The Plug; January 19-20

2019 Rose Classic Super Jam; New York

Three Canadian programs traveled to New York for the 2019 Rose Classic Super Jam; Crestwood, Niagara Prep and St-Laurent. 

Crestwood’s point guard (#2)2021 Shayeann Day-Wilson has stepped onto an entire new level, proving that her scoring ability isn’t limited to her own skillset but that she gets buckets by creating scoring opportunities for her team. She has gone from averaging 30-points per game last year to now maximizing on her highly skilled entourage and leading the OSBA in assists with an average of 7.4 per game, 11 in non-league play. 

2022 5’5 PG Faith Joseph; Scholar Athlete Award
(#1)2021 6’3 F Latasha Lattimore; Sportsmanship Award
(#2)2020 6’2 G Aaliyah Edwards; MVP

Weekend results:
Crestwood 63 – St. Mary’s Ryken 31
Crestwood 86 – St. Patricks 67
Crestwood 45 – Putnam Science 43

Niagara Prep has shown immense improvement throughout the season; both as a unit and each of the players individually. (#4)2020 5’5 PG Sarah Te-Biasu has significantly evolved as a facilitator and offensive orchestrator, adding significant value to her ability to score at will. 2020 5’8 G Jayme Foreman has consistently produced across the board; she is active and dynamic, scores from beyond the arc and at the rim, and impactful on the defensive end. 2020 5’6 PG Maddie Picton has shown outstanding grit and toughness; scoring in the paint with contact, knocking down the 3 ball, facilitating for her team and racking up steals jumping passing lanes.

Weekend results:
Niagara Prep 77 – New York Military Academy 52
Niagara Prep 50 – Archbishop Williams 43

St-Laurent has been known as one of the best Canadian programs in the last few years; the squad oozes with athleticism, passion and effort. The depth of the squad extends beyond the well known big-four of (#3)2021 PG Sandrine Clesca, 2022 C Kiandra Browne, 2021 F Ornella Niankan and (#6)2021 Angelica Juste-Jean. 2021 G Sarah Bailly brings on-ball defense and mid-range game. 2022 PG Louella Allana’s passing ability and 3 ball. 2022 back-up center Phoenix Gedeon holds the fort down with relentless fight and physicality inside. This program has made a name for itself and has instilled a new respect for basketball in Quebec across Canada and in the US. 

Weekend results:
St Laurent 63 – St. Anthonys 59
St Laurent 53 – Long Island Lutheran 62 (OT)
Extra game; 1 point win vs. ESPN Ranked 10th Regis Jesuit 

6e Édition Classique Ahuntsic-Pagé; Quebec

The Riverains of St Jean our Richelieu were champions of the AA Collegial division in this year’s Ahuntsic-Pagé tournament, continuing the flow of victories in their undefeated season. NPH Showcase Alumni 2022 G Angélie Ricard has been orchestrating the offense and producing silently, averaging a versatile 22-points per game. The cerebral combo guard gets to the rim to score or dish and can really stroke the 3 ball. Showcase MVP 2023 SG Rosalie Mercille has been on another level. Justifiably dubbed as “Rosalie Curry”, the sniper had 49-points including 8-threes in the final game. The league championship weekend is February 23-24 in Montreal.

Canada Elite “Under Armour” Invitational; Hamilton 

With the Juel League season approaching quickly, this pre-season tournament was a great opportunity to get a sneak peak preview of the talent and competition in the 2019 season. 

Prep division champions Blessed Sacrament’s balanced scoring and strong full court defense will prove to be a challenge for it’s opponents. 2021 trio of 5’10 G Emily Capretta, 5’4 PG Alisha Doornick and 5’11 F Kaya Charles will be instrumental to the Yellow Jackets’ offensive production this season.
Emily Capretta and Alisha Doornick earned Tournament All-Star awards. 

Brampton Warriors Prep has the usual strong guard play, but 2023 center Breanna McLeod is impressive; protecting the paint defensively, rebounding relentlessly and scoring with poise and strength at the rim.

The London Ramblers Juel team showed balanced offensive production and excellent ball movement.

Transway Prep had all of it’s grit and hustle locked and ready for the weekend. 2021 5’8 G Sa’Mone Winters is a relentless on ball defender and a bucket in the paint. 2022 5’9 G Krissy Cooper was on the boards, hitting triples and running some point. 

Niagara Prep had a strong showing across the board. 2021 5’2 PG Thea Lawson did an excellent job running point, pushing and distributing the rock and knocking down threes. 

The CYBL division was dominated by the Canada Elite 6th grade squad. These young ballers are so much fun to watch; they press full court, share the ball, and are full of attitude and swagger. With very strong guard play, they score at will; in transition, in the paint, from mid-range and hit college 3’s with ease. With height and athleticism inside, they get a lot of offensive boards and extra possessions – definitely a team to watch!!

USports Women’s Basketball Final 8 

March 7-10, 2019
Ryerson University 

Ryerson women’s basketball Head Coach Carly Clarke is in her 7th season at the helm of the Rams. The 2015-16 OUA Champions are currently in their strongest season on record, an ideal position to be in leading up to their hosting of the 2019 USports Women’s Basketball Final 8. Coach Clarke is thrilled to host, emphasizing that the timing is perfect; basketball in Canada is at a peak in popularity and this is a chance to showcase what the women’s game is all about. 

Tickets are currently on sale here!! 

USports Top 10 (As of Jan. 15)


Mumba Invitational Tournament; Seneca College

The Belleville Spirits were champions of the AA/AAA division at this year’s Mumba tournament. It was a convincing victory that was sealed within the first 8 minutes of the game; the Spirits’ full court defensive press kept a tough Motion Lady Ballers team to single digits going into the second quarter. Offensively, Belleville’s entire roster was knocking down threes, getting offensive rebounds for extra possessions on their few misses.

2019 Top-10 Shootout; Coquitlam, BC 

The Semiahmoo Totems came out victorious over Walnut Grove Gators in a 77-75 championship matchup; 2021 F Izzy Forsyth knocking down her signature turnaround jump hook with six seconds left in the game. 

Tournament MVP and Nationally Ranked 9th in the 2021 class, 5’9 PG Deja Lee finished with 24 points for the Totems. 

“She does everything, she can penetrate and she can hit the three, but she is also poised and runs the offence. She is developing some great point guard qualities and it’s going to be fun to watch her develop.”
– Allison McNeill, Semiahmoo Totems Head Coach

Read more about some of the impressive talent in British Columbia online here!  


2019 F Jade Lyons; The First UOIT Ridgeback

UOIT Head Coach Christa Eniojukan signed her first ever recruit for the Ridgebacks inaugural season. Jade Lyons has had a stellar high school career, balancing her responsibilities off the court with her obligations to improve and work on her game on the court. Read more about Jade Lyons and check out some tips on time management; every single aspiring post-secondary player will need to master this skill in order to reach their full potential at the next level! 


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