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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.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Philly Summer League: Neon Green Holds off Red While Pink Ties Gold for First at 5-0

By Mel Greenberg @womhoopsguru

HATBORO, Pa. --
Appropriately heading into theJuly 4th holiday there were fireworks performances from individuals and just two lopsided outcomes of the six games played Thursday night in the Philadelphia/Suburban Women’s NCAA Summer Basketball League at Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renegades in lower Bucks County.

Maroon’s Dallas Ely, a recent West Chester graduate, matched the season high nightly performance milestone for the league with 31 points, fueled by six 3-pointers in a 67-51 triumph over winless Royal Blue (0-6), also known as Penn State-Abington.

In a slam-bang encounter Chelsea Woods, a Saint Joseph’s sophomore, torched the nets again with her third 28-point performance of the season but it was not enough by the finish as Red fell just short to Neon Green 75-73, which stayed in the upper portion of the standings in fourth place.

Woods also scored 31 points in another game but Red is now 3-3 in a tie for sixth with Ash.

Neon Green got 25 points from Villanova’s Megan Quinn, a junior out of Episcopal Academy while Samantha Stipa, a Lafayette sophomore out of Spring-Ford, scored 20 and the game-winner.

Saint Joseph’s senior Sarah Fairbanks also hit the nightly 20-or-more milestone scoring 22 points as Pink stayed unbeaten with idle and defending champion Gold at the top of the standings at 5-0.

Kelly Green snapped a four-game losing streak with its first win of the summer, beating Black 68-51.

Purple, also known as Division I USciences squandered as comfortable lead but rallied for a 63-56 win over Orange that kept the Devils in third place a half-game behind the frontrunners.

Ash returned from Millersville camp, the cause of the forfeits by absences, to get a 56-49 win over Sapphire Blue, apologized for the no-shows and stayed in the hunt for one of the eight playoff berths when the postseason portion of the schedule kicks in at the end of this month.

Longtime commissioner David Kessler said they have a plan when the conflict occurs in the future to avoid a repetition of the absences.

Looking Ahead

On Tuesday night at the high end of the standings Purple and Neon Green will meet at 7 p.m.on Court 1 before Red and Maroon meet on the same court at 8:15 p.m.

Next Thursday at 7 p.m. Purple and Pink meet on Court 2 while at 8:15 p.m. Gold faces Red.

Orange takes its turn handling a bye on Tuesday night.

Natasha Cloud Alert

Just noting that former league and Saint Joseph’s star Natasha Cloud who is having a fine rookie season to date with the WNBA Washington Mystics will be in action in a home game in the Verizon Center next Thursday morning at 11:30 a.m.

Those who do not work in the daytime can make it down to see the Mystics host Connecticut and still get back in time for the 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. summer league starts.

The Guru advises if you drive it go through Annapolis and the round trip will only cost $6 in tolls.



Beginning this week in the standings for better readability on the Guru’s blog, the numerical position followed by a hyphen will be listed in front of each team. Besides the running results for the summer, the bottom portion houses the total tracker for each team.

But you don’t have to leave here at the moment to go there because the Guru will give you the scenarios as they exist right now.

With three weeks concluded teams are now hitting or about to hit the six-game halfway point on the 12-game schedules.

Following Thursday night’s games there were three sets of ties, one at the top between the last two unbeaten teams of Gold and Pink at 5-0, one deadlock in sixth place between Red and Ash, both at .500 at 3-3, and one down at 10th place between Kelly Green and Sapphire Blue at 1-4.

Gold and Pink don’t meet until July 21 when if both are still unbeaten the tie will be broken with the outcome. That will also determine the top seed and second seed in that scenario since only one more night afterwards exists on the regular season schedule thus the head-to-head takes precedence.

But for now Pink is placed ahead of Gold in their deadlock because of two better wins having topped Red and Neon Green.

In sixth, Red gets the nod over Ash because of a win over Purple.

And in 10th, Kelly Green is placed ahead Sapphire Blue because of the win over Black, though the placements are technically academic if the standings were final since neither team would make the playoffs.

Recaps

Neon Green 75, Red 73: The winners (4-1) stay in fourth a game out of first and the work of Quinn and Stipa have already been noted above.

