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March 13, 2013Another one of Northern California's top teams made a visit to Stockton attempting to pull the upset of the host Rams. St. Mary's, again, was pushed to the limit but persevered to advance to the Open Division finals. The Rams knocked off Carondelet 75-70 with another solid performance from junior Charise Holloway.
Angel Johnson, St. Mary's, 2016: This freshman guard provided a nice spark off the Rams bench. The athletically explosive wing finished with simplicity not style and got it done with the ball in her hands. She brought a lot of energy in the paint with her ability to get up off the ground and get her hands on the ball. Her hustle and effort helped her stay in on 50/50 plays.
Onome Jemerigbe, St. Mary's Stockton, 2013: The drive and dish game was effective for the UCSB speedster to set up shooters and other teammates on dump offs. Strong, quick first step moves helped her knife through the defense to get to her spots. The Rams lead guard made good decisions with the ball for better shots.
Bri Moore, St. Mary's, 2015: Moore's night in the semifinal was most like a roller coaster with big highs and big lows. Moore struggled with finding control that was suitable to the style of game and the timing of situations she was presented with throughout the game. This lack of control saw her commit turnovers and a skewed shot selection. With that said there would be moments in the game where these bad plays would be traded in for ones of positive change whether it was a drive from her crossover or the big shot from the perimeter. Some of those big plays down the stretch help her team build momentum to finish.
Charise Holloway, St. Mary's, 2014: Holloway attempted to establish herself with some shooting, moves coming from the perimeter, and some trips to the free throw line. She wasn't able to find the confidence and success needed and relocated her talents to an area she had some mismatches. When she got the ball down deep she proved to be too strong and physical to keep away from high percentage looks at the basket. Demonstrating a good eye for the ball, she followed up the missed shots of her teammates quickly with a tough move. The forward's gritty play down the middle portion of the floor contributed to her game of 18 points and 8 rebounds.
Natalie Romeo, Carondelet, 2014: Romeo was effective pushing the pace and playing at a fast speed. She was able to make a lot of plays for herself and teammates pushing and spreading the ball in the open floor. Facing intense immediate pressure from St. Mary's she, most of the time, was most of the time successful rifling the ball with one hand to an open teammate down the court in an open area. She was a threat to score on the move and wasn't afraid to attack the defense for the shot at the basket. Her fake-spin dribble move she made effective from the wing going down the lane for an easy lay in. Roemo had a team high 15 points to go along with a handful of rebounds and assists.
Lauren Nicolosi, Carondelet, 2013: The Hawaii Pacific bound senior made some smart plays coming from some good touch with the basketball. She sought out open spaces and made herself an option away from the pressure defense and near the basket. Nicolosi trailed and ran the floor well filling the lanes often being rewarded in stride to the bucket by her teammates. Constantly moving without the basketball she put herself in some good positions and ready to make a contribution.
Mackenzie Cast, Carondelet, 2014: Shooters can go through their slumps and the LMU bound long ball threat saw hers during a large portion of the game. Cast was able to get good looks outside, midrange, and off the drive. It wasn't until the end where she was able to connect on a couple nice looks from the elbow and straight away from the perimeter.