By Mel Greenberg @womhoopsguru
HATBORO, Pa. --
An upset, two forfeits, and an overtime in the final contest left in the regular season on the 13-week schedule highlighted Tuesday’s pre-playoff action in the 13-team Philadelphia/Suburban Women’s NCAA Summer Basketball League at Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renegades.
For the second straight season defending champion Gold finished in a deadlock at the top at 11-1 but based on its head-to-head win over Pink took the No. 1 seed for Thursday’s quarterfinal action, which begins at 7 p.m. on Courts 1 and 2 with the other games to be played immediately afterwards in the two doubleheaders at 8:15 p.m.
Gold easily won its game with Sapphire Blue, 51-39, while Pink, also known as Division III Scranton, gained its place in a tie courtesy of a forfeit by Kelly Green (3-9), which finished 12th, just ahead of winless Royal Blue (0-13), also known as Penn State-Abington, which fell to Purple 50-30.
There were three other deadlocks in the final standings, one of which was moot, but the eight playoff teams were easier decided this time than a year ago, though things are not entirely locked away just yet.
Sapphire Blue, Black, courtesy of a dramatic 66-65 upset over No. 3 Neon Green (9-3), and Purple, also known as Division II USciences finished in a three-way tie for fifth place all at 6-6 at .500.
Neon Green held third, which was the worst that could happen to them, and Maroon (8-4), also known as Division II West Chester, stayed fourth – the seed it would have gotten no matter what – but the Golden Rams had to forfeit their game with Forest Green (5-7) due to attending a camp.
That gave Forest Green (5-7) a very long shot for the postseason because although finishing in an eighth-place tie with idle Red (5-7), which served the last of the 13-byes that go with the three doubleheaders on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Red gets the eighth slot based on its head-to-head win over Forest Green.
However, with this being a time of the year in the real calendar when players either start heading back to school, take their actual vacation from basketball or head to their family homes to spend some time, forfeits due to lack of a starting five are usually not known until the last minute.
Longtime commissioner David Kessler was checking with Red’s availability – three of four players had already given their ok on the roll call – because if a forfeit was to occur, to start with a full complement of teams, Forest Green would get the invite followed if necessary by Orange (4-8).
Late Wednesday morning the commish confirmed that Red is officially the eighth seed after getting commitments from enough players to field a squad.
There were a total of seven forfeits that occurred since the June 16th tipoff, all of which are listed below in the standings, the running results scores, and the running who-beat-who at the bottom to enable to keep track of how to break ties.
In the three-way for fifth, among the squads involved, everyone was 1-1 to make the first procedure not usable so when it came to the next method, Sapphire Blue, also known as Division II East Stroudsburg; and Black, also known as Division II Philadelphia U., each had a premium win over Neon Green.
That immediately dropped Purple, also known as Division II USciences, to the seventh slot, and then Sapphire Blue got the fifth spot off its head-to-head win over Black.
The other tie in the standings occurred when Orange (4-8) continued its late season-rush and in the final game still being played on the night caught Ash 67-64 in overtime to tie Ash (4-8), also known as Division II Millersville to take the 10th slot though both teams were eliminated beforehand.
The Black upset prevented what would have been a longshot tie for eighth that would have occurred among Black, Forest Green, also known as Division II Holy Family, courtesy of its unforeseen upset gain through forfeit over Maroon, and Red.
In that scenario Red would have lost out.
Another rarity occurred out of the four games that were played on the last night because for the first time this season and maybe several seasons not one player hit the individual special performance standard of scoring 20 or more points.
Maybe part of the credit also for that goes to Red being idle, which kept high-scoring Saint Joseph’s sophomore Chelsea Woods off the court.
Setting the Playoffs
On Thursday, top-seeded Gold (11-1) meets eighth-seeded Red (5-7), barring any change, at 7 p.m. on Court 1. The two teams did not meet during the season due to a forfeit by Red.
At the same time on Court 2 in the two doubleheaders in quarterfinals action, sixth-seeded Black (6-6) meets third-seeded Neon Green (9-3), the team it just upset at the end. With Gold and Pink winning, Neon Green was relegated to third even if coach Ted Hagedorn’s squad had not been upset. And if it had finished tied with Maroon, it would still have held third on a head-to-head tiebreaker.
