Dearborn, MI: The 2019 Michigan May Madness continued from Livonia Churchill High School & Hype Athletics Dearborn on Saturday. Day two featured some top notch and some spectacular individual performances.
2023 Jasmine Timmerson PG 5’6” WPA Bruins 2023 (Stefko)
A guard that crashes the boards and rebounds, Jasmine showed her toughness from start to finish. She did a great job of attacking the gaps and getting to the rim for easy buckets. She also got some key defensive stops.
2022 Faith Walker PF 5’10” 1 Nation 15U UAA (McKinney)
Although she is listed as a PF, Walker can play the SF position. She was able to aggressively can defend both positions, doing g an excellent job of filling the lanes and creating steals. She gets to the rim and can finish strong.
2021 Caprice Augustine C 6’2” 1 Nation 15U UAA (McKinney)
Caprice has a solid build and a lot of strength! Once she got low and established herself on the block, she was almost unmovable. She has a quick first step that allows her to power her way to the basket, where she finished with contact multiple times.
2022 Sophie Gasparovic SG 5’10” MI Premier 2022 (White)
This long-armed SG did an excellent job at handling the ball, getting to the rim, and shooting the long three. Sophie is more athletic than she knows, and it was undeniable. On defense, she can defend multiple positions and was able to alter shots and rebound on both sides of the basket.
2020 Lauren Licari PF 6’0” TC Elite 2020
Licari was a force in the paint and on the defensive end. She is a scrappy player, not afraid of contact or to get on the floor and go for a loose ball. She is great reading the defense and knowing when to make a move to the hoop and when to kick it back out. She has nice footwork that she showed off while dominating on the block.
2022 Emma Dziezgowski SG 5’6” WPA Bruins-Zeise 2022
Emma is a reliable floor leader that can create scoring opportunities for herself and her team. She was vocal and works hard on both ends of the court, never taking a possession off. She was very reliable with the ball in her hands, having very few turnovers.
2020 Jenna Riccardo PF 6’0” WPA Bruins-Nesbit
Jenna was most effective in transition, making great cuts to the basket for easy layups. She works hard and moves well without the ball. She fights in the paint, crashing the boards for rebounds and also finishing with contact.
2023 Macey Fegan SF 5’9” MI Mystics Black 2023
I’ve never seen a player so young and yet so mentally tough. Down by 20 points, she never got frustrated or stopped playing hard. She stepped up to the challenge, doing all the great things that point guards do on both offense and defense. Macey’s energy and leadership helped her team not come back but win the game.
2021 Madison Royal SG 5’10” MI Crossover 17U EYBL
Big time players do big-time things when it counts the most. Today, that player for Crossover was Madison. In a very close and high energy game against a very scrappy and athletic Mac Irvin Fire team, Madison had four back to back game-changing plays on both ends of the court, including a nice running floater to give her team the lead. She showed much heart, no fear, and that when it counts the most, she shows up!
2021 Elizabeth Groetsch CG 5’11” WPA Bruins 2020-Lewandowski
Long arms that she uses to alter and block shots, but also to shoot over her opponents, Elizabeth was a matchup problem on both Day 1 and Day 2 of May Madness. She is very active on defense, filling the lanes and creating turnovers. She is also capable of scoring by creating shots for herself or utilizing a pick set just for her.
2022 Reilly Sunday 5’9” PG WPA Bruins UAA 2021/22
Reilly and the Bruins controlled the game from the beginning and never let off. From full-court pressure to gobbling up all the rebounds and loose balls, these girls woke up to play! Sunday imposed her will from every aspect of the game. She hit long threes with defenders already camping out; drove extremely hard to the rack and finished with ease and defended with great tenacity on the perimeter.
2021 Brooke Brauher 6’0” PF West Michigan Drive 2021 (Goodson)
Although Brooke faced an adamant and talented team, her fight and grit were unmatched. Possession after possession, she managed to find herself deep in the mix with multiple players and somehow would come out on top. She rebounded the ball tirelessly at times. Brauher managed to finish around the rim from various angles while defenders were draped all over her.
2021 Lachelle Austin 5’8” CG Hype Hoopers 16U
Lachelle has all the right tools in her belt. She is the epitome of a combo guard. Austin was able to handle the ball in pressure situations while getting her team into their offensive sets, but she was able to play off the ball throughout the game as well. Her set catch and shoot three was a massive threat for her squad. Austin’s best quality really can’t be measured however-her ability to make others around her better. She drew traps and kicked to open shooters, drove hard and found bigs for easy layups and made the right pass at all times.
2020 Jasmine Worthy 6’2” C 1 Nation 17U Blue
Jasmine is a bit of a throwback big. She lives in the paint with a ton of blocks and contests all the rest. She seemed always to be lurking around the rim snatching down all the boards. Worthy rim running was exceptionally well and found herself catching and finishing everything that came her way.
2022 Aislin Malcolm 5’10” SG WPA Bruins UAA 2021/22
It doesn’t take long to recognize an elite shooter when you see one. This rising sophomore had so much confidence when that ball left her hand; she had me believing it was a sure three points every time. Malcolm knows how to read defenses well; she used her ability to hit the long shot to set her drive up as the game went on. She was able to finish comfortably in the lane as defenders repeatedly flew out to her just hoping she would soon miss!
THE “OMG” Games of the Day
Whenever two talent loaded and well-coached teams face each other, the intensity and energy in the gym can be felt by everyone present. In most cases, the games go down to the wire, and no one, not even the players, can predict what will take place. Today, these game came around more than once, and left everyone in the gym speechless!
WV Thunder UAA (Johnson) 55 MI Crossover EYBL 17U 54
• Four lead changes, including the last one with less than 1:30 left in the game.
• Two of the best 1-2 combos went head to head. 2020 Bailee Adkins and 2020 Eden Gainer of the Thunder; and 2021 Damiya Hagemann and 2020 Shaulana Wagner from the Crossover.
• In the end, free throws were the deciding factor.
MI Mystics Black (2023) 57 Grand Rapids Storm 14U Rise 51
• Early in the 2nd half, the Storm had a 22 point lead.
• Mystics stayed focused and never showed any signs of defeat.
• With a little under 5 minutes left to play, Mystics were within four thanks to stellar guard play. They would eventually capture the lead and go on to win.
MI Crossover EYBL 17U 50 Mac Irvin Fire (Godfather) 46
• This game was so intense; you could feel the energy as you approached the court.
• Both teams played some of the best defense that I saw all day.
• End the end, critical plays from multiple vital players made the difference. Crossover was down with 2:00 minutes left in the game. Defense gave them the win.