Shout out to Carly Reynolds for her best performance of the Year at Blue Chip Invitational. She averaged 8 points a game, 3 blocks and 7 rebounds. Carly is 14 years old, 6'2" going into 9th Grade. She came to the Lions very raw and unrefined but loads of potential. What happens with most programs is girls get lost in the shuffle and go to programs that promise development and never get developed. Fortunately for Carly she came to the LIONS Basketball Club that makes its bones on developing players and having practices that are 60% developmental with drills and skill work. Carly just like most young players was not confident enough to do her post moves that she learned in practice in game situations even though she has been successful in performing them in practice. This weekend the light switch went off and she consistently scored in the post. She saved her best for last and scored our first 6 points. We hope that Carly can take this momentum with her to our next national Tournament at Nike Nationals in Washington, DC.
Congrats to our girls, they were able to win the last three games and finish 3-3 at The National Blue Chip Tournament in Manheim, Pa. They are starting to Gel late in the season as predicted as well as some players getting better and contributing more. We added 5 new girls that never played national AAU ball and it took them a while to come around. We look to take this momentum with us to our next national tournament in Washington, DC. Go Lions
The Lady lions would like to thank Caitlin Howe for coming in and talking to the girls. For those that don't know who Caitlin Howe is, she is a former player at Duke University, and decorated High School player from Fairport High school out of Rochester, Ny. A former McDonald All American, she is the all time points and rebound leader at Fairport High School. She has a tremendous story to tell, her basketball career was short lived in college due to multiple knee injuries but through perseverance she was able to be named team captain despite only playing in fourteen games at Duke. She went on to get two degrees from Duke University and her Masters in Law. She spoke with the girls about how much work they have to put in to get to the next level. Caitlin gave them a sample of what her day looked like when she was in high school trying to become the player she was. Caitlin touched on the importance of academics and also the importance of being mentally strong. We had the opportunity for her to watch the girls play and practice and she gave good information from a basketball standpoint of what she saw in each player. Caitlin don't be a stranger your welcome in the Lions Den anytime!
THE LADYLIONS want to congratulate Tess on getting Honorable mention at GYMRAT Challenge. I know it maybe something that many clubs may not celebrate or mention but for Tess AKA Big Tess this is just the start of great things to come. We don't think she played her best game offensively but she grabbed a bunch of rebounds on offense and defense and went against some Good bigs from top AAU Clubs Rivals Black and WBA Lady knicks. Way to go Tess, lets take this momentum into the July Tourneys.
Congrats to Haley, She has been working really hard. Her improvement is starting to show, she averaged 8pts and 4 rebounds. Played with a ton of energy and effort. She carried the team scoring wise for a good stretch in our first game. If she continues to work hard on her body, strength, and game. She will be a very good player. Keep it going Haley!
Charly is continuing to impress this year. It is extremely tough to ask a young 13 year old in eight grade to play two grades up let alone do some heavy lifting. To her credit she has done that this season and more, averaging 8-10pts and 6 assts per game. A bright future is in her sights she must continue to put the work in and she will reach the goals she has set for herself. With College letters and attention starting to mount it is only making her work harder at her game. Keep it up Kid1
Nia Caver had her best tourney at the Right Time. We call her Beast because she plays like one, very strong and physical on both ends of the floor. Nia averaged 16pts through three games, her last game she dropped 21pts, 8 rebounds, 6 steals. With her athleticism she eats in the passing lane. Were Looking for her to take this into the GYMRAT which is our third national tourney which will serve as a tune up for July. Down year
This has been a really rough start to our season this year. Nia is one of our most talented players and is off to a rough beginning. I'm confident she will turn it around but she must understand that great players play with patience, confidence, and smarts. Often out thinking there opponent. Nia is blessed with a great physical build and has a tendency to rely on it way to much. Not using her strength and other assets to take advantage of lesser opponents. She has shown flashes but nothing consistent. We look forward to keeping you posted on her progress throughout our season.