Thursday, May 31, 2007

The AAU Week That Was #9: Menomonie II

#4 posting 5.31.2007
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THE AAU WEEK THAT WAS #9: Menomonie Part II
This week has a Wisconsin flavor as the main action took place in Menomonie. MN was quiet between the Forest Lake tournament and the State tournament this week at Cooper. MN teams were absent from the older level, but P.R.I.D.E. Youth did compete in the 15 division against the twin towers of Team WI Select 15. The only non Wisconsin team in the Platinum/Gold division was the Chicago Jaguars.

Scores were low, but primarily because the clock was running. Possessions were also down compared to the MN tournaments.

An interesting note: the only single school team in the tournament, Chippewa Falls, won the gold (7th place) championship with a white knuckle ride. All three of their games had thrills and spills. They survived a 14 possession second half drought to beat Dykstra 35-31.

In Minnesota there were two four team pool tournaments with the AAU and MYAS. AAU held court at Kennedy and 43 Hoops Olsen won three games to take the title including an upset win over #6 seeded Total Package. In the MYAS event at Osseo the youngsters from the Minneapolis took out the veterans with the Lady Bobcats topping the Lady Lakers.

The new feature of of the week were the photos (not today though). My battery died after three games on Sunday which did not make me very happy. Obviously there will be growing pains. But the trend will be more photos and I hope next week when we name the team and player of the week you will see a player in action. Also if you have a photo, you can email me & I will get it up.

The Minnesota State AAU tournament takes center stage. The action takes place at Cooper HS in New Hope with 14s, 15s, and 16s all to be decided. There are no pools, just brackets. Action starts tomorrow night (that is why you see this today). You might have to battle track parking. Get there early.
Some interesting revenge games may take place with a possible semifinal match between North Tartan and the team that upset them in Forest Lake MN Stars Borowicz. MSB will have to get past Metro Stars Black in the quarters in another grudge match. The other semis could feature MN Stars Hested and NC Heat. The Heat took MSH in the early bird opening game of the Forest Lake tournament.
Side note: Four of the teams in the 16/junior girls division have been named team of the week. #2 NC Heat won the Cooper tournament earlier in the year; #3 MN Stars Hested won the Skyview tournament; #4 MN Stars Borowicz stunned the basketball community with the Forest Lake title; and #5 Metro Stars Black claimed the Richfield title. The only team in the top five without the title "Team of the Week" is #1 North Tartan. The will be looking to end that streak this weekend.
Of the 19 teams in the 16s I have missed five so far.

For the second time this year Team WI Select 17 takes the title. They are the first team to do so this year. They took revenge on Randolph in the finals of the Memorial Day Classic. TWS17 lost on Saturday to Randolph by two, but were missing some parts of their puzzle--specifically the point guard Hannah Quilling. With Quilling back and the taller presence inside TWS17 shut down Randolph and high flying Jadee Rooney 42-25. Just compare the pp100 for Randolph. In April they struck for 125.4 pp100; against TWS17 they managed only 58.1 pp100. In the three games I have seen this year (2 in April) TWS17 has a defensive pp100 range of 63.1 to 57.6. Defense is one of their strengths.

This race was interesting. But, if you have been following the rules of picking this team, the higher the pp100 and floor %, plus a good dose of winning means this weeks honor goes to Val Schuster of Team WI Select 17. Schuster goes to Wausau Newman, a small (D4) Catholic school. She is a solid 6-0/6-1 and has verballed Cincinnati. She is physical, and delivered the goods on Sunday, a 185.7 pp100 (13 points, 7 possessions) will grab anyone's attention. She also had a .857 floor %, the best of anyone this week. It didn't hurt that her team won the title.

Nicole Griffin (Milwaukee Vincent) Team WI Select 15
Rachel Kerchefske (Manitowoc Lutheran) Lakeshore Breakers
Hannah Quilling (Eau Claire North) Team WI Select 17
Val Schuster (Wausau Newman) Team WI Select 17
Amy Selk (Sheboygan South) Dykstra
Talisha Barlow (Roseville) Minneapolis Lady Lakers
Andrea Larson (Chippewa Falls) Chippewa Falls
Jadee Rooney (Markesan) Randolph
Jalisa Olive (Jacobs) Chicago Jaguars
Anna Weddig (Merrill) Team WI Red
Jessica Anderson (Chippewa Falls) Chippewa Falls
Sam Femling (Bay Port) Team WI Red
Heather Kessler (Antigo) VC Central WI
Kelly Supernaw (Delavan-Darien) HLC
M Thompson (???) Chicago Jaguars

Jessica Anderson, Chippewa Falls
Kim Grant, Minneapolis Lady Lakers
Nicole Griffin, Team WI Select 15 captain
Shyla Kuehl, HLC
Lea Sevick, Randolph

Team...Player of the Week/D player
8: MN Stars Borowicz.....Kiara Buford (St. Paul Central) North Tartan/Katya Leick (Park-Cottage Grove) NC Heat
7: MN Metro Stars Black....Courtney Boylan (Chaska) MN Metro Stars Black/Kayla Hirt (Bemidji) Gym Rats 14
6: MN Stars Hested.....Theairra Taylor (St. Paul Central) MN Stars Hested/Cassie Rochel (Lakeville North) Lakeville North 15
5: NC Heat....Tayler Hill (Mpls South) NC Heat/Katya Leick (Park-Cottage Grove) NC Heat
4: MN AAAA All Stars....Angel Robinson (St. Paul Central) AAAA/Janessa Wolf (Park Rapids) AAA
3: Team WI Select 17....Katie Bushman (Phillips) Team WI Select 17/same
2: Mpls Lady Cats..... Sarina Baker (DeLaSalle) Mpls Lady Cats/Aubrey Davis (Blm Kennedy) Mpls Lady Cats
1: IBCA SelectI.....Indy Uhlenhopp (North Butler) IBCA Select I/same

1. Metro Stars
2. Gym Rats
3. Southern Minne Magic

16/17-Junior Girls
1. IBCA Select I
2. North Tartan 17
3. NC Heat
4. All Iowa Attack
5. MN Stars Hested
6. Team WI Select 17
7. MN Stars Borowicz
8. MN Metro Stars Black
9. East Metro Elite
10. Iowa Elite I
11. Quest
12. Randolph
13. MN Stars Antl
14. MN Stars Smith
15. MN Metro Stars White

1. MN Metro Stars
2. North Tartan 15
3. MN Stars
4. Lakeville North
5. WI Heat
6. Team WI Select 15
7. Southern Stars
8. 43 Hoops
9. MN Fury
10. MSB

1. North Tartan 14
2. MN Metro Stars
3. MN Suns Gold
4. MN Fury
5. MN Suns White
6. 43 Hoops
7. MN Stars Red
8. Gym Rats
9. MN Stars Blue

1. Mpls Lady Cats
2. Midtown Lady Monarchs
3. St. Paul Central
4. MN Suns
5. Olympic Ice
6. Metro Stars

Next up: tomorrow morning

Out & About: Team WI Select 17/Randolph

#3 posting 5.31.2007
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this game took place on Sunday, May 27
Memorial Day Classic, Menomonie, WI
Platinum Championship

I reported on this game on Sunday from my Gabcast Channel, Episode #36. You won't find any photos due my battery running out of juice. I have learned my lesson.

In a battle of two Pool A teams, it was TWS17 getting revenge against Randolph in a convincing way. Randolph beat TWS17 on Saturday when three TWS17 players were missing--one of which was point guard Hannah Quilling. With the gang all there on Sunday TWS17 slammed the door defensively on Randolph's repeat upset bid.

Neither team had their barings straight at the start of the game. Randolph scored on their second possession, but then had a 10 possession drought. TWS17 started the game with 7 empty possessions. TWS17 took an 8-4 lead during the Randolph dry spell. Jadee Rooney, the soul of Randolph's team, knocked down a three to cut the margin to 8-7 with 4:30 left in the half. The game remained tight with TWS17 up 13-11 with 2:30 left. TWS17 then caught fire with 5/6 offensive scoring possessions and a 11-4 run to finish the half. Quilling led the burst with 7 points. TWS17 led 24-15 at the break. Val Schuster, who has verballed Cincinnati, had 9 points at half for TWS17.

Possessions were longer in the second half. Remember it was running time so the numbers are going to be inflated somewhat. In the first half the average time of possession was 22.64 seconds; in the second half 34.28. Randolph never got any closer than 9 and that was early in the half. Randolph again suffered through an 8 possession drought as they couldn't generate any offense inside. TWS17 was never in doubt. They had a four possession sequence on a 9-0 run to go up 37-19 and cruised from there 42-25.

