Sunday, July 13, 2008

NC Heat 4-0, Chicago Showcase, End of the Trail All Tourney

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NC Heat finished up pool play Saturday with a 66-51 win over the Connecticut Starters. The Heat jumped out to a fast start, leading 13-7 and then using a 12-1 run to go up 25-8 early. Conn didn't help themselves by missing their 1st six free throws, but they did manage a 10-0 run to cut it to 25-18. NC Heat then closed the half with a 9-1 run of their own for a 34-19 halftime lead. In the 2nd half Connecticut cut the lead to 8 at 43-35, but that's the closest they'd come. Despite the ebbs and flows, NC Heat again seemed in control for the entire game. It was a very balanced attack with 4 players in double figures. Here are the stats 2pt FG: 18/43 3pt FG: 7/16 FT: 9/17 (worst FT % in all 9 games since leaving Minneapolis)
Bracket play begins tomorrow and the Heat will face the 3 seed of Pool A, Tennessee Raiders, at 4:30 pm EDT. Should they win, the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 are played at noon and 6pm EDT on Monday.

MN Stars Lady Cats 15U clawed their way past the Arizona Cyclones 75-48. The Lady Cats prevailed over a pesky Wisconsin Hoops Select 58-49 and will play the always aggressive Milwaukee Lady Stars at 3:30 pm.
The Metro Stars 15U beat up on the Arizona Sting 63-38. In their second game Metro Stars advanced with a 51-41 win over Illinois Full Package. Next up the Stars will battle a VERY tough Dallas Fort Worth Elite team at 2 pm.

The IBCA Iowa Select Program went 5-1 in the first day of the Nike Summer Showcase in suburban Chicago Saturday. The Select Blue & White team went 2-0 each to advance to the quarter finals of the gray and green bracket respectively. The IBCA Red team went 1-1 losing to the Nike Alabama Roadrunner but rebounded to win against Legends Blue.

North Tartan Larson played a great game tonight against Brittney Griner and DFW. NTL led most of the first half and stayed tight for 1/2 of the 2nd before DFW pulled away. Griner has an amazing basketball frame (6-7).

North Tartan 14 is 2-0 so far with wins against the New Jersey Panthers (52-36) and Motor City Blazers (62-26).
Scoring against NJP:
Ebony Livingston - 11
Shayne Mullaney - 19
Jackie Johnson - 4
Liz Lecy - 2
Katbybeth Biewen - 2
Emily Reichert - 4
Marissa Janning - 8
Jessie Kreuser - 2
Ebony Livingston had a big game after being gone for the last tournament, with a timely 3 and an and-1.
Scoring against MCB:
Ebony Livingston - 7
Kadie Savage - 2
Shayne Mullaney - 13
Jackie Johnson - 13
Liz Lecy - 5
Katbybeth Biewen - 3
Emily Reichert - 6
Marissa Janning - 8
Jessie Kreuser - 5
The Eden Prairie duo of Mullaney and Johnson paced the team in this game. Marissa Janning went out early with a hand injury but fortunately was able to come back without issue.
NT14 will play the St. Louis Swarm on Sunday afternoon in the Elite 8.

Minnesota Fury 14u girls won their first 2 games today at the Summer Showcase in Chicago. The first game was against DFW Supreme Court they won by 16 and they won the 2nd game in overtime.

The NE Bison & Judds Cornhusker Shooting Stars Teams are at the CY Fair 17U Tournament in Houston TX, there are 64 teams participating in this tournament.
NE Bison CSS 68- TX Lady Rythum 64. The CSS Bison are currently 3-0 and in the semifinals of the 17U elite division
NE Judds CSS 15's 81- North TX Heat 16's 45
NE Judds CSS 15's 74 Lubbock Lady Hawks 17's 56
The CSS Judds 15U are currently 3-0 and in the Semifinals of the 17U open division.

Sari Noga was one of the eight MVP's in the National Division at the End of the Trial tournament. Rachel Banham and Ameshia Kearney made the all tournament team also. All the girls had an outstanding tournament. Other area players that made the all tournament include:
Tina Fisher, Metro Stars Black
Alyssa Marschner, Metro Stars Black
On the American side these players were all tournament
Erica Gress, Metro Stars 15
Rachael Leitz, Metro Stars 15

This was Noga's last tournament of the summer, because she needed jaw surgery to correct a problem that she has had since birth. She had surgery on Thursday and everything went very well.
"We would like to thank everyone in the basketball community for their thoughts and prayers for Sari," said John Noga.

Here is a photo of NT15 at the End of the trail.
Back row Gabby Boever, Katy Winge.
Middle row: Coach Coury, Sari Noga, Ameshia Kearney, Kayla Hirt, Hannah Strop, Laura Melquist, Angela Christianson, Morgan Van Riper-Rose.
On ground: Rachel Banham.

At Disney NT14s took 3rd. They went 4-1, lost to the 3-time Florida state champs who shot the ball extremely well. NT14 missed too many layups and free throws but were right in it. Katybeth Biewen (Edina) had an impressive game on offense and defense, scoring 13 and a handful of key steals. Marissa Janning lead NT's scoring with 21.

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