Bell-Jeff Shines In San Diego!

August 6, 2010 by  

San Deigo – Besides the underclass players already highlighted from the San Diego Classic’s 64-team 3A Division, the tourney’s top division, there were several other underclass players that made their mark in 3A as well as the Open Division.

One of the 3A Division’s top performers from any class was La Jolla Country Day (San Diego, Calif.) 5-9 sophomore point guard Kelsey Plum.

Although Brea-Olinda (Brea, Calif.) held the daughter of former standout quarterback Jim Plum to six points and two assists in its 3A championship game 39-31 victory, Plum had a solid outing against St. Mary’s in a semifinal win. In that game, she scored a team-high 12 points, adding five assists, six rebounds and three steals.

Another incoming sophomore that really impressed was Windward (Los Angeles, Calif.) 5-5 guard Courtney Jacko. A deadly outside shooter, she is unafraid to launch. In one game Jacko had the crowd gasping after hitting seven three-pointers, including three from NBA range.

For St. Mary’s (Stockton, Calif.), 6-foot sophomore-to-be Courtney Range, a transfer from Lincoln (Stockton, Calif.), played well on top or down low and will help keep the defending state champion Rams as state Division III contenders this upcoming season.

California sophomore and Division IV Athlete of the Year Aly Beebe of St. Joseph (Santa Maria, Calif.) was the top big girl at the Classic. Her team went 5-1 and she dominated in each game, including a one-point loss to St. Mary’s.

Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) started three freshmen in the tournament and two that definitely have promise are speedy guards Arica Carter and Jada Matthews. Carter, who can really handle the rock, can also shoot the three, something Poly coach Carl Buggs has rarely had in his lineup in over the years.

The Open Division showcased underclass talent as well, especially on the title-winning team.

Bellarmine-Jefferson (Burbank, Calif.) signed up for the Classic two days prior to the event, so they played in the Open Division for teams that entered late.

Coach David Jensen, recently hired to take over the program, guided his girls to a 43-30 victory over Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley, Calif.) in the Open’s title game.

Three underclass girls played exceptionally well for Bellarmine-Jefferson.

The top performer in the title game was 5-6 junior guard Rishonda Napier. She had 10 points, four assists and four steals.

Jasmine Smith, a 6-foot junior, has a nice inside-out game and grabbed 11 rebounds in the title game.

Sophomore guard Leslie Lopez-Wood played excellent defense and showed good ball-handling skills.

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