Saturday, April 15, 2017

Wagner’s Williams earns MVP honors at Jordan Brand Classic



Wagner’s Kiana Williams earned West MVP honors during Friday’s Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, New York.

David Hinojosa, mysanantonio.com, April 14, 2017

Wagner senior Kiana Williams scored 20 points, including 14 in the second half, to earn MVP honors in leading the West past the East 122-81 in the Jordan Brand Classic on Friday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Williams, who is signed with Stanford, earned West MVP honors after making 8 of 13 shots from the field. Galena Park North Shore’s Chastity Patterson, who is signed with Texas, was named East MVP after scoring 17 points.

It was Williams’ second national all-star game. Last month, Williams had nine points, three rebounds and three assists in 17 minutes at the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago.

Williams’ former Wagner teammate Amber Ramirez, who is now at TCU, played in both games last year.

NEXT STOP: STANFORD


Williams, Dodson wrap up national all-star appearances at JBC

gostanford.com, April 15, 2017

Kiana Williams poured in 20 points for the West and was named her team's MVP while Maya Dodson tallied six points, five rebounds and a pair of blocks for the East at the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn on Friday night. Williams and the West beat Dodson and the East 122-81.
 
Williams scored 14 of her game-high 20 in the second half. In 19 minutes, the point guard made eight of her 13 shots from the field, including three of her four attempts from behind the arc. Dodson was 3-of-4 from the floor and highlighted her night with an emphatic second-quarter block of USC-bound Ayanna Clark that brought the crowd to its feet.
 
It was the second national all-star game for the duo. Last month, Williams and Dodson were in Chicago for the McDonald's All American Game. Williams tallied nine points, three rebounds and three assists in that one while Dodson had two rebounds and two blocks in nine minutes.
 
Dodson (Alpharetta, Ga./St. Francis) and Williams (San Antonio, Texas/Karen Wagner) make up half of the Cardinal's celebrated 2017 recruiting class which, along with Alyssa Jerome (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Harbord Collegiate) and Estella Moschkau  (Mount Horeb, Wisc./Edgewood), is ranked fifth by espnW HoopGurlz.
 
Dodson, a 6-foot-3 wing, is a five-star talent and the No. 11 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100. Kiana Williams, a 5-foot-7, five-star point guard from San Antonio, Texas, is the No. 8 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 and Stanford's first top-10 recruit since Chiney Ogwumike signed as the top player in the country in Nov. 2009.
 
Stanford is coming off a 32-6 season that included the program's 13th Final Four appearance and 12th Pac-12 Tournament championship.



Saturday, April 08, 2017

Maya: ALL-USA Girls Basketball: Third Team

Jim Halley, usatodayhss.com, April 5, 2017

USA TODAY High School Sports is unveiling the 2016-17 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Basketball Teams as selected by Jim Halley with input from high school coaches and recruiting experts.

Maya Dodson

School: St. Francis (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Pos: Forward
Height: 6-3
Stanford signee averaged 14.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

St. Francis teammates only girls from same school to play in All American game



Joe Parker, northfulton.com, April 5, 2017

St. Francis seniors Maya Dodson and her high school teammate played in the McDonald’s All-American Game last Wednesday at Chicago’s United Center. They were the only players selected for the game from the same school and they say it was an incredible opportunity.
Dodson said she will forever cherish the experience and said playing against the top talent in the country is what made the event so fun.
The teammates will play once more together at the Jordan Brand Classic on April 14 at New York’s Barclays Center, but both were appreciative of the opportunity to play on the national stage at the All-American Game.
Dodson said, “I never would have thought sophomore year when I came to St Francis we would be playing in the All-American Game. It was great to be able to play one more game with her.”
Both players said their favorite experience of the trip was visiting the Ronald McDonald House.
“The kids were awesome,” Dodson said.
Both played on the East team. Dodson had two rebounds and two blocks in nine minutes.
The teammates won two state championships together playing for St. Francis, their sophomore and junior seasons. 
Dodson, a Stanford commit, played for Team USA’s U17 National Team last summer, was named to the 2015 All-State team and was named to the Class 6-A All-Region team from 2014-16.
Both players were named to the All-State team for the 2016-17 season.
Dodson scored 1,087 points in her three years with St. Francis, shooting 49 percent from the floor. She also accounted for 607 rebounds, 129 assists, 181 steals and 222 blocks.

