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Amanda Carney, Class of 2017, Highlight Video with 3 yr stats included!

Coaches, if you are looking for a kid that can help you win games then here she is. Amanda Carney is a rising senior, class of 2017, guard with college level shooting range and an extremely high basketball IQ. She has been a major contributor on her high school (Old Bridge High School) and AAU team (FBC Defenders) since freshman year! Her skill set enables her to control and impact games in a number of ways from scoring to creating to defending. Don’t take my word for it just check out the highlight video and them come to any Blue Chip Basketball college exposure event at Spooky Nook Sports in PA and see for yourself!

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06 2016

FBC Defenders @ PreSeason Challenge Tournament Richmond, VA

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.


06 2014

Defenders 16U Split A Pair Of Games Saturday at Quaker City Challenge

Game 1 – SJ Blitz

The Defenders benefitted from a 10 woman rotation, and senior leadership to maintain a double digit lead throughout the first game of the evening against the South Jersey Blitz. The Defenders got points from 7 players, and Jackie Rodriguez led the way with 27 points, fueled by an astounding, 7 three pointers! Brittany Vick contributed 10 points, and was the only other player in double digits. SJ Blitz tried mounting a comeback but, were met with pinpoint perimeter precision at every run. Ashley Opitz and Morgan Mitchell turned in another stellar defensive effort, featuring timely rebounds, blocked shots, steals, and forced turnovers.

Game 2 – JB Hoops

In the late game of the day, the Defenders faced off against a spirited opponent in the JB Hoops team. Hoops jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, and the Defenders found themselves in a position of having to battle their way back into the contest. The Defenders responded with their trademark defense, and 4 Jackie Rodriguez three pointers in a row, to take the lead 14-12, at the 8:00 mark. Both teams exchanged baskets, and several lead changes until a Kyra Fox 3 point play, an Ashley Optiz 3 pointer, and a J-Rod basket gave the Defenders 31-25 lead at the half.

In the second half, Defenders found their lead slipping as JB Hoops started earning trips to the free throw line. Defenders held the lead until the 6:00 mark, when the score was tied, and JB Hoops sank a 3 pointer. Defenders trailed for the first time in second half 47-42. The final minutes of play did not disappoint, as every possession became crucial.  The Defenders found themselves on the wrong end of several foul calls, missed shots, and loose ball opportunities.  The Defenders fall 54-50 in disappointing loss.


07 2013

FBC Defenders (16U) 2-0, So Far at Blue Chip’s Battle of Baltimore

Game 1 – Defenders Handle Winston-Salem Stealers in Early Play

FBC Defenders 16U rolled in to Baltimore with a roster of 7 feisty, battle tested lady ballers, and quickly asserted themselves as a team to be reckoned with, regardless of their lack of size in the middle. Behind the leadership of their “almost-famous” dynamic duo of Jackie “J-Rod” Rodriguez, and Alyssa McDonough, the Defenders out-hustled, out-rebounded, and out-scored a very organized, and bigger Winston-Salem Stealers club.  J-Rod amazed the crowd with a blistering hot hand from behind the arc, and finished with six, 3 pointers, on her way to a 27 point performance. The Defenders’ 9 point, halftime lead was challenged in the opening moments, of the second half when the Stealers made 2, 3 pointers back to back. Coach Stoned relied upon the leadership of Alyssa McDonough, to control the tempo of the game, and break down the Stealers defense with her penetration dribble. McDonough finished with 25 points, while Ashley Opitz, Kadijah Matthews, and Kyra Fox, (who returned from a 3 week hiatus) contributed to the points total. Defenders win the first game 59-51.

Game 2 – Defenders Rally to Subdue NEPA Flames after a shaky start

Riddled with missed shots, turnovers, and a lack of rebounds, the Defenders were able to regain their composure, and rallied to subdue the NEPA Flames.  Following a forgettable first half performance, the Defenders trailed 26-15, at the half.   Coach Stone used the intermission to remind his team of their true identity.  “WE ARE THE DEFENDERS!!  WE DEFEND!”  Alyssa McDonough was the first to respond to the wake up call, and led by example as the Defenders began to drive the ball to the basket instead of settling for jump shots that weren’t falling.  Morgan Mitchell and Kyra Fox stepped up on defense to challenge shots, and fill passing lanes, while Jackie Rodriguez, Ashley Optiz, and Kadijah Matthews got involved and followed suit using their speed, and ball handling skills to drive to the basket, and went to the line repeatedly. The Defenders chipped away at the lead with free throws until Alyssa McDonough caught fire, and erupted in the second half for 29 points. The Flames had no answers for McDonough’s prowess, and the Defenders hustle. The Defenders regained the lead, and held on for an electrifying, come from behind win. Alyssa McDonough led all scorers with 34 points, Jackie Rodriguez finished with 10, Kadijah Matthews scored 8, and Ashley Opitz scored 7. Defenders are now 2-0, and looking to capitalize on their momentum going into the second day of play at the Battle of Baltimore. Stay tuned!


07 2013

Defenders 16U Crash the Party at Blue Chip PreSeason Challenge – Richmond, Va.

