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Queens of the Hardwood: Standouts

By AlamoCityHoops Staff, 05/02/23, 10:00PM CDT


Plenty of ballers showcased their game this weekend and our staff breaks down those who stoodout.

San Antonio, TX-

After a full weekend of action at the 5th annual Queens of the Hardwood, our AlamoCityHoops staff was in full evaluation mode and we touch on some of the performers who stood out during the competition. We bring you our, uncut version, through our eyes on why certain prospects stood out.

Isaiah Meuchelboeck
(Greater San Antonio Reporter)

Joana Lopez (Reagan HS/2024)
In consideration for the best overall player I saw this weekend. Showed off the ability to be a complete three level scorer. She shot the ball well off the dribble and in spot up situations, attacked closeouts to either get all the way to the rim or hit a floater. She also showed off some nice post touch, hitting a few impressive turnarounds. I also noted that she would take the challenge of defending the other team’s best players, whether they were a guard or big, she competed defensively and made an impact there as well.

Naomi Johnson (SA Lady Hoops Orange/2027)
Lefty Point guard with some impressive shooting touch. She had a great weekend scoring the ball and facilitating to her teammates. The 8th grader showed off deep range and was willing to break zones from the top of the key by walking into 3-pointers. She displayed her tight handles all weekend and was able to limit any turnovers.

Jasmine Travis (SA Lady Hoops Orange/2027)
Legitimately stands 6’4” in 8th grade and exudes unlimited potential. She moves well for her size and has good hands inside. She can impact any shot in the paint defensively and will continue to get better rebounding the ball as she gets stronger. Strength will also add to her budding post-game, where she did show some promising footwork inside. With arms extended to her side, easily has a 6’8” to 6’9” wingspan.

Ava Mitchell (SAHE Gold AM/2025)
A good all-purpose guard. You can tell why she got varsity minutes for Johnson HS this past season. Her on ball pressure defensively set the tone for her team each game I saw. She dove for loose balls, rebounded well for the PG position, and made impact plays when her team needed them. She was able to get to the free throw line and showed range out to the three-point line.

Rose Postrano (SAHE Gold ES/2026)
Her offense was spectacular all weekend. She could not be left alone on the perimeter as she hit multiple 3’s in every game. Also made some passes that made you say wow in person. She is quick off the dribble and uses that speed well to set up passing lanes and scoring opportunities. Only a Freshman and is really fun to watch.

Jah’Dae Bussey (Fam First 16U National/2025)
A scoring force inside. She was able to score in a crowd inside the paint all weekend. She was very physical and able to score through contact. Showed some nice touch in the midrange and floater area as well. That physicality also showed on the defensive side as she bodied up opposing guards, and battled on the boards.

Hannah McDonald (SA Lady Hoops Navy/2025)
Brought a lot of intensity to the floor for her team. Can go on scoring runs by herself. There were multiple times this weekend she would go for 8/9- 0 runs individually. Used her speed and physicality to get to a spin move inside that she used multiple times to score or get fouled. Is also a confident 3-point shooter. While carrying a decent scoring load she also picked up full court defensively and was able to constantly turnover or make PGs give up the ball early and disrupt offenses

Zoey Yanez (Fam First Agusi/2026)
Shooter! Hit multiple 3s in the couple games I saw her. She wasn’t just hugging the line either, she was taking and hitting deep 3’s multiple feet behind the arc. She also had a confident enough handle to attack closeouts and get to a float game or pass find the open teammate.

Libby Lee (Centex Attack 16U/2027)
One of the huge reasons the Attack 16U went 5-0 this weekend was because of this 8th grader. A talented young guard who can shoot from range, defend the opposing teams guards full court, rebound fantastic for the position, and set up open teammates. Sky is the limit for Libby as she looked so advanced in every facet of the game already. She broke full court presses with ease all weekend with either handle, used speed or her passing ability. One to watch for sure as she hits the high school ranks.

Evie Bruce (Centex Attack 16U/2025)
Does just about everything you can ask from the forward position. She defends and rebounds with impressive physicality and intensity. Watching her play you almost feel like any 50/50 ball ends up in her hands. She is a willing shooter from both the 3 and mid-range, but her real skill on offense shows in her drive and finishing ability. She was going either through or around defenders all weekend. She is also a connector from the forward position, who made quick decisions to either shoot, drive or create for another teammate. Really impressive player, one of the best of the weekend.

Joel Morris
(Central Texas Reporter)

Kyzarriah Fox (SA Lady Hoops/2027)
Good footwork in the mid-range area to get into the paint, resilient driving ability but patient in the post. A tall and lanky wing that displayed good handles in both transition and half court. 

Aylene Ortega (RGV Lady Lakers/2023)
Very nimble, quick, and finesse playing inside for the unsigned senior. Active on the boards and uses her body well to get position in the post. 

Kaitlin Gonzales (FAM First National 15U/2027)
Showcased her shiftiness, craftiness, and quickness to score in the lane. Although she is a righty, on multiple occasions she used her left hand to finish. Polished game for an incoming freshman.

Kaci Sheeran (Raegan HS/2025)
Vocal on defense, scores on the inside, rebounds, and very scrappy. A glue-guy type of player that impacts a team in so many ways.

Jayla Robinson (SAHE/2027)
Long, athletic player that mixes it up on the offensive end with shooting and finishing inside. So much upside with this one, will be intriguing to watch her progression in high school.

Kaycie Hanks (Cooze Elite/2028)
Very resilient driver with willingness to absorb contact, and only a 7th grader. Even converted a few and-1s in a single game. Very comfortable attacking and finishing with both hands. Showed she can handle the rock with either hand.

Charlie Garcia (SAHE/2028)
Displayed good handles, also quickness on both ends of the floor. She plays with her head up looking for an open teammate even while driving to the paint. Has no issue in getting through traffic to attack the rim.  

Kassy Lopez (Laredo DBCA/2025)
A rebounding magnet and very consistent catching, and finishing in the paint. Plays with a great motor, and is deceptively fast/quick. The ball finds her and although she didn’t have many sets run for herself, she consistently produced offense.

Destiny Sanchez (SA Lady Hoops/2027)
Smaller point guard that consistently plays with poise, control, and high IQ. Did a good job running the team’s offense while mixing it up with drives and finishing after using advanced footwork. 

Antonia Anderson
(ACH Administrator)

Berkley Hart (FAM First Agusi/2026)
The Alamo Heights freshman was impressive. Filled up the stat sheets and did it by scoring in attack mode, using the mid-range jumper and hoisting from deep as well. Got out into the open court and knew to make a V-line to the cup for buckets.

Ellie Schillerstrom (Synergy/2027)
An incoming freshman that just has a good feel for the game. She reads the defense and is capable of setting her teammates up for open shots and easy lay ins. Her ability to knock in the three off the dribble or a pass, forces the defense to have to play straight up against her.

Rakiya Nelson (Fam First Agusi/2025)
One of the better all around players of the weekend. She’s long and uses that to her advantage. Watched her drive past every defender and also registered a few blocks on the defensive end. Her finishes need a little polishing, but is not timid in attacking. Is a productive slasher that no one could stay in front of. Has the frame and build that college coaches will be looking for.