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2012 04-22: MTW Tournament of Champions Day 1 - Gleave, Sampton, King, Peña, Sheppard, Williams -

posted Apr 22, 2012, 11:58 AM by Joe Pena   [ updated Apr 23, 2012, 11:05 AM ]
Taylor Gleave, 2013, Cal Sparks NorCal Grey: Gleave is a confident shooter who against the SF Eagles played on and off the ball. She could initiate the offense and flare off with space for an open shot on the wing. The Arcata guard had a nice shot fake pull up going into the middle of the floor. She hit a few threes and found openings inside the arc where she found some success. 

Dalayna Sampton, 2014, Cal Sparks NorCal Grey: Sampton was involved in the offense in a variety of ways and was never seen taking a play off. The 6-foot-2 post set on ball screens for the pick and roll, posted up at the blocks, and used the high post to open the floor. From the high post she would attack the basket with the strong hand or attack kicking out to a wing. Sampton got herself to the free throw line more than once and received different looks at the basket and with some work on her shooting could see her more of those opportunities being converted. 

Katelyn King, 2013, Cal Sparks NorCal Black: The coach's daughter from River City High School quite possibly might be the most consistent shooter in her 2013 class. When the situation presented itself she always had her hands ready with a good base. King hit a few from the outside, but when she did miss she didn't miss by much. She has a good court sense and takes those open good looks on the floor. She is going to make those little plays that matter and can help create momentum whether it is with a charge on defense or giving up her shot to dish off to a teammate for another open shot. 

Aaliyah Pena, 2013, Cal Sparks NorCal Grey: Pena has a good frame and ran the floor well against the SF Eagles. She displayed a nice touch in the short corner with a face up game. Would have liked to see her be more assertive and work for more touches as she is capable of having more of an offensive impact.

This article is about Simone Sheppard, not Westbrook
Simone Westbrook, 2014, Cal Sparks NorCal Grey: Westbrook took her versatility inside and out. In situations with a mismatch she posted up her defender and went right at the bucket with a power move. She needs to work on being able to hit a shot from the outside, but she does do a good job of putting the ball on the floor and pulling up for the shot from about 10 feet, particularly from the baselines. Using a high motor she went after hunting the rebounds sometimes using some good elevation to grasp the ball. When she had to defend around the paint, she bodied up and even blocked a couple close shots. 

Casey Williams, 2013, Cal Sparks Norcal Black: The ball in her hands early in the offense she pushed the pace and got down the floor in a hurry with a dribble covering space. Those situations she seemed to flourish and or thrive upon. Her ability to get the ball out and go got her team some looks in transition against Colorado Elite. Offensively she was best when she could shoot off one or two dribble or get all the way into the paint to finish around the basket. 

Chris Roemer