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11th Annual Battle at the Border

By Mark Lewis, Blue Star Media, 06/06/16, 2:15PM MDT


Kira Emsbo, Camilla Emsbo, Peyton Carter and Emma List highlighted

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The NBA Finals are underway, the USA Trials are behind us and the 2016 club season is just about at its midway point.  While a lot of programs slow down a bit in June to accommodate high school team camps or to pace themselves before the mad sprint of July, others are still finding their way to the gym to compete in some of the established and well respected events that make up the travel calendar.

For the 11th year USJN once again provided the stage in Kansas City for the annual Battle at the Border.  Almost 100 teams were on hand representing 10 different states.  In all, 17 floors of competition provided plenty of action for those sitting courtside and in the stands.  Despite not being a Division – I Evaluation period over 60 recruiters, evaluators and media were on hand throughout the weekend.

Rockies Player Highlights:

The Colorado Rockies got some eye catching moments from 6-3 Kira Emsbo.  Long, lean and agile, she’s constantly on the move.  Her cuts challenge less mobile defenders and few bigs will run the floor the way that she does.  Emsbo made some picks and handled it herself a couple of times on the break in impressive fashion.  A member of the 2018 class, she’s got some of the tools to work around the rim as well as from the high post or even in a four out.  Added strength will serve her well down the line, particularly on the defensive end of the floor.

Peyton Carter – 2017 – 5-7 – Point Guard – Colorado Rockies – Attacking ballhandler…Sees the floor…Good choices in traffic…Splits defenders…Needs to turn up on ball defense

Camilla Emsbo – 2018 – 6-3 – Forward / Post – Colorado Rockies – Size and length…Lean build…Active…Decent form…Runs the floor…Plays with effort

Emma List – 2017 – 5-10 – Guard – Colorado Rockies – Physically strong guard…Impressive first step…Active without the ball…Effective in traffic…Physical defender


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