Both 4th Grade Blue and 5th Grade Blue participated in the Mid-Atlantic AAU District Qualifying Tournament in Hatboro this weekend. 4th Grade Blue finished second and 5th Grade Blue fourth.
4th Grade Blue started the weekend with a 22-12 loss to the Mid-Atlantic Magic. Mac Pettinelli led the way scoring 6 of the teams 12 points, to go along with 5 steals. The girls rebounded with a hard fought 15-12 victory over a tough Explosion team. Katie Tiffan posted 5 points, Alexa Van Derzee had 5 rebounds and Anna Azzara had 8 steals in the win. Megan Kupetz, hit two huge free throws with the game on the line inside of a minute to play. The team continued it's winning ways with a 22-14 win over the Northeast Rockers, finishing second in pool play. Tiffan was again the leading scorer with 7, Azzara added 5. In Sunday's bracket play, the Jags matched up with the other pool's #1 seed, the Lower Delco Wildcats. The girls had dropped a tough 1 point decision to the Wildcats the week before. In the most exciting game of the weekend, the Jags we able to erase a 10 point deficit with less than 3 minutes to go to escape with a 33-31 win to advance to the district final. Madison Gorman had 9 points to go along with 6 rebounds. Her final bucket with 14 seconds to play was the margin of victory. Tiffan again filled the hoop with 8 points, Azzara had an amazing 11 steals and Kupetz was 4 for 4 from the line, again hitting two huge free throws to tie the game, setting up Gorman's heroic shot. That set up a rematch with Magic in the championship and this time the Jags were ready. After a slow start, down 6-0 the girls reeled off 7 straight to take a 7-6 lead. Unfortunately, the shooting went cold and the Magic moved out to a 16-7 lead with 4 minutes to go, setting up another furious Jags comeback. The girls never gave up and fought their way back, to trail 18-17, with 4.7 seconds left and Jags ball under our offensive basket. Sadly, the girls were unable to convert this play and had to settle for the Silver Medal. Pettinelli, brilliant all weekend had 8 points and Kupetz had 5 rebounds. A great weekend for 4th Grade Blue!
The Jags 6 Gold team ventured to Chester County to participate in the Under Armor Mid Atlantic Regional Showcase. In an early morning matchup the team woke up after the first few minutes of the game to rally for a 7 point victory over the Mid Penn Motion. That afternoon we played an aggressive and physical Mount Airy team. It didn’t help that the referees thought we were playing football. Although shorthanded and missing several of our bigger players, we competed well but came up one point short. Sunday we needed to win by 17 vs. Great Valley to win the point differential tiebreaker and make the championship game. We ended up winning by 10. The team showed great effort all weekend long. Anthony Gervais (24 points on Sunday!!) and Michael Merola turned pressure defense into easy buckets, EJ Meyer and Cooper Stone got the team organized, Trey Tiffan and Alex Matasich brought their usual steady all around contributions, Joey Azzara and Mac Kobs contributed toughness and strong rebounding, and Hank Misson and Colin Meyer spread the defense with three point shooting. The team is making progress and we are looking forward to the second half of our season.