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Monday, April 14, 2014
Bermuda Under 14 Tour a Success

The Bermuda Select Under-14 Girls Basketball team continued their winning streak with 2 straight wins in the DJ Sports Club Round Robin Tournament.

In Game 1, they played against host, DJ Sports Club. Bermuda was reminded of the physical play they would encounter, and they stepped up to the challenge. It didn't always result in positive results, but it was good to see that none of the players backed down. The first half was low scoring, but with some lineup changes and adjustments defensively, Bermuda were able to come out on top with a 34-22 win.

The Bermuda Player of the Game was Demiqua Daniels, with honorable mentions going to Inshan-nae Smith & Nya Heyliger.

Game 2 was against AGBU which was quite physical, resulting in injuries to both teams. Both teams played hard, but Bermuda, throughout the whole game, was able to create offense from its pressure defense. This resulted in a 36-19 win.

The Bermuda High scorers were Demiqua Daniels, Emily Hellam & Zariah Amory all with 10 points. The Bermuda players of the game were Emily Hellam for her offensive explosion and Ember Butterfield for her defensive tenacity.

The final game was a true test of the team's mental and physical toughness. One, they had never played 3 games in one day before, and two, they went up against Sun Youth, the best overall team (in terms of talent) in the tournament.

Bermuda actually took an early lead in the game, but Sun Youth would buckle down defensively. In the second half, Sun Youth made its adjustment by switching to zone. Despite instructions to combat the zone, Bermuda was unable to transfer the info to the court and the offense suffered, specifically on the perimeter. In the end, Bermuda ended its winning streak with a 34 - 20 loss.

Zariah Amory & Demiqua Daniels both scored 6 points each, with the Bermuda player of the Game Jade Stewart hit the only 3 pointer for the entire tour.

Coach Tim Trott said, “The moral victory would be that the 14 point deficit was the lowest of all the 2 teams who played Sun Youth that day. We finished second in the tournament (2-1) and 3-3 overall for the tour.”

“Through the contacts made, there's a great chance of hosting a similar tournament in Bermuda with Sun Youth, DJ Sports Club and hopefully a few other girls club teams from Montreal. This is a big step for Girls basketball in Bermuda,” concluded Trott.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Bermuda Girls Win in Canada

Following Game 2's loss, Team Bermuda were needing a win. During their post-game team meeting, the coaching staff challenged them to repeat the effort from Game 1 to make up for their lack of effort in Game 2. This seemed to have worked because they came out with a sense of urgency and were able to get out to an early 16-2 lead. Bermuda continued to apply pressure in the second quarter, making substitutions freely.

In the end, Bermuda came out with a 51-14 win over Lakeside Academy everyone having contributed. A few players ended up with a few bumps and bruises, but everyone was in high spirits over the win and the team looks forward to the round robin tournament on Saturday. They'll face greater competition from the 3 club teams over the 3 high schools who they played. The team looks to use the experience gained to assist in competing this weekend.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Bermuda Select Go Down in Canada

A Bermuda 14 & Under Girls Select Basketball team took on Villa Maria Academy in Canada.

The Bermuda team coach Tim Trott said, “The starters played lethargic which prompted the bench to see more playing time in the first half. Offensively, the team still couldn't capitalize on shots close to the goal, but it was the lack of defensive intensity and effort.”

The halftime score saw Villa Maria leading 24 – 8.

Trott said, “A better effort was seen from the starters in the second half, they were able to cut lead to 6 early in the 4th quarter, but unable to get over the hump due to inconsistent play on both ends of the court, as Villa Maria defeated Team Bermuda 38 – 26.

Inshan-nae Smith led the Bermuda team with 6 points, while Zariah Amory added 5 points, the Bermuda Team player of the game was Ember Butterfield who sacrificed her offense to defend one of the other teams bigger and better players, while an honorable mention would go to Jade Stewart for her effort as well.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
BSSF Basketball Finals & All-Stars

The Bermuda School Sports Federation held Basketball Finals and All-Star games at the Berkeley Institute Gymnasium.

Dellwood lifted the Middle School Girls Title with a 26-15 win over the Saltus Grammar School. Dellwood was led by MVP Inshan-nae Smith who scored 12 points, while Sakari Famous added 11 for the winners. Saltus MVP LeiLanni Nesbeth scored 8 points while Zekiah Lewis added 5 points.

Warwick Academy capped an undefeated season with a 22-15 win over rivals Mount Saint Agnes. Caelan Peters did all he could to lead Mount Saint Agnes in the scoring departing registering 13 of his teams 15 points. Kamari Tannock led Warwick Academy with 13 points with Sean Tucker adding 7 points.

The Blue All-Stars won the Senior School Girls All-Star game 19-18. Kaelah Ming from Mount Saint Agnes scored the game’s last four points to seal the win. Ciara Rego from Mount Saint Agnes and Blue All-Star MVP Maya Palacio from CedarBridge Academy added four points each. The Red All-Stars were led by Saltus' Ciara Burrows with 6 points and Saltus’ Zureena Rubaine and Berkeley’s Jasmine Renfroe added 4 points each. Saltus Zakiyah Durham was named Red All-Star MVP.

CedarBridge Academy's Marcus Robinson scored 21 points as he led the Blue All-Stars to a 59-42 win in the Senior Boys game. Saltus Joshua Liyanye scored 9 points and Mount Saint Agnes’ Evan Mosley added 8 points.

Berkeley’s Darae Smith led the Red All-Stars with Saltus student Jason Gonsalves added 9 points.

Friday, March 21, 2014
Young Ladies Heading to Canada

A Bermuda 14 & Under Girls Select Basketball team is preparing to head to Montreal, Canada.

The team is set to depart on Tuesday, April 8th and will play 2 Exhibition Matches against 2 High School teams. They will then participate in a 4 team Round-Robin weekend tournament against 3 club teams.

Players and parents have worked hard to raise funds for the trip through car washes, bake sales and tag days. They have also been fortunate enough to secure several sponsor donations from the private sector. Majority of the players are playing for their respective schools in the Bermuda School Sports Federation (BSSF) Leagues and have been training since January, primarily on weekends, in preparation for this trip.

Of the 12 players selected, 9 were on last summer's Select team which travelled to Orlando, Florida to participate in the 2013 Global Cup Tournament. The experience has encouraged those players to work harder at becoming better. For most of them, the results have been seen and noted through their play in the BSSF Leagues.

Bermuda Under-14 Girls Select Basketball Team

Zariah Amory - Berkeley Institute
Ember Butterfield - Berkeley Institute
SiYaunne Hall - Berkeley Institute
Demiqua Daniels - CedarBridge Academy
Nya Heyliger - CedarBridge Academy
Caroline Amaral - Mt. St. Agnes Academy
Amber Furtado - Mt. St. Agnes Academy
Indya Lewis - Mt. St. Agnes Academy
Yasmin DeGraff - Warwick Academy
Emily Hellam - BHS
Inshan-nae Smith - Dellwood Middle School
Jade Stewart - Whitney Institute
Head Coach - Tim Trott
Asstist Coach - Lakeisha Bell
Team Managers - Erna DeGraff & Tania Hellam
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