Monday, December 31, 2007

2007 in Review

#5 posting 12.31.2007
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Here is a look back at significant, and ordinary events in the past 12 months. By no means is it comprehensive, but it gives you a whirlwind tour of what went on, what I saw the last 12 months.

No game was stranger than the White Bear Lake 51-48 win over Park-Cottage Grove on the 9th.
Winona Cotter met Crookston midway at the College of St. Benedict. Both teams were 1 and 2 in the AA polls (Crookston was #1) and Cotter came away with the win 58-56. However neither team advanced to the state tournament.
Champlin Park trailed Centennial by 17 and still managed to beat the Cougars 80-76.

The first three days in February (and the 31st of January) had the most compelling games all year. It started off with Minneapolis North upsetting South 79-76. The next day Jordan beat Norwood-Young America in a 64-60 overtime game in the Minnesota River conference. On Friday Minnetonka beat Hopkins in overtime 71-64 in the Classic Lake. The week was capped off by Holy Angels victory over DeLaSalle on Saturday 62-58. DeLaSalle would turn the tables in the section final. South would turn the tables on North a week later. Jordan would beat NYA again in the state 3rd place game. The odd thing about all four games---the visiting team was victorious.
The most crowded gymnasium was at Hayfield when Cotter came to town. Coach Teas & I got there at half time of the B game and were lucky to get a seat. Cotter won 57-47.

Blaine pulled off the stunner against Centennial in the 7AAAA semis 73-62. Centennial is no longer in that section.
Four state champions were crowned with powerhouse St. Paul Central leaving no doubt that they were the best the state had seen in a 81-63 win over Mpls South in an all City final in AAAA, a first time happening.
In AAA Becker's Rey Robinson hit the shot that made them state champs over DeLaSalle 41-39.
AA had controversy swirling around the last shot. Pipestone won the title on a disputed three over Albany 50-49.
In class A Fulda repeated with a 42-34 win over Hancock.

AAU Season kicked off seriously on April Fool's day in the Iowa State tournament.
Iowa Elite upset All Iowa Attack 62-60 in the semifinals. IBCA Select won the title over Elite 68-55.
Also the door swung shut on transfers. If players wanted to transfer they had to get the paperwork done before April 1, or change residences.

Controversy swirled around the seeding process at the Forest Lake event. Two of the top teams met early Saturday morning with NC Heat beating MN Stars Hested 63-55. North Tartan Larson topped the Heat in the semis in two overtimes on a three by Hannah Linz 65-64. Everyone assumed that was the championship game, but the real championship was to come and the MN Stars Borowicz shocked the world with its 62-55 win.

The Minnesota State AAU Tournament belonged to NC Heat. They had to survive the semifinal overtime win over MN Stars Hested 80-71. NC Heat got their revenge on North Tartan Larson in the championship 77-61.
North Tartan Larson would bounce back and beat MN Stars Hested in the finals of the Summer Jam 75-53.
In Sioux Falls Courtney Boylan and the Metro Stars Black started to click. They won the Dakota Showcase with wins over the Kansas City Hustle 51-41 (Boylan had 26); the All Iowa Attack in the semis 59-51 (I only charted the 2nd half and she had 11); and a thriller overtime game against ECI Gold West 59-55 (10).

The Metro Stars Black success kept rolling into July with the championship title in the Mid American Tournament. MSB beat MN Stars Hested 59-52 to cap a wild two week ride. There were camps, summer leagues, and the last AAU tournament--the North Tartan Meltdown had a game that wasn't in the tournament brackets, but drew the most attention. North Tartan Larson beat the eventual tournament winner IBCA Select 60-50.

Centennial steamrolled opposition in the Sweet 16. They opened with a 70-30 win over Rogers. They beat Albany (I didn't chart that game) in the quarters. Centennial beat Becker in the semis 54-48. Then they left no doubt in the championship win over St. Paul Central 79-55.

Fall Leagues were in operation and so were the Fall showcase events. The new trend is younger and younger commitments and Bloomington Kennedy Sophomore Shakila Boler made a verbal to the Gophers. Minnesota also picked up two big verbals with 6-7 Amber Dvorak of Hinckley-Finlayson and 6-4 Katie Loberg of Princeton. As it was there were over 54 verbals from Minnesota. From the area there were 39 for the 2008 class to D1 schools.

The season started off with a bang with #1 St. Paul Central and #2 Centennial meeting in the finals of the Hamline tournament. Centennial, behind Megan Nipe's 32 points, rallied to beat the defending AAAA champs 60-56.

Teams were playing at a higher level than a year ago. The pp100 had improved across the board, but it skyrocketed in the AAAA class. Also skyrocketing were fouls. Perhaps the increase in fouls led to increased free throws which helped the pp100.
08 81.42 pp100, .396 floor %
07 78.6 pp100; .383 floor %
AAAA 08 86.71, .423 floor %
AAAA 07 83.7, .408 floor %
Also the highlights of December include the blizzard I drove through to watch one game. Other teams bailed from Fergus Falls, but I made up and back without once seeing the ditch.
2007 closed with Hopkins winning their own tournament with a 68-62 win over Minneapolis South.

Whew, what a year. Here is hoping 2008 can live up the drama and twists.

next up; 2008

Minnesota Blows by Michigan in High Five

#3 posting 12.31.2007
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Minnesota swept the high five in convincing fashion 97-81 over Michigan yesterday. Despite the win, Minnesota is in 4th place with 9.5 wins, 6.5 games behind leader Michigan.
On the individual side the race is bunched tighter with Minnesota in 3rd place with 10.5 wins, 5 games behind leader Michigan.
This is Lisa Bue's 3rd time leading the high five which ties her with Jenna Smith for the Minnesota lead.

Lisa Bue, North Dakota State (Austin) 29 vs Montana State 82-59
Leslie Knight, Minnesota (Hopkins) 20 vs Purdue 70-63
Cory Montgomery, Nebraska (Cannon Falls) 17 vs Denver 73-38
Jenna Smith, Illinois (Bloomington Kennedy) 16 vs Wisconsin 64-54
Angel Robinson, Marquette (St. Paul Central) 15 vs Arkansas 69-71
Brenda Slyt, North Dakota State (Climax-Fisher) 15 vs Montana State 82-59

Allysa DeHaan, Michigan State (Grandville) 18 vs Ohio State 60-53
Britni Houghton, Western Michigan (Lansing Waverly) 18 vs San Diego State 72-77
Molly Dwyer, Western Michigan (Sterling Heights Stevenson) 16 vs San Diego State 72-77
Lauren Kohn, Ohio (Adrian) 15 vs Morehead State 76-54
Lakisha Freeman, Purdue (Saginaw Arthur Hill) 14 vs Minnesota 63-70
Amanda Parker, Western Michigan (Muskegon Mona Shores) 14 vs San Diego State 72-77
Svetlana Kovalenko, Marquette (Houghton) 14 vs Arkansas 69-71

Jill Martin, Drake (Norwalk) 20 vs UC Davis 71-50
Allison Lacey, Iowa State (Ballard) 19 vs Hampton 66-47
Nicky Wieben, Iowa State (Ankeny) 16 vs Hampton 66-47
Stacy Schlapkohl, Iowa (Durant) 11 vs Michigan 46-63
Lori Bjork, Illinois (Johnston) 10 vs Wisconsin 64-54
Wendy Ausdemore, Iowa (TriCenter) 10 vs Michigan 46-63

Brittany Holterman, Dayton (Racine Prairie) 14 vs Central Michigan 86-71
Danielle Ward, Wisconsin (Milwaukee King) 10 vs Illinois 54-64
Rae Lin D'Alie, Wisconsin (Waterford) 10 vs Illinois 54-64
Jolene Anderson, Wisconsin (South Shore) 10 vs Illinois 54-64
Krystal Ellis, Marquette (Racine St. Catherine) 9 vs Arkansas 69-71

Amanda Girodat, North Dakota State (Kindred) 10 vs Montana State 82-59
Jessica Kielpinslki, New Mexico (Mandan) 6 vs UTEP 53-57

Abby Plucker, North Dakota State (Parker) 3 vs Montana State 82-59

Next up: later today with the grab bag including a look back at the last 12 months

South Dakota Slips by Wayne State

#3 posting 12.31.2007
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Mary beat Johnson and Wales 85-47. Nicci Landdeck (North Bend, WA) had 14 for Mary.

UM Duluth beat Northern State 90-60. Stephanie Reiter (Blaine) had 18 for UMD. Noelle Hall (Lewiston-Altura) had 16 for NSU.

#19 South Dakota beat Wayne State 66-65. Jeana Hoffman (Mitchell) had 17 for USD. Teresa Case (Sioux Falls Roosevelt) had 15 for WSC.

