Friday, July 25, 2008

Minnesota Elite Camp: All Star Game

#4 posting 7.25.2008
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The Gold beat the Maroons in the Minnesota Elite Camp All Star game 54-42. The Golds used an 8-0 run to start the second half to build a 36-25 lead and maintained that advantage the rest of the way. The Golds had five players with five or more points led by Erica Gress with 11. Alyssa Hagen added 10 for the Golds behind three 3s. The Maroons only had two players with more than five points. Maroon Megan Waytashek led both teams with 18 points.

If you look at the numbers down below you will see that the Maroons had the leading scorer (Waytashek), leading D stops (Ashley Allevan) and leading assister (Annessa Hicks). They also had more D stops and assists as a team. So where did it fall apart for the Maroons? Part of the explanation is the offensive boards. The Golds had 18 points on second chancers compared to 12 for the Maroons. Some of the answer is in the turnover totals. The Golds held a five point advantage on that fact. The main culprit was the droughts. After scoring on their first two possessions the Maroons failed to score on the next 8. To start the second half the Maroons were shut out seven times. The Maroons had to endure another 7 drought later in the second half. That was part of a longer 1/13 stretch.

The Golds behind aggressive rebounding took control early 12-4. Erica Gress had the first four points for the Golds. The Maroons weren't the only team to stumble on offense. The Golds had an 8 possession drought in the first half. The Maroons took advantage of that down time with a 10-0 run. The Maroons were scoring at a 7/8 sequence in a 13-2 stretch. If they kept that up the entire game they would be stroking at 162.5 pp100. Without that portion of offense the Maroons would have been checking in with a cold 54.7 pp100. Leading the charge was Megan Waytashek with six points in the burst. The biggest Maroon lead came at 21-16. Four straight Golden scores put them up to stay. Alyssa Kerkhoff scored on a second chancer for a 24-23 lead. By half time Gold led 29-25. Again it was Erica Gress that closed the half with five points including an &1.

The drought at the start of the second half proved to be fatal for the Maroons. Gold scored four straight possessions again. This time Michelle Starkweather delivered five straight Golden points. The Maroons did cut the margin to 41-34 after a pair of free throws by Sam Waletich with 14 minutes left in the game. On the very next Gold possession Alyssa Hagen drilled a trey, her second of three, and the Golds were up 44-34. This is when the next Maroon drought struck. With under four minutes to go Gold led 54-36, again after a Hagen three. That was to be the end of the Gold scoring. Maroon closed the game with six unanswered points which made the score 54-42.

Odd fact: Gold had three pairs of teammates: Apple Valley, Lakeville South and NRHEG (a combo school south of Owatonna). The Maroons only had one pairing--Fairmont.

There was a second all star game going on at the same time. I don't have the numbers on that since I was charting the first all star game. I do have all the photos of the All Stars down below.
Here are the camp winners:
Event, player, school
1 on 1: Erica Gress, Apple Valley
3 point shooting: Rachel Leitz, Champlin Park
3 on 3: Rachel Leitz, Champlin Park; Kendra Harris, Cretin-Derham Hall; Heather Kamps, Stillwater
team champ: FEVER
Jolene Blood, Irondale
Stephanie Comer, Minnetonka
Kelsey Erickson, Mora
Caitlin Gangelhoff, Bemidji
Kayla Gill, New Prague
Mindy Howard, Pequot Lakes
Megan Lueck, Winona
Cara Lutes, New Life
Amaber Mehr, Eastview
Teresa Thour, Wayzata
Jade Geif, Lakeville South

