Highlights of scrimmage between 2012 U17 World Championship Team and the 2012 U18 National Team during USA Basketball Training Camp in Orlando, Florida.
ORLANDO, FL –Breanna Stewart (Cicero-North Syracuse H.S.), the USA Basketball player of the Year, took over the fourth quarter to lead the U18 National Team to a 73-66 come from behind win over the U17 World Championship Team.
The USA Basketball Training Camp scrimmage featured eight 2012 High School All Americans, and over a dozen players who will likely be 2013 All-Americans. The rare head-to-head competition between the nation’s top talent was definitely entertaining as both teams tuned up for today’s games against Brazil at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports.
The U18 team sank the first basket of the game, but the lead was only temporary as the U17’s quickly jumped ahead with to several steals and a string of three consecutive baskets by Oderah Chidom (Bishop O’Dowd H.S.). The U17’s managed to hang onto the lead for nearly 30 minutes of the game due in part to a solid performance from Kaela Davis (Buford H.S.) who came off the bench for 11 points.
Diamond DeShields (Norcross H.S.) was the leading scorer for the younger squad with 14 points, but committed 4 turnovers. Mercedes Russell (Springfield H.S) also racked up 6 turnovers, but compensated for the miscues by scoring 6 points and grabbing 9 rebounds.
The U17 team held a 54-52 advantage after three quarters, until Stewart got hot. In the final quarter, the 6-foot-4 forward dominated on both ends of the floor and scored in a variety of ways to push the U18 team ahead. The dagger came on back-to-back three pointers by the future Connecticut Husky followed up with assists to Morgan Tuck (Bolingbrook H.S.) and Jannah Tucker (New Town H.S.) to seal the win.
The U17 team had several chances to regain the lead in the final minutes, but turned the ball over and didn’t connect several open shots.
Stewart lead all scorers with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
Moriah Jefferson (Texas Home Educators) and Tuck both had 12 points, while Tucker chipped in 10.
NOTE: Unofficial statistics provided by USA Basketball