Saturday, September 30, 2006

MN Stars Shootout: Lynx/Starzz

#4 posting 9.30.2006
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Lynx 84, Starzz 74

This game had subplots: Maurika Carlisle's ongoing comeback after missing last winter and this summer; Theairra Taylor vs Ebony Black new teammates at St. Paul Central; youngsters thrown into the fire.

The game started off with the Lynx scoring at the wrong basket, but I believe the points weren't given to the Starzz. The Lynx put some distance between themselves and the Starzz with scoring on 5 of 6 possessions on an 11-2 run. They added another 8-0 run with four straight possessions later. Tanya Kaufmann had two consecutive scores from the right and left corners. The Lynx built their lead up to 30-18 during the half. The Starzz were able to shave two off that and the game hung around the 10 point mark for the rest of the half 47-37 Lynx. Carlisle's prognosis at the half: the knee is fine as she racked up 11 points.

The Lynx also had runs in the second half. They scored four straight times early in the half on an 8-0 run. Kaufmann again had four points during the episode. The Starzz were able to get back into the game, but the clock was running out their chances. On the Starzz last 15 possessions they scored 10 times with a 19-10 run. Tara Heiser had 13 in the second half for the Starzz with Ebony Black cashing in 11.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Maurika Carlisle, Mpls North 14, 15, 93.3, .400 back from knee injury. moves well. quick, floor general. RF: exposed ball at times,
Hannah Hylla, Albany 6, 6, 100.0, .500 scored of a put back. steady. RF: dribbled went it wasn't needed.
Sarina Baker, Hopkins, 10, 5, 200.0, 1.000 one of the youngsters playing up. and she wasn't out of place. In the summer she worked inside, so today I got to see her outside game. She delivered. She did her role right. keep her on the radar.
Theairra Taylor, St. Paul Central 10, 11, 90.9, .455 smoooooth. glides, flows. can get big air under her shoes. Was aggressive and seized opportunities.
Tanya Kaufmann, DeSoto, WI 15, 15, 100.0, .467 corner shooter, baseline drivers. Solid frame. crashes offensive boards. RF:foot speed.
Morgan VanRiper-Rose, Eden Prairie 2, 9, 22.2, .111 RF: too vertical on defense
Shelby Goble, Bigfork 8, 9, 88.9, .444 tough kid, fearless, ready to mix it up. RF small. Spin dribble not my favorite.
Gretta Hjelseth, Nevis 6, 8, 75.0, .375 can score off balance.
Whitney Trecker, New Prague 13, 10, 130.0, .700 picked up a lot of points due to fouls (7 points from fouls) . able to hit and still score.

Chari Lehnertz, Winona 4, 9, 44.4, .222 big post. RF: needs to make quicker decisions and get quicker feet.
Cayla Collison, Verndale 8, 9, 88.9, .444 boards.
Tara Heiser, Watertown, SD 21, 24, 87.5, .458 very aggressive (24 possessions) on offense. can get up & down the floor. RF: forced a lot of offense.
Devin Bowlin, Winona Cotter 9, 10, 90.0, .400 tough point guard. Got inside and boarded. good decisions. Actually helped her teammates look better. RF: elbow too far away from body sometimes on dribble.
Ebony Black, St. Paul Central 17, 15, 113.3, .600 played with more energy than I have seen in the recent past. tough off the dribble. Lefty. had some nifty passes when D collapsed on her.
Breanna Erickson, Simley 14, 13, 107.7, .538 perimeter player. moved well without the ball, nice cuts.
138 0, 3, 0.0, .000
Hannah Somers, Lawrence, KS 1, 4, 25.0, .250 has anticipation on defense.
193 0, 3, 0.0, .000

Even though Ebony Black's team lost, I was impressed with her all around play on both ends. Many players were tempting.

Lynx 84, 88, 95.5, .466
Starzz 74, 90, 82.2, .422
The Lynx were consistent throughout and had seven players at 90 pp100; while the Starzz had four.

Next up: the last game from the Stars event: the Miracles vs the Monarchs

North Tartan Showcase: Team 8/Team 1

#3 posting 9.30.2006
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Team 8 74, Team 1 53

Team 8 won this game because they were a bit more consistent that team 1. These events are set up for up & down action---25 minute running time, kids get a point if they are fouled, and they only shoot one free throw. No one came here to watch a free throw parade. With all the kids, and no one really familiar with everyone, offense, or those players that are more aggressive, have the better days.
In this case team 8 led 17-12, but exploded on a 26-6 run. At one point Team 8 scored on five straight possessions with different players contributing each time. Most of the times if a player didn't score, it was due to missed shots. In other words, turnovers and defensive pressure weren't really factors. Shakila Boler had 11 points in the first half for team 8.
In the second half Team 8 again had a 20-6 run to open the half. Jenny Gilbertson had a strong beginning this half with six points in the run. Team 8 led 66-30 at this point. Team 1 also had their own run with a 15-4 run later in the half to make it 71-49. They also had a five possession sequence in which they scored. Tempestt Wilson had 10 points in this half.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Becca Kitman, Verona, WI 7, 10, 70.0, .400 needs to keep her follow through up
Tempest Wilson, Elk River 16, 15, 106.7, .533 Speed, energy, good leaper. Boards.
Sam Morgan, Benilde-St. Margaret's 11, 9, 122.2, .556 tough nosed brawler. At times can get off balance.
Shakila Boler, Bloomington Kennedy 13, 8, 162.5, .750 quick and made good decisions. made the 3, likes to drivel. A dangerous combination. Also distributed the ball once the defense sucked up on her.
Jenny Gilbertson, Winona Cotter 11, 13, 84.6, .462 big strong frame. can shoot outside.
Jessica Fife, Osseo 4, 4, 100.0, .500
Stephanie Jorgenson, Blaine 10, 5, 200.0, 1.000 good anticipation. strong, rebounder. Plays within her self. solid performance
M Zabel, Northfield 2, 2, 100.0, .500

Caitlin Rowland, Hopkins
8, 11, 72.7, .364 intelligent decision maker, Players on her team didn't finish her assists.
Jennie Sunnarborg, Osseo 11, 15, 73.3, .400 big body, strong frame. RF: needed to finish inside.
#73 10, 9, 111.1, .556
Michelle Hugelen, Rosemount 8, 9, 88.9, .,444 Big body. More defense than offense.
Alesha Daniels, North St. Paul 4, 9, 44.4, .222
Kendra Hilmerson, Little Falls 5, 6, 83.3, .333
Amber Junker, Eden Valley-Watkins 4, 8, 50.0, .250
Heather Kamps, Stillwater 3, 2, 150.0, 1.000

Shakila Boler

Team 8 74, 66, 112.1, 561
Team 1 53, 68, 77.9, .397

Team 8 had better speed up and down the line up. They connected quicker, and had better positions on rebounding.

Earlier in the day I saw Team 3 and Team 4 won by Team 4 47-42. Since I didn't see the full game I am not running the numbers on this game. In that game Katelin Loberg was the force for team 3 inside. When I was watching she had six to lead both teams. She can run and moves well for a big kid. But it was Team 4 that won. They had more perimeter shooters like Ana Garcia and Katie Zavodny helped 4 over the top.

Next up: At the Stars event with the Lynx vs the Starzz

Two for the 30th

#2 posting 9.30.2006
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Today there were two showcase events six minutes from each other. North Tartan held their events at Bloomington Kennedy and the MN Stars were at Bloomington Jefferson.

I was at Kennedy first, saw a game and a half, at Jefferson I saw two games and parts of others at Jefferson.

The similarities and differences: Jefferson had more players and more courts going.
Jefferson also had more youngsters in attendance.
Both sites had players going all out to get noticed.
Both venues were very accomodating and I was treated nicely.
I want to thank both organizations for their kindness.

So I will start out with the NT event with the games I saw there. I will then have two more postings on the Jefferson games. I did not see any team more than once.

Next up: the NT games; 2nd half of 3 vs 4; and 1 vs 8 complete game.

Wolff Verbals

#1 posting 9.30.2006
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Janessa Wolff, Park Rapids is headed to Penn State according to sources close to Penn State. The 6-3 center averaged 25.6 ppg last year for 22-5 Park Rapids. Wolff was 2nd team AP all state last year. She played with North-Tartan's 16 team this year, the girlsbasketball recruit's team of the year. She is the 13th toverbal from MN, the 8th to go D1, and the 4th to go to a school in one of the big six conferences. North Tartan has sent Alyssa Karel, and Tara Steinbauer to Wisconsin, and Macie Michelson to South Dakota State.

