Congratulations to Bay State Jaguars Morgan O’Donnell (16U), Marissa Fontaine (14U), Veronica Burton (14U), Keelah Dixon (14U), Janai Crooms (13U) and Ashley Ducharme (13U) on being named to the All-GymRat Challenge Teams in their respective age divisions. Congratulations are also in order for Christina Bonfiglio (14U), Alexis Greffen (13U), Asiah Dingle (13U) and Kendall Currance (13U) on being named to the All-GymRat Challenge Honorable Mention Teams in their respective age divisions.
The GymRat Challenge press release had the following to say about various Jaguars’ players:
Morgan O’Donnell, 6-1 forward, Bay State Jaguars/Ursuline Academy: A good-sized and developing post player. Already effective rebounder at both ends. Particularly strong offensive rebounder and converts her share of put-backs. She has stationary range inside the arc. Projects as low-D-I or D-2 level player right now.
Marissa Fontaine, 6-0 forward, Bay State Jaguars/Bishop Feehan H.S.: Not only has a strong post-up game but can shoot the outside jumper, especially the corner three. Will come across the paint from the corners and lay in the little runner directly off the pass. Makes that play look effortless with a smooth finish.
Veronica Burton, 5-6 guard, Bay State Jaguars/Brown Middle School; A shooter with great form and almost perfect rotation/arc on the ball. Low, quick defender who uses her feet and not her hands 100 percent of the time. Able to force her opponent any direction she wants, making her able to control the floor.
Keelah Dixon, 5-3 point guard, Bay State Jaguars/Braintree H.S.: The MVG of the 13-under division last year, she helped lift her team to the championship game in this year’s event. The type player who not only posses athleticism but also has good court IQ. Knows what the next step is going to be and seems to think ahead. She can drive and shoot from the outside. Really pushes the ball up the floor.
Janai Crooms, 5-9 guard, Bay State Jaguars/Park View Middle School: Will attack and go hard to the basket. Very strong build and can take a hit. Crafty with the ball. Will drive most of the time, but will also kick out to an open teammate. But, if there’s a lane she will go full steam ahead.
Ashley Ducharme, 6-1 post, Bay State Jaguars-Rodriguez/Pierce Middle School: Gets on the boards and boxes out, a real rebounding machine. Runs the court well and has a nice jumper … smooth catch and shoot move. Recovers from being bumped very well to go up strong for the finish.