Katie Hackbart, Arrowhead 3, 3, 100.0, .333 hit a 3.
Katie Bushman, Phillips 4, 9, 44.4, .222 has big time physical post physique. She was the Player of the week in week #3, but RF: today was off on all facets. struggled with shot. drifted, off balance, unsure. needs to square up power up. exposed ball. needs to be consistent.
Val Schuster, Wausau Newman 13, 7, 185.7, .857 put an exclamation point to her performance. Strong, physical post, confident, aggressive. moves well. was golden inside.
Hannah Quilling, Eau Claire North 11, 10, 110.0, .500 the head of the organization. from the April tournament to this May tournament has improved her shooting, or is looking to score more. Was in total command. indespensible. never came out. had nice pull ups, and finished in transition, something that wasn't happening in April. Had five assists to lead both teams. snappy passer. RF: out of position on defense, too high but not much to fault today.
Kaylee Cardinal, Arrowhead 2, 5, 40.0, .200 RF: 3 shot not on.
Brea Tinney, Osceola 0, 2, 0.0, .000 guard
Cassy Schemberger, Park Falls 6, 3, 200.0, .667 another post player that delivered. RF: not as big as Bushman, and Schuster. defensively too high.
Morgan Steuber, Park Falls 3, 2, 150.0, 1.000
Lucy Dernovsek, Lake Holcombe 0, 2, 0.0, .000 RF: court awareness.
Jade Hatchett, Milwaukee Vincent 0, 0, 0.0, .000

Jadee Rooney, Markesan 7, 10, 70.0, .300 has the flourish and moxy, plus speed and aggressiveness to play. gym rat persona. can hit 3, can drive, can move without the ball. competitive. RF: had to get feet set after catching---should catch with her feet in the air, pass with her feet on the ground. on spin dribble elbow gets too far away.
Krista Pelky, Oshkosh West 8, 10, 80.0, .400 guard, scored off dribble
Lea Sevick, Manitowoc Roncalli 0, 4, 0.0, .000 worked on defensive boards. RF: offensively wasn't going to do damage against bigger players.
Marieanna Dulas, Markesan 2, 2, 100.0, .500
Lacey Fisher, Wisconsin Dells 2, 3, 66.7, .333
Erin Lind, Ripon 2, 6, 33.3, .167
Brianna Roberts, Randolph 0, 2, 0.0, .000 got knocked down, slow to get up.
Caitlin Krenz, Markesan 4, 4, 100.0, .500 stepped out, hit some shots. RF: speed.
Katie Raymond, Westfield 0, 2, 0.0, .000 RF: awareness

Hannah Quilling

Team WI Select 17u 42, 43, 97.7, .442
Randolph 25, 43, 58.1, .279
made 3s: TWS17 2, Randolph 1
made fts: TWS17 8, Randolph 2
assists: TWS17 11, Randolph 9
bench: TWS17 9, Randolph 6
Size matters. TWS17 cornered the market in that department. It made it tough to go inside in the half court game and Randolph was limited to one crack a time.

Cassy Schemberger 3
Kaylee Cardinal 3
Val Schuster 2
Hannah Quilling 2
Morgan Steuber 2
Katie Hackbart 1
Katie Bushman 1
Brea Tinney 1
Lucy Dernovsek 1
totals; 16

Lea Sevick 7
Jadee Rooney 5
Erin Lind 2
Marieanna Dulas 1
Lacey Fisher 1
Caitlin Krenz 1
totals: 17

next up: the AAU Week That Was #9

Inside Badgers; St. Ambrose Open

#2 posting 5.31.2007
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College Reports

St. Ambrose will be looking for a new coach. Amy Eagan is leaving coaching for the private sector. St. Ambrose was 14-0 this year in the Midwest classic and 26-7 overal.

The site has a audio/video look at game day preparation for the women's basketball team. The video lasts about 11 minutes. There are also some other videos linked in the article like stretching and preventing ankle sprains.

Thanks to the readers for the solid information you send me. If you have information, go to my profile and email me.

next up: the championship game from the Menomonie Tournament and for those that follow the site a day early The AAU Week That Was #9 because of the MN State AAU Tournament starting on Friday at Cooper.

Spring Lake Park Hires, Jefferson Assistant

#1 posting 5.31.2007
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Josie Johnson was named coach of the Spring Lake Park Girls Basketball team. Josie is the second coach from Champlin Park's 2005-2006 staff to be named head coach in the North Suburban. Chris Buerman coaches at Columbia Heights.

New Bloomington Jefferson coach Andy Meinhardt has added Hans Olson to the coaching staff as a varsity assistant. Coach Olson has been the JV coach at Burnsville High School the past seven seasons and has also coached AAU basketball for both the MN Stars and Metro Stars. Coach Olson is a 4th grade teacher in the Bloomington School District.

If you want to see some games from the past year Community has republished the audio of the Mpls North vs Mpls South game and the video of the Mpls Roosevelt vs Hopkins game.

Thanks to the readers for providing this site solid information. If you have information, go to my profile and email me.

Next up: parade of states, college reports, one more out & about from the Menomonie Tournament and, a day early, the AAU Week That Was #9.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Out & About: Chippewa Falls/Dykstra

#8 posting 5.30.2007
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this game took place on Sunday, May 27
Memorial Day Classic, Menomonie, WI
Gold Championship

I reported on this game on Sunday on my Gabcast channel, episode #35.

This game was the gold championship (platinum featured the top six teams), so, in effect this was the 7th place game of this tournament. Dykstra started off 1/6 with their possessions, CF 1/5. Both teams loosened up. This game was tight early with four ties, the last coming at 8 all. CF first tied it and then moved on with a 8-2 run. Samantha Buonauro punctuated the run with a trey. CF continued their hot hand late in the half with a 5/6 sequence and an 11-4 run. CF, as they have demonstrated all Sunday, used their entire squad with Andrea Larson knocking down four to lead CF. Dykstra, a multischool team, was led by Amy Selk with six points in the half. CF led 25-14 at the half.

CF continued their hot hand to build up a 32-18 lead with 14:00 left when the door slammed shut. CF endured a 14 possession dry spell. It was the Sahara. Six of those possessions were turnover related. Dykstra went on a 12-2 rampage on a 6/8 offensive sequence. Simply taking over the game was Amy Selk who had 8 of those points, plus one assist. Two Selk free throws made it 32-28 with 9:00 left. Then Dykstra fell into the drought hole, this one 7 possessions deep. The problem was Selk only had one possession during that stretch. All of those Dykstra possessions were missed shots. Selk snapped Dykstra out of their slumber with a runner to close the score to 32-30 with 1:37 left. CF played the keep away game and Dykstra was forced to foul. The game was 20 minute running time, with the last two minutes stop time. Dykstra had to foul six, that is right, s-i-x, times to put CF at the line. finally with 1:00 to go Andrea Larson, the clutch ft shooter for CF, went to the line and broke their monumental drought. Dykstra's next possession did not have one touch by Dykstra. They had two shots, but neither fell. Emily Mattison got the key board and Jessica Anderson was fouled. She missed. The score remained 34-30 with 39.5 left. Brittni Buechel got the board and eventually, after a missed shot, she picked up the offensive board and was fouled. She converted the first, but missed the second. Larson got the rebound for CF and went to the line, but she came up empty for a change. Selk had a shot, but it was off. Larson rebounded again and marched to the line where she delivered one free throw. That finished the scoring. A single school took the gold title over all the multischools.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Andrea Larson 8, 8, 100.0, .625 ice water in veins. picked up good rebounds.
Elizabeth Leis 4, 4, 100.0, .500 drew charge. steady performance.
Jessica Anderson 0, 7, 0.0, .000 point guard. RF: after two strong performances, came up dry. Maybe it was three games in the day.
Linsey Adams 0, 6, 0.0, .000 guard. See above
Emily Mattison 9, 8, 112.5, .500 has 3 range. stronger on the boards this game.
Samantha Buonauro 8, 8, 100.0, .375 another that can step out & hit the 3.
Lori Katting 4, 5, 80.0, .400
Heather Hogue 2, 1, 200.0, 1.000
Taylor McDaniel 0, 1, 0.0, .000

Laura Atkinson, Oregon 0, 6, 0.0, .000 RF: footwork, picked up charging foul. passing choices/decisions.
R Bauer, ???? 2, 8, 25.0, .125
Amy Selk, Sheboygan South 16, 12, 133.3, .667 put Dykstra on her back. moved with a sense of urgency. big perimeter that can move and shoot. 3 range. shoots also off the move. led Dykstra with 3 assists with some nice quick fires.
Jenny Rietzler, Oregon 2, 3, 66.7, .333 strong rebounder.
Rachel Salata, Sheboygan Falls 2, 4, 50.0, .250
Brittni Buechel, New Holstein 5, 10, 50.0, .300 RF: needs to be aware. shot was off.
Rietzler II, ??? 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Tia Rupnik, Sheboygan South 4, 4, 100.0, .500 RF: needs to keep head/eyes up to see the floor.

