2017-18 7th/8th Grade White Team
The 7/8th Grade White Team is anchored by the fabled Scranton 6 made up of 7th graders Maggie “Lucas” Huggins, Alina Hatfield, Mo Powers, Rayna Fischer, Ann-Marie LaPean and Liv Salazer. They were joined by first year Legend Kaleigh McGarry, and longtime Blue Team members Emalia Wagner and Sophia La Porta. The 7th graders are a deeply talented group that play phenomenal team basketball. After playing a challenging 8th grade schedule in the Fall, culminating with a thrilling tournament at Red Bank Valley, the team had a very successful spring season. They combined with the White team to finish 4-0 in the Clearfield Shootout, advanced to the final four of the Juniata YMCA March Madness Tournament and split four games in the always tough NEPA Flames Shootout, to go 7-4.
Alina Hatfield completed her 5th year as an original Legend. Alina showed great mobility on the post, and used her quickness to her advantage. She is instrumental in breaking the press using her quickness to the ball, ball-handling and precise passing. She had 44 rebounds and 9 blocked shots despite missing the spring season. In her career Alina has 620 rebounds (2nd one her team), 172 blocked shots (1st on her team), and 248 points.
Ann-Marie LaPean completed her third year with the Legends. She is a quick defender and dynamic ball handler. Ann-Marie led the team with 35 assists and was tied for 3rd with 20 steals, to go with 44 points. Ann-Marie had 15 second-half points to total a career high 17 in a tough loss in the NEPA Flame Shootout in Scranton, PA. She had 12 assists and 31 points in the 4 games in Scranton. In her career, Ann-Marie has 87 assists, 121 steals and 180 points.
Liv Salazer completed her 3rd year as a Legend. Liv played post and guard, and brought her usual intensity to the court. She was second on the team in scoring with 63 points, and third in rebounds with 58. She also shot 50% from the foul line. Liv stood out in the Red Bank Valley Tournament where she led the team in scoring with 39 points, rebounds with 24, and steals with 7. She had her season high 12 points in a tough 3 point OT loss. In her career she has 614 points 92nd on her team), 744 rebounds (1st on her team), 88 assists, 241 steals and 71 blocked shots.
Alina completed her 4th year as a Legend. She missed the first 7 games of the year with a foot injury, but more than made up for lost time. She was a huge presence in the paint on both defense and offense. She led the team in rebounding and blocked shots over the winter season. She finished second in rebounds (313), first in blocked shots (73), and had 32 assists from the post. She had ten points in a game multiple times, including a 5-5 shooting performance in the NEPA shootout. Had a season high 15 rebounds. Finished with 110 points on the season.
Ann-Marie had a great year playing point guard and the three guard. She excelled handling the ball against the press, and playing defense at the top of the zone or on the opponent’s top guard. Set a NV record with 11 steals in one game. Tied a NV record with 7 assists in one game. Had a career high 8 points in one game. Finished with 102 points, 3rd on the team in steals (72) and second in assists (38). Led the team in steals in the NEPA shootout.
Ann-Marie completed her first year as a Legend. She played all three guard positions and was third on the team in assists. She led all guards and was third on the team in offensive rebounds. She was a defensive stalwart and finished the season with 29 steals. Led the team with 8 points in their first victory of the season.
Alina completed her 3rd year as a Legend. She led the team in offensive (103) rebounds and blocked shots (79), and was second in defensive (108) and total rebounds (211) despite missing several games with an injury. She was third on the team in scoring (95 points). She joined the 6th grade team as a part timer before missing time with an injury. She had 10 points in a game twice for the 6th grade team, and had 49 rebounds in the 4 game NEPA Shootout.
Liv had a tremendous season playing post and guard. She led the team in scoring (362 points), rebounds (351), steals (108) and foul shots attempted (190). Scored 16 points in the first win of the season. Had 17 points in the first round of the JMC winter playoffs. Score 18 in a playoff win in Philipsburg. Best all-around game was in NEPA shootout with 21 rebounds and 18 points. Had a career high 19 points.
Liv completed her first year as a Legend. She led the team in defensive (120) and total rebounds (218) and steals (67), and was second on the team in assists and scoring (104) points. Liv also played for the 6th grade winter team. She had a huge steal with 3 seconds to go and made a game tying layup in the winter league. She had 45 rebounds and 33 points in the four game NEPA Shootout.