1st game on Friday

FBC Defenders braved hours  long traffic jams, and the scheduling cruelty of  three out of five early morning games, to leave their defensive signature stamped on this all important Preseason Challenge.  Anchored by program mainstays, and energized by several sophomore newcomers, the Defenders returned home with an impressive 4-1 record overall.

Defenders endured the business traveler’s red eye equivalent in the 8am tip off on Friday morning, against the hometown team Virginia Explosion.  Defenders struck first with an 8-1 run fueled by Jackie Rodriguez, aka J-Rod. However the next minute and 4 seconds belonged to the Explosion’s 7-0 run to knot the score up at 8-8.  Defenders responded with 2, 3 point field goals from Kadijah Mathews & Morgan Mitchell but, their lead would be brief.  Both teams battled through several lead changes throughout the first half, and the Defenders trailed by one point at the half, 29-28.  The second half saw more of the same with the Defenders ending up on the wrong side of several lead changes, to fall in the red-eye 51-46.  Jackie Rodriguez led all Defenders with 15 points, while Kadijah Mathews and Kyra Fox both finished with 8 points.

2nd game on Friday..

Defenders faced The Blackhawks of Lebanon, Pennsylvania.  Defenders jumped out to an early lead, 17-12.  In a gutsy move, Coach Stone replaced the starting five with the more energetic, sophomore dominated line-up of reserves, who unleashed their own scoring assault on the Blackhawks led by Morgan Mitchell, Camille Duncan & Brianna Carr.  Defenders led by ten, 33-23 at the half.  In the second half, the Blackhawks began to force the issue with their own offensive assault but, the Defenders responded with timely baskets from Kadijah Mathews, Alyssa McDonough, & Kyra Fox before Jackie “J-Rod” Rodriguez erupted for 12 points in 4 minutes, with 4 consecutive, crowd astounding, 3 pointers!  Rodriguez led all Defenders with 17, Alyssa McDonough scored 14, Kadijah Mathews finished with 6, while Brianna Carr and Kyra Fox each finished with 5 points.  Defenders win big, 61-47.If

 3rd game of the tournament.. 9:10am on Saturday

Defenders faced the equally athletic, but bigger opponent in the Maryland Lady Tigers of Baltimore.  Coach Stone sat the more experienced starters most of the game, in favor of the more energetic sensational sophomores, Morgan Mitchell, Camille Duncan, Brianna Carr, Sydney Bray, and Ashley Opitz, who appeared to shock the bigger, Lady Tigers with their relentless energy, and tenacious defense.  The Lady Tigers tried to respond to the smaller, scrappier sophomore laden line up with brute force, but were surprisingly turned back, with equal aggression.  Led by the feisty, energetic guard play of Morgan Mitchell, and Sydney Bray the Defenders battled the Lady Tigers throughout the second half, until the final moments when Coach Stone pegged the veteran leadership of Alyssa McDonough to pace the Defenders, and control the offense in the final moments to hold on to defeat the Lady Tigers.  Alyssa McDonough finished with 11, Morgan Mitchell scored 6, while Camille Duncan rounded out the scoring with 5 points.  Defenders win a thriller, 38-34.

4th game – Saturday evening.

On Saturday evening, the Defenders returned to the Richmond Convention Center to face NYC Heat at 7pm.  After a series of private team meetings behind closed doors, throughout the day, to settle chemistry issues the Defenders showed off their newly acquired chemistry and camaraderie to defeat the pesky NYC Heat who battled back from several leads throughout the contest.  The Sayreville High School teammates, and life long friends, Jackie Rodriguez and Alyssa McDonough combined for 37 points to boost the Defenders record to 3-1, for the tournament.  McDonough led all scorers with 22 points, while Rodriguez poured in 15, with another 4, 3 point field goals performance.  Ariel Donza, and Kadijah Mathews each contributed 6 points.  Defenders roll, 57-47.

Final game on Sunday morning.

FBC Defenders face off against the Connecticut Starters.  Defenders woke to another early morning game against another feisty opponent in the Starters. In the beginning moments, McDonough’s drive to the basket, and Rodriguez’ 3 point field goal set the tone, as the Defenders fought off the Starters in a contentious battle that featured two lead changes, and frantic defense that resulted in several turnovers benefiting the Defenders.  Defenders led at the half, 27-19.

In the second half, the Starters came out swinging, and closed the gap 29-24, before Coach Stone sent his starting line up back into the game.   Alyssa McDonough asserted herself as the literal driving force as several layups led to trips to the foul line.  The Starters continued to fight back, and answered every Defenders score, with one of their own.  With the Defenders leading 33-30, with roughly ten minutes remaining in the contest, Kyra Fox sinks a 3 pointer, from the right wing.  Still the Starters fought on.  With less than six minutes remaining, the Starters tied the game at 38,  Kadijah Mathews scores on a drive to the basket, and McDonough scored to give the Defenders the lead 42-38.   The Defenders never looked back.  Relying upon their signature, tenacious defense, the Defenders came up with 2 stops, and 2 turnovers, and used McDonough to close with several drives to the basket, resulting in consecutive trips to the line.  McDonough leads all scorers with 18, followed by Rodriguez with 12, and Mathews with 7 points, and Ashley Opitz contributed 5 points.  Defenders win, 52-47.  Finishing the tournament with a 4-1 record.  Now, it’s on the next one..!






04 2013