It is rare when I name a player from the losing side. This is one of those times-- Amy Selk

Chippewa Falls 35, 48, 72.9, .354
Dykstra 31, 48, 64.6, .333
made 3s: CF 3, Dykstra 0
made fts: CF 10, Dykstra 7
assists: CF 8, Dykstra 8
bench: Dykstra 14, CF 9

Emily Mattison 5
Linsey Adams 4
Andrea Larson 3
Elizabeth Leis 3
Jessica Anderson 3
Samantha Buonauro 3
Heather Hogue 1
totals: 22

Jenny Rietzler 6.5
Amy Selk 4.5
Laura Atkinson 4
R Bauer 3
Brittni Buechel 2
Tia Rupnik 2
Rachel Salata 2
Rietzler II 1
totals: 25

Next up: tomorrow morning, later tomorrow the final game from Menomonie and also, a day early, the week that was #9. Why early? Friday the MN AAU State tournament starts.

Out & About: Team WI Red/VC Central WI

#7 posting 5.30.2007
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this game took place on Sunday, May 27
Memorial Day Classic, Menomonie, WI
Platinum Consolation--5th Place

I reported on this game on Sunday on my Gabcast Channel, episode #34. If you are looking for photos you won't find any. My battery died and I didn't have a backup.

The 5th place game started off well for VCCWI with Heather Kessler scorching the nets for the first six points and scoring on her first three shots. VCCWI led 6-2. Unfortunately for VCCWI Kessler did not score the rest of the half and that lead evaporated as quickly as it built up. A nine possession drought put a crimp in VCCWI style and opened the door for TWR. TWR had an 8-0 run before VCCWI struck the bottom of the net again. The game was tied twice before VCCWI pulled in front on a free throw by Jocelin Finn. TWR finished the half with an 8-1 run with Anna Weddig notching four points to start the run. VCCWI was 1/8 to finish the half. TWR led 20-15 at half.

TWR led 26-20 early in the second half. VCCWI had an 11-7 run to close the gap to 33-31. VCCWI ran off four straight possessions to get the game tighter. There was about 9 minutes left in the contest. Then the bottom fell out again for VCCWI with only three free throws in a 2/10 offensive sequence, including coming up empty the last five possessions. TWR also had a struggle to finish with only one field goal and 3/11 offensive sequence. Neither team handled their late game situations strongly. It was 37-34 with 4:30 left. Shots didn't drop. The main shooters that were having success weren't taking the money shots. These players need to step up and take charge in these late game situations and not be spectators.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Sam Barber, DC Everest 8, 13, 61.5, .308 has pull up jumper. has 3 range. RF: needs to handle the ball better against pressure. use fakes. needs to keep vision up.
Anna Weddig, Merrill 10, 7, 142.9, .714 post, crashes offensive boards. RF: invisible in the second half on offense. needs to use pass fake.
M Painter, ??? 2, 6, 33.3, .333 scored at the line. RF: needs to convert from the floor
Sam Femling, Bay Port 12, 8, 150.0, .625 pull up jumper. 3 range. RF needs to be stronger with defense.
C Schofield, ???? 1, 1, 100.0, 1.000
S Price 2, 6, 33.3, .167 RF: elbow too far aaay on dribble.
Charde Mayne, Milwaukee Riverside 4, 7, 57.1, .286 needs to handle late game situations better. needs to make better choices.

Heather Kessler, Antigo 8, 7, 114.3, .571 lean lanky post type. dominated early. has range on shot, maybe could be a 3. RF: needs to take over. She has the ability to control the game.
Marissa Draxler, Marshfield Columbus 9, 10, 90.0, .400 guard. 3 rangeRF: needs to keep head up under the net. avoid crowded sites for dribbling.
Lizzy Slovensky, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 2, 6, 33.3, .167 post player. lanky RF: footwork. ball handling/decisions.
Molly Schmitz, Marshfield 5, 7, 71.4, .429 hit a pull up. RF: passing decisions.
Jada Staub, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Nikki Karl, Marshfield Columbus 2, 5, 40.0, .200 hit a pull up jumper. RF: ball handling
Jocelin Finn, Stevens Point 5, 10, 50.0, .300 RF: ball handling
Miranda Fleischmann, Marshfield Columbus 2, 3, 66.7, .333 RF: needs to be more aware.

Anna Weddig

Team WI Red 39, 48, 81.3, .417
VC Central WI 33, 49, 67.3, .347
made 3s: TWR 3, VCCWI 1
made fts: TWR 12, VCCWI 8
assists: VCCWI 8, TWR 5
bench: VCCWI 9, TWR 6

Anna Weddig 5
Charde Mayne 4.5
Sam Barber 4
S Price 3
C Schofield 2.5
M Painter 2
Sam Femling 1
totals: 22

Marissa Draxler 6
Lizzy Slovensky 6
Miranda Fleischmann 5
Heather Kessler 3
Jocelin Finn 2
Molly Schmitz 1
Jada Staub 1
totals: 24

Next up: the Gold Championship

Out & About: Randolph/Chicago Jaguars

#6 posting 5.30.2007
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This game took place on Sunday, May 27
Memorial Day Classic, Menomonie, WI
Platinum Semifinals

I reported on this game on Sunday on my Gabcast Channel, episode #33. If you are looking for photos you won't find any. My battery died and I didn't have a backup.

Randolph upset Team WI Select 17 in pool A and therefore moved on automatically to the semifinals. Randolph was without the services of Katie Tollner this weekend due to illness. They did add three players from the April Tournament. Chicago had to play earlier in the day.

Randolph started off slowly with a five possession drought. Chicago wasn't that scintillating from the floor either with a 1/6 sequence and only one point to show for their efforts. Chicago took the first decent lead at 8-4 after a three by Taylor. Randolph finished the half with a 13-4 run. Erin Lind started it off with a rebound basket "&1." Lind contributed 7 in the run. Chicago reverted back to the earlier part of the half going 1/9 in their offensive sequences and again only one point. Randolph led 17-12 at the half.

Chicago tied the game at 18 on a pull up jumper by Thompson. Randolph then went on an 8-0 run capped off by two 3s by Jadee Rooney. That gave Randolph some breathing room at 26-18. Chicago had another of their periodic droughts, this time 8 possessions empty. The Chicago Jaguars, may not be consistent, but they can score in a hurry and closed to 30-28 and then 34-32 after a drive by Olive with 3:36. Marieanna Dulas was fouled and went to the line for Randolph. She grabbed the rebound off her own miss and scored the second chance. On the next Randolph possession Lea Sevick scored on a post up and Randolph pushed the lead out to 38-32. With under a minute Olive stroked a 3 for the final points 38-35. On the next Randolph possession Sevick took a shot from the outside with over 30 seconds left. On Chicago's next possession Olive traveled. Randolph then did a better job of managing the clock.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Lacey Fisher, Wisconsin Dells 2, 6, 33.3, .167 RF: passing decisions. ball handling vs quick pressure. needs to create space and keep vision.
Lea Sevick, Manitowoc Roncalli 6, 5, 120.0, .600 boards on d. RF: took questionable shot when time was ticking away with the lead. needs to pass fake more.
Jadee Rooney, Markesan 13, 14, 92.9, .429 stuck some big 3s. has a feel for the game. a gym rat. is extremely comfortable with the ball. a fighter. RF: also took a distance shot late in the game when the shot wasn't required or needed.
Krista Pelky, Oshkosh West 3, 4, 75.0, .500 perimeter.
Marieanna Dulas, Markesan 2, 5, 40.0, .200 follows her shot.
Erin Lind, Ripon 9, 7, 128.6, .571 did all her damage in the first half. crashed the boards and converted misses. RF: nothing in the second half.
Brianna Roberts, Randolph 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Katie Raymond, Westfield 3, 4, 75.0, .500 RF: needs to be aware of lines.
Caitlin Krenz, Markesan 0, 0, 0.0, .000 post player, does step out to the high post.

S Cooper, 0, 6, 0.0, .000 RF: missed shots, passing decisions
S. McPherson 3, 6, 50.0, .500 athlete. runs floor. Can score when hit. RF: footwork, range shooting
T Taylor 3, 4, 75.0, .250 can score getting hit. active defensively.
M Thompson 9, 6, 150.0, .667 scored off the dribble with pull ups and runners. also has 3 range.
Caitie Kopko, Queen of Peace 6, 7, 85.7, .286 3 pt shooter. RF: needs to add other facets.
J Olive 11, 10, 110.0, .500 guard, believes in herself, believes she can score and drives in and scores over bigger players. scores off the dribble. RF: smaller size. forces action instead of going with what the defense allows.
D White 0, 3, 0.0, .000
G Smith 2, 3, 66.7, .333 RF: passing choices.
J Stauckhouse 0, 1, 0.0, .000
C Nevels 0, 1, 0.0, .000
J Bryant 0, 0, 0.0, .000
S Little 0, 0, 0.0, .000

Erin Lind

Randolph 38, 46, 82.6, .413
Chicago Jaguars 34, 47, 72.3, .319
made 3s: CJ 4, Randolph 2
made fts: Randolph 6, CJ 4
assists: Randolph 10, CJ 5
bench: CJ 13, Randolph 12
Those massive droughts killed Chicago. If you combine the three droughts Chicago numbers look like this: 2, 22, 9.1, .091; while They were 30, 25, 120.0, .520. It is a matter of consitency and good decisions.

