by Tom Utescher
NCAA Summer League teams with local ties ran the gamut in terms of results last week. Two Springside Chestnut Hill Academy grads are part of Team Maroon, which has no Division I players but has performed well as a unit, rising to an overall mark of 6-2 with victories on Tuesday and Thursday evening.
Tuesday was “bye night” for a Team Black bunch with links to Mount St. Joseph Academy and Germantown Academy, and then the squad won its Thursday outing to edge above the .500 mark, at 4-3. Kelly Green, hampered by the absence of its Division I players in the first few weeks of the schedule, seemed to be on the rebound with a pair of wins right after the July 4 break. However, while 2014 Mount grad Alex Louin continues to play very well, the Kelly club dropped two decisions last week, falling to 2-5.
Kelly has lost the services of another recent MSJ grad, forward Carly Monzo, who has had to report to her future team down at Loyola University in Baltimore.
On Tuesday, the top two scorers for Kelly Green were the last two winners of the Markward Basketball Club’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Player of the Year Award. This year’s honoree, Mount St. Joe’s Louin, rang up a game-high 18 points, while the 2013 recipient, former Episcopal Academy forward Megan Quinn, scored 13. This fall Louin will be joining Quinn at Villanova University.
Despite their efforts, Team Purple prevailed in Tuesday’s tilt, 62-59, thanks in part to a team-high 17 points from guard Sammi Stipa, a member of Spring-Ford High School teams that were state champions in 2013, and second this year. Stipa’s headed for Lafayette College.
Team Maroon was led to victory the same night by a 15-point effort from Archbishop Carroll product Ryann Fiascki. The winners, who got by Navy Blue, 68-61, also got some contributions from 2012 SCH grads Elana Roadcloud and Michelle Boggs, both forwards. Roadcloud, who plays for Ursinus College, gave six points to the winning cause, and four points came from Boggs, a teammate of Fiascki’s at East Stroudsburg University.
High scorer here was Academy of Notre Dame alum Kathleen Fitzpatrick (now at St. Joseph’s University), who bagged five three-pointers and finished with 17 points in the losing cause.
Mount grad Kelsey Jones (‘13) and Germantown Academy alum Monica Schacker (’11) had the night off on Tuesday; their Team Black (the summer version of Philadelphia University) took its turn with the rotating bye built into the league schedule.
In its only action last week, Black bounced Purple on Thursday night, 56-39. Jones contributed nine points for the victors; it’s nice to see her rounding back into form after the injuries she’s had to endure in recent years. The game high here belonged to Black’s Najah Jacobs, a dynamic senior guard out of Central High who piled up 18 points.
For its second win of the week, Team Maroon pommeled the Pink (aka University of the Sciences), 55-36. Delaware Valley College player Brittany Wood hooped four treys and totaled 14 points for the game high. Sharing team high-scoring honors for the Pink was former Inter-Ac standout Sarah Abbonizio of Episcopal Academy (’14). She hit three three-point field goals and finished with 13 points.
Also on Thursday, Kelly Green squared off against a Sky Blue squad whose roster includes Louin’s former Philadelphia Belles AAU teammate, Avery Marz. Marz just graduated from Reading’s Wilson High and is bound for St. Joe’s. As on Tuesday, Kelly’s Louin had the game high, with 17 points, and Quinn was next, with 13. Once more, though, it wasn’t enough to notch a “W.”
Sky Blue received 11 points from Brittany Keyes (Archbishop Wood/Gettysburg), whose older brother Bobby graduated from Springside Chestnut Hill in 2012 and is now playing football at Franklin & Marshall.