Winona State beat UN Kearney 92-62. Jenny Steffen (DePere, WI) had 20 for WSU.

UN Omaha beat Hawaii Pacific 87-46. Cayla Hargrove (North St. Paul) had 18 for UNO.

Michigan Tech beat Finlandia 89-46. Katie Wysocky (Whitefish Bay, WI) had 20 points for MTU.

Northern Michigan beat Marygrove 105-18. Kellie Rietveld (Lincoln Way Central, IL) had 18 for NMU.

Lake Superior State beat St. Joseph's 77-48. Shalyn Beauchamp (Rock-Mid Peninsula, MI) and Alyssa VanderWal (Allendale, MI) had 14 for LSSU.

UW LaCrosse beat Connecticut College 68-61. Mackenzie Hunter (Eau Claire Regis) had 21 for UWL.

#5 UW Whitewater beat #1 Mary Washington 70-67. Kelsey Hendrickson (Monroe, WI) had 15 for UWW.

UW Stout beat Immaculata 85-39. Dani Boese (Alma, WI) had 14 for Stout.

Hamline beat Wellesley 69-34. Tiana Wilkinson (Hopkins) and Jessica Heinen (New London-Spicer) each had 14 for Hamline.

Next up: later today with a farewell to 2007

Gophers Sitting a top Big 10

#2 posting 12.31.2007
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BIG 10
Minnesota is beat Purdue 70-63. Leslie Knight (Hopkins) had a career high 20 for the Gophers. Ashley Ellis-Milan (St. Paul Central) had 11 and Katie Ohm (Elgin-Millville) had 8 as well. Lakisha Freeman (Saginaw Arthur Hill) had 14 for Purdue. The Gophers sent a message to the Big 10, according to the StarTribune,

Illinois kept Wisconsin reeling 64-54. Former Bloomington Kennedy teammates faced each other. It was Jenna Smith scoring 16 for Illinois while Tara Steinbauer had 2 for Wisconsin. Alyssa Karel (Cretin-Derham Hall) did not score for the Badgers.

Michigan beat Iowa 63-46. Janelle Cooper had 13 for Michigan. Krista Vande Venter (Osseo) had 14 for Iowa.

Michigan State bounced back from the loss to Minnesota by beating Ohio State 60-53. Alyssa DeHaan (Grandville) had 18 for Michigan State. Mia Johnson (Mpls North) had 3 for the Spartans. Shavelle Little (Ann Arbor Huron) had 4 for Ohio State.

Ohio beat Morehead State 76-54. Lauren Kohn (Adrian, MI) had 15 for Ohio. Jackie Hiebert (Hopkins) added 2 for Ohio.

Nebraska beat Denver 73-38. Cory Montgomery (Cannon Falls) had 17 for Nebraska. Ashly Robinson (Bloomington Kennedy) did not score for Denver.

Drake beat UC Davis 71-50. Jill Martin (Norwalk, IA) had 20 for Drake. Lauren Dybing (St. Croix Lutheran) had 6 and Katie DeWitt (Centennial) did not score for Drake.

Dayton beat Central Michigan 86-71. Brittany Holterman (Racine Prairie) had 14 for Dayton. Britni Houghton (Lansing Waverly) had 18 for CMU.

Kansas beat Boston University 71-57. Kelly Kohn (Adrian, MI) did not score for the Jayhawks.

Iowa State beat Hampton 66-47. Alison Lacey (Ballard, IA) had 19 for ISU. Amanda Nisleit (Woodbury) had 8 also for the Cyclones. Nicky Wieben (Ankeny, IA) provided energy for the win according to the Des Moines Register.

North Dakota State beat Montana State 82-59. Lisa Bue (Austin) had a career high 29 for NDSU.

Dartmouth beat Delaware 48-41. Kristin Craft (Marshalltown, IA) had 7 for Dartmouth.

Sacred Heart beat Columbia 62-61. Chelsea Frazier (Breck) had 13 for Columbia.

Rutgers beat Temple 70-34. Shenita Landry (Milwaukee King) had 4 for Temple.

Charlotte beat Arkansas State 58-51. Kayla Pospisil (Marion, IA) did not score for Arkansas State.

Arkansas beat Marquette 71-69. Angel Robinson (St. Paul Central) had 15 for Marquette and was named to the all tournament team.

Louisville beat MTSU 76-64. Keshia Hines (Auburn Hills Avondale, MI) and Brandie Radde (Niles, MI) each had 5 for Louisville.

UTSA beat Weber State 73-45. Kristin McComas (West Allis Hale, WI) did not score for Weber State.

UTEP beat New Mexico 57-53. Jerica Hughes (Southfield-Lathrup, MI) had 11 for UTEP. Amy Beggin (Roseville) had 4 for New Mexico.

Colorado beat Jacksonville State 91-64. Hannah Skildum (Mounds View) had 5 for Colorado.

San Diego State beat Western Michigan 77-72. Molly Dwyer (Sterling Heights Stevenson, MI) had 16 for WMU.

next up: D2/D3 results

Late Saturday Results from 6 States

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Late Saturday: Here is the full report from the West Central Tribune including the box on the Willmar 48-40 win over New London-Spicer.

Redwood Valley won their own tournament with a narrow 60-59 win over Lakeview. From the Marshall Independent.

Marshall slipped by host Alexandria 52-51 in the 3rd place game in Alexandria. From the Marshall Independent.

Pipestone lost to Sully Buttes 56-52 in the Parkston Classic in South Dakota. It was the Arrows first loss of the year. From the Mitchell Republic.

Jessica Kielpinski was named Bismarck Tribune Sportswoman of the year.

Jim Ketterman, coach at Bellevue Marquette (#10 in the 1A poll), survived a fire this September and is back on the bench. This is a story on recovery and hope. From the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.

Milwaukee Hope beat Beaver Dam 42-39 in the DeForest Championship on Saturday. From the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen.

The Port Huron Times Herald has their area's top 10 poll.

Next up: College reports

Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Week That Was: Holiday Hoopla

#6 posting 12.30.2007
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The Week That Was: Holiday Hoopla
2007 is over with a rush of tournaments. More unbeaten teams fell by the wayside when they matched up in the annual events. Only two undefeated teams remain standing in AAAA #1 Centennial and St. Francis. In AAA Worthington doesn’t have a loss yet. Five class AA teams remain, and three are left in A.
The structure of this year favored a Thursday-Friday-Saturday tournament which eliminated one of my choices for a tournament. Other years I made it to four 8 team events.

But now I can enjoy more that a hot dog and a diet for my dinner. I needed to take out a loan to eat in Rochester. Every tournament treated us, the new media, well. However Hopkins gets a special commendation with their hospitality. They provided a media room with sandwiches for hard working reporters. They had with down to the minute stats. CommunityHoops has 9 games with play by play, and they also have interviews. Also they were the only tournament with three referees, the others only put two on the floor.

Looking at the pp100 and floor % for the four tournaments I attended it should come no surprise with the results. Hands down it was Hopkins. They had an outstanding field with four teams in the top 10 in AAAA. Rochester had four top 10 teams, 2 in AAAA, 1 in AAA, and 1 in AA, but the execution, even with the consolation teams but them above the board.
Tournament, ave points; possessions; pp100; floor %;
Hopkins 60.3, 67.8, 88.93, .411
Apple Valley 57.63, 68.0, 84.59, .407
2007-08 AVERAGE 57.2, 70.0, 81.42, .396
Rochester 53.7, 67.0, 80.22, .379
Mounds Park 52.75, 70.3, 75.09, .363
Discounting the Mounds Park tournament, which was a four team AA tournament, you can see that Hopkins clearly had an advantage an average 4.34 pp100 better average than Apple Valley. It is interesting to note that Rochester is under the average across the board.

The skill level is just not the same as the metro teams. Remember the only Rochester team to make it to the semis was Lourdes who beat a like class team (Albany) who is not a metro team. Once upon a time the Big 9 was a force in girl’s basketball. They had Rochester Mayo winning the state tournament back in ’95 and ’97. Owatonna finished second in the AAA tournament in ’99. But since then the Big 9 has been a stranger to the top 10 lists. Rochester Mayo made the state tournament in 2006, but as a whole that conference has slipped behind the Metro powers. It is not a cyclical problem either. This is a structural, systemic issue. The critical mass in the Twin Cities makes it the center of the basketball universe in Minnesota. To improve the Big 9 (and for that matter the Central Lakes Conference) they need ramp up the off season teams. I know a few are playing but the majority of schools don’t have many players on the upper echelon teams. Just playing more at a higher level is the first step. Until that time the State AAAA tournament will be a Metro Invitational.

As far as the Rochester tournament itself they probably should only have the better Rochester teams involved. Century was way over matched. If they want a Rochester team making the event, they should invite more class AA teams and eliminate the Metro powers from the field.

