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Girls: Rose Classic Sunday

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M. Libert

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BROOKLYN, NY- With a hint of autumn in the air the Rose Classic got back underway this weekend with the start of their fall season. It brings back many of the top girls from New York and beyond to JHS 113 in Fort Greene to find out who will reign supreme before the start of the H.S. year.

The fall part of the Rose Classic always brings out a nice balance of H.S. teams and AAU teams so you get a chance to see the best of both worlds come early September. Sunday was no different as there was a lot of talent on display, and with NYCHoops.net in attendance here is a recap of some of the top action from the day.

NYC Heat singes St. Anthony's, 38 - 30

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This game had a good amount of familiarity to it as the Heat had a good number of players who attend St. Mary's, while St. Anthony's of course is a high school team that is the Gaels primary rival on Long Island during the season.

It was a strong matchup between two extremely competitive teams, but the duo of Kadaja Bailey (St. Mary's '19) and MacKayla Scarlett (St. Francis Prep '20) proved to be too much as the Friars fought until the very end but ultimately fell by 8.

In the early going it looked as if the Heat would pull away as playing without point guard Lauren Hackett '18, St. Anthony's couldn't seem to get into an offensive rhythm, which allowed Scarlett to get going off the dribble, constantly attacking the basket in transition and finishing.

Bailey was able to score from both inside and outside, and while the Friars trailed for double digits for much of the opening half, a Sydney Taylor '19 three off glass made it a 26-18 game going into halftime.

The second half would see more of a physical halfcourt game as the two teams tried to finish at the rim, and while Taylor Lawhorne '19 did a nice job in the paint helping to cut the St. Anthony's deficit to as little as 5 with just over four minutes to go, they didn't have enough left in the tank to get over the top.

Jamie Behar (Oceanside '20) showed that she wasn't afraid to mix it up down low and push getting out on the break, and with Bailey and Scarlett scoring 14 and 11 points respectively, the NYC Heat were able to hold on for the 38-30 victory.

In defeat St. Anthony's got 13 points from Taylor as they showed that while they weren't able to get the win here, they will be a under the radar young team to watch this season in the CHSAA.

NYC Heat steams by Springfield Lady Ballers, 60 - 45

The Heat went out again later in the afternoon on Sunday for a matchup with the Lady Ballers who sport some of the top talent from the Springfield area in Massachusetts.

It was a fairly tight game early on but a 14-0 run by the Heat late in the first half, and extending into the second half put the game out of reach.

Bailey would finish with 21 points, Scarlett would add 15 points while playing great against a harassing Lady Ballers pressure defense, and Behar would score all 9 of her points in the second half, showing off her impressive range with a pair of three balls late.

Makayla Thompson (Springfield Central, MA '18) was a fun and dangerous offensive weapon for the Lady Ballers as she was dynamic with the ball in her hands and finished with a strong 19 points in the defeat.

Long Island Renegades Edge Long Island Lutheran, 37 - 34

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On paper before the start of this one it looked as if it would be a chance for the LuHi stars to really shine against a team of some of Suffolk County's best. The Crusaders though we're missing the likes of Celeste Taylor '19, Grace Stone '18, and Alisha Lewis '19 meaning that the young pups of Long Island Lutheran would have the chance to show what they could do.

One veteran who was in the lineup for LuHi was Emma Cuccurullo '18, and she was too much inside for the Renegades as she had 11 in the opening half, to help the Crusaders take a 16-14 lead.

The Renegades to their credit did a much better job controlling Cuccurullo in the second half in denying her the ball and making other, younger LuHi players beat them. Emma Glezen '19 showed that she could be a force finishing inside with her size in the paint, but the guard play against the likes of the Renegades backcourt pair of Alexa Wallace (Half Hollow Hills East '18) and Nora Gabel (Comsewogue '18) struggled, allowing them back in the game.

Gabel was able to get off her quick lefty release and knock down an early three ball, and Gabby Becerra (Commack '18) proved to be a strong presence down low finishing on putback opportunities.

LuHi led until just over 6 minutes to go in the game when a Wallace drive down the right side gave the Renegades the lead. The Renegades struggled from the FT line to keep the Crusaders in the game, giving them a chance late, but with veteran leadership pacing the way, the Renegades gritted out a tough 37-34 victory.

A balanced scoring effort for the Renegades was led by Gabel who had 10 points, with Wallace adding 7, and Becerra chipping in with 6.

Cuccurullo had a game high 11 points for Long Island Lutheran in the defeat, while Glezen and Penelope Pando '21each had 6 points apiece for the Crusaders as well.

Hoopers NY (Velez) Inch by Long Island Renegades, 25-15

Coming right back from their win over LuHi, the Renegades didn't have much left in the tank for a Hoopers team that was comprised mainly of players from Aquinas H.S. in the Bronx.

While they were mainly from Aquinas the star of the show was the lone player from outside of that program in Dyamon Hunter (Thurgood Marshall Academy '18). Hunter was dynamic and tough to contain, especially in the second half as she had 11 of the Hoopers 14 second half points to push them from a 2-point deficit, to ultimately a 10-point win over the Renegades.

Hunter would finish with 15 points in the win, matching the Renegades point total by herself in the victory in helping to carry the Hoopers (Velez) team to the win.

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