Lea Sevick, Manitowoc Roncalli 5
Jadee Rooney, Randolph 3
Marieanna Dulas 3
Lacey Fisher 2
Erin Lind 2
Katie Raymond 1
Caitlin Krenz 1
totals: 19

Taylor 5
Smith 4
Cooper 2
McPherson 2
Thompson 2
Kopko 2
Nevels 1
Bryant 1
Little 1
totals: 20

Next up: another Out & About from Menomonie

A Look at the Lynx: Indiana, May 29

#5 posting 5.30.2007
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INDIANA fever 89, MINNESOTA lynx 75

Here is the official WNBA story and box.
Minnesota is still searching for a win. Indiana had three runs that broke MN's back. The first started with just 14 seconds left in the first half as Indiana scored six points to finish the half and then added 8 more to start the third quarter for a 14-2 advantage over two minutes across two quarters. MN led 37-34 before the breakdown occurred.
The second Indiana run came at the end of the third and carried over to start the fourth. Again it was a six possession string and an 11-5 run over three minutes.
The last Indiana run came in the middle of the fourth on a seven possession 15-6 run, again over three minutes.
Add the totals up and you will see Indiana outscoring MN in those 8 minutes 40-13. MN beat Indiana 62-45 in the other 32 minutes of action.
How is the breakdown happening? 12 points in that 40 came after turnovers. According to the play by play Indiana had 11 lay ups, 13 if you count the "driving lay up" category. MN had 4 lay ups, 8 counting driving lay ups too.
Minnesota's inside game needs to step up if they are ever to see the left hand column this year. Augustus is Augustus. Harding is a true point, something MN lacked last year. Nicole Ohlde is a good role player. She is not a force inside. She managed one defensive rebound last night. Obviously fouls had something to do with that.
Minnesota cracked the 100 pp100 for the first time last night. Now they need to get the band aids, seran wrap, duct tape, glue to fix the holes in the defensive effort. Their best D job came against Sacramento with a 98.7.

Seimone Augustus 23, 20, 115.0, .550
Lindsay Harding 17, 20, 85.0, .450
Kristen Mann 7, 6, 116.7, .500
Noelle Quinn 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Nicole Ohlde 4, 5, 80.0, .400
Amber Jacobs 3, 5, 60.0, .200
Svetlana Abrosimova 10, 6, 166.7, .667
Tiffany Stansbury 2, 2, 100.0, .500
Eshaya Murphy 3, 4, 75.0, .500
Kathrin Ress 6, 3, 200.0, 1.000
Navonda Moore 0, 1, 0.0, .000

Tully Bevilaqua 5, 4, 125.0, .500
Anna DeForge 8, 7, 114.3, .571
Tamika Catchings 21, 16, 131.3, .625
Tamika Whitmore 17, 15, 113.3, .467
Tammy Sutton-Brown 11, 12, 91.7, .500
KB Sharp 4, 2, 200.0, 1.000
Tan White 9, 5, 180.0, 1.000
Ebony Hoffman 10, 7, 142.9, .714
Sheri Sam 2, 2, 100.0, .500
Alison Bales 2, 3, 66.7, .333
Ann Strother 0, 0, 0.0, .000

Tamika Catchings

Minnesota 75, 74, 101.4, .486
Indiana 89, 73, 121.9, .589
made 3s: Indiana 8, MN 6
made fts: MN 17, IN 15
assists: MN 19, IN 19
bench: IN 27, MN 24

Seimonte Augustus 4
Kristen Mann 4
Svetlana Abrosimova 4
Tiffany Stansbury 3
Lindsay Harding 2
Eshaya Murphy 2
Amber Jacobs 1
Katherin Ress 1
Nicole Ohlde 1
totals 23

Ebony Hoffman 6
Tamika Catchings 5
Anna DeForge 4
Tully Bevilaqua 4
Tamika Whitmore 3
Tan White 3
Tammy Sutton-Brown 2
KB Sharp 1
Sheri Sam 1
Alison Bales 1
totals: 30

Next up: three more contests from the Memorial Day Classic in Menomonie over the past weekend.

Barnes Signs, Iowa in Greece

#4 posting 5.30.2007
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College Reports

Sasha Barnes, St. Paul Johnson, has signed with NDSCS in 2 year school in Wahpeton, ND.
Here is the press release:
Sasha Barnes Signs with NDSCS

Wahpeton, ND--North Dakota State College of Science head women’s basketball coach, Paulette Stein announced today the signing of St. Paul Johnson High School’s Sasha Barnes to the National Junior College Athletic Association Letter of Intent.

“Barnes is a true guard who is very smart, very unselfish and very quick,” said Coach Stein. “She’s the kind of point guard who puts the team on her back and say’s ‘lets go’. A highly recruited point guard by other nationally prominent junior college programs, Sasha will be a fan favorite and a player who will rise when the game is on the line.”

Averaging 14 points per game at St. Paul Johnson High School, Barnes broke the school record for assists and led the St. Paul City Conference in assists. Defensively, Barnes was second in steals in the conference. Barnes, who played under head coach Willie Tyler, helped the Governors to a second place conference finish.

Barnes has been a point guard varsity starter since 8th grade and attained the honor of All-Conference in three of five years. Playing for St. Paul Central from eighth through tenth grade, Barnes helped the Minutemen to the Class 4A State Tournament and to a third place finish as sophomore. As team captain, Barnes was tabbed this year’s Most Valuable Player. Barnes played her AAU basketball for the Minnesota Sugar Storm.

North Dakota State College of Science captured the Mon-Dak Conference title with a 13-1 record and won the Region XIII Championship. All-American honors by the NJCAA went to graduating sophomores Jenna Giller, St. Paul, Minn. and Jana Momoh, Brooklyn Park, Minn, who became the fifth and sixth All-Americans during head coach Paulette Stein’s four years at NDSCS.

NDSCS also has Natalie Giese of Canby, Stephanie Roggenbuck of Osakis and Dominique Schuler of Fargo Shanley joining the team next season.

Iowa lost to the Greek national team for the second time this trip 81-55. Wendy Audsemore and JoAnn Hamlin each had 12 points. There are two more player blogs: Nicole VanderPol and JoAnn Hamlin. Krista VandeVenter from Osseo is on the trip, but has not played.

South Dakota State will be playing four doubleheaders this year in the Summit League. From the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

Michigan State has been invited to the WNIT preseason tournament. The teams have been chosen, but the brackets haven't been filled.

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More Wisconsin AAU Rosters, Pre-Trial Motions

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I have been adding Wisconsin AAU rosters from the Menomonie Tournament, plus some other WI AAU rosters from you readers. If you know some of the missing schools or names let me know.

Former Hortonville coach David Janssen has made some pre-trial motions. From WBAY TV in Green Bay.

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Seat Belt Rules

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Iowa Reports

Last week I posted the Des Moines Register article on the rule changes. Here is the official changes from the IGHSAU on the Coaching Conduct along with other issues. The Seat Belt rule gets extensive coverage.

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Lake Benton-Lincoln HI Open

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Minnesota Reports

Steve Krause will not be returning to Lake Benton-Lincoln HI next season. The pairing will re-open the job. Last year was the first year of the pairing and LBLHI was 5-20. Krause had coached at Lake Benton previously. From the Marshall Independent.

The new school in South Washington County has a name: East Ridge. Woodbury and Park-Cottage Grove are the two schools in the district right now. They haven't started construction at East Ridge.

The Deer River summer league starts June 5th. Bigfork will play Grand Rapids on the first day.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Out & About: Chippewa Falls/HLC

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This game took place on Sunday, May 27
Memorial Day Classic, Menomonie, WI
Gold Semifinals

I reported on this game on Sunday on my Gabcast Channel, episode #32. Again the single school team Chippewa Falls withstood the multi school approach in a nailbiting 47-43 win over HLC, a team from the Fond du Lac Area.

The photo on the left has Shyla Kuehl of HLC going up for a shot with Jessica Anderson preparing for the rebound. Also in the shot for CF Andrea Larson #22; and Kelly Supernaw for HLC #31.

CF led 6-2 as HLC started on a six possession drought. CF had a 4/5 offensive sequence in the middle of the half to go up 15-10 after a 3 from Emily Mattison. After that CF went into hibernation on offense for nine possessions. HLC took advantage of the stalled CF offense to go on an 8-2 run. Jennifer Herrick provided seven of the HLC points in that burst. HLC led at the half 18-17.

