Philly Summer League: Forfeiit Gives Hunter Green Top Seed While Kelly Green Wins Last Slot
HATBORO, Pa. -- The situation is somewhat different than the previous two summers but with a change of teams and a new role as player-coach, former Saint Joseph's star Katie Kuester is right where she has been in the recent past heading into the eight-team playoffs with the No. 1 seed in the Philadelphia/Suburban Women's NCAA Summer Basketball League at Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renegades.
Though Kuester's Hunter Green squad (11-1) was expected to win easily in Tuesday night's regular season final against 13th and last place Royal Blue (1-11), the result came even quicker than expected in the 7 p.m. contest when Royal Blue failed to field enough players within the 15-minutes grace for late arrivals and suffered its third forfeit loss.
Forfeits are not unusual in the league across the 12-game schedules from mid-June through the end of July but Royal Blue was involved on the losing end of all three forfeits recorded by the league.
Unlike the past two summers, Kuester will not go into the postseason unbeaten with a loss to third-place Gold putting a blot on the run and enabling White (11-1) to tie for the regular season crown after beating the Division II Philadelphia University Black squad 82-52 Tuesday as former Bethune-Cookman star Jasmine Elum scored 22 points and former Holy Family star Catherine Carr scored 20, helped by hitting four three-pointers.
Hunter Green's head-to-head win over White, coming after the upset loss earlier in the season, enabled the triumph to be the difference in determining the No. 1 seed.
The loss knocked Black (4-8) out of a tie with Kelly Green -- Black owned the head-to-head win. Rams junior Monica Shacker had nine points against White, sophomore Mary Newell and former Phila. U. star Samantha Morris each scored eight points and sophomore Jacqueline McCarron scored seven points.
Seven teams qualified for the field prior to Tuesday but Kelly Green (5-7), dominated by Division II Holy Family, took the last spot, breaking out of its tie with Black as Erin Fenningham, a Tigers sophomore, scored a game-high 16 points in the 62-54 win over Orange (2-10), which had previously won its only two games of the season.
Carolyne Heston, a Tigers senior, scored 14 points for Kelly Green, Calypso Carty, an incoming freshman at Utica in upstate New York, scored 12 points, and MaryEllen McCollum, a Tigers junior, scored nine points.
Orange completed its season in 11th place as Shea Wassel, a junior at York College, scored 12 points, Helen Gemmell, a sophomore at Division II East Stroudsburg scored 11, Devin Gold, a junior at Division II Caldwell College, and Melissa Poderis, a sophomore at ESU, each scored nine points, and Courtney Brown, an incoming ESU freshman, scored eight points.
Kelly Green will open play against Hunter Green in the quarterfinals Thursday at 7 p.m. on Court 1.
The upset of the night came from the surprise team of the season in Red, which upset Gold 55-49 to move into a tie with idle Maroon for fourth.
Gold was assured of third seed win or lose though two f the 12 pre-night scenarios gave the team a chance to finish with the second seed or in a three-way tie for first.
Red (8-4), dominated on the roster by Division III Scranton, avoided a tie for fifth with the win but loses out on the tie-break for fourth seed off a loss to Maroon (8-4), dominated by Division II University of the Sciences of Philadelphia, which was serving the last of the 13 byes each team in the league had.
The jockeying, though, is a bit academic because Red was on course to meet Maroon again Thursday in a 4-5 quarterfinal game at 8:15 p.m. on Court 2 at 8:15 p.m.
In Red's win over Gold, Emily Homan, a Lafayette junior, had 16 points, Lindsay Fluehr, a Scranton junior, had 13 points, and Royals sophomore Jaclyn Glantz scored 10 points.
Gold, whose coach Ted Hagedorn won the previous two summer league titles with other teams, got 12 points from Saint Joseph's sophomore Sarah Fairbanks and 11 from her Hawks junior teammate Natasha Cloud.
On one of the more plentiful nights in the league in terms of individuals scoring 20 or more points, five hit the mark clustered around two games.
Besides the performances of White's Elum and Carr in the win over Black, the other three got their totals in the game between Sky Blue (6-6), the Division II-dominated West Chester group which finished at .500 and locked up the seventh seed, and Navy Blue (3-9), which finished in a tie for 10th with Heather Grey and earned the 10th place slot off a head-to-head win.
