie Rodriguez scored 9, Amanda Carney had 5, Kadijah Matthews, Morgan Mitchell and Camille Duncan had 4.
Sunday, May 18, 2014
The Defenders (Coach Stone) split a pair of games at Player’s Choice in East Stroudsburg, PA on Sunday afternoon. In the first game, the Defenders used a balanced scoring attack, and their signature, trademark tenacious defense to keep the Lehigh Valley Outcast at bay. The Defenders used a breakout performance from freshman sensation, Amanda Carney, who scored 16 of her 19 points in the second half to quench Lehigh Valley’s comeback attempt. Kyra Fox contributed 9 points, and Evangela Morris poured in 8 points. Defenders win 56-48!
In the second game the Defenders squared off against the Keystone Karma, and failed to capitalize on Ahsley Opitz’ 13 points, 4 rebound performance. . A seemingly fatigued, Defenders squad failed to duplicate the defensive intensity they displayed in the first game of the day, and succumbed to several scoring droughts in the second half. Coach Stone was visibly upset with his team’s lack of defensive intensity, and failure to win on the offensive glass, and was speechless after the loss. No other Defenders scored more than 4 points in a forgettable performance.
Jackie Rodriguez, Sr., Sayreville High School
Sayreville’s go-to scorer poured in 71 3-pointers and averaged 19.4 points per night, all while doing the majority of the ball-handling and being the main focus of the opposition’s defense. Rodriguez finished her career with 1,147 points. Click Here To READ ARTICLE…
Postgame Press Conference
STEVENS POINT, Wis. — The FDU-Florham Devils are National Champions, after completing a perfect 33-0 season by defeating Whitman College 80-72 on Saturday night at the Quandt Fieldhouse.
Kyra Dayon (Trenton, N.J./Trenton) received Tournament MVP honors for her performance over the weekend and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by senior point guard Jalessa Lewis (Irvington, N.J./Mount St. Dominic). Lewis led the way for FDU-Florham with 21 points, six assists and four rebounds on the night.
The game began with a fast pace that set the tone for the entire first half. Whitman junior guard Heather Johns consistently pushed the ball up the floor for the Missionaries and they held an 11-4 lead five minutes into action. Johns led all scorers with 25 points and left it all on the floor for the Missionaries in defeat.
Kyra Dayon scored the Devils first 10 points of the game to keep FDU-Florham within striking distance. Kara Dayon (Trenton, N.J./Trenton) converted a layup off of an on-point outlet pass from Alyssa McDonough (Parlin, N.J./Sayreville) to cut the Missionaries lead to 15-12. Shortly after, Kyra Dayon capped a 12-5 scoring run by the Devils with a layup to knot the game up at 16-16. Dayon led all scorers at the break with 15 points on 5-for-9 from the floor. The junior drained a long three-pointer to give the Devils their first lead of the contest, 21-18 with 8:58 to play in the opening half.
However, the Missionaries responded and continued to push the tempo, which resulted in 20 points in the paint and a 33-32 lead at the break. Johns led the Missionaries with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists at intermission.
The second half started as a see-saw battle, Shalette Brown nailed a jumper but Traver countered with back-to-back three-pointers to give Whitman a 41-37 lead with 17:18 to play
A steal and a jumper by Johns gave Whitman 45-39 lead but Kyra Dayon retaliated with a trey to bring the Devils back within three points with 15:53 to go. After the media timeout, Coach Mitchell’s team executed to perfection, which led to a game-tying three-pointer by Leigh-Ann Lively (Bangor, Pa./Notre Dame).
Johns answered with another bucket to put the Missionaries in front 47-45, but Alyssa McDonough (Parlin, N.J./Sayreville) reclaimed the lead for the Devils by converting an and-one opportunity with 14:33 to play in regulation.
With 8:51 to play, Traver drilled another three-pointer to put the Missionaries back on top 59-57 but after a Whitman free-throw, Lively knocked down her own three-pointer to even the score at 60-60 with 8:03 remaining in the contest.
Kyra Dayon found Delisha Thompson (East Orange, N.J./East Orange Campus) for a back-door layup, which put the Devils ahead 64-62 with 6:24 to go. Two minutes later, Lewis gashed the Whitman defense for the basket and a foul, and after knocking down the free throw the Devils led 69-62.
The Devils held a 74-68 lead with 1:16 to play, when Lewis hit Groom for an easy layup, which built the FDU-Florham lead to eight. With 48 ticks to go, Lewis iced the game with two free throws to complete the historic season.
FDU-Florham is the first NCAA Women’s Basketball Champion in New Jersey history and the first team to claim a hoops championship in the state since 1996.
Read More About FDU-Florham’s Amazing Run To NCAA Division III Title by clicking here…
March 21, 2014
Tough enough: FDU advances past Jumbos
|Kyra Dayon carried the load for FDU-Florham which is the first Freedom Conference team to play for a women’s basketball national championship.
Photo by Steve Frommell, D3photography.com
FDU-Florham was held to its lowest offensive output of the season, but scratched together enough scoring to beat Tufts, 42-39 and advance to the national championship.
The Devils improved to 32-0 and will play the winner of Whitman and UW-Whitewater at 7 pm CT tomorrow.
In a game where both teams struggled to score, FDU-Florham put together the only run of the game, scoring on four consecutive possessions to build a 35-28 lead.
Tufts rallied back within two points and had four chances to tie or take the lead, but came away empty each time. After the last miss, Shalette Brown made a short jump shot for FDU-Florham to extend its lead to four.
Tufts’ Michaela North made one of two free throws to trim the Devils’ lead to 42-39, but the Jumbos did not score again. FDU-Florham had two chances to extend the lead from the free throw line and missed both shots. Tufts had one more chance to tie the game when Emma Roberson stole the FDU-Florham inbounds pass with 14 seconds left. After a timeout, the Jumbos could not get an open look and Hannah Foley missed an off balance desperation shot as time expired.March 21, 2014
MADISON, N.J. — In the summer of 2012, FDU-Florham head coach Marc Mitchell went to an AAU basketball game somewhere in New Jersey to watch a point guard he was recruiting, Alyssa McDonough. While he was watching McDonough, he noticed a forward named Shalette Brown. Mitchell asked Brown if she had plans for college, hoping she was a rising senior in high school, like McDonough.
Brown was a year ahead of McDonough in school and she was playing in her last AAU tournament. She told Mitchell that she had already committed to Montclair State. She had offers from some Division I and II schools, but picked Karin Harvey’s program. Brown explains, “They were the most consistent with calling, emailing and everything” during the recruiting process.
Congratulations To All Players! Teams are as follows…
16U Williams/Sessoms – Jada Atchison, Taylor Nelson, Gabraella Jones, Kendrea Williams, Yavonna Williams, Frankie Cherasaro, Wande Adeyemo, Tunde Adeyemo
Stone/Treadwell 16U - Jackie Rodriguez, Kadijah Mathews, Kyra Fox, Camille Duncan, Morgan Mitchell, Ashley Opitz, Evangela Morris, Elise Brown, Shauna Randolph, Amanda Carney, Ciara Tsannasen, Jayda Anderson, Sydney Bray
14U Williams/Lilenfeld – Imani Lue, Alexzandra Walker, Roshanna Lewis, Sierra Twomey, DreAsia Williams, Nikiyah Riddick, Baiylee Barnes, Charley Hay, Michelle Gutierrez
12U Herring/Fears – Mia Haskins, Zeniera James, Bianca Nakar, Mollie Brueggemeier, Inaya Thompson, Ivy Bethea, Tyla Fears, Nia Rosato, Leeyah Scott, Eliza Arocho