Womhoops Guru

Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Philly Summer League: Kelly Green Upsets Orange and Survives 6-Way Tie to Make Playoffs

By Mel Greenberg

HATBORO, Pa. --
Down to the final seconds for the entire slate of the regular season, Kelly Green slipped past Orange in a 54-50 upset Tuesday night that helped force a six-way tie for fifth and a two-way tie for third in the Philadelphia/Suburban Women's NCAA Summer Basketball League at Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renegades in Lower Bucks County.

Two forfeits also occurred, Royal Blue, which went winless during the 12-game schedule that each team play, gave favored Hunter Blue (7-5) a slot in the upper part of the standings because players from Stevens Tech on Royal Blue are spending the week in St. John's Island, S.C. volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.

And when the required amount of players fell short for Purple, then Pink (6-6), also known as Division II University of the Sciences of Philadelphia, had itself an upset through a forfeit win to get into the big logjam, only to lose out with Purple (6-6) after the tiebreaking procedure was done.

Seven forfeit games occured across the summer.

On the other hand Kelly Green's win which got them into the mix also took them into the mix and a No. 7 seed after everything was determined to complete a comeback from early season adversity when they had to forfeit two games since the Division I players in the league had yet to become eligible due to a snafu involving the NCAA certifying process.

Orange (6-6) survived the upset to become the last of the eight-team field to qualify.

Kelly Green wasn't the only team that rallied.

Longtime commissioner David Kessler, who was sidelined at the outset due to hip replacement surgery when play got under way in late June made it to the gym for the first time this season without needing anyone to drive him from his recently acquired new home in North Wales.

Black, also known as Division II Philadelphia University, dropped into the big gridlock when it fell to favored White (10-2), also known as Division II West Chester 67-53, which had previously wrapped up the second seed.

Earlier in the day, longtime West Chester coach Diedre Kane announced her retirement at a press conference after a career that spanned 27 years.

Black, meanwhile, survived the math to make the field.

Sky Blue (7-5) held up its favorite role in Tuesday's action and eliminated Navy Blue (5-7) from playoff contention to gain the third seed, dropping Hunter Green to fourth off a head-to-head win during the season.

In the only game that reduced to an exhibition of sorts, Gold (11-1), which had already clinched the top seed, easily defeated Red, 82-44, to gain the top of the standings all alone.

Red (2-10) had been previously eliminated.

Three players during the night reached the 20-or-more points plateau, with Gold's Ashley Wood of Division II Kutztown scoring 33 points in her first 20-plus effort to land just behind the 35 points Saint Joseph's junior Sarah Fairbanks scored in a win over Orange on July 17.

Two players returned to the honor roll with incoming freshman Chelsea Woods scoring 22 points for Navy Blue in its loss to Sky Blue to mark a league-best six-time appearance on the list.

And it was also another return for Philadelphia University senior Najah Jacobs, a Central High graduate, as she scored 23 points for Black in its loss to White.

Setting the Seeds

Here is the way the seeds quickly got determined despite the complexity of the finish and now you know why the Guru keeps that running team vs. opposition grid all summer.

As mentioned Gold with a league-best 11-1, being upset along the way by Pink, got the top seed, while White at 9-2 was second.

And to also repeat, Sky Blue and Hunter Green each finished with the next best marks at 7-5 and Sky Blue got the third seed off its head-to-head win over Hunter Green, which was placed fourth.

Then came the great tie-up with six teams: Orange, Kelly Green, Black, Purple, Maroon, and Pink tied at 6-6.

So the first move was to see how they did against each other within their group over five games.

Black was 4-1 to quickly get the fifth seed and Maroon was 3-2 to land sixth.

That left four teams, Orange, Kelly Green, Purple, and Pink, two of which needing to be eliminated, knotted at 2-3.

So the four were placed together to see how each of them did within their own three-game round-robin.

Kelly Green and Orange emerged at 2-1 to fill the remaining playoff spots with Kelly Green seventh and Orange eighth off the Tuesday result.

To complete the rest of the standings among the also-rans, Pink and Purple were 1-2 and the Pink win Tuesday by the forfeit gave it ninth over 10th place Purple.