Richard "Whitey" Gilbertson, former Clinton coach, will be inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He coached at Clinton for 29 years with a record of 510-158. His teams made it to state three times and won in 2003. More in the Beloit Daily News.

East Jordan beat Kalkaska in an important Lake Michigan Conference game 51-36. It was Kalkaska's first loss. From the Petoskey News Review.
Republic-Michigamme beat Bark River-Harris 54-39 in Skyline conference action. This game * more in the Marquette Mining Journal.

Street & Smith has come out with their preseason poll and Iowa State is #23. From the Des Moines Register.

Holly Stanek, Boyne City 32 vs Harbor Springs 60-53
Kelsey Kirsch, Pellston 27 vs Alanson 60-24
Courtney Chenard-Powell, Carney-Nadeau 23 vs Superior Central 57-47

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Next up: tonight after I have seen the two exposure camps at Kennedy and Jefferson

Friday, September 29, 2006

Flint SW Stifles Central's Jackson

#3 posting 9.29.2006
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Chelsea Albert of Brighton will be going to Bowling Green next season. This is an article in the Ann Arbor News about how she has developed as a player over the years.

Brown City moved to 8-2 after a 62-31 pounding of Reese. This and area roundup in the Port Huron Times-Herald.

#4B St. Clair had a 26-0 run in the first half in a 44-21 snap against Chippewa Valley in a MAC game. From the PHTH.

Lawton handled Hartford 37-25 in a SWAC South game. other SWAC games in the Kalamazoo Gazette.
Plainwell forced 35 Dowagiac turnovers in a 66-51 Wolverine Conference game. From the KG.
Otsego took care of Vicksburg 56-42. This & more Wolverine round up in the KG.

Saginaw Heritage, thanks to a Biz VanTiflin lay up with 7 seconds left in overtime, squeaked past Mt Pleasant 52-51

Western MI Christian smushed and smashed Hudsonville Freedom Baptist 62-12. This and more area games in the Grand Haven Tribune.

Bangor John Glenn had a great start, but petered out in a 75-50 loss to Whittemore-Prescott. BJG led 14-1 early. From the Bay City Times.
Midland Dow powered past Bay City Western 66-42. From the BCT.
Essexville Garber continued to win with a 52-43 victory over Caro. From the BCT.

Cadillac beat Traverse City West 31-28 in a low scoring affair in the Big North Conference. From the Traverse City Record Eagle.

Muskegon topped Mona Shores 62-52 with Laura Longmire's 29 and Paris Thomas' 14 assists. form th Muskegon Chronicle.
Grant had a 16-3 advantage in the 3rd quarter and they used it to good effect in a 43-37 win over Fruitport. From the MC.

Midland rallied for a 45-33 win over Gladwin. From the Midland Daily News.

Buchanan took apart Berrien Springs 51-34. From the Niles Daily Star.

Another of the great knicknames the Goodrich Martians were out of this world in a 45-34 win over New Lothrop. From the Flint Journal.
Flint Southwestern beat Flint Central for the first time since 2000 57-45. Chelsey Jackson, from Central had 40 on Tuesday, but SW held her to 5 with a box & one. from the FJ.
Grand Blanc had another tight game as they edged Carmen-Ainsworth in overtime 53-48. From the FJ.

Manistique trounced Gladstone 70-42. From the Escanaba Daily Press.
Menominee took out Escanaba 46-29 in Great Northern Action. From the EDP.
Chassell is the only lonely undefeated D team in the UP with a 54-33 win over the Watersmeet Nimrods. From the Houghton Mining Gazette.
Hancock edged Jeffers 42-40. Jeffers trailed by 12 in the 4th, but made a spirited comeback. Again from the HMG.
Norway topped Munising 67-34 in Mid Peninsula action. from the Marquette Mining Journal.

Kortni Elsworth, Goodrich 25 vs New Lothrop 45-34
Jill Peterson, Freeland 22 vs Valley Lutheran 56-43
Amber VanWieren, Fennville 27 vs Bangor 49-64
Ellary Renier, Norway 27 vs Munising 67-34
Rachel Sheffer, Watervliet 26 vs Lawrence 57-49
Melissa Williams, Bangor 25 vs Fennville 64-49
Hayley Cashier, Buchanan 24 vs Berrien Springs 51-34
Kelly Kretz, Saginaw Nouvel Catholic 23 vs Saginaw 65-50

Thanks to all the readers that make this site the first and last source of girls basketball news. . Keep up the good work. Keep me fed.

Next up: tomorrow morning.

Auburn Hills Avondale Wins Battle of #1s

#2 posting 9.29.2006
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In the marquee matchup last night #1A Auburn Hills Avondale edged #1B Detroit Country Day 46-44. Katherine Talmage made two free throws with 25 seconds left to give AHA a 46-42 lead. From the Detroit Free Press.

The Detroit News led with Belleville's win over Inkster 52-39. It was the first time Belleville senior Tayler Manley experienced a win against Inkster.

#4 Lansing Waverly topped Eaton Rapids 58-48.
Tracy Nogle scored for Okemos with 2.5 seconds left in a 38-36 win over Lansing Everett.
Dansville beat Jackson Christian 35-32.
Jenni Jasinski, Grand Ledge scored with five seconds left in a 47-45 win over Lansing Eastern.
From the Lansing State Journal.

Unity Christian pounded Holland Christian 62-32. The UC defense shut down their sisters. From the Grand Rapids Press.

Lowell had a lead, lost it, and got it back in a 44-38 win over Northview. From the GR Press.

Marshall handled Harper Creek 46-25 in SMAC East action. From the Battle Creek Enquirer.

Ionia punished Charlotte 55-29. Kellie Watson had one more than the Charlotte team. From the Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Chenise Miller, West Bloomfield, and Shantelle Herring, Macomb Dakota are featured in the Prep Star section of the Detroit Free Press.

Victoria Van Dyke, GR Kenowa Hills 30 vs Rogers 53-32
Laura Longmire, Muskegon 29 vs Mona Shores 62-52
Shalaha Hubbard, Kalamazoo Central 25 vs Battle Creek Central 48-45
Jamillya Hadley, Grand Rapids Christian 25 vs GR Creston 59-32
Taylor Manley, Belleville, 24 vs Inkster 52-39
Megan Hartwig, L'Anse Creuse North, 24 vs New Baltimore Anchor Bay 64-57 ot
Vanessa LaMay, Taylor Truman, 24 vs Garden City 45-31
Kierra Moore, Detroit Southwestern, 23 vs Detroit Crockett 42-44 ot
Michelle Gaedke, Dearborn Edsel Ford, 22 vs Dearborn 53-38
Demeisha Fambro, Detroit Crockett, 22 vs Detroit Southwestern 44-42 ot
Jazmine Ellis, Troy Athens, 22 vs Troy 43-37
Kellie Watson, Ionia 30 vs Charlotte 55-29
Kayla Crockett, Stockbridge 26 vs Albion 62-37
Sarah Cubr, Riverview, 24 vs Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central 57-64
Liz Ellis, East Grand Rapids 24 vs Forest Hills Central 51-44
Emily Stewart, Brooklyn Columbia Central 24 vs Leslie 66-61 ot
Valerie Carlson, Gibraltar Carlson, 23 vs Redford Union 60-49
Jordan Haines, Delton Kellogg 23 vs Maple Valley 55-37
Sherryia Armstrong, Muskegon Heights 23 vs Ottawa Hills 54-67
Katie McDonald, River Rouge, 22 vs Dearborn Heights Annapolis 67-43
Kelli Gough, Inkster Cherry Hill Arts 23 vs Pontiac Academy of Excellence 54-53
Shelly Johnson, Leslie 22 vs Brooklyn Columbia Central 61-66 ot
Jessica Halasy, Wyandotte Mt. Carmel, 22 vs Warren Immaculate Conception 33-41

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Next up: later in the afternoon.

Alexander Verbals

#1 posting 9.29.2006
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Kachine Alexander, Benilde-St. Margaret's has made a verbal to Iowa. BSM won the AAA State tournament last year and averaged 12.7 ppg. Alexander played for Triple Threat this summer. Minnesota now has 12 players total that have verballed, 7 to D1, 3 to the Big Six conference schools.

