Playing up an age group in the Atlantic City Showcase could not stop the unbeaten NEPA Elite 14U Clark girls team.
The Clark team went 4-0 in three days of Select Events Basketball competition at the Atlantic City Convention Center, capped by Sunday’s 41-35 victory over Mass Huskies-Che to finish first in the 15U Division Pool H.
Each of the other teams in the six-team pool lost at least twice.
“I think our defensive intensity and pressure overall for the weekend were a huge part of our success,” coach Kevin Clark said after Sunday’s finale. “We took some breaks at the end of today’s game a little, but that’s going to happen on a long weekend of games.
“The way we played overall is showing growth and that’s going to continue.”
NEPA Elite teams went 4-2 on the final day of the girls event and 14-11 combined for the three-day weekend.
A recap of Sunday’s action for the other girls teams, which each played once:
NEPA Elite 14U Alers
The 14-and-under team that remained within its age group also went 4-0 to finish first in its pool.
NEPA Elite posted its most comfortable win of the weekend in 14U Division Pool G with a 45-27 victory over I-90 Elite.
NEPA Elite 15U Scoblick
NEPA Elite defeated Connecticut Starters, 47-20, to finish 2-2 in the 15U Division Pool F.
The team’s two weekend losses came by three and five points.
NEPA Elite 16U Rini
NEPA Elite made 14 steals while routing Long Island Renegades, 60-24, in the 16U Division Pool F.
The team went 3-2 on the weekend with the losses each coming by one point Saturday against the top two teams in the pool.
Maya Jenkins led the way with 17 points while Jenna Hillebrand added 11 and Sophia Talutto had 9.
Ella Wilson, Maggie O’Shea and Claire McGrath all contributed seven points. Wilson grabbed eight rebounds. O’Shea had five rebounds and two steals. McGrath made five steals.
Jenkins, Hillebrand and McGrath are also teammates during the high school season at Scranton Prep. Talutto is from Dunmore, Wilson from Lake-Lehman and O’Shea from Scranton.
NEPA Elite 16U Butler
Lady Prestige defeated NEPA Elite, 52-43, in a 16U Division Pool I game.
NEPA Elite 17U Macciocco
Global Squad overcame 19 points by Mackenzie Perluke to defeat NEPA Elite, 56-50, in the 17U Division Pool O game.
NEPA Elite was one of three teams that finished 1-3 in the six-team pool.
Perluke is from Wyoming Valley West.