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Player’s Choice Basketball At the Beach Report 2014

Amanda Carney

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…


06 2014

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

Game 1 at Quaker City Challenge – Defenders 16U Handle Renegades With Ease

A few things were evident after watching the Defenders clash with the Renegades on Friday evening at Competitive Edge in King of Prussia.

Janaysia James does not like to share rebounds with others.

Morgan Mitchell and Kadijah Matthews are fast, very fast.

Alyssa McDonough is a beast.

Jackie Rodriguez is a scoring machine.

These are no longer disputable claims. These are facts..

The Defenders showed off their speed, athleticism, and experience against an opponent that seemed to be frustrated from the beginning.  The dynamic duo of McDonough and Rodriguez led the way in scoring but, that is only half the story.  The story here is that the Defenders are beginning to understand their strengths, and perfect their mojo.  Today’s win over the Renegades featured a balanced offensive attack, where six players scored at least six points, and a smothering defense that held a very sound Renegades squad to just 16 points in the first half.  Jackie Rodriguez continued her scoring ways, and led all scorers with 18 points.  McDonough finished with 12.  Kadijah Matthews and Janaysia James both scored 8 points, while Ashley Optiz and Morgan Mitchell each contributed 6 points.  The post game discussion with the team featured a Coach Stone admonishment to not lose focus, and to rest in preparation of Saturday and Sunday’s games.  Stay tuned for more Defenders highlights, and heroics…!


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

Defenders (Frederick) finish 4th overall in Gold Division!

Once again the FBC Defenders arrived at the Blue Chip US Invitational tournament as underdogs in their division. Typical of a Defenders program that has always done well in this event there were a few surprises this time around. The 16U Gold division included 2 Defenders teams with both looking to prove they belonged. Coach Frederick and his team quickly sent out a message to the division that there were there to compete for division title. As they stormed through their opponents they quickly became a hot topic among coaches. Who are these kids? Where did they come from? Over time they realized that these were the same kids from the previous year but with a another year of development (defenders trademark). Soon coaches were following this team’s every movement as they were 4-0 heading into their last two games! When all the dust settled Frederick was lead his team to a 4-2 record and 4th place overall in the division!

Coach Stone’s team came into the tournament with a team of guards and no one over six feet tall. College coaches were stopping by to see what was left after the departure of a highly talented senior class. Well all those who came to take a peek got quite a surprise. This defenders team showcased two extremely talented point guards along with a group of outstanding shooters. Opposing coaches could be heard throughout each contest screaming to their players, ‘every kid is a shooter so don’t leave her’. When the dust settled on this team they managed to finish 3-3 against competition that always featured bigger teams with more players! In every game they played the 3 games that the team lost were all hotly contested until late second half. College coaches seemed impressed and several coaches attended every game the team played…so we shall see how much interest results from the team’s performance.

The final defenders team performing in the tournament was coach Williams’ 14U team. This team made some lasting impressions on coaches as they battled competitively against mostly 15U teams. Several players used this tournament as their coming out party and got themselves on the college coaching radar. The team finished one game with only 3 players on the floor and still almost pulled out the win. The FBC Defenders is a proud program and this team represented the program extremely well.

Player rosters and stats for tournaments and games are posted on the defenders website,, so family and fans can follow their favorite team.



07 2012