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Alyssa McDonough Earns GymRat Challenge 16U Honorable Mention !

Special shout out to Alyssa McDonough for earning honorable mention at the GymRat Challenge, solidifying herself as a force to be reckoned with, amongst some of the nation’s best lady basketball players.  Alyssa, we are all so proud of your play, and leadership, on and off the court!


06 2012

Strong Gym Rat Challenge Showing for 16U Coach Stone Despite Losses

Without one player over six feet tall.  With a roster of just six players, and one of them a soon to be sophomore, the Defenders 16U – Coach Stone managed to challenge and compete like true “Soldiers” at the Gym Rat Challenge this past weekend in Albany, NY.  All three games were decided in the final minutes, and were hotly contested battles.

The early game on Saturday showcased the Defenders vs. Westchester Hoopers.  The Defenders played the first half of the game with just five players, Alyssa McDonaugh, Jackie Rodriguez, Ashley Pina, Ariel Donza, and Kyra Fox before  Nicole Burns showed up to lend a hand during the start of the second half.  At Halftime, the Defenders defensive effort was evident on the scoreboard, with the score tied 27-27.  Eventually, the Hoopers would outlast the Defenders by pulling away in the final five minutes to win 44-37.  Alyssa McDonaugh led all Defenders with 14 points, and eight rebounds, while Ashley Pina scored 12 points, with five rebounds.

The later game on Saturday saw Jamestown Elite match their taller, 13 player roster against the smaller, but feisty Defenders.   The Defenders refused to hang their heads, or give in to thoughts of defeat simply because they were outnumbered, and outsized.  After trailing 31-19 at the half, the Defenders went on a 13 – 4 run, sparked by heads up defensive play from Nicole Burns, and the scorching hot shooting of Jackie Rodriguez who finished with 17 points, and Alyssa McDonaugh who led all Defenders, finished with 18 points.  In the final moments of play  Jamestown Elite’s size and depth began to weigh heavy on the Defenders who fell to Jamestown Elite 58-42.

The final game of Gym Rat Challenge showcased the Defenders against Next Level.  Coffee clutching parents, and onlookers cheered, to encourage their team to summon the energy for an early Sunday morning win.  As the first half of play was winding down, with Next Level leading 21-18, one of the referees made a controversial call, blowing his whistle to stop play in the middle of a Defenders fast break, for an injured Next Level player who was suffering from a nose bleed due to an accidental “run in” with an elbow.  What made the call difficult to understand, is the injured player was behind the play, and still under the other basket, and the Defenders were just a few feet away from the basket.  Coach Stone wasn’t the only one miffed by the call, and the timing of the whistle as many of the onlookers shook their heads in either shock or amazement.  The second half of play saw several lead changes, and tied scores, before Ashley Pina, and Alyssa McDonaugh fouled out leaving just four Defenders on the floor to finish the game from the 1:34 mark.  The Defenders continued to show heart, and exude determination, as Jackie Rodriguez drained a crucial 3 pointer with four seconds left to play that put the Defenders on the verge of securing their first victory at the Challenge.  History would prove to have other plans for the Defenders’ hopes, as the Next Level team was able to knock down a desperation 3 pointer at the end of regulation with no time left on the clock that sealed the victory, and confirmed defeat for the Defenders 45-44.  Alyssa McDonaugh finished with 13 points, and eight rebounds, Jackie Rodriguez scored 13 points, and six rebounds, and Ashley Pina rounded out the most productive Defenders with 8 points, and six rebounds.

The entire Defenders organization should be very proud of how Coach Stone’s 16U team represented hard work, dedication, and perserverance during the Gym Rat Challenge.  One can only wonder how different things would’ve turned out for the Defenders if they were able to travel, and play with their full roster of players.


06 2012

FBC Defenders(Stone) Have Strong Showing at the 2010 GymRat Challenge

FBC Defenders(Stone) team had a strong showing at the 2010 GymRat Challenge at Sienna College, Albany on Saturday June 19th.  The team secured 2 wins, but lost their third match-up in a dramatic battle againtst Ring City City Elite.