CF shook the cobwebs off and started strong in the second half with four scoring possessions in a row on a 9-0 run. That gave them a 26-18 lead. The common denominator in all the CF points was Jessica Anderson. She had three assists and a pull up jumper. HLC had a rough start with a six possession drought, and 1/11 offensive sequence. CF had a 31-22 lead with about 9 minutes left. HLC snapped out of their sluggish start with four straight scores and 5/6 offensive sequence to close to 33-31. Kelly Supernaw had 4, and B Mueller had five in the 13-5 HLC run. CF bumped their lead back to 41-33 thanks to two consecutive 3s by Mattison with five minutes left. HLC wasn't finished however. HLC went on a 10-2 run with four straight scores to tie the game at 43. Herrick tied the game up with a drive "&1" with 30.4 seconds left. On the next CF possession Andrea Larson knocked down two free throws. Herrick's drive came up empty and once again Larson converted two free throws for the final 47-43 margin.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Andrea Larson 11, 13, 84.6, .462 made key free throws. RF: ball decisons.
Elizabeth Leis 8, 6, 133.3, .667 can score off the dribble.
Linsey Adams 0, 4, 0.0, .000 guard. active. RF: came up dry this game.
Jessica Anderson 8, 9, 88.9, .444 point guard. scrapper. plays with heart. has a feel for the game. moves after giving up the ball. gets involved on defensive rebounds. led both teams with 7 assists. RF: needs to convert at the line when the game is on the line.
Emily Mattison 11, 5, 220.0, .800 on a roll with 3 3s. RF: exposes ball
Lori Katting 0, 3, 0.0, .000
Samantha Buonauro 6, 4, 150.0, .500 3 range--two times.
Taylor McDaniel 3, 2, 150.0, .500 another in the 3 parade.
Vivian Carlson 0, 2, 0.0, .000

Rachel Giese, Winnebago Lutheran 0, 5, 0.0, .000 RF: passing choices. ball handling.
B Mueller, ??? 6, 9, 66.7, .333 scored when hit on transition. RF: needs to square up on shot. likes spin dribble.
Shyla Kuehl, Hustisford 5, 5, 100.0, .600 post player. has some hang time.
Kelly Supernaw, Delavan-Darien 16, 13, 123.1, .538 rallied the troops with some big 3s, and strong second half performance. RF: footwork
Jennifer Herrick, Winnebago Lutheran 12, 10, 120.0, .500 had two "&1s", has 3 range. RF: likes to spin dribble.
Alexis Becker, North Fond du Lac 2, 3, 66.7, .333
Catie Grandi, Burlington 2, 4, 50.0, .250

When the game was on the line Andrea Larson delivered twice

Chippewa Falls 47, 48, 97.9, .438
HLC 43, 49, 87.8, .408
made 3s: CF 5, HLC 3
made fts: CF 9, HLC 8
assists: CF 14, HLC 11
bench: CF 9, HLC 4

Jessica Anderson 7
Andrea Larson 4
Samantha Buonauro 3
Linsey Adams 2
Emily Mattison 2
Vivian Carlson 2
Lori Katting 1
Taylor McDaniel 1
totals: 22

Shyla Kuehl 7
Kelly Supernaw 6
Alexis Becker 4
B Mueller 2
Jennifer Herrick 2
Catie Grandi 1
starters: 22

Next up: tomorrow morning. Later tomorrow 3 more out & abouts from Menomonie, plus a Look at the Lynx vs Indiana.

Out & About: Team WI Select 15/PRIDE Youth

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This game took place on Sunday, May 27
Memorial Day Classic, Menomonie, WI
15 Semifinals

I reported on this game on Sunday on my Gabcast channel, episode #31, PRIDE Youth was the only Minnesota that we came across this weekend. The photo on the left is Bailey Lund of PY going up over Anna Cole.

The 6-6 Twin Towers were imposing sentinels on defense and TWS15 dominated the smaller PRIDE Youth 38-13. Of the two towers it was Nicole Griffin that had a strong offensive first half with 8 points to lead TWS15. PY managed only one field goal in the first half. Oddly enough TWS15 only had three more field goals. Neither team was scorching the nets. PY had droughts of 7, 5, and 6 during the half. TWS15 was 66.7 pp100 while PY was a chilly 17.4 pp100. It was 16-4 at half time.

The game didn't really vary in the second half. PY started the half with another drought of 5, combining that with the last portion of the second half it was a long 11 possession dry spell. PY had one more dry spell with a six spot. Again neither team ripped it up, but TWS15 did put a string of four possessions late in the game. Four different players contributed. Whitney Rawdon had six points in the second half to lead TWS15.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Kelsey Andrist, Menomonie 1, 4, 25.0, .250 RF: needs to finish on drives and put backs.
Whitney Rawdon, Eau Claire North 8, 7, 114.3, .571
Samantha Hoyt, Durand 8, 10, 80.0, .400 guard. pull up jumper.
Nicole Griffin, Milwaukee Vincent 10, 7, 142.9, .714 tall, effective, wiry. when rebounding gets elbows out. "the blade". RF: needs to contribute more in the second half. I would like to see more "&1s" rather than two shot fouls.
Anna Cole, Mondovi 2, 4, 50.0, .250 big post. doesn't give ground inside. RF: in the photo above needs to get hand up to challenge shots. needs to get lower on defense. needs to finish inside. needs to make offensive moves quicker.
Laura Petersen, Osseo-Fairchild 2, 4, 50.0, .250 RF: needs to finish in transition.
Bartner, ???? 2, 5, 40.0, .200
Nimerya Rogers, Milwaukee Vincent 5, 3, 166.7, .667 quick, likes transition. had a nice no look pass. deceptive. RF: needs to finish on transition.
Hannah Betz, Woodbury, MN 0, 2, 0.0, .000 RF: no angle on transition lay up.

in general this team RF for all players could be: get stronger with the ball, take shots in your range, make good decisions.
Rachel Lukasik, Chisago Lakes 2, 10, 20.0, .100 had a turnaround jumper.
Bailey Lund, Bloomington Kennedy 6, 15, 40.0. .267 carried the main load for PY. RF: frustration going against 6-6 players when Lund is built for perimeter work.
Olivia Antilla, Champlin Park 3, 4, 75.0, .250
Raven Boone, Bloomington Kennedy 0, 7, 0.0, .000 guard
Summer Young, Chisago Lakes 2, 9, 22.2, .111
Tenisha Jamison, ??? 0, 0, 0.0, .000

Nicole Griffin
tall presence on offense and defense

Team WI Select 15u 38, 46, 82.6, .413
PRIDE Youth 13, 45, 28.9, .156
made 3s: TWS15 2, PY 1
made fts: TWS15 12, PY 4
assists: TWS15 7, PY 3
bench: TWS15 9, PY 0

Nicole Griffin 9.5
Kelsey Andrist 3
Samantha Hoyt 3
Laura Petersen 3
Whitney Rawdon 2
Bartner 2
Nimerya Rogers 2
Anna Cole 1.5
Hannah Betz 1
Totals: 27

Bailey Lund 11
Summer Young 4
Rachel Lukasik 2
Olivia Antilla 2
totals: 19

Next up: the Gold 2nd semifinals

Out & About: Chicago Jaguars/VC Cental WI

#4 posting 5.29.2007
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this game took place on Sunday, May 27
Memorial Day Classic, Menomonie, WI
Platinum Quarterfinals
CHICAGO jaguars 40, VC CENTRAL WI 32

Chicago, the only Illinois team in the tournament, broke a 9 all tie with a 10-2 run to finish the half. VC Central WI only scored one point in 14 possessions. Neither team was ripping up the nets in the first half. Chicago checked in at 76 pp100 while came in at 45.8. The quickness of the Chicago guards had something to do with the low performance level of VCCWI. Most of the problem was in the shooting % however.

The first photo is from the first half with Chicago's M. Thompson driving in with Heather Kessler reaching out to block.

CVCWI turned it up a few degrees in the second half. They tied the game at 25 with a rebound basket by Kessler. CVCWI took the lead at 28-27 on a 3 by Marissa Draxler. Kessler had 10 points in the 17-8 run. Kessler and Draxler had 19 points in the second half for CVCWI. They had nothing in the first half. T. Taylor scored on a put back right after CVCWI took the lead. Then J. Olive took over. She scored on a drive for Chicago. Chicago outscored CVCWI 13-4 the rest of the way. Olive had 8 of the points in the final flourish with drives, transition, and free throws.

