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A LITTLE HISTORY OF VIRGIN ISLAND - PARADISE SHOOT OUT EVENT 2011
March 30, 2011By 2@CARLOS VAZQUEZ of TOA Paradise Shootout
Charlotte Amalie U17 is led by 6-foot senior forward Te'Andra
Richardson. Richardson exploded for a game-high 24 points to lift the
Lady Chickenhawks to a 55-46 victory in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Invitational Basketball Tournament finals. Richardson went a perfect
8-for-8 from the charity strip in the game and was named MVP. She was
also named MVP of the Antilles Basketball Jam in March. In all,
Richardson helped Charlotte Amalie to fifteen wins in twenty tries.
Helping Richardson in the post is 6-foot-1 junior forward Merrisa
Murphy, 6-foot-2, 2000-pounder Edidiong Uitbe and tweener Jahrima
Simmons. Murphy is an athletic big who runs the floor and Utibe, a
sophomore, is a physical, punishing player. Utibe had 17 rebounds in
a win over rival Eudora Kean. Simmons, a sophomore, has become an
integral part of the team due to her physical play.
Handling the wings spots are Juniors Kelssy Trass, Shaniqua Wheatley
and freshman Jerusha Corbett. Trass and Wheatley have had their
moments over the course of the season and are ready to shine next
season. Corbett had a game of her young career when she scored a
career high 24 points in a win over rival Eudora Kean. At point guard
Lanese Bough, the league leading assist woman holds down the fort.
Bough, a senior, is the most experience player in the Virgin Islands
as she has played with senior and junior national teams. Her
defensive pressure is well known. Backing up Bough will be mini me's
Kayshaunna Williams and LePrix Robinson.
Mookie is her name and she does not belong on Sesame Street. Akia
Frett, a freshman point guard, is the reason Eudora Kean has become a
feared team in the Virgin Islands. The 14 year old spent the year at
the varsity level and had a season high of 27 points in a loss. Her
speed and basketball acumen will leave viewers in Puerto Rico in aw.
Renai Evans, a 5-foot-5 freshman guard, had been the best JV player in
the territory. She scored 16 points and was named MVP of the St.
Croix Central High Tournament. Evans is the reason Charlotte Amalie
U15 finish the season undefeated. Helping out the dynamic duo at
guards will be more guards in the form of Tinea Henley, Keanna Mills,
Ana Santana and Sheraine George. Each one brings a different
dimension to the court. Henley brings the scoring punch, Mills the
distributor, Santana a little bit of everything and George is the
defender. In the post, big Vonyia McFarlane and Geneiva Weeks supply
the rebounding and physical play. Artiquar Javois and Viniqua David
play on the wing. Javois is silky smooth athlete and David attacks
the basket. Coach Tamara Petersen has assembled a team worthy of
For the second consecutive season Coach Thomas Brutvan has run the
table in the St. Thomas-St. John district. His best coaching came in
the convincing Shiquoy Webster to play at the JV level. Webster has
to be the best point guard in the district. He is big, strong and has
the ability to set up others. Some of Webster's favorite targets are
sharp shooters Trey Donovan, Jabari Alexander and Jahnajade Hodge.
However, Webster may go inside to Muta Abiff (6-foot-3) and Je'von
Philpot (6-foot-2). Abiff has been a terror as he blocks shots and
scores inside. When the team needs a guiding hand, coach Brutvan
calls on Devontee Anthony veteran leadership. Shakeem Johnan scores
in bunches and Thameo Francis is a scrappy player. This team will
give you all it has and leave everything on the court. "Guts and
hustle" is their mantra.