Then Navy Blue (5-7) after its loss Tuesday was all alone in 11th while Red (2-10) was alone in 12th, and Royal Blue in 13th.

Setting The Quarterfinals

Though the schedule is listed way below, here are the matchups for Thursday's quarterfinals from which four will move to Tuesday's semifinals and then the survivors will play a week from Thursday for the championship.

At 7 p.m. on Court 1, Gold, the top seed, meets No. 8 Orange for the second time after Gold produced a 79-68 win in their earlier meeting.

At the same time on Court 2, Sky Blue, the third seed, will meet No. 6 Maroon. In their earlier meeting Sky Blue came through with a narrow 52-47 victory.

At 8 p.m., on Court 1, No. 2 White meets No. 7 Kelly Green after a romp in their earlier meeting by White, which won 99-44.

Wrapping up the round at the same time on Court 2, No. 5 Black and No. 4 Hunter Green meet with Hunter Green having taken the first confrontation 51-43.

Tuesday Recaps

Pink 2, Purple 0 -- Pink wins forfeit when a shortage of Purple players occurred by the early games deadline.

Hunter Green 2, Royal Blue 0 -- Likewise Royal Blue had already declared itself to be the loser due to lack of players, making it the second straight forfeit setback.

Gold 82, Red 44 -- In the game that was a mere formality, though an upset would have caused the regular season title to be shared with White, Gold got ready for the postseaon as Ashley Wood, as mentioned, the graduate of Spring-Ford High, scored 33 points, while Darby Festa, a Division III Haverford sophomore out of Cherry Hill East in South Jersey, and Delaware sophomore Stephanie Leon each scored 15 points.

Red got 15 points each from Tuga Goff, a Division III Rosemont sophomore out of Upper Dublin, and Calypso Carty, a Utica College sophomore from CentraL Bucks West, who got all her points off five 3-pointers.

White 67, Black 53 -- Leading the way for the West Chester bunch was Dallas Ely, a junior, who scored 15 points, Victoria Smick, a sophomore who scored 14, Mariah Powell, a senior from Rustin High near the university who scored 13, and Jasmen Clark, a junior, who scored 12.

As mentioned, Najah Jacobs poured down 23 points, helpedby three treys and 4-for-4 from the line, while Jeas Kamninski, an incoming freshman from Archbishop Wood, scored nine points.

Kelly Green 54, Orange 50 -- In the big win, Maureen Leahy for coach Ted Hagedorn's group scored 14 points by the product of Cardinal O'Hara who is a junior at Bryant, while Vicki Tumasz, who is heading from North Penn to Shippesnburg, again starred as a late roster arrival with 12 pointa off four three-pointers.

On the scene to watch Kelly Green was Mount St. Joseph's coach John Miller, whose formore player Alex Louin will be an incoming freshman on the Main Line, playing for Miller's longtime friend Harry Perretta at Villanova.

Orange was paced by Penn senior Kara Bonenberger of the defending Ivy League champions, who scored 14 points, though she will be heading to Italy with Penn next week, as will senior Kathleen Roche, who scored 12 points. Amanda Fioravanti, a sophomore at Saint Joseph's, had another stellar night, scoring 12 points to match Roche's total.

Sky Blue 82, Navy Blue 54 -- In one of the few games that held up and with no forfeit involved, Saint Joseph's sophomore Jessica Pongonis scored 19 points and had three 3-pointers, while Stephanie Schultz, a Colgate senior from the Hill School, scored 13 points.

As mentioned, Chelsea Woods was back in the 20s for Navy Blue, scoring 22 points aided by 7-for-8 from the line, while Navy Blue also got 14 points from Janaiah Elum, a Penn State Abington junior from Northeast High.