In this photo we see Heather Kessler for VC Central WI driving the left baseline in the second half.
player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

M Thompson 4, 5, 80.0, .400 athletic, takes the ball to the glass. RF: needs to finish the drives.
S Cooper 4, 9, 44.4, .222 RF: passing choices. tried 3s
Caitie Kopko, Queen of Peace 8, 8, 100.0, .375 3 point shooter. RF: has to develop other facets of game.
S McPherson 7, 8, 87.5, .375 athlete, strong, physical. delivers in a pinch. 3 range.
T Taylor 4, 6, 66.7, .333 Rebounded well on defensive end. RF: passes too far away for comfort.
J Olive 10, 8, 125.0, .625 sparkplug. fiery, competitive. no fear. RF: elbow gets too far away at time on dribble.
S Little 0, 1, 0.0, .000
D White 0, 1, 0.0, .000
J Stuckhouse 2, 1, 200.0, 1.000
G Smith 0, 2, 0.0, .000
C Nevels 1, 1, 100.0, 1.000
Jada Staub, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 5, 8, 62.5, .250 has 3 range. RF: ball handling against quicker opponents.
Molly Schmitz, Marshfield 3, 9, 33.3, .222 guard. led team with three assists.
Lizzy Slovensky, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 3, 3, 100.0, .667 tall thin post. scored on put backs. RF: could get more physical.
Marissa Draxler, Marshfield Columbus 9, 10, 90.0, .300 3 shooter. had 3 steals. RF: needs to deliver both halves. needs to be aware. head was down trying to dribble between three defenders. Head is down quite often on the dribble. needs to be under the net. no assists for guard.
Heather Kessler, Antigo 10, 10, 100.0, .500 long, lean, lanky, has range, can score on the move with and without the ball. RF: needs upper body strength, needs to deliver in both halves.
Nikki Karl, Marshfield Columbus 0, 4, 0.0, .000 RF: footwork
Miranda Fleischmann, Marshfield Columbus 2, 2, 100.0, .500 RF: footwork.
Jocelin Finn, Stevens Point 0, 2, 0.0, .000
J Olive
A spark from the bench.
Chicago Jaguars 40, 50, 80.0, .380
VC Central WI 32, 48, 66.7, .333
made 3s: Chicago 3, VCCWI 3
made fts: Chicago 7, VCCWI 5
assists: VCCWI 6, Chicago 4
bench: Chicago 13, VCCWI 2
T Taylor 7
G Smith 5
J Stauckhouse 4
M Thompson 2
S Cooper 2
Caitie Kopko 2
S McPherson 2
J Olive 1
D White 1
totals: 26
Marissa Draxler 5
Heather Kessler 5
Molly Schmitz 4
Jada Staub 1
Lizzy Slovensky 1
Nikki Karl 1
Miranda Fleischmann 1
Jocelin Finn 1
totals: 19
Next up: WI Select 15 vs PRIDE Youth


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Sarah Stachula, a former basketball player at Oak Creek, WI and UW LaCrosse was killed in a car accident Sunday. She was to transfer to Cardinal Stritch this season. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Higa Hired

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Hawaii Reports

Tani Higa has been named coach at Radford. She replaces David Lane. From the Honolulu Advertiser.

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State AAU Tournament Schedules, Teas Peeves

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Minnesota Reports

The MN State AAU tournament will be at Cooper this weekend (don't look at the date which says May 19-20, it is wrong). Action kicks off on Friday and it is all brackets, no pools. Quarterfinals will be finished on Saturday. Semis and finals will be on Sunday for the 16s. The 16u and 15u finals are 3:15; the 14u finals are 11:30.

If the seeds go according to plan there will be a rematch with MN Stars Borowicz vs North Tartan in the semis. Borowicz beat NT in Forest Lake 62-55 two weeks ago. NC Heat and MN Stars Hested could face each other in the semis too. Both of those games would be held at 10:15 on Sunday morning.

MYAS will have a few tournaments this weekend with five teams at Hopkins in the 161 division.

I have added four more teams to the AAU rosters: 43 Hoops Olsen 16s; Team Train; Lady Bobcats; and Minneapolis Lady Lakers

This is delayed from yesterday due to Memorial Day but here is the third installment of Coach Teas' Pet Peeves:
#6 players not concentrating on free throw attempts. rushing, hurrying the shot.
#5 Use of spin move vs pressure defense in traffic. The end result is a double team trap, turnover and lay up the other way. players need to keep vision on the basket to keep aware of the situations
#4 Rebound outlet to the wrong side (far side) after a defensive rebound. The outlets also need to do a better job of yelling for the ball and coming to the ball.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Out & About: Chippewa Falls/Lakeshore Breakers

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this game took place on Sunday, May 27
Menomonie Memorial Day Classic
Gold quarterfinals

This was the highest scoring game of all the Memorial Day Classic games I saw on Sunday and I saw 8 games. This game pitted a school team, Chippewa Falls vs a multi school team from the Manitowoc area in Eastern Wisconsin. The team familiarity may have helped push CF on despite 20 points and 6 3s from the Breaker's Rachel Kerchefske.

CF started off with three straight scoring possessions and a 5-0 lead. Jessica Anderson notched three points at the line in the initial scoring burst. Kerchefske struck for her first 3 of the game and the Breakers' first points. CF had another string of four offensive possessions with a 7-4 run. But the Breakers wouldn't break. On two possessions the Breakers scored five points with an "& 1" from C. Paquette. CF came back two possessions later with a transition lay up by Linsey Adams. The Breakers later broke a 18 all tie with three straight scores to go up 26-20. Kerchefske knocked down two straight 3s to close their scoring. CF's Andrea Larson scored their last four points with a put back and a post up to close 26-24 Breakers.

The picture above is Emily Mattison driving to the right baseline.

The Breakers reached the high water mark with a 33-29 lead with 16 minutes to go after a "& 1" from Allyson Binversie. Then CF started their blitz with a 8/9 possession string and, later a 19-1 run. Anderson had 9 points to lead CF in that stretch. The Breakers had to climb back from the hole with 8 minutes to go. Again leading the charge for the Breakers was Kerchefske with her 5th three. The closest the Breakers were to get was 50-46 with 1:52 left after a put back from Binversie. That was to be the Breakers last points. Neither team finished strong with the Breakers going 0/3, all on turnovers, while CF was 2/6 with 3 turnovers. CF did kill the clock with a possession that took three lines on my notebook. With running time subbing and taking your time to enter the game became the norm.

Photo above is Rachel Kerchefske at the free throw line. She didn't make this shot.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Andrea Larson 14, 9, 155.6, .778 did damage inside. RF: exposes ball.
Jessica Anderson 15, 11, 136.4, .727 point guard. pushes ball. likes transition. makes crisp decisions.
Linsey Adams 11, 9, 122.2, .667 Anderson's running mate. similar in style. moves, gets on the floor. delivered five assists.
Elizabeth Leis 8, 7, 114.3, .571 follows her shot. post player with some range. Also likes baseline drives.
Emily Mattison 3, 6, 50.0, .167 big perimeter player. 3 shooter.
Samantha Buonauro 3, 5, 60.0, .200 post type. had five assists.
Lori Katting 0, 1, 0.0, .000

C Paquette, ??? 3, 6, 50.0, .167 RF: needs to be ready for the ball.
Jessica Genke, Kiel 3, 4, 75.0, .500 all points at the line.
A Staehar, ???? 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Rachel Kerchefske, Manitowoc Lutheran 20, 9, 222.2, .778 eye popping numbers with a good eye. 3 bomber. nice size. RF: not a twin.
Allyson Binversie, Manitowoc Roncalli 5, 5, 100.0, .400 pull up jumper. distributed four assists.
Trish Boldt, Kiel 3, 6, 50.0, .333 guard. RF: long 2.
Elizabeth Zutz, Valders 0, 3, 0.0, .000
Rebecca Diedrich, Two Rivers 12, 8, 150.0, .750 taller post. has some range. likes baseline drives. RF: needs to pick up some D boards.
B Gossen, ???? 0, 3, 0.0, .000
C Umentum, ???? 0, 1, 0.0, .000
A Hopf, ???? 0, 0, 0.0, .000

Jessica Anderson

Chippewa Falls 54, 48, 112.5, .563
Lakeshore Breakers 46, 47, 97.9, .426
made 3s: LB 6, CF 2
made fts: CF 6, LB 6
assists: CF 17, LB 11
bench: LB 15, CF 3
CF moved well on offense cutting, moving, making it difficult to guard. The Breakers tried to zone, but during the 19-1 meltdown it was turnovers and lay ups making it hard to defend.

Linsey Adams 5
Emily Mattison 5
Jessica Anderson 4
Samantha Buonauro 2
Elizabeth Leis 2
Andrea Larson 1
totals: 24

Jessica Genke 4
A Hopf 3
Rachel Kerchefske 2
Trish Boldt 2
Elizabeth Zutz 2
A Staehar 1
C Umentum 1
totals: 15

Next up: tomorrow morning

Out & About: Lady Bobcats/Lady Lakers

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this game took place on Saturday, May 26
MYAS Tournament Osseo
pool play

I reported on this game on Saturday on my Gabcast channel, episode #29.