Navy Blue had a chance for the playoffs potentially with a win and help elsewhere.
But Sky Blue ended those hopes, triumphing 81-69 as West Chester sophomore Brittany Sicinski scored 23 points, enabling her to tie Saint Joseph's senior Erin Shields with five nights each in the 20 or more points category.
Shields might have been able to get numer six had she not gotten an unexpected night off when Royal Blue forfeited to Hunter Green.
Jasmen Clark, a Golden Rams junior, scored 17 for Sky Blue, Anna Kuntz, a West Chester sophomore, scored 15 points, Taylor Bryant, who was enrolled at Delaware but did not play for the Blue Hens, scored 12 point as did Golden Rams junior Kendall Benovy.
Sky Blue's quarterfinal game will be against White at 8:15 p.m. on Court 1.
In a rarity two 20-point performances came on the losing side with a pair of Saint Joseph's stars hitting the mark for Navy Blue. Incoming Hawks freshman Geena Gomez scored 23 points, while sophomore Ciarra Andrews scored 20. Daphne Ginn, a Stevens Tech freshman, scored 13 points and Hawks sophomore Kelsey Berger matched the 13.
In all 36 players scored 20 or more points in a single game with the season high coming from Lehigh sophomore Kerry Kinek scoring 32 with Heather Grey.
After Shields and Sicinski gettting multiple performances of five each, Navy Blue's Andrews had four, Kinek and Liz Sharlow, her Lehigh sophomore classmate, who is on Purple, had three each, and White's Elum and Carr did it twice.
In the night's other game Purple (7-5) claimed the sixth seed with a 55-43 win over Heather Grey (3-9), which finished in a tie for 10th with Navy Blue and the 11th slot.
Purple, which will open Thursday at 7 p.m. on Court 2 against Gold, got 18 points from Megan Gallagher, a DeSales senior, while Alyssa Isler, a Division III Gettysburg senior, scored 13, and Jessica Porter, a Gettysburg sophomore, scored 12.
Kathryn Stockbower, a former Swarthmore star who holds the NCAA Division III career record for double doubles, scored 16 points for Heather Grey.
Playoffs Quarterfinals Preview
Kelly Green vs. Hunter Green
If the regular season game they played is any indication, don't let the seeding numbers matching No. 8 Kelly Green (5-7) against No. 1 Hunter Green (11-1) in a quarterfinals opener at 7 p.m. on Court 1 give you the wrong impression.
Kelly Green gave Hunter Green all they could handle before the league frontrunner pulled out a 68-64 win on June 27.
And remember, several years ago the Holy Family contingent made the league finals before a Katie Kuester squad swept what was then a best-of-three championship round.
Now Kuester is in her first go-round as a player-coach and things haven't changed much from when she was just a player.
And of course Hunter Green has the three Shields sisters bolstering the offense in Saint Joseph's senior Erin, who has hit 20 or more points five nights this summer, recent Boston College grad Kerri, and University of San Diego sophomore Shannon.
Hunter Green has been rolling since its early lose to Gold, it's sole setback of the season, while Kelly Green shook off its loss to Black, aka, Philadelphia University, its winter D-2 local Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference rival, to take advantage of the schedule by beating 13th place Royal Blue and 12th place Orange.
Black had the misfortune of meeting the better teams down the stetch.
In the regular season meeting, Kuester had 14 points, Dickinson graduate Brooke Muller had 13 points, and Kerri Shields had 10, one of the few times Erin did not light up the basket.
Kelly Green got 18 points from Carolyne Heston, Erin Mann scored 11, Magggie Serratelli scored 10, incoming freshman Yasmin Walker scored nine, and Brittany Wood, a Division III Delaware Valley junior, also scored nine points.
Red vs. Maroon
The No. 4 Maroon (8-4) ans No. 5 Red (8-4) matchup on Court 2 at 8:15 offers two teams that have similarities in their season profiles beyond their won-loss records.
Both got under way in June with shaky starts, Maroon going 1-3 until a July 2 second win over Red before a break for the holiday launched a 7-1 run the rest of the way.
That narrow 61-57 loss by Red, however, brought hope things were about to get better and they have with a seven-game win streak after Tuesday's upset of No. 3 Gold in the regular season finale.