Is the high powered summer camp going the way of the dinosaur? What is happening on the boys side may be happening on the girls side too. Adidas is out of the summer camp business. Read True Hoop, if you don't already.
True Hoop also blogs on Brian McCormick's ideas to fix the mess of basketball--a basketball academy.

Marquette coach Terri Mitchell is now signed through 2012-13. She has just finished her 12th year.

Rachel Sheldon, Janesville Craig, is fortunate to be doing anything right now. The basketball player that started sometimes for JC was banged up pretty bad from a car accident on June 30. She is golfing now and made the sections. Story from the Janesville Gazette.

Wisconsin not only is having issues with private schools apparently they are rethinking the co-op issue. It mainly is a hockey issue right now brought about by Madison having 7 schools for a girls co-op, but they are looking at the whole package. From Dennis Semrau in the Capital Times.

Thanks to all the readers that make this site the first and last source of girls basketball news. . Keep up the good work. Keep me fed.

Next up: Michigan HS results from last night.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

MN Fall League Week #2 Rehash

#2 posting 9.28.2006
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There are 11 undefeated teams in the MN Fall league's 9 divisions.

Starting off at the top (Blue) A split squad St. Paul Central knocked off the other undefeated teams at Armstrong (Eastview, and Mpls South). I wrote about both these games, go back to Sunday's postings to catch up.

In the white (Forest Lake) Centennial Red is at 4-0 and Eden Prairie at 3-0. Hopkins is breathing down their necks at 3-1, the only loss coming to EP. CR and Hopkins play this week at 2:25. This should be the game of the week.

In the Red (Kennedy) division Burnsville & Kennedy are both 3-0. Central's other split squad is 3-1 with an overtime loss to Kennedy. Burnsville meets in the last weekend of the year. The red is looking like the toughest league, not the 3rd best.

Minnetonka rules the Green at 4-0. They have already beat White Bear Lake, the closest challenger 36-33 in the first week. Tonka plays Orono and Kennedy's 2nd team this week.

In the Orange St. Paul Johnson and Osseo Black (2nd) are sitting on 4-0 record. Something will have to give this weekend as they meet at 2:25.

The Yellow division has Chaska Black (2nd) and Minnehaha tied with 3-0 records. Those two will meet on the 8th.

Everything is a jumble in the Purple with Mounds View, and Eastview (2nd) tied at 3-1. This is a wide open division.

In the Pink division Minnetonka (2nd) and Wayzata (2nd) are both 3-0

And in the Black, the long trips in have been worth it for Barnum, located up by Duluth, now that gas is 2.09 and that the team is 3-0.

gbbrecruit RANKINGS
1. St. Paul Central-Armstrong 3-0
2. Centennial Red 4-0
3. Burnsville Black 3-0
4. Bloomington Kennedy 3-0
5. St. Paul Central-Kennedy 3-1
6. Hopkins 3-1
7. Minneapolis South 3-1
8. Eastview 3-1
9. Minnetonka 4-0
10. Eden Prairie 3-0

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Next up: tomorrow morning

Steinbauer Verbals

#1 posting 9.28.2006
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According to sources in Wisconsin, Tara Steinbauer, Bloomington Kennedy, has made a verbal to Wisconsin.

The WIAA are proposing to have 5 classes for their state tournament. They also are thinking about moving all private schools up a division. The private issue is a huge deal in boys basketball. A potential road block is that D1, which has 8 now, would only have 4 teams in the new plan. More in the Capital Times. Also the Appleton Post-Crescent.

Jim Stephens, former Baraboo coach has been named to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. He had a 240-72 record in 15 years. More from the Baraboo Republic.

South Lyon is still searching for its first win for first year coach Erica Thomas. This from the South Lyon Herald.

Thanks to all the readers that make this site the first and last source of girls basketball news. . Keep up the good work. Keep me fed.

Next up: later today with MN Fall league news

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Fix, & Nouvel Catholic Snaps Streak

#3 posting 9.27.2006
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True Hoop has thoughts on how to fix the mess that USA basketball finds itself in. The winds of change, or maybe is it a breeze, are building. The big power brokers will make sure they don't get hurt however. The whole summer idea is never about team, but about me, me, me. I have known players that blew off their HS games "saving" themselves for when it really mattered--summer ball. They are just deluding themselves. My numbers from the winter and summer indicate that HS ball is a much better aesthetic experience. Summer ball has bigger, faster, stronger, better players going against the like, but as I have stated in the past and will state again now HS ball is more like college than summer ball. The only thing summer ball has is the above statement. But as far as team, or individual skill development? Look elsewhere.

Again from True Hoop: It is looking for people that are experts in developing players. In other words High School coaches. David Thorpe is mentioned in the article, but I am afraid it is not Coach Thorpe of Osseo Oriole Fame.

Has anyone looked at how the East Germans identified and trained their athletes. I read a book on their methods. It is buried somewhere in the basement. Obviously steroids would be a no-no, but they had an efficient way of eyeing talent and developing it.
Right now it is whoever has the money. I have always felt there are many, many players that never develop because their is no support for the kid. Either they don't know or circumstances are stacked against them. The key is to identify early. I will try to find that book and put it up on the site some time.

Houghton roughed up Ironwood 73-30. Houghton, defending C champs are undefeated at 7-0.
Lake Linden-Hubbell held Baraga to 28 points in a 37-28 win. The week before Baraga was on fire. LLH had the hose out last night. Both stories from the Houghton Mining Gazette.

Manistique beat St. Ignace 63-56. St. Ignace led at the half and at the end of the third quarter.
Escanaba had a 23-6 4th quarter enroute to a 52-39 win over Gladstone. Both stories from the Escanaba Daily Press.

Kalamazoo Loy Norrix had no problems with Portage Northern in a 64-44 win. This & more in the Kalamazoo Gazette.

#1C Saginaw Nouvel Catholic and they snapped #8C Michigan Center's 50 game regular season win streak 46-34. Also more games (including Juanita Cochran's) in the Saginaw News, and the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

Muskegon Central Catholic shutdown Shelby 53-32. From the Muskegon Chronicle.

Flint Southwestern escaped with a 50-48 win over Bay City Central. From the Bay City Times.

North Huron had to rally for a 35-34 win over Caseville. From the Huron Daily Tribune.

Springport came back from a 5 point deficit with over 2 minutes to go in a 48-46 overtime win over Jonesville. From the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

Brighton squished Hartland 57-23. The former #1 team is now 4-3.

Juanita Cochran, Saginaw 31 (also 29 rebounds) vs Mt Pleasant 72-47.
Cetera Washington, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 22 vs Portage Northern 64-44.
Jordan Haines, Delton 26 vs Olivet 51-57 ot
Tasha Balls, Saginaw Buena Vista 30 vs Flint Beecher 73-39
Brita Kuiper, Olivet 27 vs Delton 57-51 ot
Amber VanWieren, Fennville 25 vs Bloomingdale 52-38

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Next up: tomorrow morning

Bathers Battle WWT

#2 posting 9.27.2006
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The Mt. Clemens Battling Bathers, that is right--Bathers, beat Warren Woods Tower 54-45. This was a Macomb Area Blue Conference match up. This game & more from the Detroit Free Press.

The Detroit News leads with OAA (Oakland Activities Association) action with #6 Rochester beating Pontiac Northern 56-52.

Portland upset DeWitt 34-20. That wasn't the half time score either. DeWitt was undefeated until this game. From the Lansing State Journal.

Micah Jones scored the game winner with 32 seconds left to help Lansing Eastern hold off Haslett 41-40.
Webberville beat Bellevue 43-39. Both stories in the Lansing State Journal.

On ABC12 you can see undefeated #3B Bullock Creek beat Chesaning who was also undefeated heading into the game.


