New England Shooting Stars Capture AAU State Title Derry NH: The New England Shooting Stars AAU National 9th grade team garnered their 18th consecutive NH State AAU basketball championship, against other top teams from the state. In their first year together the Stars proved the value of teamwork, intensity and hustle. The Stars prevailed over the NH Elite with the score of 49-23. In the scoring column the Stars were led by Colleen Frey (Pelham, NH) with 10 points, Tori Florence (Goffstown, NH) and Jackie Panneton (Salem, MA) each with 8 points. The Stars defensive pressure stifled the Elite throughout the game. Megan Collins (North Andover, MA) chipped in 4 points in the first half with a significant defensive contribution but was out for the remainder of the tournament due to an ankle injury. Brittney Roche (Derry, NH) added 5 points for the winners.
The Granite State Rockettes fell to the Stars in the second contest 63-30. The Stars full court pressure and transition offense was too much to contend with for the Rockettes. The stars were led by Hannah Neild (Litchfield, NH) and Tori Florence with 17 points each while Colleen Frey hit 12 markers to provide a sufficient cushion for the Stars.
In the semifinal contest the Stars faced the NH Panthers and secured another victory by a score of 58-21. Frey led all scorers with 14 points followed closely by Panneton, Florence, and Kylee Julia (Plymouth, NH) with 12, 9 and 8 respectively. Roggenbuck and Panneton lead in the rebounding column with 12 and 10 respectively.
In the Championship game the Stars faced the undefeated NH Flames and in an especially physical contest took home the championship trophy. Contributing in the 61-45 victory were Kylee Julia leading all scorers with 14 points followed by Panneton with 12 points, 9 rebounds; Florence with 11 points, 5 steals; Rachael Cormier (Andover, MA) with 10 points and 6 steals. Valerie Martin (Derry, NH) was unable to play in the tournament due to a concussion sustained a week earlier.
Pictured below are the NH AAU 9th Grade State Champions!
Front row: Rachael Cormier, Kylee Julia. Middle row- l to r-Asst. Coach, Erin Leary, Tori Floremce, Brittany Roche, Colleen Frey, Megan Collins, Jackie Panneton, Val Martin, Coach Dennis Reed.