In the game on July 2, Camille McPherson, a University of the Sciences of Philadelphia newer star, had 20 points, Devils standout Brianne Traub scored 14 points, and recent Holy Cross graduate Kaitlin Cole scored 10 points.
Red got 11 points from Lafayette's Emily Homan, 10 from Assumption senior Jamie Insel, and eight from Scranton junior Stephanie Keyes.
White vs. Sky Blue
Other than the loss to top-seed Hunter Green, White (11-1) has been on it's game, though shaky at times, most of the way while the seventh-seeed Sky Blue (6-6) have been up and down heading into Thursday night's re-match at 8:15 p.m. on Court 1.
When they met recently on July 23, White's Emily Leer, an incoming Villanova junior, had a season-high 21 points while Jasmine Elum had 10 points in a 66-49 win.
White was able stop Brittany Sicinski from going off too much, though she still got 15 points for Sky Blue, which also got 10 points from West Chester junior Serifat Junaid.
Purple vs. Gold
It's hard to judge the way this one will go in the other quarterfinal slated for 7 p.m. on Court 2 considering the two last met in the season opener back on June 18 when third-seeded Gold (9-3) emerged with a low-scoring 47-41 win over sixth-seeded Purple (7-5).
Gold is coming off an upset loss to Red while Purple locked up the sixth seed Tuesday with a 55-43 win over Heather Grey.
In the win for Gold in their last meeting, Maureen Leay, a Bryant sophomore, scored 15 points, Mackenzie Rule, an incoming Saint Joseph's freshman, scored six, and that number was equaled by Hawks junior Natasha Cloud.
Lexi Scrivano, a Millersville sophomore, scored 10 for Purple, while Aubrey Howland, a Mary Washington junior, scored seven points, and Gettysburg sophmore Rianna Doane and Dowling junior Christine Verrelle each scored six points.
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Thursday, Aug. 1
7:15 p.m. (8) Kelly Green (5-7) vs. (1) Hunter Green (11-1), Court 1
(6) Purple (7-5) vs. (3) Gold (9-3), Court 2
8:15 p.m. (7) Sky Blue (6-6) vs. White (11-1), Court 1
(5) Red (8-4) vs. (4) Maroon (8-4), Court 2
Tuesday, Aug. 6
7 p.m. Highest seed survivor vs. Lowest seed survivor
<8:15 p.m. Other two quarterfinals survivors
Thursday, Aug. 8
7 p.m. Championship winner take all
Tidbits From the Commissioner
David B. Kessler, now in his 20th season as commissioner of the league, in the game-day newsletter, notes that this time around there are 156 players representing over 60 collegiate programs and the average player height is 5-foot-9 and the average age is 20.5.
Looking ahead to next season, the 2014 draft will be May 29, the season will open June 17, the entry deadline for registration form, player information sheet, and fee is May 24th,
On a serious note, the commissioner would like to remind players to please remove all jewelry prior to playing in games. He says it's a rule designed for everyone's protection and game officials need to enforce it because of potential liability issues if an injury occurs.
Explaining the Final Standings
This is redundant to the opening storyline but since this has been the place to discuss the standings to simply state it: Hunter Green and White tie for first and Hunter Green is the one seed off a head-to-head win.
Gold is alone in third.
Maroon and Red tie for fourth and Maroon has head-to-head win.
Purple, Sky Blue and Kelly Green are 6-7-8 alone at each slot and finish the group of playoff qualifiers.
Black is alone in ninth.
Navy Blue and Heather Grey tie for 10th with Navy Blue winning the head-to-head matchup between the two teams.
Orange is alone in 12th and Royal Blue finishes the standings alone in 13th.
The running grid is in proper order to look at tiebreakers for seeding and making the eight-team field.
Also, continued special thanks to Tom Utescher for providing pictures that will enable this report to switch over to being housed in PhilahoopsW and a duplicate of Thursday's report of 7/18 here is now over at http://philahoopsw.com to see what the future of coverage may be.
The Guru will tweet @womhoopsguru when photos and coverage at philahoopsw are in play.
