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LBI Event Recap: Summer Sweet 16 Shootout (Belleville, MI)

By Keith Wade @wadesworld32, 06/09/24, 3:45PM EDT


Belleville, MI: June is off to a great start, and The Summer Sweet 16 Shootout was just what we needed to start the summer. Some of the best teams in the state lined up in a win and advance bracket, crowning a champion at the end of the day. One of the front runners to return to Breslin won the Platinum Bracket, BELLEVILLE HS, and one of the top young teams in the state, SAGINAW HERITAGE, won the Gold Bracket.

Here are a few players who stood out!

Moray Powell 2027 Guard Ann Arbor Pioneer HS
Pioneer could be in a rebuilding year, but it’s always easier for a coach to tackle it with a good guard, and Pioneer has one with Powell. “Ray Ray” is a nice long guard with a good handle, good vision, court awareness, and an ability to shoot it from deep. She showed good athleticism today and competed on the defensive end. Pioneer has a good base to build around.

Samara Mackey 2026 Wing Cass Tech HS
Samara is an aggressive bucket getter who attacked all day, looking to score from all over the floor. She shot it well from deep and scored, getting to the basket. She did a great job using her length and speed to lock up on defense, which is a must when you play for Cass.

Iyana Stephens 2025 Post Belleville HS
Iyana was arguably the most valuable player today for the champion Tigers. She dominated the lane physically, scoring the rock, rebounding, blocking shots, and defending the paint. She also received a number of transition baskets running the floor, showing her soft hands when catching and finishing. I am looking for a big summer and winter for Stephens.

Rylan Buschell 2025 PG Belleville HS
Rylan had a good day running the show for the Tigers. She displayed an elite handle and toughness, handling the pressure, dropping dimes, and making the right read. She seems quicker and stronger, making her an even tougher guard to control. Belleville is in good hands with Buschell running the show!

Imani Johnson 2025 Guard Renaissance HS
Imani is a strong, big guard who always shoots it at a high clip, and today was no different, but she also was in her bag, beating her defender off the dribble and finishing in the lane. She competed at an extremely high level on defense using her physicality to defend the ball and rebound.

Mya Viegelahn 2026 Guard Grass Lake HS
Mya is a versatile guard who plays downhill and does a great job attacking the defense, creating for herself or a teammate. She can shoot it, make the right read, and finish through contact. She rebounds well for a guard and is tough and quick enough to defend 1 through 4.

Kaiya Mahabir 2028 Guard Midland HS
The future for this young PG is crazy bright. Kaiya is an electric guard with a tight handle and a great floor presence. She already has an uncanny ability to know when to attack and create and when to look to score. She will be a huge addition this year and one of the top guards in the near future.

Mckenzie and Janielle Turner 2028 Wings Ferndale HS
I love the energy that these two play with. With nonstop motors, they are always under control but in attack mode. They can shoot it, they love to play physical, and they can finish through contact. Both play well beyond their years and bring a ton of versatility and toughness every time out.

Alesia Ode 2026 Wing Saginaw Heritage HS
Alesia is a big long guard with a big-time skill set. She looked good today, responding to being the go to player and making plays. She shot it from deep, handled the rock, helped run the show, slashed, and scored both in the offense's flow and transition. I look forward to Ode having a huge summer.

Jayla Laster 2028 Guard Saginaw Heritage HS
Jayla is a rising star, but she shoots like she’s been here for a while. She does a great job creating her shot off the bounce and moving without the ball to get an open look. She has a sweet stroke when she lets it fly usually, it's cash money! Laster's future is crazy bright.

Ashlyn Moorehead 2025 Guard Tecumseh HS
Ashlyn had a great day for her squad. She was shifty with the rock and aggressive, looking to attack and score. She shot it well, looking to be more offensive minded, which opened up passing lanes to her dominant post players. She was quick, tough, and smart, all great traits for a PG.

Makayla Schlorf 2026 Guard Tecumseh HS
Makayla is super quick and explosive with the rock and plays downhill, attacking defenses. She does a great job getting both feet in the lane and making plays off the bounce. She is a big-time competitor who fears nothing on the court; she is easily one of my most improved players since the season ended in March.

Morgan Smith 2026 Guard Wayne Memorial HS
Morgan is a light’s out shooter who has a nice range, a quick release, and the ability to get to her spots to knock down the jumper. She locks up on defense and plays great in her role as the third guard off the ball with Cross and Bryant. Her defensive intensity is always on the go, and she does a great job mixing it up for rebounds and loose balls.

Gabby Gerald 2025 Post Wayne Memorial
Gabby had a great day for the Zebras. She was dominant, scoring the ball inside, rebounding on both ends of the floor, and defending the lane physically. She played and competed at a high level all day, being one of the most consistent scorers in the entire shootout. I look forward to Gerald having a huge impact on many wins for Wayne.

MVP:  Sydney Savoury 2027 Guard Belleville HS
Coleena Bryant 2025 Guard Wayne Memorial HS
Se'Crette Carter 2026 Guard Belleville HS
Moriah Cross 2026 Guard Wayne Memorial HS
Alesia Ode 2026 Wing Saginaw Heritage HS
Imani Johnson 2025 Guard Detroit Renassaince HS
Alli Zajac 2025 Wing Tecumseh HS
Iyana Stephens Post Belleville HS