Game 1 – 1:25 PM vs Saratoga Sparks

Both teams seemed to get off to a sluggish start in the early minutes of this game, with the Defenders suffering from a lack of rebounding at both ends of the floor.  Things started to get moving when Janissa got a 2 from outside to make the score 2-5.  Shalette grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back up for another bucket.  This was followed by a turnaround jumper by Tia, to put us in the lead 6 – 5.  The score stayed close, as Walker hit a three to tie it at 12-12, then a 2 to tie again at 14-14.  The turnaround seemed to come after a strong defensive effort resulted in a 5 second  call on an inbound play.  With two 3-pointers from Janissa, and another from Ashanti, we ended the half ahead 25 – 17.  The second half got off to a good start with Walker contributing offensively with a basket, then defensively with a monster block that was “all ball”.  Janissa hit for 3 to bring the score to 30-21.  We had a long scoring drought after that, allowing the Sparks to get a little too close at 32-30.  Walker then hit a long three to give us some breathing room at 35-30, followed by Shalette grabbing an offensive rebound and getting a basket.  Ashante took off on a fast break, put up  a shot, with Janissa trailing and cleaning up for 2.   We finished with a final score of 39-35!

High Rebounder – Walker with 5. High Scorer – Janissa with 14. High Assists – Ashanti with 3. High Blocked Shots – Shalette with 3.

Game 2 – 5:45 PM vs Bay State Demons

We had another competitive game against the Bay State Demons for our 2nd matchup of the day.  Walker started us off with a 3-pointer to put us ahead 3-0.   Shari hit a pull-up jumper, followed by another 3 from Walker bringing us to 8-5.   The offensive contributions were spread around, with a Aliyah contributing a 2 from under the basket, and a jumper from Tia at the foul line which took us to 14-9.  Never content to work from a lead, we let the Demons back in the game as they came back to take the lead 14-17.  Shari put up a 3 to tie us up, then had a steal which she threw ahead to Shalette, who used an impressive spin move in the lane and took it to the hole for 2, putting us ahead by 19-17.  Ashante tipped the ball away for a steal, drove to the basket and was fouled.  We closed the first half out 24-19 after Aliyah muscled up under the basket to get a bucket.  The second half was neck and neck, giving the spectators some nail-biting moments in the stands.  We managed to get enough offensive contributions from different players to pull out a 44-41 win.

High Rebounder – Erika with 5.  High Assists – Shari with 4. High Blocked Shots – Shalette with 1.

Game 3 – 9:00 PM vs Ring City Elite

Ring City got started with an 0-4 lead, in what would become a close battle all game long.  Aliyah got us started, making 1 of 2 from the charity stripe, followed by a 3 from Shari to tie us up at 4-4.  Walker was fouled driving to the basket, then made 2 of 2 to give a a 6-4 lead.  Aliyah contributed with a 2, followed by a give and go between Shari and Shalette, “n” 1 bringing us to 13-13.    Ring City got the lead up to 13-19, but we battled back as  Walker drove through traffic for 2, and Shari passed off to Tia in the lane, who made the shot to bring up to 17-19.  Ring City extended their lead to 17-23 with just 2:29 to go in the half, when Ashante hit for 3, and Walker made 2 foul shots to close out the half just down 1 point at 22-23.  The second half started off with Janissa making a 3 to put us ahead 25-23.  Ring City kept up their offensive pressure and the game stayed close.  Defenders started raining 3’s with Ashanti, Janissa, Erica, and Walker all making shots from outside the arc. but Ring City was able to answer with shots of their own.  They started to pull ahead, and with the Defenders purposely fouling in the waning minutes, the final score was 41-52.   It was a hard fought game with 2 good teams!

High Rebounder – Tia with 6. High Scorer – Janissa with 14. High Assists – Walker and Janissa with 2. High Blocked Shots – Shalette with 1.

It was an enjoyable tournament, with the added fun of a team dinner at “Smokey Bones” – thanks Defenders!  A special shout-out for the added family support from Aunt Christina (Walker Family) and numerous Parris family members who came to cheer us on!  The team extends Happy Father’s Day Wishes to all the dads, and grandads  in the program!


06 2010

GymRat Challenge Schedule Posted

The GymRat Challenge tournament information, schedule, directions, admission, etc has been released. Check the games calendar under schedule of games for a list of FBC Defenders game times. For more information on the tournament go to  GymRatChallenge Website


06 2010

Lytle Earns Honorable Mention @ 2009 GymRatChallenge!

Congratulations to Jasmine Lytle for her honorable mention selection to  the 2009 GymRatChallenge 16U All GymRat Team. To read the entire press release go to


06 2009