Team, Won-Loss, Pct., GB, Pts., Opp. Points
%-1-Hunter Green, 11-1, .917, ---, 759, 661
%-1-White, 11-1, .917, --- 738, 552
%-3-Gold, 9-3, .750, 2.0, 605, 562
$%-4-Maroon, 8-4, .667, 3.0, 650, 639
%-4-Red, 8-4, .667, 3.0, 744, 652
%-6-Purple, 7-5, .583, 4.0, 693, 678
%-7-Sky Blue, 6-6, .500, 5.0 , 753, 744
%-8-Kelly Green, 5-7, .417, 6.0, 706, 728
9-Black, 4-8, .333, 7.0, 671, 740
10-Navy Blue, 3-9, .250, 8.0, 666, 766
10-Heather Grey, 3-9, .250, 8.0, 695, 713
12-Orange, 2-10, .167, 9.0, 584, 690
13-Royal Blue, 1-11, .091, 9.0, 455, 614
%-Clinched playoff spot
This is the tracking tie-breaker and seeding guide for the eight-team playoffs.
1-Hunt. G. vs. Red (W), vs. Orange (W), Maroon (W), vs. Kelly G (W), vs. Gold (L), vs. Black (W), vs. White (W), vs. Purple (W), vs. N.B. (W), vs. Sky B. (W), vs. Heath. Grey (W), vs. R.B (W-Forfeit).
1-White vs. Red (W), vs. Orange (W), vs. Maroon (W), vs. Kelly Green (W), vs. Gold (W), vs. Hunt. G. (L), vs. R.B. (W-Forfeit), vs. Purple (W), vs. N.B. (W), vs. Sky Blue (W), vs. Heath. Grey (W), vs. Black (W).
3-Gold vs. Purple (W), vs. N.B. (L), vs. Sky B. (W), vs. Heath. Grey (W), vs. Hunt G. (W), vs. White (L), vs. R.B. (W-Forfeit), vs. Orange (W), vs. Maroon (W), vs. Kelly G. (W), vs. Black (W), vs. Red (L).
4-Maroon vs. Sky B. (L), vs. Heath. Grey (W), vs. Hunt G. (L), vs. White (L), vs. Red (W) , vs. Orange (W), vs. N.B. (W), vs. Kelly G. (W), vs. Gold (L), vs. Black (W), vs. Royal Blue (W), vs. Purple (W)
4-Red vs. Hunt G. (L), vs. White (L), vs. Orange (W), vs. Maroon (L), vs. Kelly Green (L), vs. Heath. Grey (W), vs. vs. Black (W), vs. R.B. (W), vs. Purple (W), vs. Navy Blue (W), vs. Sky Blue (W), vs. Gold (W).
6-Purple vs. Gold (L), vs. Black (W-OT), vs. R.B (W), vs. N.B. (W-OT), vs. Sky B. (W), vs. Kelly G (W), vs. Hunt. G (L), vs. White (L), vs. Red (L), vs. Orange (W), vs. Maroon (L), vs. Heath. Grey (W).
7-Sky B. vs. Maroon (W), vs. Kelly G (W), vs. Gold (L), vs. Black (W), vs. R.B. (W), vs. Purple (L), vs. Orange (W), vs Heath. Grey (L), Hunt G. (L), vs. White (L), vs. Red (L), vs. N.B. (W).
8-Kelly G. vs. N.B. (W), vs. Sky B, (L), vs. Heath. Grey (W), vs. Hunt G. (L), vs. White (L), vs. Red (W), vs. Purple (L), vs. Maroon (L), vs. Gold (L), vs. Black (L), vs. R.B. (W), vs. Orange (W).
9-Black vs. R.B. (W), vs. Purple (L-OT), vs. N.B. (L), vs. Sky B (L), Heath. Grey (W), vs. Hunt. G (L), vs. Red (L), vs. Orange (W), vs. Maroon (L), vs. Kelly Green (W), vs. Gold (L), vs. White (L).
10-N.B. vs. Kelly G. (L), vs. Gold (W), vs. Black (W), vs. R.B. (L), vs. Purple (L-OT), vs. Maroon (L), vs. Heath. Grey (W), vs. Hunt. Green (L), vs. White (L), vs. Red (L), vs. Orange (L), vs. Sky B. (L).
