Dressed in yellow uniforms, the Etiwanda Girls basketball team looked like killer bees Friday night during the Championship game of the West Coast Holiday Festival Tourney at Burroughs High in Burbank, CA. Putting on the pressure from start to finish and swarming all over the court, the Eagles came away with a 73-40 victory over a solid Camarillo team that came in ranked #24 in the State with only one loss at 14-1. Etiwanda showed too much athleticism (thoroughbreds indeed) – starting the game with a 13-1 run and never looking back. The team has only one loss (11-1), against #9 ranked Alemany of Mission Hills, CA. Not quite sure how that loss came, but these young ladies have rebounded and look solid as a rock.
Anchoring the way for the Eagles Friday night was 6’0 Sr. Forward Mikaylah Wilson. She does everything well for her team. Plays solid defense, rebounds and pushes the rock, scores in the paint on the post while also showing a true mid range game, and can also extend the defense to 3pt land. What a weapon for the Eagles on a night when they came out firing on all cylinders to defeat Camarillo and their very well coached team. If you haven’t seen this young lady play the game, then be sure to get a peak at her this season before she vaults to the DI level next year. PopScout doesn’t like to evaluate players until seeing them for 3 games, but this young lady is a soldier and no doubt will make some noise in years to come at the next level. Her motor is always going and she’s willing to do the dirty work for her squad by banging inside and contesting shots. Has developed that killer instinct and looks to sting her opponents on every possession – on both ends of the court you feel me.
If you’re looking for the next big thing in Girls Basketball, then look no further than Jr. Guard Daja Hamilton. This young lady is as smooth as silk, who’ll be a 5 Star prospect on every major recruiting board come her senior season in 2018. She has that ability to change the game with her explosiveness and skillsets that are a step above all the rest. Plays solid on the defensive end – willing to sit and pressure her man from baseline to baseline – and has that ‘showtime’ about her game you just don’t see too often. Rarely makes a mistake and willing to step up and carry her team on its back when needing a bucket. This young lady has been in the lab perfecting her craft indeed.
Take a look at highlights from the Championship game played December 30, 2016 against Camarillo, as we spotlight Daja and Mikaylah. Etiwanda plays Serra (Gardena, CA) at home on January 3, 2017 at 3pm per MaxPreps. Serra is the #11 ranked team in the State and should have on their safety belts when going up against The Eagles. It will be a great game matching two of the premier girls teams from the Sunny State of Cali’ and an indication of just how good Etiwanda can play against another tough opponent. Or was it just a fluke? We think not as this team shows too much skillsets at every position with a wonderful coaching staff that keeps them on their toes.
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