Tricia Principe, Mattawan 37 vs Benton Harbor 64 - 66
Angela Burrell, Detroit Northwestern, 33 vs Detroit Murray-Wright 88-50
Erika Grzybowski, Macomb Dakota, 27 vs L'Anse Creuse North 60-45
Emma Veach, Grand Haven 26 vs West Ottawa 48-37
Tania Schatow, Fraser, 24 vs L'Anse Creuse 37-25
Megan Bouwens, Lakeland, 23 vs Milford 40-29
Tyler Hardy, Ann Arbor Huron, 23 vs Romulus 65-50
Chanise Miller, West Bloomfield, 23 vs Waterford Kettering 51-56
Brittney Nelson, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek, 23 vs North Farmington 43-52
Shanika Morman, Detroit Northwestern 22 vs Detroit Murray-Wright 88-50
Kellie Watson, Ionia 28 vs East Lansing 53-63
Jessica Crook, Warren Lincoln, 27 vs East Detroit 55-41
Danielle Jackson, Detroit Southwestern, 27 vs Detroit Chadsey 73-61
Taylor Johnson, Belding 27 vs Rogers 74-57
Maria Iaquaniello, Dearborn Divine Child, 26 vs Pontiac Notre Dame 54-45
Sudan Saunders, Wyoming Godwin Heights 26 vs Hopkins 53-50
Dana Schilling, Hastings 25 vs Wayland 36-67
Julianna Dubney, Marysville 22 vs Sterling Heights 52-50
Jakera Hammond, Detroit Chadsey, 22 vs Detroit Southwestern 61-73
Kayla Crockett, Stockbridge 22 vs Fowlerville 64-46
Katie Bildner, Grand Rapids West Catholic 22 vs Grand Rapids Christian 57-64
Kasey Corrothers, Detroit Consortium Prep 27 vs Highland Park 55-57
Amber Kemp, Dearborn Henry Ford Academy 23 vs Roseville Connner Creek West 54-33
Jade Douglas, Urban Lutheran, 27 vs Warren Immaculate Conception 50-46
Bobbi Frank, Lake Orion Baptist, 25 vs Clinton Faith Christian 44-32

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Next up: another dose later today.

Fixing American Sports

#1 posting 9.27.2006
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As was rumored yesterday from the Crookston Times, Kris Evje, last year's assistant, is now the head coach at Crookston. Evje's responsibility was the freshman squad last year. But if you read the last paragraph it doesn't sound like the administration is 100% on board.

Iowa will be putting all state tournament games on the internet with live feeds this year. This is from the Des Moines Register.

Here are two articles on what is wrong with American's approach to sports development. In the Jim Litke article says it will take more $$$$ to entice these players to kick the world's rear end. He says that this is the fast way to get it done. I don't agree with this approach. But in the article Michael Jordan says that it is the amount of games and practices that may have to be addressed. Also tv highlights have been blamed. Pete Thamel from the New York Times says the whole youth structure needs to be addressed. You will have to register for the NYT story, but it is free. Brian McCormick has been making suggestions on how to improve the instruction and now people are starting to come around to his views.

Did anyone know the WNBA was in town for its meetings?

Thanks to all the readers that make this site the first and last source of girls basketball news. . Keep up the good work. Keep me fed.

Next up: Later this morning with Michigan action from last night.

Broback to Coach, Adams Transfer

#2 posting 9.26.2006
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Jaime Broback, late of the Gophers, will be an assistant coach at Breck this season. This was overheard at April Calhoun's wedding this past weekend.

Elise Adams, a 6-2 C from Bethany Academy, will be atttending Bloomington Jefferson this season. She averaged 7.5 ppg last year.

Minneapolis Community College will change their Maurader nickname. Apparently it sends the wrong message.
The University of Mary, which also has the Maurader name, looked at the issue earlier this year and decided against it.

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Next up: tomorrow morning

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Hamilton Verbals

#1 posting 9.26.2006
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Chloe Hamilton, Holt, MI will head to Butler. She is averaged 19.4 ppg last year. She is the 8th basketball player to verbal from Michigan, and 7th to go D1. From the Lansing State Journal.

Kris Evje is expected to be named the new coach at Crookston. He was an assistant last year with Eric Schmidt who resigned to take an assistant football coaching job at the University of North Dakota. Last year Crookston finished second in AA. From the Crookston Times.

South Dakota is thinking of moving to D1. They have a committee looking into the matter. Money will be an issue. From the Vermillion Plain Talk.

Is Temple heading to the Mid-American Conference from the Atlantic 10? They do for football. Can basketball be far behind? From the Kalamazoo Gazette.

The OAA D1 (Oakland Activities Association Division 1) has three teams in the top 10 in class A with #1 Auburn Hills Avondale, #3 Clarkston, and #6 Rochester. But Rochester is the big surprise. The Detroit News has more on their rise.

Meridian is 6-1 and is ready to take a shot at the Jack Pine conference. From the Midland Daily News.

Wayland has rebounded after starting the season 1-3, with two big wins last week in the O-K Gold conference. They beat Byron Center and South Christian, both undefeated at the time. Wayland was helped with the return of Felicia Stora from a groin injury. More from the Grand Rapids Press.

A #1 vs #1 battle will take place on Thursday with Detroit Country Day going to Auburn Hills Avondale.

Thanks to all the readers that make this site the first and last source of girls basketball news. . Keep up the good work. Keep me fed.

I had this ready an hour ago, but there was pubishing issues.
Next up: tomorrow morning

Monday, September 25, 2006

Verbals, Decisions, and September 30

#1 posting 9.25.2006
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Here is how the D1 Race is shaping up with the states I have been covering. I am only counting HS seniors at this point.

8 Iowa; 7 Wisconsin; 6 Michigan; 5 Minnesota; 3 South Dakota; 2 Indiana, Nebraska, North Dakota; 1 Hawaii

Now if we look at players going to the six biggest conferences.
2 Iowa, Michigan; 1 Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin

According to the rumorama this is the thinking of some of Minnesota HS 2007s
Angel Robinson, St. Paul Central---Marquette, Minnesota, Pittsburgh
Tara Steinbauer, Bloomington Kennedy----DePaul, Iowa State, Minnesota, Pepperdine, Wisconsin
Janessa Wolff, Park Rapids----Minnesota, Penn State

There will be dueling showcase events not too far apart this weekend.
The Minnesota Stars will be hosting the Adidas Stars Shootout at Bloomington Jefferson. The games start at 10 am and the last games start at 5:30.
Who is attending? The Stars list 158 players so far with players coming from as far away as Kansas.

In the same school district at Bloomington Kennedy North Tartan will run the North Tartan-All Iowa Attack Showcase. There are 51 players registered so far according to the website.

Blue Star is running a Fall Showcase at the Schaumburg Sport Center. A 99 players are listed so far. There are some Wisconsin & Iowa players headed to this event.

The Battle of the Programs a 20 team tournament will be held at Schaumburg the same day, and an 18 team tournament Elite Oktoberfest will be at Bartlett, IL. Schedule for both events.

The Chicago Fall Showcase is also being held on the 30th, while the adidas Girls Basketball Fall Jamboree is held on October 1st.

The Future Collegiate High Exposure Basketball League is going on at Wisconsin Lutheran in Milwaukee WI.

The Fall Finish in Indianapolis has been cancelled. I hope someone will tell the Hawaiian team.

Here is a list of all the events that are NCAA approved.

Next up: tomorrow morning

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Out & About: St. Paul Central/Minneapolis South

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MN Fall League
Blue Division, Armstrong HS
St. Paul Central 52, Minneapolis South 38

In the marquee match up of the day SPC with Angel Robinson downed their rival from across the river.
Tayler Hill opened the scoring for South with a three. Angel Robinson came right back for Central on the next possession. Central led the entire game except for one possession when Hannah Cheese broke a 10-10 tie with a feed from Ephesia Holmes. But Angel Robinson on the next possession gave it back to Central with a trey. That was the beginning of a 7 straight scoring possession drought by South. During that stretch Central took advantage with six more points to make it 19-12. When Holmes scored on a lay up to make it 19-14 Central got down to efficent business with 7 straight scoring possessions to close out the half. They led 34-22 at the break. Central's streak started with Abby Gust's 3. But the unlikely hero with six points in this stretch was Damara Kirkland. Kirkland made all her points on rebound put backs, her specialty. South wasn't able to get anything going offensively. Holmes wasn't able to shake free outside, other kids were taking shots and SPC and Kirkland were pickeing up boards.

Central led 36-22 early in the second half after a Robinson put back. That is when South started a rally. They outscored Central 12-4 during the stretch to cut the margin to 40-34. It started with a Hill 3, Maresha Anderson scored four points in two possessions and then finished up with an Ephesia Holmes basket and one on a drive. There was 7:01 left at the time. Then Robinson drilled two 3s in the next three possessions for Central to push the lead right back to 12 46-34. The rest of the game slowed down Central worked the clock to their advantage. When it was over SPC remained undefeated after beating the last undefeated team in the Blue 52-38.

