RICHMOND, Va. -- Samantha Clark isn't the kind of prospect you'd expect to find flying relatively under the radar.
Women's basketball, after all, is desperate for big players, and Clark is 6 feet 3. Moreover, she stands out because a possession after she powers for a bucket inside, the post from Neptune, N.J., can step out and drain a three, as pretty as can be.
And while the hype machines churned elsewhere, Clark quietly scored 15 points to lead the Central Jersey Hawks to a 53-38 victory on Sunday over the Vogues of Fairfax in Blue Chip Basketball's Center Court Challenge at the Siegel Center on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus.
Tara Inman and Meghan McGuiness each added 10 points for the Hawks, who flew to a 30-7 advantage by halftime. Caroline Coyer scored six, both on 3-pointers, for the Vogues, who down four threes in the second half.
The hosts, the Lady Runnin' Rebels, claimed the third-place game, 49-40, over the Germantown (Pa.) Panthers. The Runnin' Rebs were down star forward Tierney Pfirman, a Maryland commit who is nursing a stress fracture in her left leg, but got 11 points and leadership from Briana Thomas, as well as 10 points from Kerry Kinek. The Panthers got 15 points from quicksilver guard Faith Randolph, who engineered an upset of the Philly Belles during the fall-evaluation period.
Pfirman, a 6-2, four-star prospect, said she suffered the stress fracture in her left fibula during the third game of her high-school season at South Williamsport (Williamsport, Pa.), but didn't miss any games. Doctors shut her down until mid-May, Pfirman said, though the leg will be re-examined on Tuesday.
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Glenn Nelson is a senior writer at ESPN.com and the founder of HoopGurlz.com. A graduate of Seattle University and Columbia University, he formerly coached girls' club basketball, was a co-founder and editor-in-chief of an online sports network, authored a basketball book for kids, has had his photography displayed at the Smithsonian Institute, and was a longtime, national-award-winning newspaper columnist and writer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.