-Chattanooga, TN: Things couldn't have been better at the 2nd annual Vol Specs Invitational. The competition overall was exciting and there was plenty of talent on display. There were game winning buzzer -beaters, a few upsets, and some unlikely heroes that did not go unnoticed at #VSI2016. Here is a quick rundown of each division along with Team Vol Specs all-tournament team selection.
This division was probably the most surprising of all from the opening tip-off of Vol Specs Invitational. In the exhibition game Lady Ice pulled off the first upset of the weekend by defeating the TN Shock Orange.,
by bringing a consistent pressure defense that simply wears the opponent down throughout the duration of the game. 2022 Cascade Lady Mavericks came in and added competitive depth to the division and would eventually meet the Lady Ice in the championship game where the lady Ice would eventually hold off the fighting Mavericks and claim the championship. TN Xtreme Kirk was a solid 2022 team, were often mismatched but not once gave up in any game, their heart is certainly not in question. Here are a few standouts from the division.
2022 5'2 PG Savannah Washington (Lady Ice)- Washington showed she has a high motor and is willing to lead by example, whether it was diving for loose balls, driving hard to the basket, or shooting the long ball.
2021 5'8 PF Raijeria Bell (Lady Ice)- Bell was very impressive, uses her body to shield off opponents well, and shes an excellent rebounder. Bell also brought toughness, and physicality to the front court.
2021 5'6 G Maliyah Davis (Lady Ice)- Davis has good size to play the 2 or 3 and showed her mid-range game is really good. In a time where the "3 ball rules all" mentality is popular Davis seemed comfortable and consitantly knocked down 5-15 footers
2022 Eli Chumley G (Cascade)- Chumley is an accurate shooter and it was noted how textbook her shooting form was. When Cascade needed a huge bucket, Chumley delivered.
2022 Brooklyn Crouch F (Cascade)- Have to give Crouch credit, she was the "workhorse" for the lady Mavericks doing all of the dirty work required to get her team a win.
CHAMPION: Lady Ice
RUNNER UP: Cascade Mavericks
CHANGE THE GAME DIVISION
This 2019 division no doubt has some talent that will surely play at the next level, and provided some great games at Vol Specs Invitational. The game of the weekend perhaps was won on a last second lay up that gave 2020 TN Xtreme the win and the number 1 seed heading into bracket play, in which the Bristol Pistols would eventually avenge the loss and claim the title.
2019 5'9 G Taylor Owens (Pistols)- Taylor Owens just flat out had a good tournament. She was consistent throughout the event by simply doing what was required to help her team win. Owens rebounded when needed, defended when needed, and lead the team in scoring when needed. She has a good I.Q. for the game
2019 5'6 G Jada Campbell (Pistols)- Campbell gave opponents fits all weekend, kid can really stroke it. Near perfect shooting form, great free throw shooter, and slashes to the basket as well. Campbell lead her team in scoring, and to a championship.
2019 6-2 F Jaden Fullen (Pistols) When you see the Bristol Pistols walk in the first thing you notice is the bright green cammo, the second is Jaden Fullen. Fullen has a long slender frame and used her length defending the middle and rebounding for the Pistols.
2020 G De'Zah Lacy (Xtreme) #elite40 camper Lacy had a great weekend, she was the most active player overall for the Xtreme on both sides of the floor creating plays in transition which plays right into the strength of the team.
2020 G Bailey Anderson (Xtreme) Anderson demonstrated how effective she is as a PG. What was more impressive about Andersons game was not her scoring ability, defensive ability, or athleticism, but her game management ability.
2019 5'10 F Mikayla Wise (Shock) #elite40 camper Wise has improved her game since August, and she gave max effort for the TN Shock
CHAMPION: Bristol Pistols
RUNNER UP: TN Xtreme
ELITE 40 DIVISION
2017 5'5 PG Shayla Ludy (Lady Saints)- Ludy has a solid frame and size, combined with great athleticism and strength. She was the floor general in every aspect of the game that led her team to a championship win. Ludy had great court vision leading her team in both assists and steals over the weekend.
2017 5-5 G Tori Harvey (Lady Saints)- If Ludy was the motor behind the Lady Saints back court, then Harvey was the sparkplug. Harvey left everything she had on the floor for the Lady Saints including her body. She was not afraid to drive to the basket at all, in fact she often looked for contact.
2019 5-10 F Emily Wiley (Lady Saints)- #elite40 camper Two words needed to describe Emily's weekend INSTANT OFFENSE, or MISS FUNDAMENTAL (pick one) Wiley scored multiple ways inside and out, but none were flashy, and almost none ended in a turnover.
2017 PG Erin Freeman (Shock) Freeman looked solid especially as a ball handler, when she really wanted to make a play there was simply no one that could stop her. She has good size and for a 1 and is as athletic as they come.
2017 SG Katie Muston (Shock) a streaky shooter capable of scoring in bunches from the perimeter. Muston nailed open shots all weekend, but has the capabilities of getting to the rim. She scored a game high 18 pts in a semifinal victory
2017 5-5 G Brooke Smith (Shock Elite) Smith instantly showed promise as one of the top prospsects in the tournament early on. He quickness and agility allowed her to take defenders off the dribble and get into the lane. Smiths decision making in the paint also stood out.