Riverside Gold Wins the
Queen of New York
The Riverside Hawks Gold 15U team participated in
the Gauchos Queen of New York tournament at Queens College.
This tournament had a top division that included sixteen teams
that were listed as 17U, 16U and 15U teams. The Hawks
opened up play vs. NYC Gauchos 16U team and won by 6 points.
The next opponent in this championship format was the B-More
Hoopers, Riverside won 51-32. In the semifinal game
Riverside beat the NJ Sparks 16U 48-40.
In the championship game Riverside played Team Epiphanny Prince
that beat Alana Beard All Stars 16U, NJ Sparks 17 Elite and Boo
Williams (Maryland) to get to the championship game vs.
Riverside. Team Epiphanny Prince had strong performances
all weekend from Sade Edwards (Nazareth), Aaliyah Jones (Bishop
Ford) , Marina Mabrey and Katelynn Flaherty (who both play for
NJ State champion Manasquan HS) as well as others from South
Shore HS. Riverside started the game off strong jumping
out to a 12-2 lead just to see the Manasquan duo hit
back-to-back threes and Aaliyah going coast-to-coast for a left
hand finish to cut the lead to two. This game remained
close until the final buzzer as Riverside converted free throws
at the end to win 64-59.
Riverside Gold had a total team effort by all players that
played this weekend: Candace Belvedere, Coulter Bowlen, Arella
Guirante, Marilyn Lehmuller, Alyssa Murphy, Makeda Nicholas (All
Tournament Team), Tyla Parham (championship game MVP), Kiersten
West and Charise Wilson (All Tournament Team). Every
player had a major contribution for the Hawks as Tyla walked
away with the MVP of the championship game. Kalifa Davy is
on this team as well but wasn't available this weekend.
Riverside Hawks Gold 15U 48 NYC Gauchos
Riverside Hawks Gold 15U 51 B-More Hopes 32
Riverside Hawks Gold 15U 48 NJ Sparks 16U 40
Riverside Hawks Gold 15U 64 Team Epiphany Prince 16U 59