Also the calls had me scratching my head. Conspiracy or coincidence? The better players were saddled with fouls in the first two games. Cassie Rochel had at least one foul that was marginal, but she had to sit. Jackie Voigt had two that puzzled me. They both deserved to be on the floor, not on the pine. Beat the best with the best on the floor, not with phantom calls.

A couple of trends were evident this weekend. #1 the platoon system (five in, five out) is now being used by more than Providence. Lakeville North uses it. Blaine went five further using 15 players in the first half. Other teams are using 10 in the first half, even if they don’t go with the wave.
Why is it happening? Perhaps to keep players interested involved, motivated and make practices much more competitive. Maybe to keep parents at bay.
Every situation is a bit different. I used the wave when I was coaching at the younger traveling levels and in the BCI. I tried to balance the units when in those situations.
This is impacting my choices for team of the week. With about 70 possessions a game for a team it seems it would be 7 players could have 10 possessions. Now, with 10 players you are looking at 7 possessions. Some players were left with their nose against the window when it comes to picking team of the week.
#3 Missing in Action. There were a couple of players missing the holiday hoop-la-la. Pamela January of Richfield was on vacation, while Marney Ferrara, a starting guard for Osseo missed the entire tournament due to a soccer camp. Both probably would have had an impact in their games, but it was also an opportunity for some players to step up and pull a Lou Gehrig (to the Wally Pipp).

For the first time this year we have a duplicate winner—Hopkins. They survived a challenge from feisty Burnsville in the quarters. The Royals straightened out for the semis and then faced a new section rival Minneapolis South with their ferocious threesome guard, Hill, Holmes and Smith. They withstood the heat, maintained their composure and showed grit themselves in the upset 68-62 win in the championship. The Hopkins bench stepped up and did what they needed to do. There is a great chance these two will meet in March for the right to go to state. This is a good confidence booster for the battles to come. The shame of it is it will be a section game and not a state tournament contest.

Stephanie Sension of Hopkins was a difference maker inside as the Royals took their own tourney title. She was named MVP of the event. Sension ended up with 19 points and 8 boards. She also did a good job of finding the open perimeter when being doubled down. She attacked the basket with authority. Her feet and hands help give her an edge over other posts. Her ball handling is another asset. She started her basketball career as a guard. She would like to step out and face the basket, but she importance inside can not be overstated. Defensively she is getting more physical in the lane and changes a lot of shots.

Rule #1--I need to see player during the week. And the player may have had great games when I wasn’t watching. Or they may have not shined when I was there. The only important factor---produce when I watch.
Rule #2---Player needs to have a minimum of 10 possessions. I talked about this earlier today.
Rule#3---Player needs to be north of 100 pp100 and .500 floor %, If no one can make that level, I start dipping down.
Rule#4---winning helps.
Warning #1--This is performance ratings and not necessarily that Player A is better than Player B. However during the course of the year the cream will rise to the top and the better players will deliver day in and night out.

Now with the multitude of games I can make four teams this week.
Tayler Hill, Minneapolis South
Brittnye McSperron, Eastview
Sarah Nohrenberg, Park-Cottage Grove
Stephanie Sension, Hopkins
Taylor Young, Edina
Aaryn Booker, DeLaSalle
Molly Duehn, Burnsville
Serenae Levin, Eden Prairie
Laura Melquist, Rochester Lourdes
Sarah Wiens, Burnsville
Molly Geske, Cretin-Derham Hall
Meme Hudnell, DeLaSalle
Kristen Luebbe, Rochester Lourdes
Carissa Wolyniec, DeLaSalle
Samantha Zopfi, Providence
Ruby Harvey, St. Paul Arlington
Arianne Johnson, Tartan
Abby Kenealy, Farmington
Chiamaka Okonkwo, Osseo
Olivia Rowland, Providence

Captain of the defense this week is Meme Hudnell of DeLaSalle. She has the quickness and intensity and played with control and fire. She didn’t pick up fouls and remained composed.
Meme Hudnell, DeLaSalle
Sam Larsen, Albany
Laura Melquist, Rochester Lourdes
Jamie Noonan, Richfield
Mandy Poke, Richfield

Ruby Harvey
is a sophomore at St. Paul Arlington. She is a rangy, lean, athletic perimeter. She runs the floor very well. She also has 3 range. She has good basketball instincts. Her passing is snappy, deceptive and she has a flair for the game.

Week, Team
6 Forest Lake
5 Richfield
4 St. Paul Central
3 Mpls South
2 Hopkins

Player of the week
6 Hannah Linz, Eden Valley-Watkins
5 Brittnye McSparron, Eastview
4 Rachel Banham, Lakeville North
3 Courtney Boylan, Chaska
2 Megan Nipe, Centennial
1 Tanika Massey, NDSCS CC

6 Anne Berner, Forest Lake
5 DaNae Moore, Eastview
4 Brianna Mastey, Becker
3 Sarah Hintz, Woodbury
2 Madelyn Houser, North Iowa Area CC
1 Whitney Glazier, Central Lakes CC

6 Erin Schmeling of St. Croix Lutheran
5 Yaasmiyn Salahu-Din, St. Paul Como Park
4 Hannah Frost, Mahtomedi

With New Year's Day on Tuesday it eliminates Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday from viewing this week. Here is the first options in 2008
Eveleth-Gilbert at Grand Rapids. Cross class battle on the Iron Range.
Northfield at Red Wing. RW has yet to lose to a Minnesota team. This is a Missota Conference battle. Northfield is now in class AAAA.
Esko at Wrenshall. A big Polar Conference battle.
New London-Spicer at Albany. Both had disappointing losses in the tournaments. This game will go a long way to determine the West Central North Conference and seeding in 6AA East
Winona Cotter at Rogers. Cross Class Clash with Cotter's inside game against the Rogers perimeter duo.
Rochester Lourdes at Austin. A cross class clash with Melquist traveling to Austin.
Edina at Cretin-Derham Hall. the winner of the Apple Valley tournament sees the 7th place finisher in Hopkins.
Mpls Roosevelt at Eden Prairie. The city goes to the suburbs.
Holy Family at LeSueur-Henderson. A Minnesota River conference battle
and in the big contest of the week---
Long Beach Poly will play St. Paul Central at the Target Center at 10 am. LBP is a top 10 national team.

Seed, team, (section)
1. Centennial (5)
2. St. Paul Central (4)
3. Hopkins (6)
4. Eastview (3)
5. Bloomington Kennedy (2)
6. St. Francis (7)
7. Elk River (8)
8. Rochester JM (1)

1 DeLaSalle (6)
2 Minnehaha (4)
3 Becker (5)
4 Worthington (2)
5 Totino-Grace (3)
6 Fergus Falls (8)
7 Red Wing (1)
8 Grand Rapids (7)

Thanks to the readers for the patience the last few days. The sheer amount of games meant that I had to give bare bone coverage. I have back filled the defensive wraps from yesterday. I hope to add the photos coach Teas later this week.

Next up: tomorrow morning

Hart Beats Ellis for 4th Win

#5 posting 12.30.2007
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Wisconsin took the team title on Saturday and Michigan took the individual title.
Michigan still leads in both categories with 16 team wins to Wisconsin's 12.
In the individual race Michigan has opened up a three game lead with 15.5 to Wisconsin's second place total of 12.5.
Kizzy Hart of Marshall (Oak Park, MI) is all of sudden one of the top scorers on the year. She has 4 wins, only 0.5 behind leader Krystal Ellis of Marquette (Racine St. Catherine's).