Individual Scoring Performances
(20 or more points)

35 pts. -- 1-Sarah Fairbanks, H.G.(W) vs. Orange, July 17
33 pts. -- Ashley Wood, Gold (W) vs. Red, Aug.5
31 pts. -- 1-Jasmine Elum, Gold (W) vs. Maroon, July 1
29 pts. -- 1-Ciara Andrews, RB (L) vs. Orange, July 24
28 pts. -- 2-Sarah Fairbanks,H.. (L) vs. S. Bl., July 24
27 pts. -- Samantha Stipa, Purple (W) vs. H.G., June 26
27 pts. -- 1-Chelsea Woods, N.B. (W) vs. Orange, July 31
26 pts. -- Mariah Powell, White (W) vs. Red, July 17
26 pts. -- Courtney Brown, Maroon (W) vs. R. Blue, July 2
26 pts. -- 3-Sarah Fairbanks, H.G. (L) vs. K.G., July 29
25 pts. -- Meghan Gibson, Gold (W) vs. Navy Blue, July 17
24 pts. -- 2-Jasmine Elum, Gold (W) vs Hunter Green, June 24
24 pts. -- Erin Fenningham, Hunt. Green (W) vs. N.B., July 1
24 pts. -- Alexis Smith, Gold (W) vs. Maroon, July 1
24 pts. -- 1-Brianne Traub, Pink (W) vs. Royal Blue, July 10
24 pts. -- 1-Amanda Fioravanti, Orange (W) vs. R.B., July 23
23 pts. -- Lexi Scrivano, Kelly Green (L) vs. White, June 24
23 pts. -- 1-Najah Jacobs, Black (L) vs. Gold, July 31
23 pts. -- 2-Najah Jacobs, Black (L) vs. White, Aug. 5
22 pts. -- Mariah Powell, White (W) vs. Kelly Green, June 24
22 pts. -- Alex Smith, Gold (W) vs. Orange, June 26
22 pts. -- 2-Brianne Traub, Pink (L) vs. Sky Blue, July 1
22 pts. -- 2-Chelsea Woods, Navy Blue (L) vs. White, July 24
22 pts. -- 3-Chelsea Woods, Navy Blue (W) vs. R.B., July 29
22 pts. -- 1-Natasha Cloud, Gold (W) vs. Black, July 31
22 pts. -- 4-Chelsea Woods, Navy Blue (L) vs. S.B., Aug.5.
21 pts. -- Alex Smith, Gold (W) vs. Hunter Green, June 24
21 pts. -- 3-Jasmine Elum, Gold (W) vs. Orange, June 26
21 pts. -- 5-Chelsea Woods,N.B. (L-OT),vs.Kelly Grn, July 8
21 pts. -- 2-Amanda Fioravanti, Orange (L) vs.Maroon,July 10
21 pts. -- Natalie Stella, Pink (W) vs. Royal Blue, July 10
21 pts. -- 4-Sarah Fairbanks, H.G. (L) vs. White, July 14
21 pts. -- 2-Ciara Andrews, Royal Blue (L) vs. Gold, July 14
21 pts. -- Kara Bonenberger, Orange (W) vs. R.B., July 24
20 pts. -- Brittany Sicinski, White (W), vs. R.B., June 26
20 pts. -- 1-Lauren Crisler, Gold (W), vs. White, July 10
20 pts. -- 2-Natasha Cloud, Gold (W), vs. Royal Blue,July 14
20 pts. -- 6-Chelsea Woods, N.B. (W), vs. Black, July 22
20 pts. -- 2-Lauren Crisler, Gold (L) vs. Pink, July 29
20 pts. -- 3-Najah Jacobs, Black (W) vs. Sky Blue, July 29
20 pts. -- Alex Louin, Kelly Green (W) vs. H.G., July 29

Final Running Tracker for Playoff Seeds and Tiebreakers
Placements reflect seeds (in front of team name) at the end of the regular season. First eight are in the playoffs after ties were broken.

^1-Gold (11-1): H.G. (W), Orange (W), Maroon (W), Purple (W), White (W), R.B. (W), N.B.(W), S.B. (W). K.G. (W), Pink (L), vs. Black (W), vs. Red (W)

*2-White (10-2): K.G.(W), R.B. (W), Purple (W), S.B.(W), Gold (L), H.G.(W), Red (W), Orange (L), N.B. (W). Maroon (W-F), vs. Pink (W), vs. Black

*3-Sky Blue: (7-5) R.B.(W), Pink (L), White (L), Maroon(W), Purple (W), Orge (L), K.G. (W), Gold (L), H.G.(W), Black (L), Red (W), N.B. (W)

*4-Hunter Green (7-5) Gold (L), Purp. (L), N.B. (W), Pink (W), Red (W), vs. Black (W), White (L), Orange (W), Maroon (W), S.B. (L), K.G. (L), Bye, vs. R.B. (W-F).