Rayna Fischer completed her 4th year as a Legend. She led the team in scoring with 162 points, 11 three pointers, and 31 made foul shots, shooting over 50%. Her 20 steals were tied for 3rd on the team. She scored in double digits 5 times, with a season high of 16. She scored 41 points on 40% shooting from 2 point range and 3-5 for three pointers in the NEPA Flames Shootout. In her career, she has 961 points (1st all-time), 42 three pointers (1st), 63 assists, 408 rebounds, 229 steals and 80 blocked shots.
Mo Powers completed her 4th year as a Legend, playing all three guard positions. She is a defensive stalwart and accurate long range shooter. Mo’s strong defense keyed a tough three point win in the NEPA Flame Shootout in Scranton PA, where she also had 10 points. Mo had 12 assists (3rd on the team) and led the team with 25 steals. Her 7 three pointers were third on the team. In her career, Mo has 62 assists, 96 steals and 169 points. Her 13 three pointers are second on her team all-time.
Kaleigh McGarry completed her first year as a Legend and grew into a major contributor at guard. Kaleigh had 50 rebounds and 14 steals to go with 32 points. Her main contributions came in the spring season. She had 11 points and was second on the team with 18 rebounds at the NEPA Flames Shootout. She was second the team in scoring in the Juniata YMCA March Madness, including a career high 7 points in one game.
Mo was known for igniting the team by hitting a big basket or taking a charge, and many times changed the game with one play. She completed her 3rd year as a Legend. Her biggest 3-pointer may have been her first that came against the Hot Shots with her team down 5, which put them on a run that ended in victory. Mo led the team in 3 pointers in the Philipsburg league, and led the team in three point shooting percentage (33%). She had a career high 10 points in one game. She finished second on the team in assists with 34, and led the team in drawing offensive fouls. She finished the year with 101 points.
Rayna had another great year playing the big guard. Set career high for a single game for rebounds (11), blocks (5) and assists (5). Was second on the team in scoring with 329 points and shot over 50% from the foul line. Led team in 3 pointers (and shot 20% from beyond the arc). Scored 18 points in OT victory over the Hot Shots. Scored a career high 22 points against the Hot Shots in the Championship victory. Was third on the team in rebounds (159), second in steals (81) and had 31 assists.
Rayna completed her second year as a Legend. She led the team in scoring (132) points, three pointers, foul shots attempted and made, and foul shooting percentage (53%). She also led the guards in rebounding with 79. She had several big games including scoring 45 points in the 4 game NEPA Shootout, with a high of 15 in one game.
Mo completed her second year as a legend. Mo played all three guard positions and developed into a long range shooting threat as well as a defensive specialist. Mo was third on the team in assists, had 29 steals, and was second on the team in foul shooting percentage. She had 14 points and 10 steals in the 4 game NEPA Shootout.
# 2 Guard
Sophia La Porta
Maggie “Lucas” Huggins completed her 5th season as an original Legend. Maggie, an experience point guard, also played post this season, dominating inside. She led her team with 105 rebounds and 36 blocked shots. Her 31 assists and 75 points were both second on the team. She had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocks in a tight win at the NEPA Flames Shootout in Scranton, PA. Maggie had 5 three pointers and was tied for first on the team with 25 steals. In her career, Maggie has 123 assists (1st on her team), 323 rebounds, 132 blocked shots (2nd on her team), and 248 points.
Sophia La Porta saw little action before being injured. For her full career highlights, see the Blue Team page.
Emalia Wagner had a strong season on the White Team. She also played on the Blue Team. Emalia was second on the team with 68 rebounds and 17 blocked shots, to go with 47 points. To see her full highlights, see the Blue Team Page.
Maggie “Lucas” completed her 4th year as a Legend, and it was outstanding. She played a strong PG all year, and expanded her game by adding time at the post and as a backline defender. She was 3rd in scoring with 114 points, led the team in assists (58), and was second in blocked shots (52). She set career highs for single games with 5 blocked shots, 5 assists and 10 rebounds. She had thee 3-pointers in the NEPA shootout.
Maggie “Lucas” Huggins completed her third year as a Legend. She was the starting PG and led the team with 30 assists. She was 4th on the team in scoring with 49 points, was third in steals (40) and second in blocked shots (37). She had 16 points and 10 assists in the 4 game NEPA Shootout. Maggie often drew the opponent’s best offensive player as a defensive assignment.