You can see the entire All Star game photo gallery, plus the entire all star rosters, and camp winners at

key, player, school, points, possessions, pp100, floor %
Alyssa Kerkhoff, NRHEG 6, 4, 150.0, .500 point guard. speedy. has quick hands. made a very nice save with her leaping ability at midcourt.
Erica Gress, Apple Valley 11, 12, 91.7, .417 post player. plays at least two inches bigger than frame. is a warrior especially on the offensive boards. Establishes the tone of the game with her effort.
Abby Busch, GFW 4, 7, 57.1, .286 a perimeter version of Gress. Seems to be in the thick of things.
Kendra Harris, Cretin-Derham Hall 4, 2, 200.0, 1.000 smaller version of Ashley Ellis-Milan. strong and physical inside.
Roz Chromy, Esko 0, 4, 0.0, .000 is a tweener with decent range.
Jade Geif, Lakeville South 4, 7, 57.1, .286 very athletic, active and alert player. Can play defense on both inside and outside. long arms, lanky, good feet. gets off the ground.
Shannon Thompson, Apple Valley 2, 4, 50.0, .250 point guard. quick straight line speed.
Alyssa Hagen, NHREG 10, 11, 90.9, .364 perimeter shooter. made three 3s. however also lives life on the edge with four turnovers, mostly on passing--forcing passes and trying to pass to teammates too far away.
Michelle Starkweather, Lakeville South 5, 5, 100.0, .600 an interesting player not on many radars. She is a 6-0 perimeter player that has range, and moves like a guard. Her ball handling is all right. Made aggressive moves to the basket. Stock, unlike Wall Street, is rising.
Cara Lutes, New Life 8, 5, 160.0, .800 strong 4ish player. can play with back to the basket and facing. good touch, nice left hand move. finishes.

Sarah Bingea, Delano 2, 3, 66.7, .333 a tweener. more 4 than 3.
Kate Warmack, East Grand Forks 2, 7, 28.6, .143 strong post. however needs to get in better shape, needs to jump rope and work on vertical. Also needs to use her strength and maintain position. Can do this by getting lower when posting, holding arms up when defenders try to jostle for position. Warmack has good hands, but also needs to make the offensive moves at a faster pace.
Samantha Zopfi, Providence 4, 7, 57.1, .286 perimeter player. nice shooter. made a 3
Sam Waletich, Fairmont 4, 8, .500, .250 point guard. needs to keep elbow tighter to body on dribble. forced some passes
Ashley Allevan, Fairmont 3, 7, 42.9, .286 another warrior type inside. can face the basket and go.
Annessa Hicks, St. Paul Humboldt 0, 3, 0.0, .000 small point guard. delivered the ball. got into jams trying to drive among the trees.
Megan Waytashek, Centennial 18, 14, 128.6, .643 a lanky, lean perimeter. has 3 range, runs the floor and the attacking attitude. went to the line four times. likes baseline corner shots. has very good upside.
Mariah Clarin, Princeton 2, 1, 200.0, 1.000 will fight tooth and nail. gives tremendous energy on both ends.
Jessica Benson, Grand Meadow 2, 5, 40.0, .200 perimeter, three point shooter. needs to get more physical and assert herself on offense.
Taylor Stippel, Stillwater 5, 6, 83.3, .500 active, probably more 3ish. made a pull up. not afraid of contact. can also pass.

This was a tough call, but call goes out to Erica Gress among many tough players.

Gold 54, 61, 88.5, .410
Maroon 42, 61, 68.8, .361
made 3s/&1s: Gold 4/1; Maroon 1/0
ftm/fta-ft%: Gold 10/13-.769; Maroon 15/21-.714
Turnovers: Gold 14, Maroon 19
bench: Gold 29, Maroon 27

Jade Geif 7
Alyssa Hagen 5
Alyssa Kerkhoff 4
Kendra Harris 4
Roz Chromy 3
Abby Busch 2
Michelle Starkweather 2
Erica Gress 1
totals: 28

Ashley Allevan 8
Sam Waletich 5
Megan Waytashek 5
Mariah Clarin 3
Taylor Stippel 3
Sarah Bingea 2
Annessa Hicks 2
Samantha Zopfi 1
Jessica Benson 1
totals: 30

Abby Busch 3
Alyssa Hagen 3
Kendra Harris 2
Michelle Starkweather 2
Cara Lutes 2
Alyssa Kerkhoff 1
Jade Geif 1
Shannon Thompson 1
Roz Chromy 1
totals: 16

Annessa Hicks 5
Taylor Stippel 4
Sam Waletich 3
Ashley Allevan 2
Jessica Benson 2
Kate Warmack 1
Samantha Zopfi 1
Mariah Clarin 1
totals: 19

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