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Congratulations to the Arizona Arsenal 05 Premier Girls for their recent Pegasus Cup Championship playing 11v11.
The Arizona Arsenal 02 Premier Black – Girls’ Region IV Presidents Cup run in Seattle ended as they lost in the semi finals. Congratulations to the girls on breaking bracket, winning the quarterfinals and proudly representing our club and the Read the full article…
Congratulations to the Arizona Arsenal 04 Boys who were Finalists at Yavapai Cup playing up a year.
Club News & Articles
Courtney Ekmark was a Freshman basketball player at the 2015 NCAA National Champions this past season. She played at St. Mary’s High School where she won a National Championship and was an All State Player. Courtney started with our very own Speed and Strength director Tim Mcllelan at 10 years old– not particularly gifted whatsoever but no one can out work her. The talk was to the 03 girls at Foothills Physical Therapy.
Last night at the Suns arena the Arsenal 03 girls basketball team raced out to a quick 8-0 lead to take control of the 5/6 grade YMCA championship game. After running the table winning eight straight in league play against all boys teams in capturing the east valley YMCA crown, the girls headed for the big time to play the top team from the west valley in downtown Phoenix. Led by point guard Bossy McGinnis the girls played a smart game, running when the break was there and setting up their wheel offense when it wasn’t. As in any championship game defense and rebounding proved to carry the day for the Arsenal girls. Sammi Wattawa helped pace the defense with a dozen steals and several easy baskets off the break. The bulk of the rebounding was done by Kaya Vega, Amreah Hutchinson, and Sammi. Paige Rearick hit several key shots in the first half to keep the girls in the driver’s seat until halftime ended with the girls leading 20-10. After a stirring halftime talk from the Arsenal coaches the girls responded by holding the boys scoreless in the third quarter, with Hutchinson guarding their top scorer and keeping him in check the girls looked to be in control going into the final period.
But the boys were not done, they came out in a full court press making several steals and getting a few buckets to pull closer to the girls. But it wasn’t to be for the kids from the west side as Brooke Hesse broke their back with several key baskets, and once the girls figured out the press they finished with a flurry of easy lay-ups and pulled away for a 32-14 victory. With only 6 girls available for the game on the big floor the soccer conditioning showed through. The coaches all agreed that the help defense learned in soccer went a long way in making the girls into a very tough defensive unit on the hardwood. It was a great summer season for the girls and now they will return to the pitch for the fall. Well done girls. Other girls who played on the team but did not make it to the final game were Madison Cullinan, Abby Heckel, Paisley Teele, Kali Baugh, and Sidney Stevenson.