*5-Black (6-6): Pink (L), Red (L), Orange (W), K.G. (W-F), R.B. (W), H.G. (L), Purple (W), N.B.(L), Maroon (W), S.B.(W), vs. Gold (L), vs. White (L).

*6-Maroon (6-6): Red (W), K.G. (W-F), Gold (L), R.B. (W), S.B. (L), Orange (W), N.B. (W), Pink (W), H.G. (L), Black (L), White (L-F), Purple (L), Bye

*7-Kelly Green (6-6): White (L), Maroon (L-F), Black (L-F), N.B. (W-OT), Red (W), Purple (L), S.B. (L), Pink (W), Gold (L), H.G. (W), R.B. (W-F), Orange (W)

*8-Orange (6-6): Gold (L), Black (L), Purple (W-F), Pink (W), Maroon (L), S.B. (W), H.G. (L), White (W), R.B. (W), Red (W), vs. N.B. (L), vs. K.G. (L)

9-Pink (6-6): Black (W), N.B. (L), S.B. (W), H.G. (L), Orng (L ), R.B. (W), Red (W-OT), Maroon (L), K.G. (L), Gold (W), White (L), Purple (W-F)

10-Purple (6-6): N.B.(W), H.G.(W), White (L), Orange (L-F), Gold (L), S.B. (L), K.G. (W), Black (L), R.B. (W), Red (W), Maroon (W), Pink (L-F)

11-Navy Blue (5-7): Purple (L), Pink (W),H.G.(L), Red (W), K.G. (L-OT), Maroon (L), Gold (L), Black (W), R.B. (W), Orange (W), S.B. (L)

12-Red (2-10) Maroon (L), Black (W), R.B.(W), N.B. (L), H.G. (L), KG (L), Pink (L-OT), Gold (L), Purple (L), Orange (L), S.B. (L), Gold (L)

13-Royal Blue (0-12): S.B. (L), White (L), Red (L), Maroon (L), BLack (L), Pink (L), Gold (L), Purple (L), Orange (L), N.B. (L), K.G. (L-F), H.G. (L-F)

^-Regular season champion
*-Playoff Qualifier


Final Regular Season Standings

Team, W-L, Pct., G.B., Pts., Opp Pts.

*^-Gold, 11-1, .917, --, 914 696
*-fw-White, 10-2, .833, 1.0, 803 583
*-Sky Blue, 7-5, .583, 4.0, 639 559
*-fw-Hunter Green, 7-5, .583, 4.0, 650 706
*-fw-Black, 6-6, .500, 5.0, 573 594
*-fw, fl-Maroon, 6-6, .500, 5.0, 715 597
*-fw,fl(2)-Kelly Green, 6-6,.500, 5.0, 497 555
*-fw-Orange, 6-6, .500, 5.0, 695 700
fw-Pink, 6-6, .500, 5.0, 562 544
fl(2)-Purple, 6-6, .500, 5.0, 570 525
Navy Blue, 5-7, .417, 6.0, 709 696
Red, 2-10, .167, 9.0, 589 834
fl(2)-Royal Blue, 0-12,.000, 11.0, 574 789

* -- Clinched playoff slot
^ -- Clinched top seed
fw -- includes forfeit win, fl - includes forfeit loss

Past Results

Tuesday (Aug. 5) Results

Sky Blue 82, Navy Blue 65 (Navy Blue eliminated)
White 67, Black 53
Kelly Green 54, Orange 50
Gold 82, Red 44
Hunter Green 2, Royal Blue 0, forfeit
Pink 2, Purple 0, forfeit
Bye: Msroon

Thursday (July 31) Results

Kelly Green 2, Royal Blue 0, forfeit
Navy Blue 97, Orange 81
Purple 51, Maroon 46
Gold 84, Black 52
White 62, Pink 41
Sky Blue 76, Red 38
Bye: Hunter Green