Angel Robinson 22, 16, 137.5, .563 a tour de force today. came up with plays when plays were needed. Skys and hangs, Lockdown defender & disrupter. delivered touchdown passes to a streaking Theairra Taylor. Look at what Central did without her and with her. That is her value.
Theairra Taylor 7, 8, 87.5, .500 scored in transition. Did not hide but played strong. Guarded Hill.
Abby Gust 9, 11, 81.8, .364 after a poor first game made up for it with her shooting eye. Played with more comfort. Got her shot off in rhythm quickly. RF: needs to sharpen defensive skills.
Jessica Bartz 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Aubrey Johnson 2, 2, 100.0, .500
Georgie Jones 6, 5, 120.0, .600 can run, can jump, will block shots.
Damara Kirkland 6, 4, 150.0, .750 again does what she can. No one moves her off her spot. she is in board position. not a great leaper, not a great runner. Just gets boards. RF: don't look for her to crack the SPC line up or rotation however. She won't get past Jones or Howard. both are bigger and quicker and have better offensive skills, but DK is a great role player. She will get the board. also contacts may be a good idea.

Tayler Hill 13, 15, 86.7, .333 still has a sweet stroke. explosive to the glass. RF: Lack of team movement hurt her shot opportunities. Central knew where she was.
Ephesia Holmes 8, 9, 88.9, .333 strong as she had two 2 & 1 plays on the day. RF: never got her distance game on track. her game kept in check by SPC D.
Hannah Cheese 4, 6, 66.7, .333 a force inside. A good solid player there. RF: took too many outside shots when I haven't seen that before
Jenny Houle 0, 3, 0.0, .000 an outside shooter. RF needs to get her spot down
Amy Maas 0, 1, 0.0, .000 a back up point guard
Maresha Anderson 4, 4, 100.0, .500 had two baskets in the rally. RF: improve strength and also movement without the ball.
Val Brown 3, 1, 300.0, 1.000 Dropped a 3, RF: limited time, needs to get quicker.
Mallory Kramer 2, 2, 100.0, .500 RF: limited time.

Angel Robinson, she was on a misson

St. Paul Central 52, 48, 108.3, .500
Minneapolis South 38, 48, 79.2, .333
Free Throw made SPC 6, MS 5
3s made: SPC 5, MS 4

Central had a strong performance, moved well, clogged up the defensive lanes, set the tempo and pressure. And this was only half the squad.

Later in the day South beat Centennial White by double digits with Megan Nipe the main force for CW.
At Kennedy SPC #2 lost in overtime to Kennedy. Kennedy did not have Patrice Thomas and SPC did not have Megan Howard.

Next up: Tomorrow morning

Out & About: Lakeville South/Armstrong

#3 posting 9.24.2006
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MN Fall League Week 2
Blue Division, Armstrong HS
Lakeville South 43, Armstrong 38

The second game featured a team from the Lake (Lakeville South) vs the Classic Lake (Armstrong). LS came out and scored on three possessions in a row early in the game. LS led 8-3 with Jennie Kalbfell scoring four. Armstrong was rather cold starting out 1/10 in their possessions. It should be noted that two players, Ali Gordon, the point guard from last year and Amanada Viehauser, the new transfer from Mpls Washburn, did not play in this game. In the PC game (I got there with about half the game to go) Gordon did not play, but Viehauser did, but didn't have a lot of buckets. With Viehauser out the main post that they had was Stephanie Loobeck. But she was injured in the middle of the first half as the play became quite physical. She got locked up with one of the Kalbfell's and damaged her shoulder it looked like. At least that is where the ice pack went. She was injured on Jennie Kalbfell's steal and lay up to make it 15-9 LS. Armstrong finished the half with 1/12 possessions, LS was in the neighborhood with 1/6 and led 18-11 at the break.

After Armstrong scored the first basket of the second half they went into hibernation (again). They didn't score on their next 8 possessions. There were 3 turnovers in the mix, but mainly it was just bad shooting. LS again kept pace with the ice cold shooting going 0/7 and 1/9 to start the half. But then LS clicked. They scored on five straight possessions and they went on an 11-6 run to push the score to 32-19. Jennie Kalbfell had four points in the run. #40 (if you have the roster send it to me so I can get the names up) had five including a 3. That 13 point lead was to be LS's high water mark. Armstrong scored 7 unanswered points to cut the margin to 32-25. Then LS scored on three possessions, but only made one free throw on two to make it 36-25. That is when Armstrong got out it's 3ball. #22 Dooher? hit two 3s in a row to cut the game to 36-31. Jennie K scored on a drive for LS to make it 38-31. Armstrong was in the midst of a 5/6 scoring spree to end the game. They canned three 3s (counting Dooher's) including Marschner's to make the score 40-36. Jennie K came back with two free throws to increase the margin. With time winding down LS won 43-38.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

#44 7, 7, 100.0, .429
#41 3. 9, 33.3, .222
#25 6, 9, 66.7, .333
Jennie Kalbfell 16, 15, 106.7, .533 inside post player. came up with big baskets. RF: Her shot mechanics look a bit off. It looks to me as if she is trying to avoid contact. I noticed it more in the second half.
Laura Kalbfell 4, 10, 40.0, .300 has the size for perimeter. RF: needs to hit at least one shot from outside. All four were from the line.
#40 5, 4, 125.0, .500
#45 2, 1, 200.0, 1.000

#23 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Alyssa Marschner 11, 15, 73.3, .267 handled the point guard responsibilities. made good decisions. In the early PC game had a better shooting day.
#12 0, 1, 0.0, .000
#32 5, 9, 55.6, .222
#22 Nicole Dooher? 16, 13, 123.1, .538 the other outside threat for Armstrong.
#30 4, 4, 100.0, .500
#33 0, 1, 0.0, .000
#26 0, 4, 0.0, .000
#13 2, 5, 40.0, .200

Jennie Kalbfell

Lakeville South 43, 55, 78.2, .400
Armstrong 38, 54, 70.4, .296
Made FT: LS 11, Armstrong 3
Made 3s: Armstrong 5, LS 2

You can see the Armstrong's floor % was sub 300. They kept in the game, or made a game of it, by using the 3 ball. They connected on all five in the second half. LS was more aggressive going to the glass and making FT.

Later in the day LS led Chaska by five at half. At the end of the game Chaska won by 13.
After that Chaska played Centennial White and lost Courtney Boylan to an anlkle. After she left Centennial White went on a tear. These game reports from a reliable source.

Out & About: St. Paul Central/Eastview

#2 posting 9.24.2006
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Today was the second date, or half way through the MN Fall League.
Today I traveled to Robbinsdale Armstrong for the Blue or 1st league. Let me assure you that the 8 teams there are not the best teams in the state.

The first game I tracked was St. Paul Central and Eastview


SPC does have a divided squad. At Kennedy on Central 2 roster is Ebony Black, Kaira Buford, Megan Howard, Cyonna West. At Armstrong rostered are Angel Robinson, Theiarra Taylor, Georgie Jones and Abby Gust.

But in this first game Angel Robinson was a no show. It was early enough to interfer with religious obligations for some players. So the team was led by Theairra Taylor, a transfer in from Como Park. Jones is a newcomer from Highland Park. Jones got the scoring started on the first possession with a free throw, but for both teams the offense was sluggish. Central went 7 possessions without a score. During that time Eastview had seven unanswered points. Brittnye McSperron scored the first five points for Eastview on a 3 and a drive. Central got back with 7 points by Taylor with two 3s to tie it at 8. Eastview had their own 7 possession drought and most of these were on missed shots. The shooting eye isn't in form for any team yet. McSperron had a lay up to put Eastview up 10-8. Central scored three straight times to go up 14-10. Jones had four during the stretch. Eastview then scored on three straight to retake the lead 16-14. DaNae Moore had two in the stretch. They half ended with Eastview holding an 18-16 lead.

Central scored the first five points of the second half with Jones scoring three and Taylor two. The next two Eastview possessions went for scores including a three from Taylor Allen. That shot gave the Lightning the lead at 23-21. Two Central possessions later Taylor hit her own three. Eastview tied it on their next possession at 24. Central took the lead for good on Taylor's pull up jumper. The biggest margin SPC had was five until the end. Eastview did narrow it to three on a couple of occasions. the last at 33-30 on DaNae Moore's steal and layup. Aubrey Johnson finished the game with three free throws in two separate possessions to end it 36-30.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Abby Gust 0, 5, 0.0, .000 perimeter shooter RF that was firing blanks
Aubrey Johnson, 3, 8, 62.5, .375n 5 small quick guard. RF: small
Jessica Bartz 0, 7, 0.0, .000 a transfer from Roch JM. RF had to many turnovers with violations the main method
Theairra Taylor 19, 18, 105.6, .500 had a strong performance. was aggressive offensively, took control. hit the three, went to the hole, wasn't afraid to get hit. RF: can't hide and play in the shadows when Robinson, et al return.
Georgie Jones 11, 10, 110.0, .600 6-2 long and lean. once in the SPC system will develop nicely. RF: needs to get stronger physically
Damara Kirkland 1, 5, 20.0, .200 has a great ability to rebound. RF: needs to improve on everything related to offense & ball handling.