On Red (3-3), besides Woods’ big night, Saint Joseph’s senior Ciara Andrews, a graduate of Cheltenham High, had 16 points, and Devin Gold, a recent Caldwell graduate out of Council Rock North, had 15 points accumulated off five 3-pointers.

Maroon 67, Royal Blue 51: Besides the work of Dallas Ely on Maroon (4-2), which is holding fifth 1.5 games behind the leaders, Tori Smick, a Golden Rams junior out of Woodstown High scored 13 points,

Tyniqua Henderson, a Penn State-Abington senior out of Dobbins High, scored 16 points and Maggie Locke, a Holy Cross freshman out of Spring-Ford, scored 13 for Royal Blue (0-6).

Pink 60, Forest Green 56: Though Fairbanks with her 22 was the only double-digit scorer on the unbeaten winners (5-0) who hold the top seed right now since there’s no head-to-head outcome yet, Sarah Payonk, a Division III Scranton junior out of Spring-Ford, scored eight points for the team dominated by Scranton players on the roster. Jaclyn and Julia Glantz each scored seven points. Jaclyn is a Scranton senior out of Haverford High, while Julia is a Bloomsburg freshman out of Archbishop Carroll.

Kiernan McCloskey, a Lehigh junior out of Germantown Academy, scored 16 for Forest Green (2-4), also known predominately as Division II Holy Family,which is in ninth place a half-game out of eighth heading into Tuesday night’s game with unbeaten Gold at 8:15 p.m. on Court 3.

Katie O’Hare, a Tigers freshman out of Bayard Rustin High, scored 13 points, while Erin Fenningham, a Tigers senior out of St. Basil Academy, scored 11 points, and Michala Clay, a Saint Joseph’s freshman, scored 10 points.

Purple 63, Orange 56: Micah Morgan, a USciences player out of Caravel Academy, and Colleen Walsh, a Devils junior out of Shipley School, each scored 17 points for Purple with Morgan nailing four treys while Walsh hit three and was 4-for-4 from the line.

Amber Reilly, a USciences senior from High Point Regional, and Sarah Abbonizio, targeted for 2020 graduation out of Episcopal Academy, each added seven points to the Purple total.

Mackenzie Carroll, Colgate freshman out of Central Bucks West, scored 12 for Orange (1-5), which is heading for a bye, while Lindsey Kelly, a Nazareth College senior out of Central Bucks East, and Lauren Rothfeld, a Salisbury junior out of Upper Dublin, each scored 10 points.

Kelly Green 68, Black 51: In getting its first win of the season Kelly Green (1-4) got 15 points off five treys from Kaitlyn Kelly, a DeSales sophomore out of Pennsbury High, while Amanda Fioravanti, a Saint Joseph’s junior playing her first game because of having been in summer school, scored 13 points, and Mary Ellen McCollum, a 2014 Holy Family grad out of St. Basil Academy, scored 10.

Black (2-3), which fell to eighth place and dropped its third straight, got eight points from Alynna Williams, a 2021 targeted grad out of Division II Philadelphia U. and Plymouth Whitemarsh, while Jacqueline McCarron, a Rams senior out of Lansdale Catholic matched that total, and Valez Jackson, a Phila. U. freshman out of Merion Mercy, scored seven points.

Ash 56, Sapphire Blue 59: Celeste Robinson, Aunjel Van Brakle, and Taylor Pritchett each scored 11 points for Ash (3-3) while Jessica Gerber, a Kenyon freshman out of Council Rock North, and Jade Farquhar, a Millersville freshman, each scored seven points.

Rachel Falkowski, a junior with Division II East Stroudsburg, which dominates the roster of Sapphire Blue (1-4), scored 14 points – she is also a Central Bucks South grad, and Michelle Boggs, an ESU senior out of Springside, scored nine points.

Standings

Team W-L G.B. PF PA Pct.

