Seven teams ranked in the espnW 25 Power Rankings suffered losses this week at the 14th annual Naples Holiday Shootout in Florida. Long Island Lutheran (Brookville, New York), led by Michigan signee Lauren "Boogie" Brozoski and Seton Hall signee Taylor Byrne, took out two of those ranked teams on its way to the American Division title.
6 stars of the Shootout
Lauren "Boogie" Brozoski, a 5-foot-5 point guard at Long Island Lutheran (Brookville, New York) and a Michigan signee, was named MVP of the tournament after leading her team to a 56-53 win over Miami Country Day (Florida) 56-53 in the American Division title game. Brozoski had 13 points in the final, 28 points and six steals against Rock Bridge (Columbia, Missouri) in the semifinals and 23 points against Homewood Flossmoor (Illinois) in the first round.
Sophie Cunningham, a 6-1 guard for Rock Bridge (Columbia, Missouri) and a Missouri signee, carried her team, which entered the tournament undefeated, for three straight days. She had 26 points and four assists in a win over Archer, 24 points in a loss to Long Island Lutheran, and 10 points and 11 rebounds in a loss to Long Beach Poly (California).
Abby Grant, a 5-9 guard at St. Francis (Alpharetta, Georgia) and a Syracuse signee, broke the tournament record for 3-point field goals made with 16. She's consistent from long range and is a flat-out student of the game. She helped lead her team to the final of the National Division, where it fell to North Little Rock (Arkansas).
Vivian Gray, a 6-1 sophomore forward for Argyle (Texas), was the leading scorer in the three-day tournament, but her team went 0-3. Gray brings a competitive toughness to both ends of the floor, and she's consistent in her mid-range scoring. She capped her tournament with a 29-point performance against Archer (Lawrenceville, Georgia).
Malica Monk, a 5-5 point guard for North Little Rock (Arkansas) and an Arkansas signee, is perhaps the most explosive and speediest prospect in the 2015 class. Monk scored 18 points and had four assists in a win over Edgewater (Orlando, Florida) and poured in 23 points with five assists in a 46-36 win over St. Francis (Alpharetta, Georgia) in the National Division title game. She scored 17 straight points for her team in the title game over a stretch that started in the second quarter and ended in the fourth.
Eva Rubin, a 6-5 sophomore center for Homewood Flossmoor (Illinois), is on the rise. She scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds in a 71-69 double-overtime loss to Elizabethtown (Kentucky) on the tournament's final day. Rubin was vital for Homewood Flossmoor, altering shots and rebounding, starting the fast break and showing an emerging repertoire of posts moves.
Long Beach Poly robbed
Kudos to Long Beach Poly for rebounding after a disastrous, scary and costly start to their trip to Florida.
According to the Gazette Newspapers, the Jackrabbits' van was broken into while they stopped for dinner on their way to Naples. Shoes, uniforms and electronics were allegedly stolen.
"We're just glad that nobody got hurt," coach Carl Buggs told GazetteSports.com. "A little different timing could have had a kid out there when they broke in or something horrible happen. Everybody is OK -- that other stuff we can figure out later."
Malica Monk, North Little Rock
Vivian Gray, Argyle
Angela Jernigan, Edgewater
Faith Suggs, Homewood Flossmoor
Sarah Overcash, St. John's College
Sophie Cunningham, Rock Bridge
Erin Boley, Elizabethtown
Eliza Matthews, Long Beach Poly
Taylor Byrne, Long Island Lutheran
Channise Lewis, Miami Country Day
Destinee Walker, Lake Highland Prep
Abby Grant, St. Francis
MVP: Lauren "Boogie" Brozoski, Long Island Lutheran