By Jason Hanes
Four teams in the 17u division moved into Sunday play undefeated at the Triple Crown NIC as BounceNation FBC 2020 Jay used a big first half to defeat Team Brandon Wright 2020 UAA, 68-51, in Franklin, Tenn., Saturday afternoon.
“We came out of the gate really intense on defense,” said Genesis Bryant, who had 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds in the win.
BounceNation FBC 2020 Jay used an 8-0 run midway through the first quarter, highlighted by 3-pointers from Loyal McQueen and Sallie Schutz, to take a 13-4 lead. McQueen would finish the quarter with seven points to lead her team to a 17-7 lead after eight minutes.
The second quarter saw BounceNation FBC 2020 Jay use a 15-0 run to take a 32-7 lead. Delaney Trushel scored to end the run, and Team Brandon Wright 2020 UAA would close back within 18 points at the half, 36-18, after a 3-pointer by Zharia Hutchinson.
McQueen drilled a 3-pointer right out of the gate in the second half to get the lead back to 21. However, for most of the third and fourth quarters, Team Brandon Wright 2020 UAA would hang around at a distance, never closing into single digits, but never falling behind by more than 22.
“We really did well in transition,” said BounceNation FBC 2020 Jay head coach Jarius Moore. “We did well getting rebounds; we did well getting out and running. When we were able to get out in transition and run, our girls did a good job in exploiting the match-ups.”
Coach Moore likes using his guards on rebounds. “They get out and rebound at the guard position. A lot of people forget that we have a forward playing the center spot. We are a lot like Golden State with Draymond Green in there, and we gang rebound a lot.”
“We like to play fast, so sometimes, we go with a smaller lineup,”
Bryant said. “I know they rely on me to get rebounds a lot, so I have to play inside and out.”
Bryant has been impressed by the quality of play at the NIC. “There’s a high caliber of players that we’re playing. Everybody here can ball.
We have to lock down on defense and also run our offense.”
Along with BounceNation FBC 2020 Jay, Team Brandan Wright 2021 UAA, All-Alabama Roadrunners, and All- Alabama Roadrunners 2021 each kept an unblemished record going into Sunday play.