This was one of the other tournaments going on in the Twin Cities over the Memorial Day weekend. It featured two Minneapolis based teams with most of the players coming from Minneapolis Roosevelt for the Lakers, most of the players from Minneapolis South for the Bobcats. The Lakers also had players that will graduate in June. Despite that it was the younger Bobcat players defeating the olders Laker players in a physical battle 51-47.

The Bobcats opened scoring with a Tyisha Smith lay up off the opening tip. The Bobcats then scored on their next possession for a 4-0 lead. The Lakers were forced to take a time out to regroup. The Lakers started the game with an 0/7 possession run. The Bobcasts soon matched them with their own 0/6 run. It was primarily poor shooting that prevented each team from scoring. Both teams did employ full court pressure defense. The Bobcats endured two more droughts, one of 8 and another of 6. Meanwhile the Lakers started to get their motor humming. Leading the charge was Talisha Barlow with 10 points in a 16-6 finish to the half. (you can see Barlow going up for a couple of her points on the left). The Lakers were 9/11 on their possessions to close the half.

The Lakers continued their roll into the second half as they jumped out to a 26-18 lead after a Jamie Tietzel lay up off the Bobcat press. Then Tyisha Smith was involved in a physical play that got her gander up and she came out with something to prove. She ignited a six possession, 12-0 run to take the lead 30-26. She had a key steal for a lay up and then did her pen & pitch to waiting teammates Mallory Cramer and Akeena Bronson waiting to drill 3s. Later on they ran another string of 7 (15-9 run) to go up 47-39 with 1:51 left. Bronson added her 3rd and 4th trey of the game in that outburst. The Lakers weren't done yet with Barlow again leading the charge with 8 points in their final 8-4 push. The Bobcats missed out on chances at the line with six misses in the last 30 seconds but still hung on for the 51-47 win.

player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Tyisha Smith, Mpls South 13, 18, 72.2, .389 fiery, competitive, lightning quick guard. team feeds off her energy. can pen & pitch. had 7 assists with most going to 3 pt shooters. can pick pockets. RF: passes can sail too high.
Mallory Cramer, Mpls South 5, 6, 83.3, .333 3 point range, perimeter player
Juliann Mitchell, St. Paul Johnson 6, 9, 66.7, .444 inside force for Bobcats. RF: footwork, awareness of lines, time.
Amy Miles, Mpls South 8, 9, 88.9, .444 lefty, perimeter player. 3 point range. RF: footwork. a little slow on the shot release. long 2s.
Mya Lott, St. Paul Como Park 3, 3, 100.0, .333 another post player. crashes offensive boards.
Akeena Bronson, Mpls South 12, 5, 240.0, .800 3 point bomber. liked the left wing
Ronique Livingson, Mpls South 0, 3, 0.0, .000
Isiaih Bundy, Mpls South 0, 1, 0.0, .000
KK Reed, Mpls Edison 4, 2, 200.0, 1.000 guard. made her points at the line 4/4.
Lonnie Chess, St. Paul Highland Park 0, 1, 0.0, .000

Kiara Strickland, Mpls Roosevelt 4, 11, 36.4, .182 lefty. led Lakers with 3 assists. explosive. when she wants to be hard to stop. RF: needs to establish herself as an offensive scoring threat in the first half. elbow gets too far away on the dribble. She needs to get her pp100 up close to 100. She has the ability.
AunDreah Aune, Mpls Roosevelt 6, 7, 85.7, .429 guard. 3 point shooter. made all her points at the line. had three steals. RF: ball handling against pressure.
Kia Johnson, ??? 2, 4, 50.0, .250 guard
Jamie Tietzel, Andover 2, 3, 66.7, .333 post
Kim Newsom-Duval, Mpls Roosevelt 2, 2, 100.0, .500 post. does the job on the defensive boards. RF: needs to polish her offensive moves/finishing.
Kim Grant, Mpls Roosevelt 10, 12, 83.3, .500 did a strong job on the boards. hard to move. RF: needs to work on offensive post moves so they are seemless. should give the ball to the guards in the open court.
Talisha Barlow, Roseville 21, 17, 123.5, .588 a driving force in the comeback. quick moves, aggressive offensively. runs the floor. scores off the dribble. has 3 range. RF: needs to be more of a defensive force.
Shinese Thompson, Columbia Heights 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Amber Bartholmew, Alexandria 0, 0, 0.0, .000

Tyisha Smith a sparkplug for the Bobcats. A battler, distributor, and leader. Here she is igniting the second half run with her steal and lay up.

Lady Bobcats 51, 57, 89.5, .421
Lady Lakers 47, 57, 82.4, .421
made 3s: Bobcats 6, Lakers 1
made fts: Bobcats 15, Lakers 14
assists: Bobcats 9, Lakers 8
bench: Lakers 31, Bobcats 16

Juliann Mitchell 4
Tyisha Smith 3
Mya Lott 3
Mallory Cramer 2
Amy Miles 2
Ronique Livingston 2
KK Reed 1
Lonnie Chess 1
totals: 18

Kim Grant 8
Kim Newsom-Duval 5
AunDreah Aune 3
Kia Johnson 3
Kiara Strickland 2
Jamie Tietzel 2
Talisha Barlow 1
totals: 24

Next up: The Chippewa Falls vs Lakeshore Breakers from the Menomonie Memorial Day Classic.

Out & About: 43 Hoops Olsen/Team Train

#6 posting 5.28.2007

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this game took place on Saturday, May 26, 2007
Bloomington Kennedy AAU tournament
16u Pool Play
I reported on this game on Saturday on my Gabcast channel Episode 28.
As you can see there are some photos with this story. I now have a Canon digital camera now that can take some action photos without the blur I was getting with the Olympus camera.
In the first photo it is Brittany Conroy of Team Train going up for the left hand lay up with Amy Van Hulzen of 43 Hoops Olsen attempting to block the shot. Photo #2 has Haley Thomforde of Team Train going up for the 3 attempt (it did not drop). Thomforde had 11 points to lead all scorers. Defending on the play is Anna Marie Martino of 43 Hoops Olsen.
The tournament action this weekend was pretty thin in Minnesota due to the power tournament the weekend before, the state tournament next weekend, and of course the Memorial Day weekend. There were some teams in action. At Kennedy four girls teams played in a round robin pool. This game featured two teams that had won their first games in the pool. Team Train beat MN TC Shockers 44-24 while 43 Hoops Olsen, according to the board, beat Total Package 35-28. The format was four 7 minute stop time quarters.
This game did not feature a lot of scoring but did feature plenty of dry spells. 43 Hoops Olsen started off the contest with six straight non scoring possessions. Team Train matched 43HO with their own 6 drought. Team Train only had two turnovers in that sequence, same as 43HO. 43HO took their first lead on a put back "& 1" from Jenny Houle 6-4.
Team Train had another tough quarter with a 2/16 offensive sequence. TT had an 8 possession drought after scoring the first points of the quarter. 43HO didn't really seize advantage of the opportunity as they only scored four times in the half, two of which were put backs. 43HO led at the half 14-8.
Things started to loosen up in the second half. 43HO had a 7/9 offensive sequence at the beginning of the half as they stretched their lead to 27-11 on a 13-3 run. Six different 43HO players contributed to the margin. Meanwhile TT was mired in an 11 possession drought stuck over two quarters. Things turned with 3 minutes left in the quarter. 43HO finished the quarter with a six possession drought. TT had a little 6-0 run to close the margin to 27-17.
43HO started the fourth quarter on a post up by Andrea Paetznick, but then again went into a five possession drought---so between the two quarters 1/11 offensive sequence. TT took advantage of that with a 5/6 offensive sequence and a 9-4 run to make it 31-26 with 4:41 left. Then as quickly as the Train started leaving the depot, the train stopped. This time the drought was for five possessions and the lead was back to 8 for 43HO. TT did cut the margin back to 35-30 with 34.7 left, but Shelby Barnum stroked two free throws to give 43HO some breathing room. Andrea McAlpine finished the scoring with a lay up for TT. 43HO had their win 37-32.
player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %
Andrea Paetznick, Edina 4, 6, 66.7, .333 had a nice move to score in the post.
Anna Marie Martino, Minnehaha 0, 5, 0.0, .000 perimeter. had behind the back dribble move. led team with three assists.
Hannah Steele, Centennial 4, 7, 57.1, .286 guard. RF: fouled out.
Jenny Houle, Mpls South 9, 15, 60.0, .333 made her living at the line with seven free throws. more active on the offensive board. RF: foot work.
Amy Van Hulzen, Park Center 4, 2, 200.0, 1.000 post. scored inside. got after d boards.
Sarah Luse, Orono 8, 11, 72.7, .364
Shelby Barnum, Orono 6, 6, 100.0, .500 cashed in at the line. guard.
Ashley Buirge, Park Center 0, 3, 0.0, .000
Jessica Ulrich, Mpls South 2, 7, 28.6, .143 RF: illegal screen--feet not set.