(Thru Mon., July 6)
(True Order This Week)

1-Pink 5-0 -- 332 238 1.000
1-%-Gold 5-0 –- 304 244 1.000
3-Purple 5-1 0.5 355 288 .833
4-%-Neon Green 4-1 1.0 289 239 .800
5-Maroon 4-2 1.5 414 365 .667
6-Red 3-3 2.5 408 414 .500
6-&-Ash 3-3 2.5 222 220 .500
8-Black 2-3 3.0 275 280 .400
9-Forest Green 2-4 3.5 328 394 .333
10-Kelly 1-4 4.0 286 346 .200
10-Sapphire 1-4 4.0 268 289 .200
12-Orange 1-5 4.5 351 363 .167
13-Royal Blue 0-6 6.0 307 463 .000

%-includes 1 forfeit 2-0 win
&-includes 2 forfeit 0-2 losses


Season Results

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

Bye: Gold

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

Bye: Pink

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

Bye: Black

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

Looking Ahead

Tues., July 7

7 p.m.

Purple (5-1) vs. Neon Green (4-1), Court 1
Royal Blue (0-6) vs. Sapphire Blue (1-4), Court 2
Black (2-3) vs. Pink (5-0), Court 3

8:15 p.m.

Red (3-3) vs. Maroon (4-2), Court 1
Ash (3-3) vs. Kelly Green (1-4), Court 2
Forest Green (2-4) vs. Gold (5-0), Court 3

Bye: Orange (1-5)

Thurs., July 9

7 p.m.

Neon Green vs,. Sapphire Blue, Court 1
Purple vs. Pink, Court 2
Forest Green vs. Royal Blue, Court 3

8:15 p.m.

Orange vs. Kelly Green, Court 1
Gold vs. Red, Court 2
Black vs. Ash, Court 3

Bye: Maroon


Tues., July 14

7 p.m.

Gold vs. Black, Court 1
Kelly Green vs. Royal Blue, Court 2
Maroon vs. Purple, Court 3

8:15 p.m.

Pink vs. Ash, Court 1
Red vs. Sapphire Blue, Court 2
Neon Green vs. Orange, Court 3

Bye: Forest Green
Thurs., July 16

7 p.m.

Black vs. Royal Blue, Court 1
Gold vs. Purple, Court 2
Kelly Green vs. Neon Green, Court 3

8:15 p.m.

Red vs. Forest Green, Court 1
Pink vs. Orange, Court 2
Maroon vs. Sapphire Blue, Court 3

Bye: Ash

Scoring 20 Points or More

31-Dallas Ely, Maroon (W) vs. Royal Blue (L) – July 2
31-Chelsea Woods, Red (W) vs. Kelly Green (L) – June 25
30- Megan Quinn, Neon Green (W), vs. Forest Green (L) - June 23
30-Maureen Leahy, Neon Green (W), vs. Forest Green (L) –June 23

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
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-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-Mackenzie Carroll, Orange (W) vs. Royal Blue (L) – June 25
23-Lauren Crisler, Gold (W) vs. Maroon (L) – June 23
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-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 – June 18
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

Tie-Break Tracker
True Order This Week

Gold (5-0) vs. O (W), RB (W), vs. M (W), Ash (W-*F), KG(W)
Pink (5-0) vs. NG (W), Red (W), SB (W), RB(W), FG(W)
Purple (5-1) vs. FG (W), KG (W), A(W), SB(W), Red (L), O(W)
Neon Green (4-1) vs. Pink(L), M(W), FG (W), Ash (W-*F), Red(W)
Maroon (4-2) vs. KG (W), NG (L), G(L).O(W), Black (W), RB(W)
Red (3-3) vs. Blk (L), Pink (L), RB(W),KG(W), Purp(W), NG(L)
Ash (3-3) vs. RB (W), FG (W), Purple (L), Gold (L-*F), NG(L-*F),SB(W)
Black (2-3) vs. Red (W), O (W), FG(L), M(L), KG(L)
Forest Green (2-4) vs. Purp (L), Ash (L), NG(L),B(W), SB(W),Pink(L)
Kelly Green (1-4) vs. M (L), Purp (L),Red(L), Gold(L),Black(W)
Sapphire Blue (1-4) O(W), Pink(L),Purp(L), FG(L), Ash(L)
Orange (1-5) vs. Gold (L), SB (L), B(L),M(L), RB(W),Purple(L)
Royal Blue (0-6) vs. Ash (L), Gold (L), Red (L),Pink(L), O(L),M(L)

*-Forfeit win or loss

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