Recap of 2017 Battle Zone Invitational

Recently we got a chance to cover the Annual Battle Zone Invitational, co-hosted by Peninsula Elite & Golden City Blue Star in the South San Francisco area.

All of the Gems listed below played extremely well, however we did use our discretion to write up on some. A few we couldn't list due to rosters not being submitted. 

Below are a few of the Gems from the weekend.

2021 - Alexsandra Alvarado - (California Ballaz) - a exciting and tough guard. Kid plays very hard, she really knows how to attack at angles and get into the teeth of the defense. She shoots the three, has a nice floater and plays hard nosed defense. A joy to watch.

2019 Anjel Galbraith -  (Orinda Magic Black) - Anjel has really grown into all that comes with the point guard position. She embraces pressure, is extremely quick, she uses different dribbles & speeds to stay on the attack, she made several jaw dropping dimes over the weekend. Good to see her calling her own number at the right times. She will be a complete point guard once her outside shot becomes more reliable. But as is, she is very good: tough, reliable, and is a great on ball defender. We love her growth. She is trending upward.

2019 - Destiny Jackson -  (EastBay Tigers 17u) - We have seen Destiny multiple times. She is one of the most consistent players that you will find. Her first step is lightning fast and she has a knack of finishing inside against bigger defenders. But when she is not finishing, she routinely keeps defenders retreating, leading to them being off balance and fouling her in the act of shooting. She can score at all three levels, very composed, has a smooth game, leads her team well from the lead guard position.

2019 Talo Li-Uperesa - (Golden City Blue Star 17u) - I simply get excited watching this kid play. She really competes, fights for every inch of space. She does a good job of establishing deep position offensively, scores over both shoulders, has a nice touch from the intermediate areas, she is  tough, rebounds at a high level for a undersized interior player. She earned herself a scholarship offer from University of Alaska-Anchorage over the weekend.

2020 Kali Myers - (Golden State Elite 15u) - some may miss exactly what this kid brings to the table. She isn't a flashy guard, isn't super athletic, however she can really shoot it from deep, handles the rock well, moves well without the ball, is fundamentally sound, and active defensively. 

2018 Tatiana Reese - (Peninsula Elite Black Adidas) - Tatiana is a physical lead guard, rebounded well, pushed the pace, is in noticeably better shape, she has  always been a very good player, but now she has extended her range and is knocking down the trey ball with regularity. She is a vocal leader, utilized her good vision to lead her teammates to some easy buckets. A good all-around guard.

2021 - Katie Springs -(Top Flight 16u) - a versatile 6'1" wing/forward  that likes to play physical, a great motor, does most of her damage 15 feet and in. A tremendous rebounder, attacks the rim, very athletic, stays active on both ends. She has tremendous potential.


Additional High Level Performers:

2020 - Samaya Beatty (Top Flight Elite Sacramento)

2021 - Adriana Carnecer (Eastbay Tigers 15u)

2021 - Grace Florendo (NP Prime)

2021 - Tyra Hamilton (Golden State Elite 15u)

2020 - Kayla Hankins (Golden State Elite 15u)

2019 - Jada Holland (EBX Black 1)

2019 - Angel Jackson (Orinda Magic Black)

2021 - Telaira Kearney (California Ballaz 13u)

2020 - Diary Khin (Golden City 17u Bluestar)

2021 - Kya Pearson (Eastbay Tigers 15u)

2018 - Kaylin Randhawa (Peninsula Elite Black Adidas)

2018 - Lexi Romero (Orinda Magic Black)

2021 - Lovely Sonnier (San Francisco Rebels)

2019 - Emily Tincher (EastBay Tigers 17u)

2018 - Ava Williams (Peninsula Elite Black Adidas)