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We continue our breakdown on some of the talent who was on display at our Girls "Elite" Combine this past weekend.
Empress Roberts 5’6” Harker Heights (2022)
A tough nosed competitor who did not back down from anyone. Her quick feet and lateral movement allowed her to stay in front of players and stop them on the drive. A stronger guard who utilized her strength to get into the lane and finish.
Jaeyln Morrison 5’9” El Paso Hanks (2023)
A tall lefty who does a little of everything. She can bring the ball up and take her defender off the dribble while using an array of spin moves in the lane to score. She anticipates her teammate’s moves to give them a crisp pass the length of the court or in traffic. Positions her defender to allow for the finishing move. Defensively is quick enough to stay in front of smaller guards and strong enough to pound in the paint versus taller defenders.
Adryan Alvarez 5’6” El Paso Del Valle (2021)
True point guard who sets up teammates with great leads to the basket. Several times she wowed the spectators with flashy passes in tight spaces, but don’t leave her open as she will drain it from behind the arc or get by her defender and finish inside.
Jazra Williams 5’11” Vista Ridge (2021)
When we first saw Jazra at the I-35 HS Showdown last September she was primarily playing in the post. Fast forward 10 months and she has added to the post game and showed she's able to step out and knock down the jumper. On several occasions she led the break and pulled up for the "J". A relentless rebounder down low who refuses to give up on lose balls. Her biggest improvement has been on the defensive side where she was not afraid to lockdown some quicker smaller guards.
Kayla Presley 5’6” San Marcos (2021)
Speed and athleticism coupled with tight handles and a mid rang jumper make her difficult to guard. Used an array of combo dribbles to get into the lane during 1 on 1 drills. Plays extremely well in the pick and roll and she knows exactly how to set up her defender to allow for a text book screen. When she came across a mismatch she was quick to exploit it.
Juliana Tapia 5’5” O’Connor (2021)
Another defensive minded guard who can also attack and wreaks havoc on the offensive end. Not afraid to hit the floor to get a loose ball or fight for a tie up. Quick with the ball in her hands and makes quick decisions in the open court. Normally with defensive guards they get left out of the offensive options but not Juliana. Leave her open and she is hitting the three at a high percentage.
Jacy Reese 5’3” East Central (2023)
Very quick and agile guard who puts pressure on the defender once they take a step backwards. Uses the retreat and hesitation dribble well to get defenders off balance and then attacks straight to the rim. Give her a little bit of room and she will drain the jumper. Because of her speed she is not afraid to pick up 94 ft.
Audry Hornaday 5’7” Sharyland Pioneer (2021)
ENERGY! Every drill and every possession she was going 100%. Not the 100% out of control type, but the type that frustrates others because she is effective every time she hits the floor. A player’s player as she constantly talked to teammates on the court. Another strong guard who played all out and was tough to handle once she was going downhill. A true dual threat as she has range well beyond the 3-point line and used her quickness and ball skills to get space and drain it. Repped the South Texas Valley very well.
Kendall Dominguez 5'8" Somerset (2021)
One of the Top 2021's on display. Was a handful from the jump, using an above average combination of speed, quickness, above average handles, and then a deadly jumpshot to guard against. The Lady Bulldog jumped onto our radar in a big way, showing her ability to truly play the PG spot, push the pace, or decided to pull back and set up. When she got a chance to be off the ball, her shot is quick and lethal. Many times she connected from all around the perimeter. Another senior who needs to be getting calls from college coaches.
Hannah Gallegos 5'3" Harlan (2021)
A true floor general who is an extension of a coach on the floor. Her basketball IQ is what you expect from a leader, smart, looks to get teammates invovled and makes the right play. Opponents get a surprise when she jumps out at them on defense. Very active and was constantly registering steals. If defenders backed off, she made them pay sinking the jump shot from deep.
We'll have one more write up, touching on the rest of the standouts from our Girls "Elite" Combine. Be sure to check back on www.AlamoCityHoops.com.