Stephanie Glynn 8, 12, 66.7, .417 post player. scored off the high/low.
Maddie Kistner 2, 5, 40.0, .200 3 assists led TT.
Haley Thomforde 11, 16, 68.8, .375 point guard. RF: pass to high at times.
Hailey Trace 2, 6, 33.3, .167 RF: needs to be aware of the lines
Amanda McAlpine 4, 8, 50.0, 250
Heather Duehn 1, 3, 33.3, .333 got knocked out of the game, but later returned.
Brittany Conroy 0, 4, 0.0, .000
Angie Bauler 4, 4, 100.0, .500 scored on drives.
Darcy Rice 0, 6, 0.0, .000
Shelby Barnum, here knocking down one of the free throws with 34.7 seconds left.

43 Hoops Olsen 37, 62, 59.7, .306
Team Train 32, 64, 50.0, .281
made 3s: 43HO 0, TT 0
made fts: 43HO 11, TT 10
assists: 43HO 7, TT 7
bench: 43HO 16, TT 5
Pretty low pp100 numbers. Shooting is the main culprit.
Amy Van Hulzen 8
Shelby Barnum 5
Jenny Houle 4
Ashley Buirge 4
Jessica Ulrich 4
Andrea Paetznick 3
Anna Marie Martino 3
Sarah Luse 3
Hannah Steele 2
totals: 36

Darcy Rice 9
Haley Thomforde 7
Stephanie Glynn 3
Heather Duehn 3
Brittany Conroy 3
Amanda McAlpine 3
Maddie Kistner 2
totals: 30
43 Hoops Olsen had to play TC Shockers for their final game. If they won that they would be Kennedy tournament champs.

Next up: later today: Lady Bobcats vs Lady Lakers

Schuster Verbals, Dernovsek Signs, Iowa's Greek Journey

#5 posting 5.28.2007
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College reports

Val Schuster, Wausau Newman has made a verbal to Cincinnati. Schuster plays with Team WI Select 17.
Lucy Dernovsek, Lake Holcombe, WI has signed with Michigan Tech. The 5-11 guard averaged 26 ppg this past season. She also is a member of Team WI Select 17.

Iowa lost to the Greek National Team 80-60 Sunday night in Athens. Kristi Smith led the Hawkeyes with 16.
Some of the Hawkeyes are blogging including Johanna Solverson, Megan Skouby and more.

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Next up: 3 out & abouts from Kennedy, Osseo and Menomonie.

Tetschlag Athlete of the Year

#4 posting 5.28.2007
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Wisconsin Reports

Kayla Tetschlag of Sheboygan North was named Athlete of the year in the Sheboygan Press.

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Meldrum Stays, UP All Star Game

#3 posting 5.28.2007
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Michigan Reports

Chirs Meldrum will stay as Memphis coach after indicating he would not return. Memphis has a 39-3 record the last two years.

The UP All Star game will be on June 9 at Cedarville with the girls game at 1 pm. Rosters are included. From the Escanaba Daily Press.

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NDAAU Super Regional

#2 posting 5.28.2007
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North Dakota/Minnesota Reports

The NDAAU ran a tournament in Fargo on May 11-13. With some MN teams that were the champions.
Northern Lites, a team made up of MN and SD players, won the Junior division with a 92-87 win over Aton Pouges.
I have already reported on the MN Suns White taking the 14 title. They beat the ND Spoilers 79-35.
There are photos of the winning teams.

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Inner City All Star; Tournaments; Photos

#1 posting 5.28.2007
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If you are looking for Coach Teas' Pet Peeves, that feature will run tomorrow.

The Inner City All Star Classic will take place on June 17 at St. Paul Arlington.
Some of the girls that are invited to this event include:
Angel Robinson, St. Paul Central
Hannah Cheese, Mpls South
Ebony Black, St. Paul Central
Maurika Hickman, Mpls North
Latoya Williams, Benilde-St. Margaret's
Kachine Alexander, Benilde-St. Margaret's
I couldn't find a complete listing.

The Super 16 tournament will be held July 24-26, 2007, in Ames, Iowa

Due to many requests the photos from the state tournaments are all up again (over 1200 photos) on The site will be taking them down on june 10th so if anyone wants to print a copy of anything they should visit soon.

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Next up: parade of states. college/pro reports. and three out & abouts from the Kennedy AAU tournament, Osseo MYAS tournament, and Menomonie Memorial Day Classic.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Menomonie Results

#5 posting 5.27.2007
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Today I traveled to Menomonie, Wisconsin to watch the Memorial Day Classic. Action took place at UW Stout and I watched 8 contests focusing mostly on the Girls 16u teams.
Yesterday was pool play with 12 teams, 4 teams in three pools. The top six teams moved into the platinum level (the top level). the 3rd and 4th teams in each pool moved into the gold (second level).
Game # 1 was a gold quarterfinal with Chippewa Falls, primarily a HS team beating Lakeshore Breakers, primarily from Manitowoc, WI. 54-46. The Breakers led at half 26-24.
Game #2 was a platinum quarterfinal with the Chicago Jaguars topping Viking Club Central WI 40-32. Chicago at half 19-11.
Game #3 was the only 15u game on the menu the Team WI Select 15u vs Pride the only MN team in the older divisions. TWS15 dominated with the 6-6, yes I wrote 6-6, twin towers of Nicole Griffin and Ann Cole 38-13. This game was a semifinal. TWS15 moved on to the finals at Menomonie HS.
Game #4 was the gold semifinals with Chippewa Falls beating HLC#2 47-43. CF led 41-33 with about four minutes left. HLC put on a rally to tie it at 43 with 30 seconds left. CF finished up with four free throws by Andrea Larson.
Game #5 was the platinum semifinals with Randolph topping the Chicago Jaguars 38-35. The game was pretty tight throughout. The closest Chicago got waws 34-32 with 3:36 to go. Randolph scored on their next two possessions to advance.
Game #6 was a 3rd place game in the gold division and team WI White beat VC Central WI 39-34.
Game #7, the championship of the gold division went to Chippewa Falls 35-31 over Dykstra Engineering. CF led 32-20 with 13:50 left. They then went into offensive hibernation for 14 straight possessions. Again it was Andrea Larson that added free throws for the final margin of victory.
Game #8 was the finals of the platinum division. It was a revenge match featuring two teams from pool A: Randolph and Team WI Select 17. Randolph beat TWS17 on Saturday in the pool by two, but TWS17 did not have Hannah Quilling, their point guard, along with a couple of others. TWS17 was extremely focused, Randolph looke flat and tired. The result was TWS17 the champion at 42-25. This was the second tournament championship I have seen TWS17 take this season. Earlier in April TWS17 took that title.

If you notice the scores were quite low. Part of the reason was 20 minute running time halves. Also as the day went on the scores were dropping with the 54 points scored by Chippewa Falls in game one the top level of the day. The gyms weren't particularly hot or uncomfortable, but just the wear and tear of the action took its toll. In fact the #1 CF game was probably the only game where a team topped out over 100pp100.

I will be reviewing these games throughout the week.
Counting the two yesterday that makes 10 reviews coming.
The two Saturday games will be tomorrow also with Sunday's game #1.
On Tuesday game #2 -game #4
On Wednesday game #5 to game #7
On Thursday game #8
check back for more details.

It is late. I am turning in.

Next up: tomorrow morning.

Hawaii Tournament Videos

#3 posting 5.27.2007
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Hawaii Reports

Here are some videos from the Hawaii State tournaments with Konawaena winning D1 and Kamehameha Hawaii winning D2. The videos are mainly of the post game with reaction from players and coaches. From the Honolulu Advertiser.

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Next up: Later today a recap of the action in Menomonie check out my Gabcast channel throughout the day for updates. It should start with episode #30.

Home Schooled

#3 posting 5.27.2007
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Iowa Reports

Becca Hurley, a major factor in Des Moines East's basketball success this season is homeschooled. How did she play at East? What are the academic standards? is there opposition to this movement of allowing homeschoolers to play sports? you will need to read the Des Moines Register article on all these issues.

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next up: parade of states, and later today a recap of the action in Menomonie.

Brown Flies

#2 posting 5.27.2007
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South Dakota reports

Vermillion's Alicia Brown won the 200 and 400 in the SD state A Tournament for the third straight year. Brown was a big part of the Vermillion's A state championship in basketball too this season. From the Siuox Falls Argus Leader.

Earlier in the week the Sioux City Journal had a profile on Brown as she prepared for the state track event.

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Next up: parade of states, and later today a report from the Menomonie Tournament.