Miller Mops Up for First JPNEWT Win
J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour / East Rutherford, NJ
by Lea Andrews
The 14-year-old Briana Miller, an ever-present force on the J. Pechauer Northeast Women’s Tour, made an undefeated run though the field to notch her first-ever JPNEWT win. The site of Miller’s victory was Castle Billiards in East Rutherford, NJ, where 23 ladies gathered October 10-11 for the $1,500-added event, a qualifier for the 2009 WPA Women’s World Championship in China.
Miller took down WPBA player Fran Crimi 7-3 to land in the hot seat match, where she met up with Erin McManus, who’d gotten by another pro, Megan Smith, 7-3. After managing to notch up just four games against Miller, McManus went west.
On the one-loss side, Brenda Heras edged out Supadra Boonpasook 7-6 to face Colleen Shoop. Meanwhile, Ji-Hyun Park Thompson notched her own hill-hill win over Gail Glazebrook to face Olga Gashkova. Heras and Park Thompson both moved ahead 7-2 to face Crimi and Smith. While Heras was able to get past Crimi 7-4, Park Thompson stayed behind as Smith put her in fifth 7-5. The quarterfinal match was Heras’ last, though—Smith held her to four games to meet up with McManus in the semifinals. There, Smith came out on the wrong end of another 7-4 match, allowing McManus her rematch with Miller.
In the modified final race, McManus was fighting to reach seven games first, at which point the race would extend to nine, while the race would end at seven if Miller got there first. The two stayed knotted up for the first part of the set, but Miller began pouring it on and didn’t let up, clinching her win 7-4. Miller, who is heading to Nicaragua in November to represent the United States in the WPA Junior World 9-Ball Championship, chose to pass the Women’s Worlds invite on to McManus.
1st Briana Miller $800
2nd Erin McManus $550
3rd Megan Smith $350
4th Brenda Heras $250
5th Fran Crimi $170
Ji-Hyun Park Thompson
7th Colleen Shoop $120