Allen Lady Eagle Hoopfest 2016: Plano West repeats!
By Bob Corwin
The 16th Annual Lady Eagles Basketball Tournament, more commonly known as the Allen Hoopfest, was won by Plano (Texas) West High School 53-45 in the final over Cedar Hill (Texas) High School. The event (sponsored and hosted by Allen High School, and played November 17-19) saw 28 teams placed into brackets of four. After the three pool games, the pool winners were placed into the gold bracket with the others being seeded into silver, bronze and consolation brackets. In winning the event, Plano West (thus defending the title it won last year) had to win three more games in bracket play, thus going 6-0 for the weekend.
Taking a brief look at some of the top performers…
Players below are listed alphabetically with height, position, graduation year and high school. School location is in parenthesis.
Ellen Margaret Andrews, 6-0, forward, 2017, Greenhill School (Addison, Texas)
Andrews runs well and prefers to attack the basket from either the high post or along the baseline. Committed to Yale, she still needs to build shooting range for the next level. She had 20 points in one viewing.
Kayla Demus, 5-7, shooting guard, 2019, Sachse High School (Sachse, Texas)
Demus is one of five young Division I prospects on Sachse. She has a smooth stroke out to beyond the arc tallying 22 points in one viewing.
Camryn Brown, 5-8, shooting guard, 2019, Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, Texas)
Brown knows when to shoot it and has range to beyond the arc. She was impressive in her ability to go from defense to offense finding teammates breaking down court. A more natural shooting guard, she showed she can handle the point in summer ball. Power 5 schools are already offering her.
Lexi Gordon, 6-0, forward, 2017, L. D. Bell High School (Hurst, Texas)
Gordon, committed to Connecticut, plays a lot in the paint for her high school although more of a perimeter player at the next level. A physical attacker, she looks to go left to penetrate and then come back right. She also showed she can spot up for the three ball.
Taylor Hutchins, 5-7, guard/forward, 2019, Cedar Hill high School (Cedar Hill, Texas)
Hutchins is strongly built. Just watch her and you will see she carries herself well with a good work rate. A lefty, she likes to go right to set up her pull-up jumper. In the final loss to Plano West, she finished with 22 points.
Sarah Andrews, 5-6, point guard, 2020, MacArthur High School (Irving, Texas)
It isn’t easy to be the lead guard of a high school team as a freshman playing with older players. Win or lose, Andrews is unflappable, shows good court vision, basketball IQ and obviously strong handles. She can hit the three off the pass or bounce and is considered one of the top 2020 point guards in her class nationally.
Rebecca Lescay, 5-9, forward, 2017, Liberty High School (Frisco, Texas)
Lescay is a physical “attack the basket” player. She posted 14 points in being put out of the tournament by Plano West. Committed to Tulsa, she should work to add more range for the next level.
Nyah Green, 6-1, small forward, 2019, Bishop Lynch High School (Dallas, Texas)
Green, recently listed by USA Today as a pre-season All-American candidate, has as much talent as anyone in the 2019 class. She can create as she pleases but at times could be more involved in the game. In one viewing, she was very quiet and suddenly posted 10 points hitting several threes and drives to the basket helping pull out the win with a total of 19 points. Already committed to Louisville, she implied she had enough of the recruiting process having been involved in the game since the sixth grade.
Jordyn Merritt, 6-2, center, 2020, Plano Senior High School (Plano, Texas)
Merritt is a young post player whose current scoring zone is around the basket. A good athlete, she has decent handles and passing vision for her size finishing with 20 points in one observed game. A major Division 1 future is likely with continued progress.
Quincy Noble, 5-11, small forward, 2018, McKinney High School (McKinney, Texas)
Noble is a quality athlete with three-point range. She can attack the basket although the perimeter shot appears to be her first option. She already has a handful of Power 5 offers to choose from.
Jaden Owens, 5-8, point guard, 2019, Plano West High School (Plano, Texas)
Owens was named event MVP not just because she will (as in the title game with 20 points) lead the team in scoring. She also runs the offense and does her share on defense. She has two sisters playing division I ball but appears on course to be the best of the three with Power 5 schools knocking on her door.
Endyia Rogers, 5-5, point guard, 2019, Bishop Lynch High School (Dallas, Texas)
Rogers has good handles and can spot up for the three. She runs the fast break well. A likely Power 5 recruit, she still needs to add a pull-up jumper to make her game more complete for the next level.
Kayla Wells, 6-0, small forward, 2017, South Grand Prairie High School (Grand Prairie, Texas)
At Allen, Wells, committed to Texas A&M, played all over the court for her currently shorthanded squad. Sometimes she was handling the ball like a lead guard and then she would be posting up. She also spotted up for the three-ball.