Saturday, January 05, 2008

Out & About: Long Beach Poly/St. Paul Central

#4 posting 1.5.2008
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LONG BEACH POLY jackrabbits 66,
ST. PAUL CENTRAL minutemen 51

The #2 team in the country (on the MaxPreps site) LBP traveled in from California and ran past SPC 66-51. LBP is physically stronger, and looks to run on every opportunity. Immediately after the defensive rebound the ball was pushed down court in a hurry. True to their name, the jackrabbits zipped down court.

LBP started off with an 8-2 lead, six of those points were on fast break lay ups. SPC bounced back and took a 13-12 lead on a 11-4 run. SPC used a 5/6 offensive sequence to grab the lead. The Minutemen used two 3s in that surge. LBP did retake the lead at 18-15 lead. SPC closed off to 18-17. Then Theairra Taylor picked up her 3rd foul just previous to that point. That changed the whole complexion of the game. LBP finished the half with a 18-6 run. The SPC bench did not measure up to the Californians. In the first half alone LBP had 19 points on transition, and 11 points on second chancers. LBP led 36-23 at the half.

At the start of the second half LBP rattled off three straight scores to up their lead to 41-24. Again transition was the favorite LBP attack mode. SPC did slice the lead back to 8 with a little more than 8 minutes to go, but it never seemed that the outcome was in doubt.
photos: #1-Brittany Dorsey of SPC collides with a LBP player on a drive. #2-Theairra Taylor takes the ball from Monique Oliver. photos by Teas.

key: player, points, possessions, pp100, floor %
Monique Oliver 11, 11, 100.0, .545 the transfer from Las Vegas. big strong powerful post. runs the floor.
Jasmine Dixon 12, 15, 80.0, .400 another big strong inside presence. looks to get the ball down court quickly. dominated defensive end. headed to Rutgers
Ashley Wilson 9, 7, 128.6, .714 all her points the result of transition. young guard
April Cook 14, 13, 107.7, .538 point guard headed to Washington State. another big night for transition with 10 points via breaks.
Thaddesia Southall 4, 3, 133.3, .667 another big body inside
Kelli Thompson 2, 5, 40.0, .200
Ariya Crook-Williams 4, 4, 100.0, .500
Brittany Wilson 7, 5, 140.0, .800
Janae Perkins 2, 3, 66.7, .333
Nicolette Brown 1, 3, 33.3, .333
Jazzmine Shirley 0, 3, 0.0, .000

Kiara Buford 19, 15, 126.7, .600 stepped up and delivered. is doing more ball handling. looks to drive. her pull up is a good option. needs to keep her elbow tight on the dribble. needs to be as comfortable with the left as with the right.
Megan Howard 0, 7, 0.0, .000 was undersized in the paint. took a shot early on outside that was probably not the shot that was needed.
Theairra Taylor 15, 16, 93.8, .438 Got into foul trouble which opened up the gates for the Jackrabbits. Has speed and athleticism. has 3 range.
Kyana Johnson 2, 11, 18.2, .091 trouble vs defense. turnovers led to transition baskets.
Georgie Jones 13, 15, 86.7, .467 post. making strides in the paint. got involved in the physical play. Also went to the line six times, the most on either team.
Brittany Dorsey 2, 8, 25.0, .125 not as much as a factor on offense. needs to step up.
Sam Robinson-Ricks 0, 1, 0.0, .000 perimeter seeing a few more minutes
Cyonna West 0, 1, 0.0, .000 more defense than offense

Jasmine Dixon

Long Beach Poly 66, 72, 91.7, .486
St. Paul Central 51, 74, 68.9, .324
made 3s: SPC 3, LBP 0
ftm/fta-ft%: LBP 18/27-.667; SPC-14/20-.700
bench: LBP 16, SPC 2
LBP ran and ran and ran. 32 point came via fast breaks, SPC deliverd 6.
When they didn't score on the initial try, they had 14 second chancers. that is 46 points of the 66. So only 20 points came in the half court.
SPC had 14 first half turnovers, all coming after the 12th possession. For the game they had 23 turnovers.

Jasmine Dixon 14.5
Monique Oliver 8
April Cook 5
Thaddesia Southall 3.5
Ashley Wilson 3
Brittany Wilson 3
Ariya Crook-Williams 2
Janae Perkins 2
Kelli Thompson 1
Nicollette Brown 1
Jazzmine Shirley 1
totals: 44

Georgie Jones 11
Kiara Buford 6
Theairra Taylor 5
Kyana Johnson 4
Cyonna West 4
Megan Howard 2
Brittany Dorsey 2
totals: 34

LBP: played a full court man, but more of a nuisance press.
Central used a 2-1-2 full court press briefly. They used a variety of zones early. They eventually moved to man.

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