At 8:15 p.m., on Court 1 seventh-seeded Purple (6-6) meets second-seeded Pink (11-1) and when the two met during the season in a strange low-scoring game, Purple fell short of pulling an upset, losing to Pink 34-31 on July 9th.
At the same time on Court 2, fifth-seeded Sapphire Blue (6-6) meets fourth-seeded Maroon (8-4), which, on July 16 was the winner between the two 74-65.
The semifinals on Tuesday will be played on Court 1 at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. with the highest surviving seed meeting the lowest surviving seed in the first game before the other two squads meet in the nightcap.
The championship will be played Thursday next week at 7 p.m. on Court 1. That round used to be best-of-three but the commissioner had to cut back several years afo to lessen the threat of forfeits creeping into the mix.
Black 66, Neon Green 65:
Neon Green rallied from eight points down to get back into it but Rachel Day, a Philadelphia University sophomore out of Archbishop Wood, won it with two foul shots with 30 seconds left in regulation.
Alynna Williams, targeted for 2021 graduation from the Rams and out of Plymouth Whitemarsh, had 12 points for Black, while Alex Heck, a Rams senior out of Archbishop Wood, scored 10 points, Erin Rafter, a freshman out of Washington Township in South Jersey, scored nine points while six other players for Black also got into the scorebook.
Neon Green got 18 points from Maureen Leahy, a Bryant senior out of Cardinal O’Hara, while Megan Quinn, a Villanova junior out of Episcopal Academy scored 17 and was 6-for-6 from the line, while Mackenzie Rule, a Saint Joseph’s junior out of Cardinal O’Hara, scored 11. Villanova sophomore Alex Louin was unable to make the game.
Gold 51, Sapphire Blue 39
Despite the defending champions missing high-scoring Jasmine Elum, Lauren Crisler, and Penn’s Taylor Bryant, who suffered a knee injury several weeks ago, coach Keith Wood was still able to guide his squad into the top seed for the second straight year.
Monica Newman, a 2010 Millersville grad out of Upper Dublin, and Shira Newman, a 2013 Millersville grad out of the same high school, each scored 11 points with Shira going 5-for-5 from the line, while Danielle Derr, a 2013 Bloomsburg grad also out of Upper Dublin, scored 10 for Gold.
Noelle Powell, an incoming East Stroudsburg freshman out of Bayard Rustin scored 16 points for Sapphire Blue and Emily O’Donnell, an Albright senior out of William Tennent, scored eighth points.
Purple 50, Royal Blue 30:
Micah Morgan out Caravel Academy for Purple/USciences scored 12 points while Devils targeted 2020 graduate Sarah Abbonizio out of Episcopal Academy scored 11 points and six other players also collected on the scoreboard for Purple.
Royal Blue may not have won any games but during the season the players expressed their appreciation for being able to test themselves against opponents from the higher divisions and enjoy the experience.
In their final game, Tyniqua Henderson, a PSU-Abington senior out of Dobbins High, scored 11 points and Kyra Lundsford, also a PSU-Abington senior but out of Vineland High in South Jersey, scored eight points for Royal Blue.
Orange 67, Ash Grey 64, overtime:
One of the best games of the summer and of the night along with the Black upset of Neon Green came at the very end as Orange, a group of mostly Division III players from this area in lower Bucks County, won their third straight under coach Steve Flynn.
With less than 20 seconds left, Alex Stam, a Millersville senior out of Cardinal O’Hara, nailed a trey to force Orange into overtime but Josephine Noonan, a Salisbury sophomore, hit a shot for the winners with less than 10 seconds left to seal the win.
Lauren Rothfeld, a Salisbury junior out of Upper Dublin topped Orange with 18 points and a trio of 3-pointers, while Lindsey Kelly, a Nazareth College senior out of Central Bucks East, scored 17, Noonan had 13 and five other players also scored for the winners.
Ash Grey, which got tied by Orange in the final standings but both fell short of the playoffs, got 16 points from Jade Farquhar, an incoming Millersville freshman, while Lexi Scrivano, a Millersville senior out of Central Bucks East, and Stam each scored 12 points and Stam got all hers off four 3-pointers.
Forest Green 2, Maroon 0, forfeit:
The details are spoken to above but to repeat the forfeit win allowed the Holy Family group to catch Red at eighth, though lose the tiebreak. Had Black lost to Neon Green, the triple tiebreak that would have occurred would have allowed Forest Green to slip into the postseason ahead of Red.