#44 0, 2, 0.0, .000 big post. shot blocker. RF: needs work on offense
Brittnye McSperron 7, 9, 77.8, .333 good ball handler, crossover favorite move, has pull up jumper, willing to attack basket. 3 range. RF: wasn't heard from most of the game after a quick start.
#11 2, 6, 33.3, .167
#10 Rachel Anderson 2, 3, 66.7, .333
#12 4, 10, 40.0, .300
#20 2, 6, 33.3, .167
DaNae Moore 6, 7, 85.7, .429 a perimeter player that can do some damage inside. anticipates well. will be counted on to do more. RF: needs to step up more as one of the main cogs
#42 0, 3, 0.0, .000
Taylor Allen 5, 5, 100.0, .400 3 point shooter, RF: small
#23 2, 1, 200.0, 1.000

Theairra Taylor

St. Paul Central 36, 53, 67.9, .358
Eastview 30, 52, 57.7, .288
Made free throws
SPC 13, Eastview 4
Made 3s
SPC 3, Eastview 2

As true last week the possession rate is hovering around 53 possessions. Running 20 minute halves with stop time the las.t two minutes may have something to do with it.
SPC was more aggressive to the basket and had better quickness. But the Floor% numbers need to improve. Maybe it was the early AM time slot.

Next up: Lakeville South/Armstrong

USA 3rd, Australia 1st

#1 posting 9.24.2006
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Team USA punished host Brazil 99-59 for third place in the FIBA World Championships. Ex Lynx Katie Smith had 6, Seimone Augustus had 2.
The Australians won the gold medal game with a 91-74 victory over Russia. The Aussies still are second in the FIBA Rankings after the win with the Americans still #1.
Of course the disection of the American loss to Russia has begun. I can sum it up pretty easily--When you shoot good, you look good. The Americans shot .386 the Russians .466; in 3 land it was .364 for USA for the Russians .571 and at the free throw line the Americans were an abysmal .462 while Russia was .684. The Russians also had 6 more FT attempts.

Earlier this week the #1A beat #1C. Yesterday it was #1B beating #1D as Detroit Country Day topped Frankfort 47-29. Frankfort's Breanna Bankston had 20 of the 29 for her team or 69%.

Zeeland East is having a rough start to the season. They are 1-6 after a loss to Mona Shores. Here is the Grand Rapids Press with more.

#8D Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart is 7-1 after beating previously undefeated St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic. The odd thing is they never say the final score in the article from the Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun.

Here is more on the fallout of the fights at the Kalamazoo Loy Norrix/K Central game that resulted in the cancellation and reinstatement of the homecoming events at Loy Norrix. From the Kalamazoo Gazette.

Jerquila Harvey, Wyoming Godwin Heights 25 vs Covenant Christian 54-26

Next up: later today after the MN Fall League

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Worden, Lund Verbals

#1 posting 9.23.2006
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Tanaeya Worden, Sioux City North has verballed Southern Illinois. Worden averaged 13.3 ppg last season. The 5-5 guard is the second SC North player to verbal a D1 team from the 2007 class. Teammate Jacqui Kalin earlier verballed Northern Iowa. SC North 22-2 lost in the quarterfinals of the 2006 state tournament to Cedar Rapids Washington.
Also heading to Southern Illinois is Natalie Taylor of DePere, Wisconsin who made the verbal earlier this year.

Michelle Lund, Sioux City Heelan, has also made a verbal to a Missouri Valley team: Bradley.

Worden and Lund are the 7th and 8th HS players to have made a verbal to a D1 program from Iowa. In the states I cover, Iowa is in the lead with 8, Wisconsin is 2nd with 7, Michigan and Minnesota have 5.

Check out the other verbals on the GBB Recruit links on the right.

Wapello has a new coach John Vandenberg replaces Kent Johnson who resigned. Vandenberg was the junior high coach.

Michelle Vanover, Romulus Summit Academy 33 vs Taylor Park Baptist 59-41
Brianna Chrenko, Canton Agape Christian 24 vs Huron Valley Lutheran 39-38
Shauna Aldrich, Troy Christian Leadership 26 vs Waterford Christian 36-55

On Fridays most of the basketball games in Michigan are with the smaller Christian schools. The bigger schools have football scheduled.

Next up: tomorrow morning

Friday, September 22, 2006

Trombley Reaches 1000

#3 posting 9.22.2006
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Flint Central beat Flint Northern 58-54. It has been a rough start for these teams. Northern is a 6 time state champ and has not won a game at 0-7. From the Flint Journal.

Here is another in the line of great nicknames: the Goodrich Martians pounded Durand 54-22 in Genesee Area Conference Action. From the Flint Journal.

Grand Haven trashed Holland 66-24. It was the final game for Grand Haven's Bri Viken who is moving to Kansas next week. From the Grand Haven Tribune.

Sandusky topped Unionville-Sebewaing 59-45 in Greater Thumb action. From the Huron Daily Tribune.

Okemos rallied to top East Lansing 60-54.
Stockbridge trounced Leslie 55-28. Kayla Crockett outscored Leslie herself with 30 points.
From the Lansing State Journal.
Fulton beat Ashley 49-43.

Jessica Trombley, Bendle reached the 1000 mark with 17 points in a 56-33 win over Byron.

The Gwinn Modeltowners raced to a 68-28 win over Munising in MidPenisula Action. From the Marquette Mining Journal.
#1 in the UP Marquette stopped Kingford 64-44. Again from the MMJ.
Mary Annala of Westwood made a basket at the buzzer to ruin Mountain Iron's upset plans 49-47. Another story from the MMJ.

Chassell plucked Calumet 46-26. From the Houghton Mining Gazette.
Jeffers beat Ontonagon in a mild upset 43-33. Once more from the HMG
Escanaba upset Hancock 30-28 with the help or strong defense. Again from the HMG.

Kalamazoo Loy Norrix cancelled homecoming due to "scuffles" at the girls basketball game on Tuesday night. Read what happened Tuesday, the adminstration's response and change of heart in the Kalamazoo Gazette.

Susan McAndrews Evarhart has her brother, Mike McAndrews, assist her at Cardinal Mooney, and she returns the favor in the winter. From the Port Huron Times-Herald.

Not Thursday, but Tuesday. The big game was Flushing's win over Grand Blanc. The ABC12 has this game plus two others. Seeing is believing.

Chelsey Jackson, Flint Central 28 vs Flint Northern 58-54.
Kayla Crockett, Stockbridge 30 vs Leslie 55-28
Clara Guengel, Midland Bullock Creek 26 vs Alma 61-51
Jackie Walker, Ann Arbor Greenhills 31 vs Genesee Christian 57-48.
Chelsie Wealton, Westwood 23 vs Mountain Iron 49-47.
Megan Bement, Genesee Christian 23 vs AA Greenhills 48-57
Marie Mackowiak, St. Thomas More 22 vs Michigan Deaf 44-25

Thanks to all the readers that make this site the first and last source of girls basketball news. . Keep up the good work. Keep me fed.

Next up: tomorrow morning.

Auburn Hills Avondale Wins Battle of #1s

#2 posting 9.22.2006
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I don't know if it is a wish fantasy or not, but the rumors are circulating in Michigan that the NCAA is going to switch its basketball season in the fall to avoid butting heads with the men's game. You can read more in the Rumors Gone Wild in the Detroit Free Press.

Auburn Hills Avondale won the battle of #1s with Detroit Community 56-39. Community only had 21 points going into the 4th quarter. AHA is in A, DC is in C. this story & more from the Detroit Free Press. Also the Detroit News weighs in on the contest.

Christina Hall of Southfield Christian is a Detroit Free Press Prep Star.

Erika Witherspoon of Wyoming Park scored her only points with 11 seconds to go for a 52-51 win over Belding. from the Grand Rapids Press

#6C Kent City won with its defense in a 61-33 victory over Kelloggsville. KC missed 19 free throws on the night. From the GR Press.

