Friday, May 04, 2018

BROWN TO USA U18 TRIALS


gostanford.com, May 3, 2018

Incoming freshman Jenna Brown has accepted an invitation to the 2018 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team Trials, which will take place May 26-28 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
 
The 12-member USA Women's U18 National Team is expected to be announced on May 28 and will compete at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship at a date and location to be announced. The top four finishing teams at the championship will earn a qualifying berth into next summer's 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

BROWN WINS NATIONAL POY HONOR


gostanford.com, April 26, 2018

Incoming freshman Jenna Brown has been named the National High School Senior Girls' Basketball Athlete of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association.
 
The award is the latest in a laundry list for the five-star recruit. In addition to appearances at the McDonald's All American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic, Brown was voted to the Naismith High School Girls' All-America first team, the ALL-USA Girls Basketball All-America second team, earned WBCA High School Coaches' All-America honorable mention accolades and was the Gatorade State Player of the Year in Georgia.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Greater Spokane League announces 2017-18 scholar-athlete awards

spokesman.com, April 18, 2018
The Greater Spokane League announced its 2017-18 Scholar-Athlete Awards via press release on Wednesday.
The winners will be recognized on Thursday at the annual award luncheon at the Spokane Club.
Each year the GSL recognizes students who excel in the classroom, community and athletics. A male and female student is recognized from each school. This year’s winners are:

Central Valley

Lacie Hull has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the national honor society, DECA, Key Club, and Green Team. She earned nine varsity letters; one in volleyball, four in basketball and four in track.
Hull earned all-GSL basketball first-team honors her last three seasons and honorable mention as a freshman. She was named to the all-state tournament team in 2016 and 2018 following Central Valley’s two state 4A championships and was an all-tournament selection at the 2018 GEICO Nationals tournament, which CV won.
Hull was named Associated Press all-state her senior year, was Seattle Times co-player of the year and was named to USA Today’s all-state second team.
Hull was all-GSL first team in track in 2015 and 2017 as a member of CV’s 4x4 relay team that placed fifth in state in ’15 and second in ’17.
Hull will attend Stanford where she was awarded a full-ride basketball scholarship and is considering majoring in either engineering or business. She has volunteered for the Special Olympics, the Humane Society, and the Spokane Stars Basketball Club.
Lexie Hull has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, DECA, and Key Club. She earned eight varsity letters; one in volleyball, four in basketball and three in track.
Hull earned GSL basketball MVP following her junior and senior seasons, first team as a sophomore and second team as a freshman. She was all-state tournament MVP in 2016 and 2018 following CV’s state 4A titles and MVP of the GEICO Nationals championship game this season.
Hull was named 2017 and 2018 Washington state Gatorade girls player of the year. Following her senior season she was named Associated Press all-class player of the year, Seattle Times co-player of the year, Washington’s Miss Basketball, USA Today state player of the year and MaxPreps first-team all-American.
In track, Hull was all-GSL first-team and placed fifth at state on a 4x4 relay team in 2015
Hull will attend Stanford University where she was awarded with a full-ride basketball scholarship. She is currently undecided on her major. She has volunteered for the Special Olympics, the Humane Society, and the Spokane Stars Basketball Club.

2017-18 ALL-USA Georgia Girls Basketball Team


usatodayhss.com, April 17, 2018

USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Georgia Girls Basketball Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2017-18 season.

FIRST TEAM
Jenna Brown, G, Lovett (Atlanta), 5-10, Sr.
A national ALL-USA Second Team selection, McDonald’s All-American and the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year, the Stanford commit averaged 24.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Proteges ready for next step-The Hull's


Dave Nichols, spokesman.com, April 16, 2018

At the conclusion of the season, Lexie Hull was named the Associated Press girls state player of the year, Gatorade state player of the year for the second consecutive season, Ms. Basketball by the Washington State Girls Basketball Coaches Association and shared the Seattle Times’ state player of the year honors with twin sister Lacie. Lacie joined Lexie as a first-team AP all-state.
On Saturday, Lexie scored 27 points with 10 rebounds to lead a group of Washington all-stars over Oregon 97-74 at the Northwest Shootout at Liberty HS in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Hull went 11 of 14 from the field, including 2 of 3 from beyond the arc, and added three assists and four steals in 25 minutes.
Lacie Hull added seven points with five rebounds, four assists and three steals in 23 minutes.
On March 17, Lacie scored 16 points and Lexie added 14 as the 4A all-state team knocked off the 3As 104-59.
Rehkow said Lexie has even stepped her game up in the postseason tournaments after winning the state title and he’s looking forward to watching the twins play for Stanford next season.
“I’m super excited for them,” he said. “Lexie has improved even after the season and she’s ready for the transition to Division I.”
“Lexie is one of the most unselfish players I’ve ever been around,” Rehkow added. “She’s put these (all-star) teams on her back and carried them. She’s ready to go.”

2017-18 All-USA Washington Girls Basketball Team
usatodayhss.com, April 17, 2018
USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Washington Girls Basketball Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2017-18 season.
FIRST TEAM
Player of the Year
Lexie Hull, G, Central Valley (Spokane Valley), 6-1, Sr.
The state’s AP Player of the Year and two-time Gatorade Player of the Year, Hull led the Bears to a 29-0 season that included a Class 4A state title and the GEICO Nationals championship. A Stanford signee along with her twin sister, Lacie, she averaged 20.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.6 steals per game.
SECOND TEAM
Lacie Hull, G, Central Valley (Spokane Valley), 6-1, Sr.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Elite freshmen should help Stanford women improve next season


Tom Fitzgerald, sfgate.com, April 12, 2018
Freddie Rehkow, coach of Central Valley High’s Washington state champions, is eager to see how the Hull twins, Lexie and Lacie, along with Jenna Brown, mesh with the veterans on the Stanford women’s basketball team next season.
He’s not the only one. So is Cardinal head coach Tara VanDerveer, whose team could be back in the Final Four despite losing leading scorer Brittany McPhee and leading rebounder Kaylee Johnson. Reinforcements are on the way.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

HULL, BROWN ADD AWARDS


gostanford.com, April 11, 2018

A pair of incoming freshmen added additional honors on Tuesday when Lexie Hull was named to the MaxPreps High School Girls All-America first team and Jenna Brown received ALL-USA Girls Basketball All-America second team accolades from USA TODAY. 

