Monday, May 18, 2009

San Antonio with Fury!

San Antonio teams went to Georgetown this past weekend and made themselves at home. The Georgetown Fury event was dominated by squads from the Alamo City. A recap follows:

Elite Division Champs- SA Comets Elite

The Comets rebounded from an earlier defeat to capture the crown. Their front line of 6'2(Kathryn Galindo), 6'3( Victoria Willems) and 6'4( Sune Agbuke) is too much for most teams to handle. The Comets also added Madison Senior Alisha Crump recently. If the Comet guards can continue to provide solid play, this team should make some noise in July at the National Exposure events.

Elite Division Runner-up- SA Heat

The talented Heat played a game or two without their star big, Jessica Kuster but still made it to the championship game. Guards Marquisha Sparks, Arlene Cisneros, Chelsea Solis,and Karisa Cantu provide an explosive back court. Cisneros and Cantu can fill it up from deep and Sparks is too strong for most opposing guards. Her mid-range game is a great compliment for the low post play of Kuster and the long range bombs of Cisneros and Cantu.

15u Division Champ- SA Heat

The Heat wrapped this one up. I did not get a chance to see this group but they apparently were the cream of the crop in the division. 8th Point Guard, Leslie Vorphal is reportedly something to watch.

14u Division Runner up- Jaguars (4-1)

The Jags came up short in the Championship game but played impressively throughout the event. Especially considering that they played a year up. The Jags consist of a few 8th graders but get the majority of their point production from two 7th graders and one very skilled 6th grader. Their full court style of play is a headache for the competition.

13u Division Champ- SA Finest( 5-0)

The Finest 8th grade group finally got a chance to play their own age group and the result was a championship. This group has played up in three events in Houston against HS Freshmen and Sophomores with a record of 7-7. This event allowed them to test themselves against fellow 8th graders and they won the division going away. 4 out of the 5 wins were by double digits with the only close game coming in the semis against a good Liberty Hills Dream Team. The Championship was a 20 point blow out as they displayed a collective skill set not seen often by 8th graders.

This team set the tone for the event for the Finest Organization. The collective record for the three Finest teams was 14-1. (The 6th grade team went 4-1)

12u Division Champ-SA Finest (5-0)

The Finest 7th grade team never won a game by less than doubles figures. This impressive team beat the previously undefeated Austin Lady Magic by 12 to capture the championship. Great guard play and 4 skilled bigs (5'10, 5'10, 6'0, 6'0) had one opposing coach crying about playing against "9th graders". This team is currently 15-0 this season. They ran through a field in Houston last week that included: Nike Cy-Fair Shock, Houston Elite North, Houston Insiders. The margin of victory in those games were an average of 25 points.

10u Division Runner-Up- South Texas Hoyas (5-1)

This feisty young team lost in the Championship game. They played the entire event with their leading scorer having a broken finger and a heavily bandaged hand. This teams play defense the same way their parents cheer; LOUD AND EXCITED!

San Antonio is making sure that the rest of Texas starts paying attention to the girls basketball scene here. While it is good that San Antonio travels to other cities and represents well, I look forward to a couple of local events that will let local teams duke it out for city supremacy. Some exciting match up in the TeamXpress "Challenge" of the Lady Rohawks "Ladies First Event" could be:

TeamXpress vs Lady Rohawks

South Texas Hoyas vs SA Heat

TeamXpress White vs SA Heat 15u

SA Finest 2013 vs Jaguars 2013

Lady Mustangs vs Jaguars

Lady Rohawks vs SA Comets Elite

SA Finest 2014 vs Comets(Leonard)2014

A couple of teams do not have these two events on their calender but I am sure that their Directors could arrange for this to happen. It would be good for the girls and the fans of girls basketball in San Antonio!!!

Moving on, Congrats to all of the teams that played well this past weekend. Way to rep SA!