Syd Featured in Battle in the Boro Recap

Brandon Clay is a contributor to ESPN HoopGurlz, a section of the ESPN website that focuses on girls high school basketball players.  Several girls from our area are ranked on the site and Syd received a profile on the site earlier this year.

This afternoon, Clay posted a recap of The Battle in the Boro, a huge AAU tournament in Tennessee.  He identified seven players that made an impression on him during the tournament.  Syd was one from the class of 2014 he wrote about.

You can see the entire article, called Seven Wonders at Battle in the Boro.  This is what he wrote about the 2014 players.

Sydney Brackemyre (Harverysburg, Ohio), Cincinnati Angels: Brackemyre has been one of the most impressive forwards during the club season. From Nike Skills in Indianapolis to the Boro, the 6-1 forward has been effective and productive. She scores it inside and outside and is a big factor on the glass. She’s a tough matchup as she willingly posts up smaller guards and faces up on bigger forwards. Her versatility is a big reason why schools from across the country want Brackemyre to join their programs.

Olivia Smith (Yarmouth, Maine), Maine Firecrackers: In a state that isn’t known for producing a lot of Division I prospects, Smith is a bona fide next-level forward. At 6-2, she has a nice combination of size and skill, making her a probable power forward in college. Her consistent play on both ends of the floor was noticeable throughout the event. Smith should be able to create match-up issues with her ability to rebound or knock down the trail jump shot.

Syd in Battle in the Boro

This past weekend Syd and her Angels teammates traveled to the Nashville area for the Battle in the Boro.  It was a huge tournament with a lot of good – like really good – teams.  In the games I saw the Angels played teams from Dallas, TX, Los Angeles and DC. They had an exhibition game against a team from Rhode Island and lost in bracket play to a team from Maryland.  Again, big tourney, good teams.

Along with good competition, the tournament allowed some of my family to see Syd play a few times.  My sister and brother-in-law live in Nashville, so Jason, Krista, McKenna and Riley got to see some basketball. Riley didn’t like the loud buzzer that would go off, but other than that, she seemed to have fun.

My dad was also able to be there as he was traveling from Orlando to Memphis.  Living in Oklahoma, he doesn’t have the opportunity catch many Ohio ball games, so this was a nice convergence of travel schedules.

As an added bonus, Jason brought his iPad and captured some highlights of Syd playing.  You can see more of them on his blog, but here is a sampling of what he got.  (Thanks Jason!)

This is a 3-point shot she made right as the first half expired.

Here’s another 3-point shot from the far corner

Using the glass

Riley even liked this one!