Playing another unbeaten pool winner at the Nike Tournament of Champions did nothing to slow down the high-flying NEPA Elite 14U Clark girls team’s offense.
In fact, NEPA Elite put up its highest-scoring effort of its trip to Chicago.
Pouring in 16 shots from 3-point range, NEPA Elite rolled over Knights Academy 14U from St. Louis, 83-57, Sunday in the 14U Diamond Division semifinals at the McCormick Place North.
Kam Gallis scored a game-high 23 points while Ella Clementoni made five of the 3-pointers to lead the attack.
NEPA Elite moved into Monday’s 12:20 p.m. national championship game against Comets Githens 14U.
There are 24 teams in the Diamond Division, split into 4 pools of 6 teams each.
Four teams made it through pool play 5-0 by winning two games each on Friday and Saturday, then adding a victory early Sunday.
After beating teams from Nevada, Texas, North Dakota, Illinois, Florida and Missouri, NEPA Elite will face another Pennsylvania team in the finals.
Comets Githens, from the Philadelphia suburb Drexel Hill, reached the final by winning Pool B, then defeating Southern Starz Nike 14U from Alabama, 52-44.
NEPA Elite went 16-for-29 (55.2 percent) from 3-point range in the semifinal.
All six players who attempted a 3-pointer made at least half their attempts.
Clementoni was 5-for-8 from long range while Cora Castellani was 4-for-8, Gallis 3-for-6, Jaelyn Alers 2-for-3 and Chrissy Jacklinski and Kayli McHugh each 1-for-2.
NEPA Elite led 42-32 at halftime, then was 9-for-14 on its second-half, 3-point attempts to run away.
Gallis was 9-for-14 overall from the floor and 2-for-3 from the line.
Four players scored in double figures.
Clementoni had 19 points, 6 rebounds and a team-high 6 assists.
Castellani finished with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals.
Zya Small produced her third double-double in the last four games. She had 11 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.
Jacklinski had seven points and grabbed three of her four rebounds on the offensive end. Alers scored six points and handed out three assists. McHugh had three points and three rebounds.
NEPA Elite entered Sunday with the semifinal berth already clinched by building a two-game lead in the Pool A standings. It then completed pool play 5-0 by getting past Miami Suns Team Chels, 61-45.
Small led three players in double figures with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.
Clementoni added 15 points and Jacklinski 14 while each had a pair of steals. Jacklinski also grabbed nine rebounds.
Alers hit two 3-pointers to add six points. Castellani had six rebounds and five assists.
Clementoni and McHugh are from North Pocono while Small and Jacklinski are from Scranton. Gallis is from Notre Dame of Bethlehem, Castellani from Valley View and Alers from Scranton Prep.