USA Women’s 3x3 U18 National Championship Rosters Set
Featuring 12 men’s teams and 11 women’s teams from across the country, the rosters have been finalized for the 2018 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championships, which will be held March 24-25 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The weekend’s games are free and open to the public.
Games, which are played under FIBA 3x3 rules and feature a 10-minute clock and 12-second shot clock, are exciting and fast-paced. Other rules of note: free throws and buckets inside the arc are worth one point and shots from beyond the arc are worth two points; the first team to 21 points or whichever team is ahead at the end of regulation play is the winner; and if the game ends in a tie, the first team to score two points in overtime wins.
The teams for each tournament have been drawn into two pools each for the March 24 preliminary round games. Held in USOTC Sports Center II, round robin competition for men begins at 9:40 a.m. (all times listed are local, MDT), with the preliminary round final games set to start at 5 p.m. The women’s games begin at 9 a.m., and the final session is scheduled to tip-off at 3:40 p.m.
Following Saturday’s games, teams will be seeded for medal-round play, which will be held in Sports Center I and begins at 9 a.m. for the men and 9:40 a.m. for the women. Winning teams will continue to advance to play in the national championship games, both of which will be streamed live on usab.com beginning at 12:50 p.m.
Not only is a championship title at stake, the USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championships also will serve as a trials for the 2018 U.S. Youth Olympic Games, which will be held Oct. 6-18 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Held every four years since 2010, the Youth Olympic Games basketball competition will be played under FIBA 3x3 rules and feature 20 men’s teams and 20 women’s teams.
In the women’s tournament, 13 states and one U.S. territory are represented. Colorado leads the way with 12 athletes; followed by Pennsylvania with six; Florida, New Jersey and Massachusetts boast four apiece; Ohio and Texas are represented by three athletes each; Virginia lists two athletes; and Arkansas, Indiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Washington and the U.S. Virgin Islands each have one athlete in the women’s 3x3 U18 tournament.
Competing for the Bruins are Maria Cerro (Bethel Park H.S./Bethel Park, Pa.); Jenna Clark (Thomas Jefferson H.S./Pittsburgh, Pa.); Maggie Moore (Southmoreland H.S./Ruffs Dale, Pa.); and Gillian Piccolino (Keystone Oaks H.S./Pittsburgh, Pa.).
BS30 features Maddie Burke (Central Bucks West H.S./Doylestown, Pa.); Azzi Fudd (St. John’s College H.S./Falls Church, Va.); Sydney Parrish (Hamilton Southeastern H.S./Fishers, Ind.); and Kylee Watson (Mainland Regional H.S./Linwood, N.J.).
The Denver Snipers are Jamie Bain (Highlands Ranch H.S./Castle Rock, Colo.); Alisha Davis (Grandview H.S./Parker, Colo.); Allyah Marlett (Grandview H.S./Parker, Colo.); and Kasey Neubert (Highlands Ranch H.S./Highlands Ranch, Colo.).
Playing for Hard2Guard are India Lewis (Fivay H.S./New Port Richey, Fla.); I'ces Utegg (River Ridge H.S./New Port Richey, Fla.); Cathryn Whitehead (J.W. Mitchell H.S./New Port Richey, Fla.); and Brandi Willard (Gulf H.S./New Port Richey, Fla.).
MetroPath lists Leilani Correa (Rutgers Prep School/Somerset, N.J.); Emily Engstler (St. Francis Prep. H.S./#Syracuse/New York, NY); Faith Masonius (Manasquan H.S./*Maryland/Spring Lake, N.J.); and Jordyn Merritt (Clark H.S./Plano, TX) on its roster.
Northeast Ohio Elite is comprised of Alexis Cross (Columbiana H.S./Columbiana, Ohio); Madison Durkin (South Range H.S./&Shawnee State/Youngstown, Ohio); Tess Liggett (Columbiana H.S. /Columbiana, Ohio); and Aniya Walker (Ambridge Area H.S./Ambridge, Pa.).
The O.T.A. Elite roster features Kayla Cooper (Plano East H.S./Richardson, Texas); Aaliyah Moore (Moore H.S./Moore, Okla.); Lauryn Ashley Pendleton (Little Rock Central H.S./Little Rock, Ark.); and Jordyn Sowell (Southlake Carroll H.S. /Southlake, Texas).
Quest is comprised of Aliyah Boston (Worcester Academy/St.Thomas, USVI); Samantha Brunelle (William Monroe H.S./Ruckersville, Va.); Paige Bueckers (Hopkins H.S./Eden Prairie, Minn.); and Hailey Van Lith (Cashmere H.S./Wenatchee, Wash.).
Playing for SCNS are Skylar Corbett (Weston H.S./Weston, Mass.); Cayla Costa (Weston H.S. /Weston, Mass.); Natalia Hyman (Weston H.S./Boston, Mass.); and Sophie Mullen (Weston H.S./Weston, Mass.).
Team Denver is Ramani Parker (Central H.S. /Fresno, Calif.); Jana Van Gytenbeek (Cherry Creek H.S./Greenwood Village, Colo.); Avery VanSickle (Regis Jesuit H.S./Castle Rock, Colo.); and Autumn Watts (Highlands Ranch H.S./Centennial, Colo.).
Athletes on Team Valor include Raegan Beers (Valor Christian H.S./Highlands Ranch, Colo.); Lauren Betts (Grandview H.S. /Centennial, Colo.); Payton Muma (Highlands Ranch H.S./Lone Tree, Colo.); and Jenna Seibert (Valor Christian H.S./Parker, Colo.).
Six of the athletes have competed in past USA 3x3 U18 Nationals. Davis and Marlett teamed up on the 2016 Mambas squad; while this marks the return from 2017 of Metropath’s Engstler and Denver’s Van Gytenbeek, VanSickle and Watts.
Returning from five-on-five competition are 2017 USA U16 National Team gold medalists Boston, Brunelle, Bueckers, Fudd, Watson; while Burke and Parker were among 18 finalists for the team, Merritt and Parrish were among the list of 37 finalists and Van Gytenbeek participated in the USA U16 trials.