2016-2017 7th grade girls
The Legends competed in the JMC 7/8 grade league in the fall and played 3 tournament shootouts in the Spring. In the Fall the team was comprised of two 6th graders and seven 7th graders. In the spring they welcomed back two old timer 8th graders and mixed in some 6th graders. Despite playing with a young team against junior high teams, they went 4-6 in the Spring, with 4 losses by 6 points or less.
Sophia La Porta
Emma Vanden Heuval
Emalia had another strong year in her second year as a Legend. She was third on the team in scoring, 2nd in rebounds and 2nd in blocked shots. She hit two free throws to win the team’s first game of the year. She led the team in foul shooting percentage in the fall season. She had 30 rebounds and 24 points in the NEPA Flames Shootout. In the team’s final victory she had her best game: 10 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.
Sophia started the season with her usual aggressive play at the PG and off guard. Her season ended after three games due to an injury. She made a dramatic return in the NEPA shootout to throw an inbound pass to break the press. She is working out hard to return next season. She is an original team member, and completed her 5th season. Sophia was leading guards in rebounding when she was injured. Her best game came against Altoona when she had an assist and 3 rebounds.
The Answer developed from a defensive specialist to a well rounded player that played all three guard positions. She finished the year 4th in scoring, 4th in assists and 3rd in three pointers. She led the team in steals. She had a game high 11 points. She led the team in scoring in the Lewistown tournament. She had 19 points and 21 rebounds in the NEPA Flames shootout.
Ava “The Answer” Swanson completed her 3rd year as a Legend. Emerged as a PG as the season progressed. She was a defensive specialist and often drew the opponent’s best scorer as a defensive assignment. Was second on the team in steals (45) and had 65 rebounds from the guard position.
Emma made her return to the Legends after sitting out one year because she was too old for the league. She played in the Lewistown March Madness tournament and made strong contributions at point guard and shooting guard. She had 5 steals (second on the team) and 2 points in the tournament.
Emalia was a 1st year player. She finished second on the team in rebounds (200) and offensive rebounds (112). Best game was in Scranton shootout with 13 points and 22 rebounds. Developed into a force in the winter St. Rose league where she was 3rd on the team in scoring.
Sophia completed her 4th year as a Legend. She was third on the team in assists (29) and blocked shots (17). Played mostly at the 3-guard and PG and served as a steady playmaker and defensive stalwart. Had season high 5 assists in one game. Hit huge shot in OT against St. Rose to seal a victory.
#11 (#1) Guard
Liv played up on the 7th grade team and had a strong season. Playing guard, she was third on the team in assists and led the team with a 32% shooting percentage from the field. She played strong defense and provided very active play on the boards. She was second on the team in steals in the Fall season. For her combined two teams she scored over 390 points.
Liv joined the 6th grade team as a part timer in the winter season, but earned full-time status with her strong play. Had 65 rebounds while playing mostly guard. Led guards in rebounding in the St. Rose league.
Rayna played up on the 7th grade team and led the team in scoring and was second in steals. She was 7-13 (54%) from three point range. She led the team with 36 points in the 3 game Philipsburg Shootout. Her highest scoring game was 15 points. She was a constant outside threat that expanded her game this year with improved passing and driving. For her combined two teams she scored over 400 points.
Rayna completed her 2nd year as a Legend and played on the 6th grade team as a 5th grader. She was 3rd on the team in scoring (146 points), second in foul shooting percentage, and tie for third in 3 pointers. Had 13 points in one game in Scranton shootout.
“Sunshine”, one of the four original members of her team, played in the fall season for the Legends, finishing her 5th year as a Legend. She finished second on the team in rebounds, first in offensive rebounds and second in blocked shots despite several games. Her best game was against Altoona when she had 4 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and 2 steals.
Sammie returned to the Legends with force for the spring season after sitting out one year because she was above the age limit, and picked up where she left off. She had 6 assists and 17 points in the 4 game NEPA shootout while playing PG and wing, shooting 32% from the field. She had 10 assists and 3 steals in the 3 game Philipsburg Shootout. She led the team in assists and shooting percentage in the spring season and had 26 points.
Layla “Sunshine” Thornton completed her 4th year as a Legend. She was third on the team in rebounds (181), was second in defensive rebounds, and led the team in blocked shots (38) despite missing 9 games. Led posts in assits. Had 10 points in victory in first game of winter season.
Nicole joined the Legends in the fall and was gained playing time each week. She was set back by an injury but was back to full form by the NEPA shootout. She saved her best for last, playing her strongest game in the team’s final victory in which she grabbed 3 rebounds and played tough interior defense. She also had a strong Philipsburg shootout finishing with 5 rebounds.
Sugar Ray completed her 5th year as a Legend, and had another strong season. She led the team lead in assists (28) and led the team in 3 pointers. She also led all guards in rebounding. She played exceptionally well in the NEPA Shootout where she was 5-14 from three point range and had 9 assists in 4 games. Had a season high 9 points in one game.
Rachel “Sugar Ray” Fatula completed her 4th year as a Legend. She was second on the team in scoring (140 points), first in 3 pointers, second in assists and led all guards with 92 rebounds. Also led the team in foul shooting percentage. Had 13 points in a game twice.
Rachel completed her 5th year as a Legend. She is the team captain. She is a selfless point guard who does whatever it takes to win. She led the team in assists in the fall season (22), and was second on the team in foul shooting percentage. She led the team in scoring and assists in the Lewistown tournament. Scored a game high 10 points.
Rachel completed her 4th year as a Legend as was the starting PG. She led the team in assists (49), was second in blocked shots (19), and was second on the team in three pointers. She had 70 rebounds from the PG position. Had steal with 4 seconds to go and made an end-to-end layup at the buzzer to win game at St. Rose.
Mighty Mac completed her 4th year as a Legend. She was second on the team in scoring, and led the team in rebounding (117) and was third in steals. Had a game high 16 points. Best game came in the NEPA Shootout when she had 14 points and 13 rebounds in a Legends victory. Had 50 rebounds in the 4 game shootout. Mya combines power and slick moves to play a dynamic post position.
Mya “Mighty Mac” McElhinney completed her third year with the Legends. She led the team in offensive (122), defensive (145) and total rebounds (267) and scoring (187 points). She also led the team in free throws attempted (172) and made. She had 16 points in a victory in Scranton