Tuesday (July 29) Results

Pink 64, Gold 61
White 2, Maroon 0, Forfeit
Black 50, Sky Blue 55
Kelly Green 59, Hunter Green 57
Naby Blue 73, Royal Blue 58
Orange 80, Red 32

Bye: Purple

Thursday (July 24) Results

Gold 61, Kelly Green 48
White 60, Navy Blue 58
Black 52, Maroon 45
Sky Blue 66, Hunter Green 53
Orange 77, Royal Blue 74
Purple 59, Red 30

Bye: Pink

Tuesday (July 22) Results

Purple 72, Royal Blue 51
Orange 67, White (D2-West Chester) 58
Navy Blue 45, Black (D2-Phila. U.) 36
Hunter Green 68, Maroon 57
Gold 74, Sky Blue 63
Kelly Green 43, Pink (D2-USP) 37
Bye: Red

Thursday (July 17) Results

White (D2-West Chester) 102, Red 62
Black (D2-Phila. U.) 56, Purple 39
Hunter Green 78. Orange 62
Gold 83, Navy Blue 62
Maroon 55, Pink (D2-USP) 36
Sky Blue 70, Kelly Green 55
Bye: Royal Blue

Tuesday (July 14) Results

White (D2-West Chester) 89, Hunter Green 37
Gold 79, Royal Blue 64
Pink (D2-USP) 64, Red 59, ovt.
Purple 62, Kelly Green 59
Orange 73, Sky Blue 72
Maroon 68, Navy Blue 61

Black (D2-Phila. U.), Bye

Thursday (July 10) Results

Maroon 53, Orange 47
Sky Blue 59, Purple 36
Kelly Green 59, Red 45
Gold 69, White(D2-West Chester) 47
Hunter Green 51, Black (D2-Phila. U) 43
Pink (D2-USP) 70, Royal Blue 50

Tuesday (July 8) Results

Black (D2-Phila. U.) 58, Royal Blue 56
Kelly Green 74, Navy Blue 70, ovt.
Orange 50, Pink (D2-USP) 49
Sky Blue 52, Maroon 47
Hunter Green 75, Red 60
Gold 77, Purple 57

Wednesday (July 2) Results

Hunter Green 51, Pink 47
Maroon 98, Royal Blue 48
White (D2-West Chester) 59, Sky Blue 48
Navy Blue 78, Red 52
Black 2, Kelly Green 0, forfeit
Orange 2, Purple 0, forfeit

Tuesday (July 1) Results

Hunter Green 69, Navy Blue 59
White (West Chester) 54, Purple 45
Gold 85, Maroon 68
Black (Phila. U.) 54, Orange 38
Pink (USP) 59, Sky Blue 56
Red 70, Royal Blue 57

Thursday (June 26) Results

Red 55, Black 54
White 84, Royal Blue 59
Gold 79, Orange 68
Purple 80, Hunter Green 50
Navy Blue 62, Pink 46
Maroon 2, Kelly Green 0 (forfeit)
Bye: Sky Blue

Tuesday (June 24) Results

Purple 69, Navy Blue 44
Maroon 48, Red 42
Sky Blue 93, Royal Blue 43
White (West Chester) 99, Kelly Green 44
Pink (USP) 59, Black (Phila. U.) 53
Gold 84, Hunter Green 59
Bye: Orange

Playoff Schedule
Quarterfinals

Thursday, August 7

7 p.m.

8-Orange (6-6) vs. 1-Gold (11-1), Court 1
Gold won regular season 79-68

6-Maroon (6-6) vs. 3-Sky Blue (7-5), Court 2
Sky Blue won regular season 52-46

8:15 p.m.

7-Kelly Green (6-6) vs. 2-White (9-2), Court 1
White won regular season 99-44

5-Black (6-6) vs. 4-Hunter Green (7-5), Court 2
Hunter Green won regular season 51-43

Semifinals

Tuesday, Aug. 12


7 p.m.

Highest surviving seed vs. lowest surviving seed, Court 1

8:15 p.m.

Remaining quarterfinals survivors, Court 1

Championship

Thursday, Aug. 14


7 p.m.

Semifinal survivors, Court 1

That's it for this report.

-- Mel


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