2012 Showcase Champions
The 2012 Miss Basketball Showcase featured 64 prep girl’s all-star teams from nine states. The Nebraska Twisterz finished with a perfect record of 8-0. Congratulations to Coach Edwards and these players and all who participated for a job well done! The following article is from the July 16 issue of the Kearney Hub newspaper.
Sandy Creek star leads Twisterz to Miss Basketball championship
By BUCK MAHONEY, Hub Sports Editor
KEARNEY — The Miss Basketball Showcase has had its share of outstanding Nebraska teams, but rarely do two of them meet in the finals.
When they did Sunday night, the all-star team overpowered the high school team.
Led by a 21-point, 10–rebound effort from Sandy Creek’s Mikaela Shaw, the Nebraska Twisterz defeated Bellevue Thunder 53-31 in the championship.
The Twisterz finished second in the Miss Basketball event at Sioux Falls and also played in a tournament in Ames, Iowa. Coach Randy Edwards admitted he was a little surprised to face a Nebraska high school team in the Miss Basketball championship.
“They won some close games the last couple days and they seemed to find ways to win,” Edwards said.
But the Bellevue West players ran out of magic in the finals. The Twisterz led by nine at halftime and sealed the victory with a 12-0 run midway through the second half.
Bellevue Thunder scored only four points the last 8½ minutes.
Kate Liveringhouse led the Thunder with 13 points and seven rebounds. However, most of her contributions came in the first half.
“We really base our game around our defense. I felt if we continued to play solid defense and pushed the ball ahead, we would get some easy baskets,” Edwards said.
The defense held — Bellevue Thunder committed 24 turnovers — and the Twisterz took advantage with fast-break baskets that helped fuel the 12-0 run.
And Shaw, the tournament MVP, played a key role in the run with the steal, by leading the break or making the basket.
“Mikaela Shaw was outstanding this whole weekend. … She does a lot of things. She can bring the ball down the floor, post up, rebound and play defense,” Edwards said.
Hanah Barnard of Beatrice joined Shaw in double digits for the Twisterz, scoring 10, while Kourtney Zadina of Seward added nine and Jill Faxon of Beatrice had eight.
No other Bellevue player reached double digits.
Nebraska Twisterz edged the Northwest Iowa Stars Black 54-50 in the finals with Shaw scoring a tournament-high 29 points.
Meanwhile, Bellevue Thunder defeated Northeast Nebraska Xtreme I 46-43 in the other semifinal. Madison Braun led the Thunder with 13 points while Liveringhouse had 12.
Kearney-area teams — KC Stars, Nebraska Select Red and Nebraska Select Blue — lost their first-round games Saturday, then lost their first-round consolation bracket games.