Battle Creek Central escaped with a 44-42 win over St. Philip. From the Battle Creek Enquirer.

Constantine won a low scoring 33-25 game at White Pigeon. This game & more in the Sturgis Journal

Portland handled Corunna 50-37. from the Ionia Sentinel-Standard.

Onaway upset #7D Gaylord St. Mary 48-47. Ashlee Bishop made two free throws for the final points for Onaway with under 20 seconds to go. Onaway had a steal late to preserve the win.
Engadine ran over Mackinaw City 82-22.
Pellston squeaked by Inland Lakes 46-43. All stories from the Cheboygan Tribune.

Kellie Watson had 34, one more than Eaton Rapids in a 52-33 win by Ionia.

Chloe Booker, Redford Thurston, 26 vs Melvindale 53-20
Brittane Royal, Detroit Mumford, 25 vs Detroit Cooley 49-41
Christine Klein, Grosse Pointe North, 24 vs Macomb L'Anse Creuse North 55-38
Chenise Miller, West Bloomfield, 24 vs Pontiac Central 57-50
Natasha Thames, Port Huron Northern 23 vs Warren Cousino 63-56
Brittany Jones, West Bloomfield 22 vs Pontiac Central 57-50
Kellie Watson, Ionia 34 vs Eaton Rapids 52-33
Brittany Smiley, Dearborn Heights Robichaud, 28 vs River Rouge 69-64
JerQuila Harvey, Wyoming Godwin Heights 27 vs Wyoming Lee 60-28
Sam Pellerito, Big Rapids 26 vs TriCounty 50-57
Chanelle Evans, Detroit Arts & Sciences, 25 vs Warren Conner Creek East 51-26
Sarah Hooten, Carleton Airport 23 vs New Boston Huron 57-44
Aleena Miller, Mt. Clemens 22 vs Marine City 73-66
Lonnie Terrell, Inkster, 27 vs Lincoln Park 66-45
Michelle Vanover, Romulus Southern Academy, 27 vs Dearborn Heights Star International 66-4
Allyson Karaba, North Muskegon 25 vs Western MI Christian 44-57
Annie McGuire, Bronson 24 vs Centerville 61-42
Arian Evans, Detroit Winans Academy 23 vs Dearborn Henry Ford Academy 39-31
Melissa Sandison, Fruitport Calvary 27 vs Potter's House 45-25
Amanda Theat, Marine City Cardinal Mooney 23 vs Royal Oak Shrine 75-48

Thanks to all the readers that make this site the first and last source of girls basketball news. . Keep up the good work. Keep me fed.

Next up Another recap round of Thursday night.

USA Loses to Russia in Worlds

#1 posting 9.22.2006
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Team USA stumbled in the semifinals to Russia 75-68. Early in the tournament they beat the Russians 90-80. Now they will have to watch the Australians face Russia for the championships. The Americans will play the host Brazilians. The Americans fell behind early by 12. This loss snaps a 50 game winning streak dating back to the 1994 World championships. Katie Smith, ExLynx Katie Smith had 3 points. Current Lynx Seimone Augustus never got on the floor.

Gene Spindler has been hired at Menasha. He replaces Mike Schanhofer who was hired earlier, but had to step down due to glaucoma. For more on the story read the Appleton Post-Crescent.

Thanks to all the readers that make this site the first and last source of girls basketball news. . Keep up the good work. Keep me fed.

Next up: soon this morning with Michigan HS results from Thursday night.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Fall League Synopsis Week #1

#2 posting 9.21.2006
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As I expected the best teams are not all together in the Fall League, but spread out over three divisions. I can't believe all 8 teams in the Blue are better than the top team in the white. Next year someone give me a call before they put the schedules out so the best teams can knock heads.

St. Paul Central's #2 team beat Lakeville North last week 42-39 in the Red division.
Also in a game of note, Burnsville Black knocked off Kennedy in an exhibition game 36-27. This game doesn't count in the standings.
Centennial has split squads and they lost 37-29 to St. Paul Central. If Central had their full team there (I wasn't there) it is a positive sign for Centennial.
Tartan didn't show up for their Green games so Minnetonka and "Metro Ballers" each picked up foreit wins.
In the White Division Eden Prairie pulled off a 27-23 win over Hopkins.
On Sunday at Armstrong St. Paul Central will be playing two teams that started the FL at 2-0: Eastview and Mpls South.

So Far
Top Offensive team:
Season: St. Paul Johnson (orange) 103, Johnson beat Maple Grove's JV, and Anoka last Sunday.
game: Chaska Black (yellow) 75 vs Columbia Heights 75-6
Margin: St. Louis Park Orioles (yellow) 23.5 ppg

Leading the standings: leaders are 2-0
Divisions are alledgedly by Strength
Blue: Mpls South, Eastview
White: Centennial Red, Eden Prairie
Red: Holy Angels, St. Paul Central #2
Green Minnetonka; Wayzata
Orange St. Paul Johnson, St. Francis, Osseo Black
Yellow St. Louis Park, New Life
Purple Mounds View, Shakopee, Eastview#2
Pink Minnetonka, Zimmerman
Black: Lady Saders (St. Croix Lutheran)

Next week (at the half way mark) I will give my top 10 teams and continued to do so until the end of the Fall League.

Thanks to all the readers that make this site the first and last source of girls basketball news. . Keep up the good work. Keep me fed.

Next up: tomorrow morning

Kanekoa Verbals

#1 posting 9.21.2006
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Keisha Kanekoa, Honoka'a, a 5-6 point guard has made a verbal to Hawai'i. Kanekoa has been First team all state the last two years. She is the first Hawaii player to verbal so far this year. You can check out all the verbals on the link to the right.

Team USA beat Lithuania rather easily 90-56 in the World Championships in Brazil. Collegian Candace Parker led the Americans with 18. Ex Lynx Katie Smith had 10 points off the bench, Seimone Augustus, current Lynx player, had 3.

Claire Conway made two free throws with under a minute to go to help Grosse Pointe South to a 41-39 victory. This game & more in the Detroit Free Press.

#9 A Flushing knocked off #4 A Grand Blanc in an upset 54-37 at home. A 25-9 fourth quarter did the trick for Flushing in this Big 9 contest.
Fenton beat Swartz Creek 51-44 in a Metro League match up.
A 53 game conference losing streak is now history as Mt. Morris bounced Montrose 46-37. Their last conference win came back on Nov. 12, 2002

Northern Iowa coach Tony Dicecco is recovering from quadruple bypass. He also has diabetes. This is a report from KWWL Waterloo on his improving situation.

Courtney Walters, Flushing 27 vs Grand Blanc 54-37
Christina Rivette, Fenton 23 vs Swartz Creek 51-44
Kayla Gross, New Lothrop 24 vs Bendle 79-56
Brittani Birchmeier, New Lothrop 22 vs Bendle 79-56

Thanks to all the readers that make this site the first and last source of girls basketball news. . Keep up the good work. Keep me fed.

Next up: later today with Fall League Analysis

Houghton Rolls, Bullock Creek Comeback

#3 posting 9.20.2006
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Class C#7 Houghton picked up where they left off 11 days ago with a 69-18 win over Jeffers. From the Houghton Mining Gazette.

Class B #9 Bullock Creek had to comeback to beat Freeland 51-47. BC trailed by nine to start the 3rd quarter. This game & more in the Midland Daily News.

Jim Lemerand has resigned in the middle of the year at Oscoda. It appears that stress in all facets of Lemerand's life contributed to the decision. The Oscoda Press has more on the situation.

I told you it would be late & I didn't lie.

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Next up: tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Hoyt Wins 300

#2 posting 9.20.2006
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Here is how the #1s fared
A: Auburn Hills Avondale beat Pontiac Central 60-50
D: Frankfort beat Mesick 69-26
Both B: Detroit Country Day, and C Detroit Community were off.

The Jackson NW Mounties picked up another big win, this time over rival Jackson 41-37. It was coach Mark Hoyt's 300th win.
Michigan Center remained undefeated after an easy 58-26 Cascade Conference win over Hanover-Horton. Both from the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

Saginaw Arthur Hill bested rival Saginaw 66-50 in Saginaw Valley action.
Bullock Creek rallied to beat Freeland 51-47 in TriValley action. Both stories from the Saginaw News.

Spring Lake held Fruiport to 13 points in a 38-13 victory. Details in the Muskegon Chronicle.
North Muskegon held on to beat Ravenna 51-50. This game & others in the Muskegon Chronicle.