2017 McDonald's All Americans

gostanford.com, April 4, 2017

Maya Dodson and Kiana Williams represented Stanford at the 16th annual McDonald’s All American Game on March 29 in Chicago. (Photos by McDonald's All American Games and Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire)

Photos from the McDonalds All American Game

Monday, April 03, 2017

Estella: 2016-17 Wisconsin State Journal All-Area girls basketball team

madison.com, April 3, 2017


Estella Moschkau, Madison Edgewood


Year: Senior
Height: 6-foot-2.
Position: Forward.

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Scoring: 18.3 points per game.
Notable: Moschkau is a Stanford University commit. … Moschkau was the Gatorade girls player of the year for Wisconsin. She shared the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Miss Basketball Award with Kenosha St. Joseph’s Sidney Cooks. … Moschkau was a unanimous selection on The Associated Press all-state first team. … Moschkau earned first-team honors on the WBCA Division 3 all-state team. … She was a unanimous selection as first-team all-conference in the Badger South Conference. … She led the Crusaders to a share of the Badger South crown with Stoughton and Monroe. … She led Edgewood to the WIAA Division 3 state title, the first WIAA title for the program, and was named to the all-tournament team. … She also averaged 3.3 assists per game. … “I really haven’t seen a player this season with Estella’s size and skill set,” Edgewood coach Lora Staveness said. “She has proven she can hit a variety of 3s, she is very good at hitting the mid-range shot off the dribble or catch, she can attack the basket and finish at the rim, as well as she has proven to be effective inside in the post as she has a variety of moves.”

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Madison Edgewood's Estella Moschkau named All-Area Player of the Year

Jon Masson, wiscnews.com, April 2, 2017

Estella Moschkau traveled distinctly a different route to arrive at this point.

Moschkau, a 6-2 senior at Madison Edgewood, progressed from a ball-handling Tri-County youth player in Mount Horeb … to AAU whiz … to an all-around high-school standout who’s adept maneuvering for inside baskets, connecting from deep or snaring a rebound and racing, with her long strides, up the court – an eye always on an assist.


She a talent for the game and a hope that her best is yet to come. Diligent worker who were focal points in their teams’ successful season. Unselfishly their teams played was most important to them.
Moschkau led the Crusaders to a share of the Badger South Conference title with Monroe and Stoughton, then to the big prize: the WIAA Division 3 state girls basketball championship at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon. Edgewood’s year-long goal was realized with a 21-point victory over Greendale Martin Luther in the title game.
Will go from high school to outstanding academic institution on opposite coast, Moschkau at the Pac-12’s Stanford University in California.
With all this in mind, it’s clear to see why Moschkau was selected as the Wisconsin State Journal/WisconsinPrepZone.comAll-Area Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
Drive, discipline and defense fuel Moschkau. 

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In her 24 seasons, Edgewood coach Lora Staveness hasn’t seen a player with the skill set possessed by Moschkau, the Gatorade girls player of the year, co-Miss Basketball winner and a first-team all-state choice.
“She is one of the special ones,” Staveness said, adding: “Her ball-handling is really good for 6-2. It will have to go up for Stanford and the Pac-12, but she really has the ability to see the floor. You go to the next level and you will have better talent surrounding you. Stanford does a good job putting people in positions to be successful. … Her work ethic will really help her out.”
Moschkau religiously got up for 5:30 a.m. sessions to work on her basketball fundamentals, fitness and strength.
“I’m a very disciplined person,” said Moschkau, whose father and grandparents also went to Edgewood. “Hard work is all mental. If you put your mind to it, good things will happen.”
Moschkau and her teammates had a single-minded drive to win the state title after watching their opportunity disappear a year ago, and all the off-season work and extra hours each individual put in paid off.
“It is an amazing feeling, just knowing we took home the gold ball for the school, the community and coach Lora Staveness,” Moschkau said. “She deserves it more than anyone. I’m still kind of in shock that we won. It is a settling feeling. We are very content with it.”
Moschkau is humbled by the recognition she has received.
“I’m so grateful people would consider me for these honors,” she said. “I wouldn’t be here without coach Staveness, my teammates, my family and everyone who has helped me along the way. It’s a lot about others who have helped me.”
Moschkau’s journey will take her in June to Stanford. Moschkau, who plans to study business or philosophy, is eager to become part of Stanford’s basketball legacy.
“Their player development is so good,” she said. “Just being at Stanford, everyone has so much to offer. It’s such an uplifting experience. Being surrounded by excellence is something I’m glad to be around.”