Arden U11 Girls Go Unbeaten In Anne Arundel Play

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The Arden U11 Jumpers girls basketball team completed play in the Anne Arundel County C league with a perfect 10-0 record and a league championship.

The team of Ava Baselga, Parker Collins, Lily Diedrich, Annie Gage, Nora Gerig, Becca Jimeno, Sophia Procaccini, Jessi Ricci, Lacey Toth and Ava Zimmerman comprised girls mostly from Severna Park Middle School.

“The girls demonstrated that they were able to win in many different ways,” said head coach Greg Jimeno, who coached with assistant coaches Doug Toth and Anthony Ricci. “In some games they jumped out to big leads and kept pressure on the other team the entire game. In their tightest game, they were able to win with a last-minute comeback.”

Fierce guard play by Baselga, Jimeno, Ricci and Toth complemented strong interior defense by Collins, Diedrich, Gage, Gerig, Procaccini and Zimmerman.

“Our team was defined by two things: tenacious defense and unselfish play,” said coach Jimeno. “The entire team can aggressively trap the ball handlers, create turnovers, and turn those turnovers into points. The girls also excelled at making the extra pass to find an open teammate. The players always put the good of the team ahead of themselves. This is a terrific group of girls who played hard every game.”

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