Pink 2, Kelly Green 0, forfeit:
Things could have been interesting off the forfeit win but Gold’s win precluded Pink from stealing first.
Had the game been played and Kelly Green pulled an upset and if Neon Green had not lost then Neon Green would have tied Pink for second and taken the slot off last Thursday’s upset of Gold.
And of course letting the Black stand as the reality also means that if Pink had lost the squad would have still been ahead of Neon Green in that scenario.
Final Regular Season Standings
Team W-L G.B. PF PA Pct.
*-1-%%-Gold 11-1 -- 659 556 .917
*-1-%-Pink 11-1 -- 689 510 .917
*-3-%-Neon Green 9-3 2.0 760 650 .750
*-4-@-Maroon 8-4 3.0 732 .667 .
*-5-Sapphire Blue 6-6 5.0 681 678 .500
*-5--%-Black 6-6 5.0 570 584 .500
*-5-Purple 6-6 5.0 653 600 .500
*-8-%@-Red 5-7 6.0 674 657 .417
8--%@-Forest Green 5-7 6.0 610 689 .417
10-Orange 4-8 7.0 746 763 .333
10--&-Ash 4-8 7.0 526 575 .333
12-@-Kelly Green 3-9 8.0 674 755 .250
13-@-Royal Blue 0-12 11.0 537 793 .000
%%-Includes 2 forfeit 2-0 wins
%-includes 1 forfeit 2-0 win
&-includes 2 forfeit 0-2 losses
@-includes 1 forfeit 0-2 loss
*-Clinched playoff berth
Thurs., July 30
(Seed No. in Front of Team
Regular Season Records in Parenthesis
^-Won Regular Season Meeting Between the Two)
8-Red (5-7) vs. ^1-Gold (11-1), Court 1
^6-Black (6-6) vs .3- Neon Green (9-3), Court 2
7-Purple (6-6) vs. ^2-Pink (11-1), Court 1
5-Sapphire Blue (6-6) vs.^ 4-Maroon (8-4), Court 2
Tues., Aug. 4
Highest Quarterfinal Seed Survivor vs. Lowest Quarterfinal Seed Survivor
Remaining Quarterfinal Survivors vs. Each Other
Thurs., Aug. 6
Semifinals Survivors vs. Each Other
Tues., July 28
(End of the Regular Season)
Pink 2, Kelly Green 0, forfeit
Forest Green 2, Maroon 0, forfeit
Black 66, Neon Green 65
Orange 67, Ash Grey, 64, overtime
Gold 51, Sapphire Blue 39
Purple 50, Royal Blue 30
Thurs., July 23
Neon Green 55, Gold 48
Pink 97, Maroon 57
Orange 83, Forest Green 61
Sapphire Blue 62, Kelly Green 58
Black 43, Purple 34
Red 69, Ash 38
Bye: Royal Blue
Tues., July 21
Gold 56, Pink 47
Neon Green 68, Royal Blue 53
Sapphire Blue 49, Black 33
Orange 69, Red 67, ovt.
Maroon 51, Ash 47, ovt.
Forest Green 85, Kelly Green 84, ovt.
Thurs., July 16
Gold 65, Purple 60
Pink 69, Orange 48
Neon Green 72, Kelly Green 48
Maroon 74, Sapphire Blue 65
Red 2, Forest Green 0, forfeit
Black 2, Royal Blue 0, forfeit
Bye: Ash Grey
Tues., July 14
Neon Green 72, Orange 66, ovt.
Gold 61, Black 55
Pink 56, Ash Grey 38
Sapphire Blue 70, Red 65
Maroon 68, Purple 63
Kelly Green 73, Royal Blue 52
Bye: Forest Green
Thurs., July 9
Sapphire Blue 70, Neon Green, 2 ovt.
