Kiyomi McMiller made her first nine shots while scoring 27 of her 38 points in the second half Friday, leading a comeback that allowed NEPA Elite Clark 17U to finish alone at the top of the 2023 Division Pool A in the Select Events Basketball East Coast Summer Showcase at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim with a 64-54 victory over the Mid Atlantic Magic.
NEPA Elite shot 68 percent in the second half when it outscored the Magic, 43-25, to erase an eight-point deficit. McMiller was 12-for-13 to lead the team’s 17-for-25 second half.
McMiller finished 16-for-22 from the floor, including 14-for-15 from inside the arc, and 4-for-6 from the line. She also grabbed five rebounds, dished out three assists and made two steals.
Ella Wilson and Emily Romanowski provided offensive support in the second half.
Wilson had 8 of her 12 points in the second half when she had the team’s only other two 3-pointers in the game. She also shared the team rebounding lead of five with Wilson and Romanowski.
Romanowski had all six of her points in the second half.
NEPA Elite finished 4-1 while the New York Royals, New Jersey Gemz Select-Truhan and EVO Elite were all 3-2. Mid-Atlantic was 2-3.
NEPA Elite was the highest-scoring team in the pool by almost 10 points per game, averaging 63.2 in the three-day event. McMiller led the way, scoring 139 points, an average of 27.8 per game.
McMiller is from Silver Spring, Md. Wilson is from Lake-Lehman and Romanowski from Western Wayne
The pool title was one of two by NEPA Elite teams in the event.
The NEPA Elite 13U girls went unbeaten while winning their pool.
NEPA Elite 17U, 16U and 15U girls teams head right back to Spooky Nook Sunday to play in the Hoop Group Showcase League championships, which run through Tuesday.
A recap of Friday’s action for the NEPA Elite girls teams:
NEPA Elite Clark 13U
Ella Clementoni led the offense while Cora Castellani sparked the defense as NEPA Elite defeated New York Royals, 56-24, to complete a 5-0 run through Pool A.
NEPA Elite won 4 of the 5 games by at least 27 points and led the six-team pool both in points (59.8 per game) and fewest points allowed (25.4).
Clementoni scored 14 points.
Castellani had 7 of the team’s 19 steals while also scoring 5 points.
NEPA Elite had 14 of the steals, including all of Castellani’s, in the first half when it built a 35-14 lead.
Chrissy Jacklinski scored the team’s first 7 points and had 12 at halftime. She finished with 13 points and 4 steals.
Eva Kaszuba scored nine points.
Zya Small scored six points, blocked four shots and made three steals.
Emma Coleman scored six points and made three steals.
Castellani and Kaszuba are from Valley View while Jacklinski and Small are from Scranton. Clementoni is from North Pocono and Coleman from Abington Heights.
NEPA Elite Rini 15U
The NEPA Elite Rini 15U handed 2025 Division Pool A champion Mid-Atlantic Magic its first loss, 60-56.
NEPA Elite had lost its first 4 games by a combined margin of just 14 points.
Ella Smith led the way for NEPA Elite, which overcame a 36-30 halftime deficit.
Smith scored 16 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 3 steals.
Jenna Hillebrand added 15 points and 4 steals. Maggie Coleman had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Isabella Dennebaum had six points and six rebounds.
Hillebrand and Dennebaum are from Scranton Prep. Smith is from Wallenpaupack and Coleman is from Abington Heights.
NEPA Elite Macciocco 16U
Fencor handled NEPA Elite Macciocco 16U team, 58-37, in the last game of 2024 Division Pool B play.
NEPA Elite lost a third-place tiebreaker and finished fourth in the six-team pool with a 2-3 record. Prior to Friday’s only game, it had split 4 games decided by a total of 16 points, including 2 that went into overtime.
Emily McDonald scored a team-high 13 points in the loss.
Addison Kilmer, who grabbed a team-high six rebounds, and Kennedy Bittenbender added seven points each.
Elyse Montgomery grabbed five rebounds.
McDonald is from Abington Heights, Kilmer from Mountain View, Bittenbender from Scranton and Montgomery from Honesdale.