Crone named a first team all-star
Macaela Crone was named a first team all-star at the 15U National Basketball tournament in Newfoundland and Labrador. She will be heading to Peacock Collegiate in the fall. Submitted photo
Despite being one of the youngest players on Team Saskatchewan, Macaela Crone made her mark.
Not only did the Moose Jaw native dominate in a couple of games at the 15U Basketball Nationals, she was also named as a first team all-star at the conclusion of the tournament.
Crone and Team Saskatchewan travelled to St. John’s, N.L. and finished fourth overall in the country.
“It was a great feeling to finish fourth as a team and our coaches helped us throughout the season,” stated Crone. “We all deserved it.”
There were three tryouts and the top 12 players from around the province were chosen to be on the team. She got selected last year and this year.
“Last year, I was the youngest on the team and I didn’t get much playing time and I couldn’t make a difference,” said Crone. “Coming in this year, I am a bigger player and I got taller and I felt more confident. Leading the team and having good games was a great feeling and having the crowd there felt like home.”
Team Sask opened up the tournament with a 71-44 loss to New Brunswick.
“Our first game wasn’t my best game. We lost by 30 (points) and that was a tough loss,” said Crone. “I really noticed that I had to pick up my game.”
In their second game of the tournament, Crone scored nine points in Saskatchewan’s 43-30 victory over the host team.
After getting two games in, Crone then felt more confident and began to take charge on the court, leading by example. She scored 19 points and help Team Sask win 56-45 over Alberta. She also was named player of the game for her efforts.
“In the game against Alberta, I had three fouls in the first half. When half time came, I was really mad because I got those three fouls right away,” she explained. “I then scored 19 points in the second half. It felt amazing knowing that when you know you are having a bad start, you can always pick yourself up and get better.”
She was called for those fouls on the same transgression as she and the team had difficulties transitioning from offence to the defensive system.
“I was trying to be aggressive in the first half and try and get the ball away. That wasn’t going my way,” she stated. “I knew in the second half; I had to play smarter than (be) aggressive. I played smarter and didn’t get a foul in the second half.”
With the victory over Alberta, the team was headed to a quarter-final matchup against British Columbia. They also won that game by a 63-53 score and Crone was a major component in that game as well.
“Everyone expected B.C. to win and we knew we had to come out big if we wanted to win. Knowing that I could lead the team into that victory was an amazing feeling,” said Crone. “Knowing that we beat B.C. and going into the semifinal was a huge thing for Saskatchewan, as we haven’t been there for 10 years. That was an amazing feeling to be a part of this team.”
They lost the semifinal game 66-37 to Quebec. Team Sask had difficulties finishing around the hoop. The loss put them into the bronze medal game against Nova Scotia. Unfortunately, they lost 59-50 and finished fourth overall.
“As a team, we wanted to get fifth overall, said Crone. “We expected to get to the quarter-final, but didn’t expect to beat B.C.”
Crone just turned 14 years old and was one of the younger players on the team. She is headed to Peacock Collegiate this fall to start high school.
“I felt like I’ve grown a lot. I’m a lot more confident and happy about how everything went,” she said.
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