Defenders – Coach Stone 16U Reign Supreme at Battle of Baltimore

The Defenders played 5 games in three days and emerged victorious, with a first place finish, and an overall record of 4-1. Here’s the individual game breakdowns of what you missed by not being there.

Defenders vs. Blue Thunder of Pennsylvania

Shalette Brown, and Marisa McCabe provided leadership, and experience for the Defenders in their first contest of the tournament against Blue Thunder, with solid efforts at both end of the court scoring 14 & 10 points respectively. The Defenders used a suffocating defensive presence led by Kyra Fox & Luv Hooks in the second half, and sharp perimeter shooting from Junior guards Jackie Rodriguez, who connected on three 3 pointers on her way to 13 points, Ashley Pina who scored 9 points, and rising senior Alyssa McDonough who managed 8 points. Defenders 55, Blue Thunder 38.

Defenders vs. Crystal City Stars

In their second contest of the tournament, The Defenders squared off against a team that boasted taller players at every position. Both teams started off slow.., real slow. Both coaches folded their arms, and unfolded their arms repeatedly, and shook their heads in frustration as they watched their teams play the first 7 minutes, with only scoring a whopping total of six points. Defenders led 4-2. By halftime both teams began to find their legs, and the ability to score, and Crystal City led 18-15. At one point in the second half the Defenders trailed by 10 points, and seemed on the verge of suffering a lopsided defeat, when suddenly.. Jackie Rodriguez hit her second 3 pointer of the second half bringing the Defenders within 7 points. Marissa McCabe, Nicole Burns, Luv Hooks, and Shalette Brown provided timely baskets that pulled the Defenders to within 2 points in the waning moments of regulation. And then the real contest began!
Trailing 50-47 with 1.7 seconds remaining, Jackie Rodriguez was fouled attempting a three pointer that would’ve forced overtime, and went to the free throw line with .03 seconds to shoot 3 free throws, and force overtime. After making the first two free throws, Crystal City’s coach tried calling a timeout to give Jackie Rodriguez some time to think about the last free throw. After the timeout, Rodriguez hit the last free throw to force overtime.

More heroics ensued in the overtime period, but the Defenders eventually succumbed to Crystal City Stars, 58-55. Rodriguez finished with 15 points, Luv Hooks scored 9, and Shalette Brown scored 8 points. Stay tuned for more lady basketball excitement with more game summaries to come..

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