Krystal Ellis, Marquette (Racine St. Catherine) 23 vs Dartmouth 64-61
Rachel Porath, UW Green Bay (Luxemburg-Casco) 17 vs Southern Illinois 82-65
Kati Harty, UW Green Bay (Ashwaubenon) 17 vs Southern Illinois 82-65
Jessie Wilcox, Northern Illinois (Oshkosh West) 15 vs IUPUI 58-55
Lizzie Boeck, Northern Iowa (Milwaukee Lutheran) 15 vs South Dakota State 53-65

Kizzy Hart, Marshall (Oak Park) 24 vs Virginia 56-78
Shonda Long, Central Michigan (Saginaw Buena Vista) 17 vs Texas A&M Corpus Christi 72-49
Britni Houghton, Central Michigan (Lansing Waverly) 14 vs Texas A&M Corpus Christi 72-49
Angel Chan, Central Michigan (Wyoming Park) 9 vs Texas A&M Corpus Christi 72-49
Svetlana Kovalenko, Marquette (Houghton) 9 vs Dartmouth 64-61

Amy Wold, St. Joseph's (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) 17 vs Auburn 71-69
Kristen Craft, Dartmouth (Marshalltown) 14 vs Marquette 61-64
Traci Ollendieck, Northern Iowa (Crestwood) 14 South Dakota State 53-65
Allison Lacey, Iowa State (Ballard) 13 vs Tennessee Martin 63-39
Kandy Beemer, Colorado State (Bedford) 12 vs New Mexico State 67-77

Maria Boever, South Dakota State (Worthington) 17 vs Northern Iowa 65-53
Talicia Jackson, American (DeLaSalle) 16 vs Cleveland State 63-65
Stacie Oistad, South Dakota State (Sartell) 12 vs Northern Iowa 65-53
Angel Robinson, Marquette (St. Paul Central) 12 vs Dartmouth 64-61
Amanda Nisleit, Iowa State (Woodbury) 11 vs Tennessee Martin 63-39

Jenn Warkenthien, South Dakota State (Willow Lake) 19 vs Northern Iowa 65-53
Kristin Rotert, South Dakota State (McCook Central) 2 vs Northern Iowa 65-53
Ketty Cornemann, South Dakota State (Yankton) 2 vs Northern Iowa 65-53
Courtney Grimsrud, South Dakota State (Sisseton) 1 vs Northern Iowa 65-53

Next up: later tonight with the week that was---tournament rehash. and there is plenty to cover. By the way I think I have caught up on my sleep.

Concordia St. Paul Wins in Colorado

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Concordia St. Paul beat UC Colorado Springs 68-47. Katie La Violette (Manitowoc Lutheran, WI) had 13 for CSP. Tonya Tripp (DGF) had 7 for UCCS.

Mary beat Adams State 71-64. Sonny Schulz (Watford City, ND) had 20 for Mary.

Sonoma State beat St. Cloud State 68-67 in overtime. Rachel Booth (DeLaSalle) had 18 for SCSU.

UW Parkside beat Upper Iowa 64-61 in overtime. Denise Mannella (Walworth Big Foot, WI) had 13 for UWP.

Metro State beat Newman 73-58. Alyssa Benson (Minnetonka) had 5 for Metro State.

Northern Michigan beat Finlandia 91-42. Allison Carroll (Rhinelander, WI) had 21 for NMU.

Michigan Tech beat Marygrove 77-27. Katie Wysocky (Whitefish Bay, WI) and Catherine Rottier (Seymour, WI) had 13 each for MTU.

Bellarmine beat Lake Superior State 84-61. Jaclyn Armstrong (Haslett, MI) had 12 for LSS.

Concordia Moorhead beat Valley City State 75-67. Sara Sorbo (Adams-Edmore, ND) had 19 for CM.

Maryville, MO beat Gustavus 68-64. Jess Vadnais (Hudson, WI) had 12 for Gustavus.

North Central, IL beat Buena Vista 64-59. Katie Ebel (Cherokee, IA) had 15 for Buena Vista.

Point Loma Nazarene beat UW Eau Claire 71-51. Heidi Arciszewski (Thorp, WI) had 19 for UWEC.

St. Catherine beat Presentation 79-75. Rachel Berglund (Dawson-Boyd) had 18 or St. Kate's. Callie Antonsen (Platte, SD) had 27 for Presentation.

Viterbo beat UW River Falls 66-52. Caitlin Hunstock (Mpls South) had 16 for UWRF.

UW Stevens Point beat Carroll 84-60. Jessi Sporle (Mineral Point) had 22 for UWSP. Kim Wickert (Winnebago Lutheran, WI) had 20 for Carroll.

#5 UW Whitewater beat Widener 73-42. Lindsey Buechner (Middleton, WI) had 18 for UWW.

Next up High Five

Marquette Slips by Dartmouth

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Marquette topped Dartmouth 64-61 on Krystal Ellis 3 pointer. Ellis (Racine St. Catherine) had 23 points. Angel Robinson (St. Paul Central) had 12.

South Dakota State beat Northern Iowa 65-53. Jenn Warkenthien (Willow Lake, SD) had 19 for SDSU. Maria Boever (Worthington) had 17 and Stacie Oistad (Sartell) had 12 for SDSU. Traci Ollendieck had 14 for UNI.

UW Green Bay beat Southern Illinois 82-65. Rachel Porath (Luxemburg-Casco, WI) and Kati Harty (Ashwaubenon, WI) each had 17. Tanaeya Worden (Sioux City North) had 10 for SIU.

Cleveland State beat American 65-63. Stephanie Crosley (Milwaukee King) had 12 for Cleveland State. Talicia Jackson (DeLaSalle) had 16 for American.

Iowa State beat Tennessee Martin 63-39. Allison Lacey (Ballard, IA) had 13, and Amanda Nisleit (Woodbury) had 11 for ISU.

Butler beat Ball State 66-49. Chloe Hamilton (Holt, MI) did not score for Butler.

Kent State beat Presbyterian 68-38. Alisa Brinkman (Pocahontas, IA) had 2 for Kent State.

Northern Illinois beat IUPUI 58-55. Jessie Wilcox (Oshkosh West) had 15 for NIU.

Dayton beat Cornell 74-58. Brittany Holterman (Racine Prairie) had 8 for Dayton.

Central Michigan beat Texas A&M Corpus Christi 72-49. Shonda Long (Saginaw Buena Vista) had 17 for CMU.

St. Joseph's upset #15 Auburn 71-69. Amy Wold (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) had 17 to lead St. Joseph's.

Princeton beat Rider 45-42. Ali Prichard (Apple Valley) had 3 and Jillian Schurle (Hopkins) did not score for Princeton.

Army beat Central Connecticut State 59-54. Megan Ennenga (St. Louis Park) did not score for Army.

Texas State beat Huston-Tillotson 111-57. Marie Moser (Cedar Rapids Jefferson) had 8 for Texas State.

Virginia beat Marshall 78-56. Kizzy Hart (Oak Park, MI) had 24 for Marshall.

Lamar beat Lafayette 67-64. Laura Cullen (Clinton, WI) did not score.

Chattanooga beat Weber State 79-46. Kristin McComas (West Allis Hale) had 2 for Weber State.

BYU beat Utah State 70-64. Jade Hatchett (Milwaukee Vincent) had 11 for Utah State.

Boise State beat Idaho State 78-74. Sierra Moeller (Pierre, SD) had 6.

New Mexico State beat Colorado State 77-67. Kandy Beemer (Bedford, IA) had 12 for Colorado State. Lauren Young (Edina) added 7 for CSU. Elle Queen (Minnetonka) and Kelly Finley (Breck) had 5 each for CSU.

Santa Clara beat Northern Arizona 76-66. Claire Goins (Sioux City Heelan) had 2 for Santa Clara.

Next up: D2/D3 reports

Three State Tour

#2 posting 12.30.2007
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Sioux Falls Washington topped Brandon Valley 59-37. From the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

Rapid City Central beat Aberdeen Central 48-39. Pierre beat Rapid City Stevens 61-55. From the Rapid City Journal.


Sheboygan South won their own tournament with a 48-37 win over Franklin. From the Sheboygan Press.

Mercyhurst of Erie, PA beat Janesville Parker 35-32 in the San Diego Surf N Slam tournament. Janesville Craig won their Optimist tournament with a 61-49 victory over Oregon. From the Janesville Gazette.

Mukwonago beat Oshkosh West 50-33. From the Oshkosh Northwestern.

Arrowhead beat Cedarburg 43-34. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Kaukauna beat Manitowoc 50-33. Valders beat Two Rivers 47-32. From the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter.

Ashwaubenon beat Marshfield 49-39. From the Green Bay Press Gazette.

Fond du Lac Springs won the Whitefish Bay Dominican tournament beating the hosts 46-25. From the Fond du Lac Reporter.

The Clayton girls basketball team currently ranked #3 in D4 ran their regular season win streak to 70 with two wins at the Chris Griffin Holiday tournament in Menomonie. On Friday the Bears defeated Lancaster 37-34 in overtime behind Missy Trepaniers' 15 points. On Saturday Clayton defeated West Salem behind Brittni Hover's 20 points and six assists. Hover also hit 4 more threes to increase her career total to 205.

Kelsey Storbakken, Janesville Craig 22 vs Oregon 61-49

Detroit Consortium Prep beat New Haven 60-34 to lead the Detroit Free Press Coverage. You need to scroll.

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Next up: College reports

Tournament Aftermath

#1 posting 12.30.2007
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10. Britnye McSparron scorched the nets for 41 points in the 3rd place game in the Hopkins tournament won by Eastview 66-60 over Osseo. You can go back and check out the numbers from the Out & About yesterday.

9. #1 AAAA Centennial rolled to a 87-56 win over Chaska in the Hill-Murray championship. Centennial was up by 21 at half. No links

8. Sartell beat Detroit Lakes 43-34 in the finals of the Sartell Tournament. It was the hosts first tournament championship since 2004. From the St. Cloud Times.