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Hulls and Central Valley girls finish historic run with win in GEICO Nationals championship game


Dave Nichols, spokesman.com, March 31, 2018

This season was about unfinished business for the Central Valley girls basketball team.
Third consecutive undefeated regular season? Check.
Breeze through regionals? Check.
Second state title in three seasons, winning the championship game by 31 points? Check.
The final test for a generational team in its historic season? How about a national championship?
Check.
Following a rough third quarter which saw a 10-point halftime lead evaporate, Lexie Hull scored 13 of her 26 points in the fourth and Central Valley beat Hamilton Heights of Tennessee 66-61 to win the GEICO Nationals title game at Christ the King HS in New York on Saturday.
This is the second consecutive season Hamilton Heights has lost in the title game.
“This was a reward for all the time and hard work the girls have put in this season,” Central Valley coach Freddie Rehkow said via telephone from the airport Saturday afternoon as the Bears were about to board their flight back to Spokane.
“It was a big win against a big team.”
Hull, the two-time Gatorade girls state player of the year and 2017-18 Associated Press state POY, added 10 rebounds and was 11 off 11 from the line, including 6 of 6 in her final high school basketball quarter.
The Bears (29-0) made 21 of 22 free-throw attempts in a physical game, with one player fouling out and five others accumulating four fouls apiece.
Lacie Hull, the Seattle Times co-POY with her sister, contributed nine points with eight rebounds.
The Hull twins, who are headed to Stanford, finished their four years of high school basketball with one loss in their final three seasons and a 102-6 overall record.
The championship game was the Bears’ closest contest of the season, topping an 11-point win over Idaho 5A State champ Post Falls in December.
Central Valley had a rough trip just getting to New York for the tournament with scheduling and travel delays. Once at the hotel, they heard some comments in the lobby about the little team from the West Coast.
“It lit a fire under our girls to pull it together and bring it home,” Rehkow said. “Winning was validation against such strong national competition.”
Central Valley led 36-26 at intermission, but Hamilton Heights didn’t go down easy.
Staging a furious comeback with stifling defense, Hamilton Heights (25-3) tied it at 41 on a layup with 1 minute, 19 seconds left in the third. A pair of free throws a moment later gave the Hawks their first lead since 3-2.
Central Valley turned it over 10 times in the third quarter and Hamilton Heights outscored the Bears 17-5 in the frame.
Suffering perhaps their toughest quarter of the season, the undefeated Washington state champions responded.
After the quarter break, Lexie Hull popped a short jumper off an assist from Lacie Hull for a six-point run.
Lacie Hull made a pair of free throws to put the Bears up 50-45 with 5:11 left. She then drilled a 3-pointer next trip down and CV made a 12-2 run at the start of the fourth.
Hamilton Heights recovered from the spurt and CV started to scramble a little bit.
Rehkow called timeout with 1:52, up 57-52.
“I wanted to remind them to trust the process, do what we do, and finish strong,” Rehkow said.
“I told them that we worked too hard to let it slip away.”
On the inbound play back from the timeout, CV appeared trapped in the backcourt, but after a loose-ball scramble Lexie Hull broke deep for a layup and a 59-53 lead with 1:20 left.
HH buried a long 3, though, to make it a two-point game with 69 seconds left.
Lexie Hull went hard to the hoop and drew a foul and Hull drilled both free throws to make it 61-57 with 51 seconds to go. Lacie Hull grabbed the defensive rebound on the responding possession by HH.
Lexie Hull went back to the line and made both to put the Bears up 63-57 with 27.7 to go.
Hamilton Heights got a pair of free throws, then a layup on a steal, and CV led 63-61 with 15.3 seconds left with possession.
But CV broke the press and found Lexie Hull underneath for an easy layup. Hull’s three-point play was icing on the cake and sealed a national championship.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Central Valley's Lexie Hull named Ms. Basketball

Jayda Evans, seattletimes.com, March 28, 2018

The Washington State Girls Basketball Coaches Association (WSGBCA) named its “Ms. Basketball” and state players and coaches of the year for each classification.

CV senior Lexie Hull was named Ms. Basketball by the WSGBCA. The Stanford commit helped the Bears finish an undefeated season as Class 4A state tournament champions.

WSGBCA ALL-STATE BASKETBALL SELECTIONS
Ms. Basketball: Lexie Hull, Central Valley, sr.
4A player of the year: Lacie Hull, Central Valley, sr.

Jenna at McDonald's American Game

Ken Sugiura, myajc.com, March 28, 2018

Guard Jenna Brown, from the Lovett School, had three deft assists, two on consecutive possessions in the second quarter that was part of a 6-0 run for the East team. Brown, a Stanford signee, was cheered on by Lovett teammates decked out in Stanford t-shirts.

“It was a really cool atmosphere,” Brown said. “I had a lot of friends and family in the stands. It was really great playing with these players. Obviously, wanted to get the win but it didn’t work out that way.”