Gold 2, Red 0, forfeit
Pink 34, Purple 31
Forest Green 79, Royal Blue 54
Black 54, Ash 43
Kelly Green 67, Orange 62
Tues., July 7
Pink 52, Black 42
Gold 72, Forest Green 56
Neon Green 72, Purple 60
Maroon 68, Red 63
Ash Grey 74, Kelly Green 68
Sapphire Blue 58, Royal Blue 41
Thurs., July 2
Maroon 67, Royal Blue 51
Ash 56, Sapphire Blue 59
Pink 60, Forest Green 56
Kelly Green 68, Black 51
Neon Green 75, Red 73
Purple 63, Orange 56
Tues., June 30
Red 60, Purple 47
Orange 89, Royal Blue 43
Gold 76, Kelly Green 60
Maroon 67, Black 48
Forest Green 60, Sapphire Blue 54
Neon Green 2, Ash 0, forfeit
Thurs, June 25
Maroon 77, Orange 56
Purple 59, Sapphire Blue 54
Red 94 , Kelly Green 64
Gold 2, Ash 0, forfeit
Pink 87, Royal Blue 31
Bye: Neon Green
Tues., June 23
Black 49, Orange 47
Neon Green 91, Forest Green 42
Purple 59, Ash 31
Red 89, Royal Blue 84
Gold 87, Maroon 84
Pink 54, Sapphire Blue 49
Bye: Kelly Green
Thurs, June 18
Gold 70, Royal Blue 57
Ash 74, Forest Green 67
Sapphire Blue 62, Orange 60
Neon Green 69, Maroon 60
Pink 67, Red 50
Purple 66, Kelly Green 40
Tues, June 16
Maroon 59, Kelly Green 54
Gold 69, Orange 43
Black 73, Red 42
Pink 64, Neon Green 52
Purple 61, Forest Green 47
Ash 61, Royal Blue 41
Bye: Sapphire Blue
Scoring 20 Points or More
32-Chelsea Woods, Red (L) vs. Maroon (W) – July 7
31-Dallas Ely, Maroon (W) vs. Royal Blue (L) – July 2
31-Chelsea Woods, Red (W) vs. Kelly Green (L) – June 25
30 Chelsea Wood, Red (L-Ovt) vs. Orange, (W) – July 21
30 Megan Quinn, Neon Green (W) vs. Royal Blue (L) – July 21
30- Megan Quinn, Neon Green (W), vs. Forest Green (L) - June 23
30-Maureen Leahy, Neon Green (W), vs. Forest Green (L) –June 23
29-Megan Quinn, Neon Green (L-2ovt) vs. Sapphire Blue (W), July 9
28-Chelsea Woods, Red (L), vs. Neon Green (W) – July 2
28- Chelsea Woods, Red (W), vs. vs. Royal Blue (L) – June 23
28-Chelsea Woods, Red (L), vs. Pink (W) – June 18
27-Chelsea Woods, Red (W), vs. Ash (L) – July 23
26-Chelsea Woods, Red (L) vs. Sapphire Blue (W) – July 14
26-Megan Quinn, Neon Green (W-ovt.) vs. Orange (L) – July 14
25-Megan Quinn, Neon Green (W), vs. Red (L) – July 2
25-Tori Smick, Maroon (L) vs. Gold (W) – June 23
25-Ashley Wood, Gold (W) vs Orange (L) – June 16
25-Alex Louin, Neon Green (W) vs Maroon (L) – June 18
24-Mary Ellen McCollum, Kelly Green (L-ovt.) vs. Forest Green (W) – July 21
24-Amanda Fioravanti, Kelly Green (W) vs. Orange (L) – July 9
24-Jasmine Elum, Gold (W) vs. Forest Green (L) – July 7
24-Jasmine Elum, Gold (W) vs. Kelly Green (L) – June 30
24-Sarah Fairbanks, Pink (W) vs. Red (L) – June 18
24-Tyniqua Henderson, Royal Blue (L) vs. Gold (W) – June 18
23-Sarah Fairbanks, Pink (W) vs. Maroon (L) – July 23
23-Katie O’Hare, Forest Green (W-ovt), vs. Kelly Green (L) – July 21
23-Dallas Ely, Maroon (W), vs. Sapphire Blue – July 16
23-Amanda Fioravanti, Kelly Green (W) vs. Royal Blue (L) – July 14
23-Mackenzie Carroll, Orange (W) vs. Royal Blue (L) – June 25
23-Lauren Crisler, Gold (W) vs. Maroon (L) – June 23
22-Jenna Swope, Kelly Green (L-ovt.) vs. Forest Green (W) – July 21