7. Armstrong beat Moorhead for the championship of the Alexandria tournament 75-56. Kelsey Jacobson had seven 3s for the Spuds. From the Fargo Forum.

6. Sully Buttes, the #1 B team in SD beat Pipestone 56-52. no link.

5. Willmar knocked New London-Spicer off their unbeaten perch 48-40 in the WildCard Tournament. From the West Central Tribune.

4. In a battle of unbeatens it was St. Francis beating Minnehaha 59-56 in the Monticello Championship. no links

3. Edina topped Eden Prairie in the finals of the Apple Valley tournament with a 48-44 win. Edina trailed at halftime by 7. No link

2. Park-Cottage Grove broke free from DeLaSalle with a 52-34 win. It was a tight halftime game with DLS up 22-21. However PCG's defense delivered allowing only 12 second half points. From the Rochester Post Bulletin.

1 #6 AAAA Hopkins took down #3 AAAA Minneapolis South from the unbeaten ranks 68-62. I reported on it late last night, now here is the StarTribune version. John Millea of the StarTribune also examines South's Tayler Hill and her options.


Lakeville North beat Rochester Lourdes for 3rd place 51-37. Albany beat JM for 5th place 51-45. Mayo beat Century 48-33 for 7th. From the Rochester Post Bulletin.

Chatfield beat Lanesboro in one of the Winona State tournaments 63-40. Northfield beat Winona 50-42 in another Winona State tournament 50-42. From the Winona Daily News.

Elk River took 5th place in the Monticello tournament with a 69-38 victory over Minneapolis Washburn. Park Center beat Zimmerman 73-65 in the 3rd place game at the Brainerd Tournament. From the Elk River Star Tribune.

New Ulm finished 3rd in the Mankato Loyola tournament with a 86-69 win over Mankato Loyola. From the New Ulm Journal.

Brittnye McSparron, Eastview 41 vs Osseo 66-60
Tayler Hill, Mpls South 31 vs Hopkins 62-68
Kelsey Jacobson, Moorhead 29 vs Armstrong 56-74
Megan Lauck, Mounds View 26 vs Duluth East 52-39
Steph Loobeek, Armstrong 25 vs Moorhead 74-56
Kayla Altmann, New Ulm 32 vs Mankato Loyola 86-69
Mackenzie Esson, New Ulm 25 vs Mankato Loyola 86-69
Katie Loberg, Princeton 25 vs Sauk Rapids 56-45
Becca Friestleben, Holy Family 28 vs Norwood-Young America 69-60
Meghan Kelly, Mankato Loyola 26 vs New Ulm 69-86

Next up: more state reports. Later today a rehash of the whilwind games and the whole tournament atmosphere.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Out & About: Hopkins/Minneapolis South

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HOPKINS royals 68

#6 AAAA Hopkins upset #3 AAAA Minneapolis South 68-62 in the 2nd annual Dick's Sporting Goods Holiday Classic in a classic. This game was important for seeding in section 6AAAA. It was South's first loss of the year. South was rated #10 in the nation according to MaxPreps.

I will be giving a full account on this game. Most of the week I was giving bare bones reports. This deserves full treatment.

Ephesia Holmes opened scoring with a three on the left side on South's first possession. Jenna Lillemoe answered on the very next Hopkins with an old fashioned three. The first game changer happened at 15:05 of the first half when Tyisha Smith picked up her second foul. That put her on the pine. South led 11-8 with 12:47 left after a drive by Holmes. Hopkins then went on an 8-0 run to lead 16-11. That only took three possessions. Hanna Muegge and Kara Elofson both had old fashioned three point plays sandwiching a pair of free throws by Stephanie Sension. Hopkins went to the bonus at 11:38. South came back with two scores on one possession to make it 16-14. There were two more ties, the last coming at 20 all. Hopkins closed out the half with an 8-2 run and led 28-22 at the break.

Hopkins tested the lead at 31-24 after a Caitlin Rowland three. Tyisha Smith was playing after sitting out most of the first half. The whirlwind made instant impact on the game with her defensive presence. She nailed a three and on the next possession scored on a drive & one. That cut the margin to 33-30. Elofson scored four straight for Hopkins to push the margin back to 37-30. Her first points was also the last time South's Gabrielle Roberts was on the floor. She picked up her fourth, and before substitute Mallory Cramer made it to the scorer's table Roberts added her fifth. All this happened with 14:00 to go.

South fought back. They had their own 7 point run. Tayler Hill had five of the points including a three. The next three possessions Hopkins scored to regain control of the game 43-37. Elofson scored the basket and was fouled. The closest South would get was 45-41. Hopkins had a five possession scoring spree to go up 55-44 on a 12-3 run. Brianna Williams had all five of her points at this juncture. South couldn't gain traction as Hopkins matched any potential surge. Hopkins finished with a 5/6 sequence. South finished the game 6/8. Tayler Hill hit two 3s in the last 15 seconds to cut the margin to six.

photos will be up tomorrow (I hope)

key: player, points, possessions, pp100
Hanna Muegge 10, 12, 83.3, .417 guard. handled South's pressure. went to the line four times
Jenna Lillemoe 6, 5, 120.0, .400 guard. scored all her points in the first half. hit a three.
Kara Elofson 11, 9, 122.2, .556 key player during the surge from 37 all. drew fouls on Roberts to put her on the pine. Uses her body well inside. part of the rotation on Tayler Hill. tough, competitive
Stephanie Sension 19, 13, 146.2, .769 fluid post. has good feet and excellent hands. She made strong quick moves when given a chance by the defense. went to the line four times. fed from the post when defenders were collapsing. had 6 d rebounds. Took a shot late in the game when it was not necessary.
Caitlin Rowland 13, 13, 100.0, .462 canned three 3s, made smart decisions with the ball. steadying influence.
Brianna Williams 5, 10, 50.0, .200 young tough gritty player. hit a huge three in the run after 37. also had time defending Hill. when handling the ball against the South heat she needs to stay off the side lines, pull back and cross over and see the floor.
Chelsea Garcia 4, 2, 200,.0, 1.000 a clean game off the bench. Did exactly what was required. can catch and shoot. quality minutes.

Ephesia Holmes 17, 18, 94.4, .444 point guard. scores off the dribble. tendency to carry or palm
Tayler Hill 31, 26, 119.2, .500 smooth, effortless shot. was quite active defensively. has feel, instinct for the game. likes to drive. has great body control. drew more fouls in the first half.
Taqouia Hammick 2, 4, 50.0, .250 post player. played behind Sension. impact is more defense, but with Sension about the same size and with better feet Hammick did not intimidate as much.
Tyisha Smith 10, 9, 111.1, .444 power packed zippy cut throat guard. was saddled with fouls early. full impact in the second half. tough, strong. Can take a hit and still concentrate on making the shot and 1. likes to score on the drive. tendency to pick up a charge. Can show emotion and complain to refs when calls don't go her way.
Gabrielle Roberts 0, 0, 0.0, .000 post. too many fouls. positioning on defense leads to fouls.
Sadiqah Jihad 0, 2, 0.0, .000 guard
Ameshia Kearney 0, 3, 0.0, .000 guard
Jenny Houle 0, 1, 0.0, .000 guard
Mallory Cramer 2, 1, 200.0, 1.000 when called to go into the game, didn't move quick enough to the scorer's table. The result---Roberts picked up #5.
Europe Guy 0, 1, 0.0, .000 perimeter type

Stephanie Sension

Hopkins 68, 64, 100.0, .500
Mpls South 62, 66, 93.9, .409
made 3s: South 8, Hopkins 5
ftm/fta-ft%: Hopkins 23/28--.821, South 11/13---.846
bench: Hopkins 9, South 2
Hopkins had 4 old fashioned three point plays, South had one.

Stephanie Sension 8
Kara Elofson 6
Caitlin Rowland 6
Brianna Williams 6
Chelsea Garcia 2
Hanna Muegge 1
Jenna Lillemoe 1
totals: 30

Tayler Hill 8.5
Tyisha Smith 6
Ephesia Holmes 4
Taqouia Hammick 2.5
Ameshia Kearney 1
Mallory Cramer 1
Gabrielle Roberts 1
totals: 24

Hopkins used man with rotating players on Hill (primarily Elofson, Muegge, Williams)
South used their full court press. In the half court they used man, 2/3 with man more as they fell behind.

