Miami Country Day & West Campus capture division titles; Christyn Williams sets event scoring record
By Bob Corwin
Held annually beginning in 1999, the 2016 Naples Holiday Shootout Invitational Tournament took place December 28-30 at Community School of Naples which also served as event presenter this year. Approximately 20 NCAA Division I coaches attended one or more days of the event.
The 16 invitees were split into two groups of eight designated American (top) and National (second) Division with all teams playing three games.
Christyn Williams sets record
Central Arkansas Christian’s junior guard Christyn Williams set the event scoring record with 98 points (39, 22, 37) over the three games as she led her team to a third place finish in the National Division. If a most outstanding player award was to be given (There wasn’t.), it clearly would have been Williams. For more, see below.
A brief look at the two finals…
American Division Final:
Miami Country Day School (Miami, Florida) 56-55 Pickerington Central High School (Pickerington, Ohio)
The final pitted Country Day’s high quality perimeter scoring versus a much more balanced Pickerington Central offense with interior and perimeter weapons. After trailing 21-19 after one quarter, the Country Day three-point shooting kicked into high gear, hitting five threes in the second stanza (7/14 in the half) to go up 38-35 at the break. The third quarter saw Kelsey Marshall post eight points for the Floridians as the lead rose to 54-48. Country Day tried to hold the ball for much of the final period but struggled to hold on the ball let alone score. Pickerington Central had several opportunities to take the lead but amazingly neither team scored in the final 3:50 of the contest. A failed off-balance shot as time expired by Central’s Madison Greene (see below) was the last chance for the Ohioans to take the lead and title. Miami’s Kelsey Marshall led all scorers with 24 points. Central was led by sophomore guard/forward Maliya Perry (6-0) with 19 points including five threes.
Miami Country Day wins the event on its third trip to the event’s final! Its guard trio of co- MVP’s Lewis and Marshall along with sophomore Maria Alvarez (5-7) can be argued as being the best perimeter three-guard high school offense in the USA.
National Division Final:
West Campus High School (Sacramento California) 60-55 Gilmour Academy (Gates Mills, Ohio)
The theme here was a superior all-around guard and better team athleticism of West Campus versus a more structured Gilmour attack. After a slow start by the Californian, Gilmour led 19-12 after one quarter as Emily Kelley (see below) posted 11 points. The second stanza was all West Campus as its star Namiko Adams (see below) tore loose for 14 points helping her team to a 35-25 lead at the break. Gilmour got to within two in the closing minutes of the contest but never took the lead in the entire second half. Adams led all scorers with 26 points. Kelley led Gilmour with 20 points (six threes) and junior post Naz Hillmon (6-2) posted a double double of 14 points and 12 rebounds but probably did not get enough touches being that West Campus was too small to match up with her.
Below are the Naples Holiday Shootout All-Tournament Team selections in alphabetical order (with listed height, position, graduation year and school plus school location in parenthesis).
Namiko Adams, 5-7, point guard, 2017, West Campus High School (Sacramento, California)
Unsigned, Adams had two big games at the event scoring 21 and 26 points in the semi & final respectively. She can fiercely attack the basket often drawing fouls. To balance that, she has a nice pull-up jumper.
Madison Greene, 5-7, point guard, 2019, Pickerington Central High School (Pickerington,Ohio)
Greene’s offensive game is a nice blend of ball distribution and perimeter scoring (including the three ball), posting double digits in all three contests in Naples . On defense, she showed an ability to guard the opposing point guard. Power 5 schools should be monitoring her progress.
Emily Kelley, 5-9, shooting guard, 2017, Gilmour Academy (Gates Mills, Ohio)
Signed with Winthrop University, Kelley is known for her ability to hit threes. At the event, she shot an impressive 15/30 from behind the arc.
Channise Lewis, 5-8, point guard, 2017, Miami Country Day School (Miami, Florida) – CO-MVP
Signed with Illinois, Lewis is Country Day’s primary ball handler. For the event, she recorded 41 points on 16/29 from the field with 18 assists and 8 steals.
Kelsey Marshall, 5-9, shooting guard, 2017, Miami Country Day School (Miami, Florida) – CO- MVP
Signed with Miami of Florida, Marshall was Country Day’s leading scorer at the event with 58 points on 22/47 from the field plus 13 assists and 4 steals. She can score from behind the arc, mid-range and by attacking the rim.
Christyn Williams, 5-10, guard, 2018, Central Arkansas Christian Schools (Little Rock, Arkansas)
Williams, a lefty, is capable of playing either guard slot but is probably more “two” than “one” at the next level. She showed the ability to attack the basket going hard to the rim with either hand finishing against contact. To complement that, she displayed a nice mid-range stroke. The three-ball is there but does not appear to be option one or two. Her final seven college list includes Arkansas, Baylor, Connecticut, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Tennessee and UCLA.
A few others who performed well at Naples…
Grace Berger, 5-11, small forward, 2018, Sacred Heart Academy (Louisville, Kentucky)
Orally committed to Indiana, Berger showed terrific body control in driving the key able to pull up in front of defenders to score rather than committing the charge. She can hit the three but that does not appear to be scoring option one. She posted double digit scoring in all three games at Naples.
Zakiyah Franklin, 5-7, shooting guard, 2019, Winter Haven High School (Winter Haven, Florida)
A lefty, Franklin scored 39 points during the event. She can hit the three (still needs to be more consistent game to game) or score at mid-range. Power 5 schools should be monitoring her progress.
Naz Hillmon, 6-2, center, 2018, Gilmour Academy (Gates Mills, Ohio)
Hillmon is a consistent rebounder (29 total for the three games). Scoring near the rim, she posted double digits in each game at the event. She has multiple Power 5 offers.
Jamya Mingo-Young, 5-8, shooting guard, 2019, Loranger High School (Loranger, Louisiana)
Mingo-Young recently returned from having a blown ACL last winter but now looks back in high gear. She posted 73 points including 36 on the final day in beating Fort Myers (FL). She exudes power in attacking the basket but also can step back and hit threes behind the arc. Power 5 schools should be lining up.
Jarya Outten, 5-6, point guard, 2017, Fort Myers High School (Fort Myers, Florida)
Signed with Furman, Outten was both her team’s leading scorer (65 points) and primarily ball handler. On defense, she posted a 15-steal total for the three games.
Kianna Smith, 6-0, small forward, 2017, Troy High School (Fullerton, California)
A CAL signee, Smith posted 62 points during the event hitting an assortment of shots behind and within the arc.