10-Heath. Grey vs. Orange (W), vs. Maroon (L), vs. Kelly G. (L), vs. Gold (L), vs. Black (L), vs. R.B. (W), vs. Red (L), vs. N.B. (L), vs. Sky Blue (W), vs. Hunt. Green (L), vs. White (L), vs. Purple (L).
12-Orange vs. Heath. Grey (L), vs. Hunt G. (L), vs. White (L), vs. Red (L), vs. Maroon (L), vs. Sky B (L), vs. Gold (L), vs. Black (L), vs. Royal Blue (W), vs. Purple (L), vs. N.B. (W), vs. Kelly G. (L).
13-R.B. vs. Black (L), vs. Purple (L), vs. N.B. (W), vs. Sky B. (L), vs. Heath. Grey (L), vs. Gold (L-Forfeit), vs. White (L-Forfeit), vs. Red (L), vs. Orange (L), vs. Maroon (L), vs. Kelly G. (L), vs. Hunt. G. (L-Forfeit).
boldface type in grid indicates games that broke ties.
Top Individual Peformances (20 or more points)
32 Pts.: Kerry Kinek, Heather Grey (W), vs. Sky Blue, July 16
29 Pts.: Erin Shields, Hunter Green, (W) vs. White, July 10
27 Pts.: Kathryn Stockbower, Heather Grey (W) vs. Orange, June 18
26 Pts.: Brittany Sicinski, Sky Blue (W) vs. Black, June 27
26 Pts.: Erin Shields, Hunter Green (W) vs. Navy Blue, July 16
26 Pts.: Jasmine Elum, White (W) vs. Heather Grey, July 25
25 Pts.: Erin Shields, Hunter Green (W) vs. Red, June 18
25 Pts.: Erin Shields, Hunter Green (W) vs. Orange, June 20
25 Pts.: Brittany Sicinski, Sky Blue (W) vs. Royal Blue, July 2
25 Pts.: Liz Sharlow, Purple (W) vs. Orange, July 23
25 Pts.: Kerry Kinek, Heather Grey (L), vs. White, July 25
24 Pts.: Ciara Andrews, Navy Blue (L) vs. Maroon, July 10
23 Pts.: Katie Kuester, Hunter Green (W) vs. Red, June 18
23 Pts.: Catherine Carr, White (L) vs. Hunter Green, July 10
23 Pts.: Liz Sharlow, Purple (L) vs. White, July 16
23 Pts.: Kara Bonenberger, Royal Blue (L) vs. Maroon, July 23
23 Pts.: Brittany Sicinski, Sky Blue (W) vs. Navy Blue, July 30
23 Pts.: Geena Gomez, Navy Blue (L) vs. Sky Blue, July 30
22 Pts.: Alyssa Bonenberger, Royal (L) vs. Purple, June 25
22 Pts.: Kelsey Watson, Royal (L) vs. Sky Blue, July 2
22 Pta.: Jasmine Elum, White (W) vs. Black, July 30
21 Pts.: Kendall Benovy, Sky Blue (W), vs. Black, July 2
21 Pts: Ashley Wood, White (W) vs. Kelly Green, July 2
21 Pts.: Erin Shields, Hunter Green (L) vs. Gold, July 2
21 Pts.: Ciara Andrews, Navy Blue (L-OT)., vs. Purple, July 2
21 Pts.: Brittany Wood, Kelly Green (L) vs. Purple, July 10
21 Pts: Liz Sharlow, Purple (L) vs. Hunter Green, July 11
21 Pts: Kerry Kinek, Heather Grey (L) vs. Navy Blue, July 11
21 Pts: Emily Leer, White (W) vs. Sky Blue, July 23
21 Pts.: Jacqueline McCarron, Black (W), July 23
20 Pts.: Ciara Andrews, Navy Blue (W) vs. Black, June 25
20 Pts.: Camille McPherson, Maroon (W) vs. Red, July 2
20 Pts.: Brittany Sicinski, Sky Blue (L) vs. Purple, July 9
20 Pts.: Brittany Sicinski, Sky Blue (W) vs. Orange, July 10
20 Pts.: Catherine Carr, White (W), vs. Black, July 30
20 Pts.: Ciarra Andrews, Navy Blue (L) vs. Sky Blue, July 30
Till next report.
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