November 6, 2016 | Our Awesome 3-on-3 Jam grew five-fold from its first year, and we are extremely excited for its continued success as a celebration of girls’ and women’s basketball in our community before the high-adrenaline, sleepless, crazy winter nights begin!
This year, we had eight teams in the high school division as well as five squads in the women’s division of former athletes–featuring a current WNBA player, a former Nike-sponsored professional athlete, selected members of Team USA Tour de Spain, Gatorade Player of the Year, Nike & Reebok Player of the Year, McDonald’s All-American nominees, and countless state champions and school record holders.
In the high school division, SkyMoorVille – with players from Skyline, Inglemoor, and Woodinville – avenged their earlier loss to Rider, from Roosevelt High School, in the semi-finals. On the other side of the bracket, Denny’s aliens – with players from Jackson, Woodinville and Snohomish – cruised through their games undefeated. They met in the championship game, where SkyMoorVille narrowly came out with a championship!
The competitive women’s division ended with a three-way tie between TBB, Shake & Bake, and Team ETC. TBB – featuring Alex Montegomery of the San Antonio Stars and a Kristi Toliver like shooter in Sarah Quantz of Simpson University – was declared champions with a one-point advantage in point differentials.
Our free-throw shooting contest ended in the final round with five players, including two women players. Each of the first four players hit four out of five shots, until Olivia Skibiel, out of Jackson High School, stepped to the line and swished in five out of five and took home her swag!
In our three-point contest, Megan Mattison of Jackson High School knocked out more than ten other players, including Mercedes Wetmore (UW), and faced off against Ashley Graham (Santa Clara) in the final round. Ashley took home first-place swag with 15 shots made in a minute, and Megan claimed second-place swag for herself!
Our Awesome 3-on-3 Jam believes in bringing the girls’ and women’s basketball community together, and we raised $1200 that have been donated to North Kitsap High School and Roosevelt High School Booster Clubs to help fund their girls’ basketball programs–as well as to a member of our hoops community, Erika Cliett, a shooting guard out of Everett HS and Northwest University. Read her story, updates, share, and continue to send good thoughts and donate HERE.
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Once again, many thanks to our sponsors for making this event happen. Thank you to everyone who spread the word and put teams together, and to everyone who donated to Erika. Also, my utmost thanks to Sara Thomas, Jen Bresler, Lindsey Blaine and Oli Sweet, who endured thousands of my last minute requests, freak-out calls and texts. Best of luck to everyone this winter season!
Hoops and love.