(Courtesy of @starsforthefut1)
Nothing is like Nike Nationals; anyone can be knocked off and all teams are threats! Today was full of incredible games with storylines and big names falling from the competition. Here are a few recaps that made the journey to North Augusta, SC worth the trip!
Team of the Day!
Missouri Phenom (@MissouriPhenom) was phenomenal today. Led by Coach Nick Bradford, they entered the day 1-0 after putting Cal Sparks (@calsparks) to rest by winning their Thursday game 93-33. Today, they knocked off All Iowa Attack (@AllIowaattack), who was the favorite based on their incredible July performance. Missouri Phenom (MP) started the game hot and executed their game plan well with a end of Q1 score of came out of the gates determined to win. Power forward Mia Nicastro made her presence felt early with her two three pointers in the first half, while defending like a champion. At the end of Q1, MP had a 10-7 lead over All Iowa Attack (AIA). The second quarter was a battle of defenses and MP exited the quarter up 23-17.
The second half was amazing. AIA went on a 14-2 run with Taylor McCabe knocking down two three pointers, on her way to 21 for the game. Third quarter ended AIA 33- MP 29. MP’s Emajin McCallop showed everyone she is a top notch PG with her getting to the rack at will and scoring 11 pts and 2 steals in the fourth quarter. Man, she is quick, efficient, and can maneuver in the paint. Game ended with MP winning over AI.
Coach Bradford a great motivator left us with this: “So proud of our team! When you have great chemistry and love for the game, GREAT things happen!”
Game of the Day!
Cal Stars (@CalStars) vs. Tree of Hope (@TreeofHope). Let me tell you one thing, Katie Foso (2024) balled out. She scored 19 points with 4 Assists. But her muscle and the almost flawless team performance was not enough to push pass the Cal Stars. Tree of Hope started hot and was up 12 at multiple points throughout the first three quarters. Cal Stars came to life in the 4th quarter and went on a 17-4 run to end the game. The real excitement was the play of Gabriela Jaquez (2022) in the fourth. She scored, rebounded, defended and got Cal Stars going while contributing 21 points and 11 rebounds in the game. Nya Epps (2022) knocked down two of her four threes in the fourth and the second one tied the game. Once Cal Stars got the lead, Talana Lepolo showed everyone why she is arguably the best 2022 Point Guard in the nation. The poised floor general commanded the last 2:00 minutes of the game incredibly well.