U17 Girls at Amazon Spring Tournament Series

Tournament champions

Tournament: Amazon Spring Tournament Series @ Edmonton, Alberta
Dates: July  11-13, 2014

Game one:
Jr Heat-106
Fort Mac U17-12

Jordan Korol, Avery Watson, Brettelle Ellerton, Megan Blair-Admussen, and Hannah Friesen all scored in double figures. Despite the lopsided score we were able to take a few things from the game most importantly the compliment following the game from the Fort Mac coach. She said we were a very classy and respectful team and she appreciated that, kind words considering the score of the game.

Game two: 
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Swoosh U17-26

Top scorers were Danielle Ruocco with 14pts, 4 assist, and 4 steals, Hannah Friesen, Megan Blair-Admussen, and Jordan Korol all had 11pts, while Emma Johnson added 10pts and a team high 6 steals. Swoosh came out and was very physical with us but our girls maintained focus and did their jobs. We took a 26-7 first quarter lead and didn't look back at that point. Our depth and attention to detail proved to be too much.

Game Three:
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CBA U17-47

Top scorers were Jordan Korol with 23pts and 12 rebounds, Danielle Ruocco had 10pts, Hannah Friesen had 7pts and 3 assist, and Emma Johnson added 6pts and 4 steals. Trailing 14-11 after the first quarter and in some foul trouble the team did not panic. Vicky Voth and Rebekah Salway really stepped up and gave the team good mins in this game especially in the 2nd quarter providing timely baskets and assists sparking a 19-9 quarter and a 7pt half time lead. It was a tight second half and at one point we held a 42-40 lead early in the 4th quarter but couldn't score. Finally, Emma Johnson came up with a big steal and lay in to extend our lead and we kept it. Jade Mackie did an excellent job settling us down late in the 4th quarter against their pressure. She made great decisions. Hannah Friesen and Danielle Ruocco hit some free throws down the stretch to seal it. Jordan Korol was great from start to finish in this game and her teammates did a fine job getting her the ball.

Game Four:
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Jr Heat U16-50

Top scorers were Megan Blair-Admussen with 14pts, 4 assist, and 4 steals. Emma Johnson and Jordan Korol also had 14pts in the win. Hannah Friesen added 10pts, 6 rebounds, 3 assist, and 4 steals and Vicky Voth also had a team high 4 assist in this game. This was a tough game for us, it was a 6-10pt game the whole way through. Our best quarter was the first and I thought the U16's out played us for larges stretches of the game. Full credit to Kim Whelpton and a gritty team to really push us. Staying true to form, we didn't panic. We just did our jobs and stayed together as a team and the 4th quarter we seemed to have more energy to secure a win.

Game five:
Jr Heat-68
CBA U17-52

Top Scorers were Jordan Korol with 26pts and 8 rebounds, Megan Blair-Admussen scored 16pts and 8 rebounds, Hannah Friesen had 6pts 9 rebounds, and 4 assists. Rebekah Salway added 6pts. As they did all summer, this team faced adversity head on with Brettelle Ellerton going down early in the first quarter with an ankle injury (did not return) and Emma Johnson, Danielle Ruocco, Megan Blair-Admussen, and Hannah Friesen all having 2 fouls in the first quarter and we found ourselves in a new situation. Once again girls stepped up, Vicky Voth with her great defense and hustle. Jade Mackie logged big mins early at the point, Rebekah Salway provided some scoring. Avery Watson, like she did all summer, played any position the team needed at that time and had a team high 4 assists along with Hannah, and Jordan Korol was scoring! The other girls learned to play with foul trouble and be smarter which they did an excellent job of. Emma Johnson still had a team high 4 steals, Megan provided additional scoring from all over the floor. We had the lead from start to finish and the team played intense and inspired basketball to go out on a high! We won the U17 Girls Division at this tournament.

Overall, I was privileged to coach such a special group of young women. I am very proud of them for everything they did this summer on and off the court. This team bought into the mindset of "team first" and they showed they were willing to sacrifice a little bit of themselves for the greater good of the team and with a group this talented that was the only way we could have success. Our overall record this season was 17-5. Throughout the year, this team received MANY compliments from other coaches, parents, refs, and even players, but the ones that standout for me are…"respectful, classy, hardworking, nice, fun, and determined." They really represented  "Junior Heat" well!

On behalf of the Jr Heat U17 girls team, we would like to thank the parents and families for all of their support, UBCO for the opportunity, UBCO Head Coach Semeniuk and the many others who did the behind the scenes stuff to make this possible!

Coach Bobby Mitchell

L-R Danielle Ruocco, Vicki Voth, Brettelle Ellerton, Hannah Friesen, Rebekah Salway, Emma Johnson, Megan Admussen-Blair, Jordan Korol, Avery Watson, Jade Mackie, Coach, Bobby Mitchell.