Rebels 8th-graders make Na­tion­als

The Advance of Bucks County - - SPORTS -

For the third straight year, a group of Bucks County girls will be test­ing their bas­ket­ball skills at the national level. Af­ter a solid 2013 spring AAU sea­son, the Rebels Bas­ket­ball Acad­emy 8th-grade girls team hopes to con­tinue their suc­cess at the national tour­na­ment to be held July 8 to 13 in Or­lando.

To qual­ify for AAU Na­tion­als, the girls went un­de­feated in the Mid-At­lantic AAU Dis­trict Qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment in Willing­boro. In pool play, the girls went 2-0, de­feat­ing the Le­high sal­ley Out­casts and Ch­ester County Light­ning.

In bracket play, the Rebels de­feated CAL Sports AFDdHPy LQ WKH TuDUWHU­fi­nal round to set up a semi­fiQDO JDPH DJDLQVW CHQWUDO Bucks Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (CBAA) Thun­der. The Rebels de­feated CBAA 55-35 with bal­anced scor­ing and strong de­fense. In WKH fiQDOV, WKH 5HEHOV wRQ a hard fought game against the Delaware Lady Sharks, 30-23.

The team - com­prised of 10 lo­cal girls from the Coun­cil Rock and Ne­shaminy School Dis­tricts, Shan­non Cole­man, Me­gan Hag­gerty, Tara Hessen­thaler, Julie Hoover, Kate Laf­ferty, Emily Mackin, Tay­lor Polin­sky, Kasey Schlupp, Pey­ton Spadac­cino, Han­nah Weiler - is coached by Steve Polin­sky and Chuck Weiler.

TKH JLUOV KDvH TuDOL­fiHd to com­pete at the national AAU level the last two years, im­prov­ing last year to 16th in the na­tion.

Two years ago at na­tion­als, the Rebels didn’t win a PDWFK, fiQLVKLQJ 0-5. DHWHUmined, the girls im­proved their game and had a good show­ing last year at na­tion­als, turn­ing in a 2-1 mark in pool play. Their only loss was to a team from Min­neVRWD, wKR HQdHd uS fiQLVKLQJ fiIWK, QDWLRQDOOy.

,Q WKH fiUVW URuQd RI bracket play, their only loss was to the even­tual national cham­pion. This year, the team hopes to im­prove on prior years’ suc­cesses.

To date, the Rebels have com­piled a 12-2 record in AAU play this spring, have been named Mid-At­lantic AA8 CKDPSV DQd fiQLVKHd sec­ond in an AAU Su­per­Re­gional tour­na­ment in Beth­le­hem.

This is af­ter strong sea­sonal play dur­ing the 20122013 year that in­cluded win­ning the 2012 John Walker League last fall, the In­ter­County Bas­ket­ball League (ICBA) pre­sea­son tour­na­ment in De­cem­ber, the Cen­tral New Jersey bas­ket­ball league this win­ter DQd D VWURQJ fiQLVK LQ WKH ICBA win­ter league.

In late June, the Rebels took the court at Rut­gers Univer­sity and the BlueChip In­vi­ta­tional as they gear up for Or­lando.

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The Rebels Bas­ket­ball Acad­emy 8th-grade girls bas­ket­ball team went un­de­feated in the Mid-At­lantic AAU Dis­trict Qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment held re­cently in Willing­boro and have qual­i­fied for na­tion­als. Pic­tured in the first row, from left: Tay­lor Polin­sky,...

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