Tyler Hardy's 31 points were not enough to get the win for Ann Arbor Huron as Belleville had more depth in a 62-49 win. From the Ann Arbor News.

Onaway topped Pellston 51-43. From the Cheboygan Daily Tribune

McBain routed Pine River 68-33 in Highland conference action. from the Cadillac News.

Kingsford shut down Escanaba 53-38. Bark River-Harris had a strong third quarter in a 47-31 over MidPeninsula. Both stories from the Escanaba Daily Press.

Bangor John Glenn had two players out with illness, but they still got the job done in a 52-26 win over Pinconning.
Flint Southwestern handled Bay City Western 42-30.
Laker edged Cass City 47-46 in Thumb action.
all stories from the Bay City Times.

Grand Haven showed they are to be a force to be reckoned with in the OK Red conference with a 47-33 win over East Kentwood. From the Grand Haven Tribune.

Tyler Hardy, Ann Arbor Huron 31 vs Belleville 49-62.
Biz VanTiflin, Saginaw Heritage 22 vs Flint Northern 52-46
Alyssa White, Standish-Sterling 24 vs Ogemaw Heights 65-28
Samantha Budd, Michigan Center 23 vs Horton-Hanover 58-26
Amanda Calhoun, Fairview 22 vs Arenac Eastern 68-22

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Watson Reaches 1000

#1 posting 9.20.2006
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Kellie Watson of Ionia scored her 1000th point in a 52-44 win over Lakewood. She is the 4th Ionia player to reach the mark, the last was in 1995. Story from the Grand Rapids Press. The Ionia Sentinel-Standard of course celebrates the event as does the Lansing State Journal.
Check out the milestone list on the GBB Recruit links on the right.

In the battle of Walled Lake, Western had more over Central 51-38. This game & more in the Detroit Free Press.
Farmington Hills Mercy big upset win 61-44 over Dearborn Divine Child leads the game reports in the Detroit News.

Kalamazoo Central pulled an upset of Kzoo Loy Norrix 57-52.
The Closson sisters propelled Parchment over Otsego 44-42. Both stories Kalamazoo Gazette.

Brighton took out their anger on Pinckney 66-27. Brighton had been the #1 team in the preseaon but started the year 1-3. From the Livingston Daily.

Mason topped Fowlerville 62-46.
Fowler rallied to beat Lainsgburg 63-58.
Leslie had their own comeback, but it took overtime to beat Webberville 45-40.
All these stories in the Lansing State Journal.

Alpena crunched Mio 69-35 in a cross class game. From the Alpena News.

Alma picked up their first win of the year in a 46-33 victory over Ithaca. From the Mt Pleasant Morning Sun.

Grand Haven beat East Kentwood 47-33. From the Grand Rapids Press.

Alli Heath cashed in the second free throw to help Mendon edge Constantine 39-38.
Battle Creek Harper Creek took care of Sturgis 40-25. Both stories from the Sturgis Journal.

Marshall's 3rd quarter helped in a 47-41 win over Coldwater. This game & more in the Battle Creek Enquirer.

Erie Mason topped Lenawee Christian 46-40. From the Adrian Daily Telegram

Now you can see the rest of the teams in the UP poll. From the Marquette Mining Journal.

Sade Johnson, Aurburn Hills Avondale, 26 vs Pontiac Central 60-50 ot
Cetera Washington, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 25 vs Kalamazoo Central 52-57
Emily Joseph, Utica Ford, 24 vs Grosse Pointe North 52-51
Raven Walker, Detroit Redford, 24 vs Detroit Mumford 65-52
Stephanie Rosado, Pontiac Central 23 vs Auburn Hills Avondale 50-60 ot
Brittney Nelson, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 23 vs Birmingham Seaholm 52-22
Olivia Stander, Grosse Pointe North 22 vs Utica Ford 51-52
Megan Bouwens, Lakeland 22 vs South Lyon 48-42
Marie Roof, Mona Shores 22 vs Zeeland West 52-30
Carrie Snikkers, Unity Christian 28 vs Muskegon 74-62
Angelina Jacobs, Detroit Crockett, 27 vs Detroit Chadsey 66-25
Japera English, Detroit University Prep, 24 vs River Rouge 64-61
Jeannie Closson, Parchment 23 vs Otsego 44-42
Joni Miller, Haslett, 23 vs Chelsea 42-31
Rachel Gebauer, Alpena 22 vs Mio 69-35
Michelle Vanover, Romulus Summit, 31 vs Detroit Arts & Sciences 59-42
Ashara Maxi, Detroit Consortium, 28 vs Connor Creek West 80-16
Ashlee Williams, New Haven, 28 vs East Detroit 56-46
Katie Ross, Clawson, 27 vs Birmingham Groves 55-51 ot
Christina Hall, Southfield Christian, 25 vs Troy Athens 52-35
Sherray Brown, Detroit Constortium 22 vs Connor Creek West 80-16
Michelle Barkley, Climax-Scotts 30 vs Pittsford 57-39
Brittany Williams, Charlotte Forten, 24 vs Oak Park 56-45
Lissie McAlvey, Lansing Christian, 22 vs Lansing Eastern 62-25
Melissa Sandison, Fruitport Calvary 22 vs Black River 50-16
Bobbi Frank, Lake Orion Baptist, 25 vs Springfield Christian 41-33
Najee Brazzle, West Village 22 vs Detroit Cesar Chavez 44-10

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Training & Games

#2 posting 9.19.2006
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Brian McCormick talks about the importance of training to improve quickness. I happen to agree. To many players fall in the trap of thinking games are going to get the player better. I have seen too many games and too many players that have not markedly improved from when I first saw them. The same items that needed improving in the winter still needed addressing in the summer. No one snapped my head this summer from previous watching like "Wow! she really improved!"

Players need to face up to their limitations, work on the less glamourous items, and not fall into the hamster in the wheel trap where they just run and run and don't get anywhere.

At Osseo I used to run the weight room in the spring and during the summer. It definitely helped verticles and quickness. Of course when the interval training came, players were scarce. But it saved some players from the cuts, and helped make all state players out of a few more.

Kellie Watson of Ionia had a career best 41 in an overtime loss to Jackson NW 68-65. Here is the Ionia Sentinel-Standard with the win that got away.

It seems everyone has a poll in Michigan. The AP is the main poll, but the UP has their own little poll. Newspapers also have area polls. Here are few to sort out.
South Christian is 3rd in the State AP B poll behind Detroit Country Day and DeWitt. But polls haven't always been kind to SC. From the Grand Rapids Press.
Chelsea has improved from a year a go by out working opponents and is now 8th in the Ann Arbor News Coaches poll.
Pickford is rated #1 in the UP D poll. This is the first time Pickford has ruled the roost. From the Escanaba Daily Press.
The Flint Journal has there own top 10.

Miranda DeKuiper of Ludington is out with a knee injury. She is likely done for the year. Story from the Muskegon Chronicle.

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Next up: tomorrow morning with the Michigan results

Chidester Early Verbal

#1 posting 9.19.2006
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Amanda Chidester, Allen Park Cabrini junior has made a verbal to Michigan for softball. This article from the Detroit News has a lot about the current basketball achievements of Chidester.

Two #1s will face each other tonight: Detroit Community (#1 in C) vs Auburn Hills Avondale (#1 in A). Community beat then #1 Saginaw Arthur Hill on Sunday (Michigan can play Sunday games) 50-32. Purdue recruit Keisha Moseley had 23 in the win over SAH.

Riverview Gabriel Richard beat Harper Woods Regina in action on Monday.

Late Saturday
Muskegon has won four in a row after dropping their opener. The latest win was a 60-52 win over Zeeland East. From the Muskegon Chronicle.
Marquette trounced Gladstone on Saturday 71-19. Here is the Escanaba Daily Press account.

Parchment sisters Jeannie and Dee Dee Closson are forces inside. Twins Kate and Cassie Schueler work on the perimeter. They also have a younger sister Emily on the squad. Read how it all comes together in an article in the Kalamazoo Gazette.

The Kensington Valley Conference opens tonight. Brighton won the conference last season and will be looking to improve on the 1-3 start. They opened the season #1 in Class A in Michigan. The conference produced three district winners last year. From the Daily Argus & Press.

Lindsey Potter, Southgate Anderson is featured in the Detroit News.

St. Paul Academy is looking for a new head coach.

Keisha Mosely, Detroit Community 23 vs Saginaw Arthur Hill 50-32

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Next up: Once more today.