Molly Duehn, Burnsville
Jennie Sunnarborg, Osseo
Britnye McSparron, Eastview
Tayler Hill, Mpls South
Caitlin Rowland, Hopkins
MVP: Stephanie Sension, Hopkins

Next up: tomorrow morning

Out & About: Eastview/Osseo

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EASTVIEW lightning 66
OSSEO orioles 60

Brittnye McSparron had 41 points for Eastview.

key: player, points, possession, pp10, floor %
DaNae Moore 3, 10, 30.0, .200
Sam Mehr 2, 7, 28.6, .143
Brittnye McSparron 41, 28, 146.4, .714
Cassie Sheppard 5, 5, 100.0, .400
Brittany Rud 5, 8, 62.5, .375
Emily Kaus 4, 3, 133.3, .667
Haley Thomforde 6, 6, 100.0, .333
Taylor Cullers 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Brittany Rayman 0, 1, 0.0, .000

Chiamaka Okonkwo 12, 11, 109.1, .636
Jennie Sunnarborg 11, 12, 91.7, .417
Brianna Olson 10, 11, 90.9, .455
Kendra Ware 6, 9, 66.7, .222
Danielle Mangen 9, 14, 64.3, .286
Amy Hildebrand 10, 5, 200.0, .800
Kyanna Jones 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Kylie Gottsman 0, 4, 0.0, .000
Jessica Fife 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Rachel Wiinanen 2, 1, 200.0, 1.000

No doubt Brittnye McSparron

Eastview 66, 70, 94.3, .457
Osseo 60, 70, 85.7, .400
made 3s: Osseo 4, Eastview 3
ftm/fta-ft%: Eastview 23/33-.697; Osseo 22/26-.846
bench: Osseo 12, Eastview 10

DaNae Moore 10
Haley Thomforde 6
Brittnye McSparron 5
Cassie Sheppard 5
Sam Mehr 3
Emily Kaus 2
Brittany Rud 2
Taylor Cullers 1
totals: 34

Chiamaka Okonkwo 5.5
Danielle Mangen 5
Kendra Ware 4
Brianna Olson 3
Jennie Sunnarborg 2.5
Amy Hildebrand 2
Jessica Fife 2
totals: 24

Next up: Championship

Out & About: Burnsville/Tartan

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TARTAN titans 41

Burnsville doubled the score by half time and cruised to a 73-41 win over Tartan

key: player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %
Rachael Moen 2, 6, 33.3, .167
Sarah Wiens 20, 15, 133.3, .533
Molly Duehn 16, 13, 123.1, .538
Kelsey Marcks 10, 7, 142.9, .714
Jackie Sorenson 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Lauren Safranski 14, 14, 100.0, .429
Jermisha Watson 2, 5, 40.0, .200
Kandance Bostick 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Keely Schuenke 3, 6, 50.0, .333
Mandy Motl 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Amy Lindblad 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Ally Koski 0, 3, 0.0, .000
Molly Gruber 2, 2, 100.0, .500
Jodine Pfaff 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Jessica Wilson 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Callie Istas 6, 2, 300.0, 1.000
A Dahlgren 0, 0, 0.0, .000

Leah Holle 1, 7, 14.3, .143
Bri McKenzie 1, 10, 10.0, .100
Arianne Johnson 21, 17, 123.5, .647
Alina Axelrod 6, 8, 75.0, .375
Nicole Huset 6, 10, 60.0, .300
Naana Mensah 0, 4, 0.0, .000
Denise Dabruzzi 0, 4, 0.0, .000
Stephanie Dintzner 1, 3, 33.3, .333
Stephanie Jantz 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Diane Williams 0, 4, 0.0, .000
Dana Prawer 2, 1, 200.0, 1.000
Nicole Schwantes 3, 6, 50.0, .33
Rachel Johnson 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Alexis Burbul 0, 3, 0.0, .000

Sarah Wiens

Burnsville 73, 81, 90.1, .395
Tartan 41, 79, 51.9, .291
made 3s: Burnsville 8, Tartan 0
ftm/fta-ft%: Tartan 15/30--.500; Burnsville 9/15--.600
bench: Burnsville 27, Tartan 6

Molly Duehn 8.5
Sarah Wiens 6
Kelsey Marcks 5
Lauran Safranski 4
Jackie Sorensen 3
Keely Schuenke 3
Jodine Pfaff 3
Rachael Moen 2.5
Jemisha Watson 2
Ally Koski 2
Molly Gruber 2
Kandance Bostick 1
A Dahlgren 1
Mandy Motl 1
totals: 44

Nicole Huset 6
Leah Holle 4
Arianne Johnson 4
Stephanie Jantz 3
Bri McKenzie 3
Naana Mensah 2.5
Stephanie Dintzner 2.5
Nicole Schwantes 2
Alina Axelrod 1
Diane Williams 1
Dana Prawer 1
Rachel Johnson 1
totals: 31

Next up: 3rd Place game

Out & About: Cretin-Derham Hall/Blaine

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BLAINE bengals 47

Cretin-Derham Hall hit their stride right away with four straight scores to open the game.

key: player, points, possessions, pp100; floor %
Molly Geske 19, 11, 172.7, .727
Kendra Harris 12, 6, 200.0, 1.000
Carolyn Dienhart 14, 9, 155.6, .667
Sarah Hendricks 2, 5, 40.0, .200
Lisa Springer 0, 6, 0.0, .000
Kailyn Wilcox 14, 7, 200.0, .857
Jay Korte 3, 4, 75.0, .500
Molly King 0, 4, 0.0, .000
Corey Seidel 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Natalie DePalma 2, 1, 200.0, 1.000
Kallie Battarbee 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Meghan Palmer 0, 0, 0.0, .000

Tracie Gillund 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Kirsten Goodroad 9, 10, 90.0, .300
Courtney Kelly 10, 5, 200.0, .600
Alexandra Pafko 0, 5, 0.0, .000
Alissa Dombek 5, 5, 100.0, .400
Stephanie Jergenson 1, 3, 33.3, .333
Amber Hames 3, 3, 100.0, .333
Carly Christopherson 3, 8, 37.5, .125
Alexandra Schroeder 4, 2, 200.0, 1.000
Aisha Hill 0, 2, 0.0, .000
Hannah Chuinard 2, 3, 66.7, .333
Allison Ballstadt 4, 4, 100.0, .500
Carly Saben 3, 3, 100.0, .667
Sara O'Dowd 2, 1, 200.0, 1.000

Molly Geske

Cretin-Derham Hall 66, 56, 117.9, .536
Blaine 46, 56, 82.1, .339
made 3s: CDH 7, Blaine 7
fta/ftm-ft%: CDH 14/21-.667; Blaine 11/18-.611
bench: Blaine 22, CDH 19

Kendra Harris 8
Sarah Hendricks 8
Molly Geske 5
Molly King 2
Carolyn Dienhart 1
Kailyn Wilcox 1
Lisa Springer 1
Jay Korte 1
Meghan Palmer 1
totals: 28

Alexandra Pafko 4
Carly Saben 3
Kirsten Goodroad 2
Carly Christopherson 2
Alissa Dombek 2
Courtney Kelly 1
Amber Hames 1
Alexandra Schroeder 1
Aisha Hill 1
Hannah Chuinard 1
totals: 18

next up: 5th place game

Gophers Top Spartans in Big 10 Opener

#5 posting 12.29.2007
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BIG 10
Minnesota beat Michigan State in East Lansing 74-63. Leslie Knight (Hopkins) had 16 for the Gophers. Ashley Ellis-Milan (St. Paul Central) had 10 for the Gophers. Lauren Aitch (Lansing Waverly) had 10 for Michigan State. Mia Johnson (Mpls North) chipped in one point for the Spartans.

Purdue beat Wisconsin 65-48. Lakisha Freeman had 12 for Purdue. Rae Lin D'Alie (Waterford, WI) had 14 for the Badgers. Tara Steinbauer (Bloomington Kennedy) and Alyssa Karel (Cretin-Derham Hall) each contributed 2 points to Wisconsin's cause.

Iowa beat Penn State 67-58. Krista VandeVenter (Osseo) had 8 for Iowa. Janessa Wolff (Park Rapids) had 15 for Penn State.

Bradley beat UC Davis 79-70. Renee Frericks (Forest Lake) had 6, while Jenny Van Kirk (Waconia) had 4 for Bradley.

Illinois Chicago beat Bucknell 70-62. Jessie Miller (Holy Angels) had a season high 21 for UIC. Cassie Johnson (Eastview) added 7 for UIC.

UW Milwaukee beat Cardinal Stritch 76-55. Traci Edwards (Menasha, WI) had 18 for UWM. Maurika Hickman (Mpls North) had 5, and Lindsay Laur (Cretin-Derham Hall) had 2 for UWM.

Iowa State beat Bowling Green 74-57. Amanda Nisleit (Woodbury) had 14 for Iowa State.

Eastern Michigan beat Duquesne 79-77 in 2 OT. Amber Land (Kulm, ND) had 12 for EMU.

Marshall beat Missouri 77-72. Tynikki Crook (Detroit Pershing) had 11 for Marshall.