22-Sarah Fairbanks, Pink (W) vs. Forest Green (L) – July 2
22-Alex Thomas, Purple (W) vs. Sapphire Blue (L) – June 25
22-Micah Morgan, Purple (W), vs. Kelly Green (L) – June 18
21-Johanna McMillan, Pink (W), vs. Maroon (L) – July 23
21-Jasmine Elum, Gold (W), vs. Purple (L) – July 17
21-Alex Louin, Neon Green (W), vs. Purple (L) – July 7
21-Aunjel Van Brakle, Ash (W), vs. Kelly Green (W) – July 7
21-Chelsea Woods, Red (W) vs. Purple (L) – June 25
21 – Sarah Payonk, Pink (W) vs. Royal Blue (L) – June 25
21-Natalya Lee, Red (W), vs. Royal Blue (L) – June 23
21-Alex Louin, Neon Green (W), vs. Forest Green (L) –June 23
21-Lauren Crisler, Gold (W) vs. Royal Blue (L) – June 18
20-Emily O’Donnell, Sapphire Blue (L), vs. Maroon (W) – July 16
20-Emily O’Donnell, Sapphire Blue (W) vs. Red (L) – July 14
20-Micah Morgan 20, Purple (L) vs. Maroon (W) – July 14
20-Samantha Stipa, Neon Green (W), vs. Red (L) – July 2
20-Maggie Locke, Royal Blue (L) vs. Orange (W) – June 25
20-Mary Ellen McCollum, Kelly Green (L) vs, Red (L) – June 25
20-Margaret Melham, Red (W) vs. Royal Blue (L) – June 23
20-Brittany Sicinski, Maroon (L) vs. Gold (W) – June 23
vs. O (W), RB (W), vs. M (W), Ash (W-*F), KG(W), FG(W), Red (W-*F), Black (W), Pur(W), PK (W) NG (L), SB (W)
vs. NG (W), Red (W), SB (W), RB(W), FG(W), Black (W), Purple (W), A(W), O (W), Gold (L), M(W), KG (W-*F).
Neon Green (9-3)
vs. Pnk(L), M(W), FG (W), Ash (W-*F), Red(W), Purp (L), SB(L-2ovt.), O (W-ovt.), KG(W), RB (W), Gold (W) Black (L).
vs. KG (W), NG (L), G(L).O(W), Black (W), RB(W), Red(W), Purple (W), SB (W), Ash (W-ovt.), Pink (L), FG (L-*F).
$-Sapphire Blue (6-6)
vs. O(W), Pink(L),Purple(L), FG(L), Ash(L), RB(W), NG (W-2ovt.), Red(W), M(L), Black (W), KG (W) Gold (L).
vs. Red (W), O (W), FG(L), M(L), KG(L), Pink (L), Ash (W), Gold (L), RB (W-*F), SB (L), Purple (W), NG (W).
vs. FG (W), KG (W), A(W), SB(W), Red (L), O(W), NG(L), Pink (L), M(L), Gold (L), Black (L) , RB (W).
vs. Blk (L), Pink (L), RB(W), KG(W), Purp(W), NG(L), M(L), Gold (L-*F), SB(L), FG(W-*F), O(L-ovt.), Ash (W).
Forest Green (5-7)
vs. Purp (L), Ash (L), NG(L),B(W), SB(W),Pink(L),Gold (L), RB(W), Red (L-*F), KG(W-ovt.), Or (L), M (W-F*).
vs. Gold (L), SB (L), B(L),M(L), RB(W),Purple(L), KG(L), NG(L), Pink (L), Red (W-ovt.), FG (W), Ash (W).
vs. RB (W), FG (W), Purple (L), Gold (L-*F), NG(L-*F), SB(W), KG(W), Black (L), Pnk(L), M(L), Red (L), Orange (L)
Kelly Green (3-9)
vs. M (L), Purp (L),Red(L), Gold(L),Black(W), Ash (L), O(W), RB(W), NG (L), FG (L-ovt.), SB (L), Pink (L-*F).
Royal Blue (0-12)
vs. Ash (L), Gold (L), Red (L),Pink(L), O(L),M(L), SB(L), FG(L), KG(L), Black(L-*F), NG(L), Purple (L).
*-Forfeit win or loss
#-Gold holds first on head to head win over Pink.
$-Three-Way Sapphire Blue, Black, and Purple all 1-1. Sapphire Blue and Black both beat Neon Green on best win, dropping Purple to seventh and then Sapphire Blue beat Black on head-to-head to fifth seed and black at sixth.
^-Red takes eighth seed on head-to-head win over Forest Green.
%-Orange takes 10th place on head-to-head win over Ash Grey.
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