Kiyomi McMiller scored 62 total points Saturday when the NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls team won both its games on the opening day of Select Events Basketball’s The Main Event at the Atlantic City Convention Center.
The Clark 17U and Macciocco 16U teams each won both their games as the NEPA Elite girls combined to go 6-4 for the day.
The event concludes Sunday with one more pool play game, then bracket play for the top teams.
A recap of Saturday’s action.
Clark 17U team
McMiller opened with a 34-point performance in a 64-49 win over Connecticut Rebound, then added 28 points in a 66-39 victory over Lady Storm 2023 in the Girls Varsity Division Pool A.
NEPA Elite had more scoring options in the second game with Kallie Booth, Mackenzie Perluke and Cadie Lewis all adding 10 points while Daniella Ranieli had 7 points and a team-high 6 assists.
McMiller, from Trinity Collegiate High School in Darlington, S.C., is in her second weekend of playing with the team.
The 5-foot-8 guard is ranked among the nation’s top prospects in the Class of 2024,
McMiller went 15-for-25 from the floor, 2-for-6 on 3-pointers and 2-for-2 from the line while grabbing five rebounds against Connecticut. She followed it up by going 11-for-17 from the floor, 4-for-6 on 3-pointers and 2-for-2 at the line with five rebounds and four assists against Lady Storm.
Perluke had seven of her nine points and Lanee Olson scored all six of her points in the second half against Connecticut. It was Olson’s first game back since an injury that forced her to miss the entire Scranton High School season.
Booth grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, a feat she duplicated in the second win.
NEPA Elite piled up 41 first-half points, including 22 by McMiller, against Lady Storm.
Lewis hit a pair of 3-pointers while scoring all 10 of her points in the half.
After Lewis and McMiller each hit two 3-pointers in the first half, Booth and McMiller each made two and Ranieli one in the second half.
NEPA Elite shot 9-for-22 (40.9 percent) as a team from 3-point range in the second win.
Lewis had five rebounds in the win.
Booth and Ranieli are from Pittston Area; Perluke is from Wyoming Valley West; and Lewis from Dunmore.
Macciocco 16U team
Sophia Talutto scored 20 points and NEPA Elite hit a dozen 3-pointers while capping its day with a 70-55 victory over Connecticut Rebound in a Girls Varsity Pool C/A game.
The team showed it could win in either a low-scoring or high-scoring game. NEPA Elite began the day with a 34-16 victory over New York Rens in a Pool C game.
The second game turned into an offensive show with Finley Bittenbender making three 3-pointers while Elizabeth Viglone, Kennedy Bittenbender and Ella Wilson made two each for a 49-29 lead at halftime.
Talutto, who also had 6 assists, made three 3-pointers while scoring 15 points in the second half.
Viglone added 15 points and 6 rebounds, Finley Bittenbender scored 11 points, Emily McDonald had 8 points and 7 rebounds and Kennedy Bittenbender had 6 assists.
The Bittenbender sisters are from Scranton, Talutto is from Dunmore, Viglone is from Dallas, Wilson from Lake-Lehman and McDonald from Abington Heights.
Rini 15U team
NEPA Elite opened with a 43-40 victory over New York Rens, but finished the day 1-1 in the Girls JV Division Pool A after losing to Comets RR, 53-31.
Bella Dennebaum grabbed 12 rebounds while scoring 5 points against New York Rens.
Jenna Hillebrand was high scorer in the win with eight points to go along with five rebounds. Maggie O’Shea had seven points and five assists while Ella Smith added six points and five rebounds.
Hillebrand scored a team-high 12 points against Comets RR. Smith had five points and five rebounds.
Dennebaum and Hillebrand are from Scranton Prep, O’Shea is from Scranton; and Smith is from Wallenpaupack.
Clark 13U team
NEPA Elite suffered its first loss following a 9-0 start, but came back with a dominant effort in the second game of the day in the 7th Grade Division Pool B.
DC Premier GUAA knocked off NEPA Elite, 64-62.
NEPA Elite then shut down Connecticut Elite, 54-20.
Butler 16U team
NEPA Elite lost both its games in the Girls Varsity Division Pool B, falling to New York Lightning, 43-41, on a late basket, then dropping a 58-25 decision to Savin Rock Ballerz.
Brenna Hunt hit a 3-pointer with about a minute left to force a 41-41 tie against the Lightning. Hunt, from Lake-Lehman, finished with seven points, four assists and two steals.
Each team missed once before Lightning scored the winning basket.