St. Joseph's beat NJIT 68-59. Amy Wold (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) had 8 for St. Joseph's.

Seton Hall beat Western Michigan 85-80. Amanda Parker (Muskegon Mona Shores) had 18 for WMU.

Texas Pan Am beat Lafayette 60-55. Laura Cullen (Clinton, WI) did not score for Lafayette.

UNC Wilmington beat Kent State 63-48. Alisa Brinkman (Pocahontas, IA) had 2 for Kent State.

Louisville beat Mercer 99-74. Keshia Hines (Auburn Hills Avondale, MI) had 10 for Louisville.

Northern Colorado beat San Jose State 69-46. Courtney Stoermer (Iowa City West) had 17 for UNC. Brittany Powell (Milwaukee DSHA) had 16 for SJS.

Colorado beat Southern Utah 81-38. Hannah Skildum (Mounds View) had 4 for Colorado.

Augustana beat Northwestern IA 80-64. Amy Puthoff (West Central, SD) and
Ashley Holiday (Hamlin, SD) each had 15 for Augustana. Debbie Remmerde had 21 for NW.

Concordia St. Paul beat Metro State of Denver 64-55. Amanda Behnke (St. Croix Lutheran) had 19 for CSP. Alyssa Benson (Minnetonka) had 5 for Metro State.

Mary beat Colorado Mines 71-67 in overtime. Kayla Rogers (Mandan) had 20 for Mary.

North Dakota beat Montana State 88-74. Kierah Kimbrough (BGMR) had 21 for UND.

St. Cloud State beat Chico State 72-60. Danielle Ellison (St. Paul Central) had a career high 18 for SCSU.

#23 Carroll beat Gustavus 65-64. Jess Vadnais (Hudson, WI) had 28 for Gustavus. Kim Wickert had 25 for Carroll.

Rochester beat Mesabi Range 96-53. Anne Breland (Rochester Lourdes) had 22 for Rochester. From the Rochester Post Bulletin.

In the tightest contest yet it was Minnesota squeaking by Michigan and Wisconsin 77-76-75.
Jessie Miller led all scores with 21

Jessie Miller, UI Chicago (Holy Angels) 21 vs Bucknell 70-62
Leslie Knight, Minnesota (Hopkins) 16 vs Michigan State 74-63
Janessa Wolff, Penn State (Park Rapids) 15 vs Iowa 58-67
Amanda Nisleit, Iowa State (Woodbury) 14 vs Bowling Green 74-57
Ashley Ellis-Milan, Minnesota (St. Paul Central) 11 vs Michigan State 74-63

Amanda Parker, Western Michigan (Muskegon Mona Shores) 18 vs Seton Hall 80-85
Tiera DeLaHoussaye, Western Michigan (Detroit Country Day) 17 vs Seton Hall 80-85
Kizzy Hart, Marshall (Oak Park) 14 vs Missouri 77-72
Molly Dwyer, Western Michigan (Sterling Heights Stevenson) 14 vs Seton Hall 80-85
Brenna Bankston, Western Michigan (Frankfort) 13 vs Seton Hall 80-85

Traci Edwards, UW Milwaukee (Menasha) 18 vs Cardinal Stritch 76-55
Brittany Powell, San Jose State (Milwaukee DSHA) 16 vs Northern Colorado 46-69
Rae Lin D'Alie, Wisconsin (Waterford) 14 vs Purdue 48-65
Aubri Rote, UW Milwaukee (Kettle Moraine) 14 vs Cardinal Stritch 76-55
Danielle Ward, Wisconsin (Milwaukee King) 13 vs Purdue 48-65

Courtney Stoermer, Northern Colorado (Iowa City West) 17 vs San Jose State 69-46
Allison Lacey, Iowa State (Ballard) 13 vs Bowling Green 74-57
Nicky Wieben, Iowa State (Ankeny) 11 vs Bowling Green 74-57
Amy Wold, St. Joseph's (Cedar Rapids Kennedy) 8 vs NJIT 68-59
Kelsey Bolte, Iowa State (Battle Creek-Ida Grove) 8 vs Bowling Green 74-57

Amber Land, Eastern Michigan (Kulm) 12 vs Duquesne 79-77 2 OT

Next up: much much later tonight after the Hopkins Tournament.

Church Leads Bullock Creek

#4 posting 12.29.2007
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Canton beat Okemos and that leads the Detroit Free Press coverage. Scroll, as usual, to get to the area recaps.
The Detroit News leads with Belleville's 61-54 win over Detroit Northwestern. Scroll again.

Bullock Creek beat Midland Dow 48-39. From the Midland Daily News.

Harbor Beach beat Croswell-Lexington 52-33. From the Port Huron Times Herald.

Battle Creek Lakeview beat Albion 65-19. plus other results in the Battle Creek Enquirer.

Rachel Church, Bullock Creek 27 vs Midland Dow 48-39
Monica Larson , Lakeview 27 vs Central Montcalm 65-22
Baylee Hollowell, Canton 23 vs Okemos 39-34
Cherleia Jerangan, Detroit Northwestern 23 vs Belleville 54-61

Next up: College reports

Ashwaubenon Outlasts EC North

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Ashwaubenon beat Eau Claire North 77-75 in overtime thanks to six 3s and 30 points from Kaitlyn Bettiga. Plus other results in the Green Bay Press Gazette.

Kenosha Tremper edged host LaCrosse Logan 67-65. From the LaCrosse Tribune. There is also video after the fact.

Chippewa Falls coach Jeff Dahl won his 100th game with a CF 47-23 win over Stevens Point. From the Chippewa Falls Herald.

Sheboygan South beat Sun Prairie 65-38. Oak Creek beat Sheboygan North 45-32. From the Sheboygan Press.

Cudahy beat South Milwaukee 64-62 to lead Milwaukee Journal Sentinel coverage.

Beaver Dam beat host DeForest 50-46 in tounament action. Reedsburg beat Mayville 67-38. From the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen.

Lomira beat Waupun 51-41 plus other results in the Fond du Lac Reporter.

New London beat Clintonville 41-22. From the Appleton Post Crescent.

Wausau Newman beat Lake Geneva Badger 80-32 in the consolation round of the UW Stevens Point tournament. From the Wausau Daily Herald.

Janesville Parker picked up another win in California beating Sonora 54-21. Janesville Craig ran over West Allis Hale 69-34. Elkhorn beat LaCrosse Central 44-33. From the Janesville Gazette.

Lindsey Sebetic, Kenosha Tremper 35 vs LaCrosse Logan 67-65
Kaitlyn Bettiga, Ashwaubenon 30 vs Eau Claire North 77-75 OT
Anne Walker, Reedsburg 29 vs Mayville 67-38
Emily Sydnor, Milwaukee Pius 26 vs Wauwatosa East 61-36
Val Schuster, Wausau Newman 25 vs Lake Geneva Badger 80-32
Price, Eau Claire North 22 vs Ashwaubenon 75-77 OT
Janelle Adams, Milwaukee King 22 vs Nicolet 73-43

Next up: Michigan

South Takes Fargo Battle, Rapid City Teams Lose Twice

#2 posting 12.29.2007
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It was South over North in the battle of Fargo 63-38. From the Fargo Forum.

Mandan won their first game in the Gillette, Wyoming tournament with a 76-58 win over Pendleton, Florida. From KXMB (plus video).

Heart River beat New England 59-47. From the Dickinson Press.

No point parade for ND.

#1 Sioux Falls Washington plays in the KWSN tournament against #3 Brandon Valley today at 3 pm. From the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

Pierre beat Rapid City Central 59-47. Aberdeen Central beat Rapid City Stevens 52-42. From the Rapid City Journal.

West Central beat McCook Central 68-42, plus other results in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

Pam Trautner, Roslyn 29 vs Sargent Central, ND 44-36
Sam Ostarello, Stanley County 27 vs Estelline 46-37
Emily Goedert, Britton-Hecla 26 vs Tiospa Zina 47-32
Vanessa Johnson, West Central 25 vs McCook Central 68-42
Alyssa Whetham, Garretson 25 vs Elkton 42-37
Lydia Nelson, Lake Preston 24 vs Hamlin 41-45
Mikayla Barondeau, Leola-Frederick 23 vs Webster 51-41
Holly Hamlin, Highmore 23 vs Wessington Springs 61-34
Larae Zimprich, Hamlin 22 vs Lake Preston 45-41

next up: Wisconsin

South Edges Eastview

#1 posting 12.29.2007
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#10 Megan Groen of Renville County West topped the 1000 mark with 9 points as RCW won the BOLD tournament title over the hosts 51-21. From the West Central Tribune.

9. Edina won a back and forth tussel with host Apple Valley in the semis of the AV tournament 57-53. See last night's out & about.

