695HOOPS WHERE IT'S ALWAYS ALL ABOUT THE GIRLS
Saturday, March 21 (Balimore City Community College)
The fourth annual Senior Shoot Out took place at Baltimore City Community College for the second year in a row. Some of the DC area's finest senior players traveled to Baltimore challenge the Charm City's best. It was a complete day of girls basketball sponsored by 695Hoops.com that started with the DMV Showcase. The showcase is designed to give the unsigned players from both areas a chance to play in front of some college scouts and end their high school careers in a festive environment.
Long time area sports PA man Troy Franklin brought his usual flair to the microphone for the day while McDonogh senior Dajah Logan handled the DJ duties for the day. She also played in the Beltway Clash game later in the day. The players started filling the gym on the Liberty Heights campus around noon to meet their coaches and receive their game jerseys. 25 unsigned prospects were introduced along with coach Tony Bell of Mount Hebron high school and Ovan Shortt of Coppin Academy and Dwayne Shackelford of Anacostia.
The home team coached by Shortt and Shackelford came out on top 78-63 in the first game, but both teams were winners as several players were rewarded with offers for college visits. Paige Perminter of Westlake was the game's high scorer with 16 points and she was named player of the game for her team. Imani Dawson, a center/forward from Elizabeth Seton added 10 points. Deja Mckenzie of Milford Mill scored 11 points for the road team while Nazje Norton of Aberdeen and Jade Porter of Poly added 8 each.
Paige Perminter, Westlake's point guard.
Milford Mill wing Deja McKenzie.
The next game on the schedule was the Girls Middle School Showcase All Star game. 695Hoops.com sponsored Middle School Showcases in DC, Baltimore and York, PA in the fall and chose some of the top talent from those events for this game. Coach Kris Sandberg, formerly of St. Mary's Ryken, and Kendall Peace of Baltimore Poly were the coaches for this one. The college scouts in attendance all agreed that the game was full of potential college prospects and are looking forward to watching their development in high school. Coach Peace's team came away with the 63 to 48 victory. The discussion for players of the game were heated as several players made a strong case. Kaylah Ivey led the winning team with 12 points and Sunshine McCrae was the game's leading scorer with 16, but neither was named player of the game. Kiki Jefferson 8 points and all around court savvy allowed her to get the honor for the winning team while Domonique Doss received it for her team. Tian Addison with 9 points, Rayne Tucker with 7 and Rain Green with 8 were others who stood out.
Kiki Jefferson, 2019, Lancaster, PA.
Domonique Doss, class of 2019, Baltimore
The Mid Atlantic Challenge was the 3rd game on the slate featuring players from MD,DC, VA and PA. The game included a variety of players including division 1 signees as well as some unsigned players who have yet to make a decision. This was a very exciting game with coach Victor Watson of Annapolis Area Christian School leading his team to a 69-57 win over the home team coached by Diana Martinez of Stonewall Jackson in VA. The visitors had four players in double figures led by Courtney Davis of Maths with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Amari Johnson of Dallastown Area scored 13, Jayda Gilmore of Howard scored 13 and Sharon Hull of St. Paul's School for Girls added 12. Davis took home the player of the game while Raven Fox of Elizabeth Seton took the honors for her team. She scored 8 points while Morgan State recruit Passion Scott scored 9. Alexis Bailey of Tuscarora also scored 8.
Courtney Davis of MATHS, committed to Glenville State
Raven Fox of Elizabeth Seton, unsigned.
The grand finale of the day was the Beltway Clash for the Beltway Cup trophy between the 495 All Stars and the 695 All Stars. 495 was listed as the home team with coach Sam Caldwell and his Riverdale Baptist staff in charge. Jody Powell of Seton Keough coached the 695 team. DC was attempting to keep the cup in their possession after cruising to a win last year. This year was different as 695 controlled the game for most of the way until Briana Hardee of Westlake got hot. With some help from Syndey Jordan of Stonewall Jackson and Myka Johnson-Matthews of Bishop McNamara, 495 took a 4 point lead late in the game. 695 was able to recover and force overtime at 70 each on two free throws by Danielle Edwards on McDonogh. Both teams seemed to run out of gas in the extra session and points were hard to come by. The game was deadlocked at 72 when Aberdeen's Kierra Palmer made a driving floater with 1.2 seconds left to give 695 the hard fought victory. Kierra was the leading scorer for 695 with 12 points and she was named player of the game. Qalea Ismail of Patterson Mill added 11 points and Dionna White (Milford Mill) and Dajah Logan(McDonogh) both scored 10. Myka Johnson-Matthews and Briana Hardee but scored 19 points for 495 while Sydney Jordan of Stonewall Jackson added 15. Charnise Tyler of Suitland chipped in 11 points for 495 as well. Johnson-Matthews walked away with player of the game after another heated discussion.
Kierra Palmer, Bryant recruit and Myka Johnson-Matthews, Stetson recruit.
2015 495 and 695 All Stars
Sunshine McCrae, class of 2019
Tian Addison, class of 2019
Kayla Ivey, class of 2020
Rayne Tucker, class of 2019
Rain Green, class of 2020.
Imani Dawson, 6 foot unsigned post, Elizabeth Seton
5'7" guard/forward Ryla Vessels, Archbishop Carroll. Unsigned.
Essence Stinnette, 5'9" wing, Randallstown, unsigned.
Alexis Bailey, Tuscarora, 5'6" combo guard, unsigned.
Chelsea Mitchell, Atholton, 5'9" guard, unsigned.
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