8. St. Cloud Tech beat Eden Valley-Watkins 63-55 to win their second straight St. Cloud Tech Title. From the St. Cloud Times.

7. #4 AA New London-Spicer withstood an upset challenge from Watertown-Mayer 54-45 in the semis of the WildCard Tournament. WM led 31-23 before NLS finished the job. From the West Central Tribune.

6. Red Wing upset #7 AAA Austin 56-52 in a non tournament game. The loss snapped a six game win streak for Austin. From the Red Wing Republican Eagle and the Rochester Post Bulletin.

5. A day after upseting #6 A Hancock, #8 A RTR was upset in the finals of the LQPV tournament by Minneota 58-53. From the Marshall Indenpendent.

4. Host Sartell upset #9 AAA Princeton 53-41 in the semifinals of the Sartell tournament. From the St. Cloud Times.

3. #5 AAAA Park-Cottage Grove beat 3AAAA rival #10 AAAA Lakeville North 46-41 in overtime in the Rochester semifinals. PCG led by 10 at half. LN was two time defending champs. #1 AAA DeLaSalle's Aaryn Booker had 30 points in the Islanders 59-40 win over Rochester Lourdes in the Rochester semifinals.

2. In a battle of #1s it was AA Crookston over A Ada-Borup in the finals of the Crookston tournament 60-49. It was tied at 24 at halftime. no link yet.

1. #3 AAAA Minneapolis South held off #4 AAAA Eastview 62-58 in the semis at Hopkins. They will see section rival #6 AAAA Hopkins in the finals today at 8 pm. Hopkins beat Osseo in the other semifinal 73-60.

In the Rochester consolation semifinals it was Albany beating Rochester Century 65-43. Albany led at half 46-19. Rochester JM beat Mayo 53-37 in the other CS game. From the Rochester Post Bulletin.

Bemidji beat Kittson County Central 75-41 in the Bemidji Championship game. From the Bemidji Pioneer.

Elk River beat host Monticello 70-45 in the consolation semifinals in Monticello. Brainerd beat Zimmerman in the first round of the Brainerd tournament 55-40. From the Elk River Star News.

Worthington won the Albert Lea Tournament beating the hosts 81-55. From the Worthington Daily Globe.

Rogers won their tournament with a 54-44 win over Forest Lake. From the Elk River Star News.

Host Fergus Falls beat Holdingford to win their own tournament title 79-36. From the Fergus Falls Daily Journal.

Willmar beat KMS in another semifinal game in the WildCard tournament 65-57. From the West Central Tribune.

Winona beat Moose Lake-Willow River 47-32 in the Winona State tournament. From the Winona Daily News.

Lake City won their own tournament with a 54-47 double overtime win over Kasson-Mantorville. From the Red Wing Republican Eagle.

Southland beat host Montgomery-Lonsdale for that tournament title 45-36. From the Rochester Post Bulletin.

Round Lake-Brewster and GHEC won their games at the MLBO tournament and will be in the finals. From the Worthington Daily Globe.

Hancock beat host LQPV 49-44 for third in the LQPV tournament. From the West Central Tribune.

Taylor Stippel, Stillwater 31 vs Duluth East 55-60
Jordyn Sears, St. Cloud Tech 27 vs Eden Valley-Watkins 63-55
Tempestt Wilson, Elk River 26 vs Monticello 70-45
Megan Yernatich, Duluth East 26 vs Stillwater 60-55
Aaryn Booker, DeLaSalle 30 vs Rochester Lourdes 59-40
Brittani Wiese, St. Michael-Albertville 29 vs Cloquet 81-32
Hannah Draxten, Fergus Falls 27 vs Holdingford 79-36
Yaasmin Salahu-Din, St. Paul Como Park 26 vs Columbia Heights 66-45
Ashley Runge, Grand Rapids 25 vs Hermantown 66-53
Juliann Mitchell, Mpls Edison 37 vs Rockford 79-76
Courtney Kallis, Frazee 34 vs St. John's Prep 68-36
Alex Montgomery, Cannon Falls 29 vs Murray County Central 56-38
Becca Friestleben, Holy Family 29 vs Maranatha 69-62
Katie Kimman, Pierz 28 vs Hinckley-Finlayson 56-42
Ava Perry, Wabasha-Kellogg 26 vs Houston 59-31
Keke Reed, Mpls Edison 25 vs Rockford 76-79
Sam Sherwood, International Falls 25 vs Mesabi East 62-47

next up: more state news

Friday, December 28, 2007

Out & About: Edina/Apple Valley

#9 posting 12.28.2007
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EDINA hornets 57
APPLE VALLEY eagles 53

In a back and forth contest Edina beat the hosts 57-53. The Hornets finished with a 12/14 sequence. In the second half the game was tied 7 times, the last time at 47. The lead changed hands 10 times. The last lead change came with a three by Natalie Pastor with about 2 minutes left.

more story and stats to come

key: player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %
Megan Gaard 7, 9, 77.8, .333
Natalie Pastor 12, 14, 85.7, .357
Si Si Wu 8, 7, 114.3, .571
Taylor Young 19, 16, 118.8, .625
Emily Warner 1, 4, 25.0, .250
Bresnahan 8, 9, 88.9, .444
Paige Mooty 0, 1, 0.0, .000
Grace Veker 2, 3, 66.7, .333

Erica Gress 8, 10, 80.0, .400
Jazmyne Woodson 10, 13, 76.9, .385
Shannon Thompson 5, 7, 71.4, .286
Cassie Hubler 12, 13, 92.3, .385
Bentley Mancini 9, 11, 81.8, .455
Christina Steele 9, 8, 112.5, .500
Jordan Sammons 0, 1, 0.0, .000

Taylor Young good body control, speed, intense on both ends

Edina 57, 63, 90.5, .444
Apple Valley 53, 63, 84.1, .397
made 3s: Edina 4, AV 4
ftm/fta-ft%: Edina 15/24--.625; AV 5/8-.625
bench: Edina 10, AV 9

Natalie Pastor 7
Taylor Young 7
Megan Gaard 3
Si Si Wu 3
Emily Warner 3
Bresnahan 2
Paige Mooty 2
Grace Veker 2
totals: 29

Erica Gress 7
Cassie Hubler 6
Christina Steele 6
Shannon Thompson 4
Bentley Mancini 3
Jazmyne Woodson 2
totals: 28

This concludes the second day of the four game tournaments. Normally you would see a lot more story/analysis. Right now I am trying to keep my nostrils above water. It is like trying to digest four Thanksgiving meals in one day. Coach Teas has been taking photos. I will get them up later. I have my detailed notes. I might revist these stories for quick liners. But now I need my sleep. It is 12:35 am on Saturday and there is another four game event tomorrow.

next up: tomorrow morning

Out & About: Eden Prairie/Roseville

#8 posting 12.28.2007
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EDEN PRAIRIE eagles 65
ROSEVILLE raiders 52

Eden Prairie finished the contest with a 16-7 run in a 65-52 win over Roseville in the first semifinal

more story and stats later

key: player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %
Lauren Wittman 5, 7, 71.4, .429
Carly Rothfusz 6, 11, 54.5, .273
Laura Weber 7, 8, 87.5, .250
Kjersten Bradley 8, 9, 88.9, .444
Serenae Levine 15, 12, 125.0, .583
Michelle Tobin 9, 7, 128.6, .714
Mikayla Clark 10, 9, 111.1, .444
Morgan Van Riper-Rose 3, 1, 300.0, 1.000
Keely Brennan 2, 2, 100.0, .500

Kelsey Florian 14, 16, 87.5, .438
Karen Gogins 9, 13, 69.2, .231
Brittany Starr 6, 10, 60.0, .300
Janae Burich 10, 11, 90.9, .455
Stormy Nesbit 4, 3, 133.3, .667
Megan Stuart 7, 5, 140.0, .600
Devyn Smith 2, 9, 22.2, .111
Hannah Szabo 0, 0, 0.0, .000

Serenae Levine made herself available when problems came up. She was strong with the ball and had good vision.

Eden Prairie 65, 66, 98.5, .455
Roseville 52, 67, 77.6, .358
made 3s: EP 4, Roseville 4
ftm/fta-ft%: Roseville 12/15--.800; EP 17/26--.654
bench: EP 24, Roseville 9

Lauren Wittman 6
Laura Weber 6
Serenae Levine 6
Carly Rothfusz 5.5
Michelle Tobin 5.5
Mikayla Clark 3
Kjersten Bradley 1
totals: 28

Kelsey Florian 8
Hannah Szabo 6
Janae Burich 6
Stormy Nesbit 6
Karen Gogins 3
Devyn Smith 2
Brittany Starr 1
Megan Stuart 1
totals: 33

next up: AV Semifinal #2