Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Out & About: St. Cloud TC/Minneapolis CTC

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MINNEAPOLIS CTC mavericks 45

This is the first out & about of the 2008-09 season and it was a community college bash in Minneapolis. The visiting Cyclones stymied the Mavericks 67-45. This is Minneapolis' second game this season. The Mavericks don't have a player that was on the squad last year. Kristin Johnson of SCTC scored 8 of the first 10 points and ended up with 18 on the night. Johnson also had 8 defensive stops on the night with limited court time in the second half. Tiffany Yarke had a double/double with 10 points and assists. Nicole Lewis of MCTC led all scorers with 19.

Both teams scored on their first possessions. After that MCTC didn't score on 7 chances and after another two scores, had another 7 possession drought. So to start the game the Mavs were 3/17 with their offensive chances---for a chilly .176 floor %. Meanwhile SCTC, and Johnson, were eating up MCTC's defense. SCTC scored their first four times they touched the ball. Their offense sputtered for four possessions, and after establishing the inside game, the Cyclones struck twice from behind the arc as they built up a 21-6 lead. It soon mushroomed out to 30-12. MCTC then started employing a full court press. That pressure coupled with Johnson resting on the bench cut the Cyclone lead down to 30-21 as the Mavs ran off 9 unanswered points. SCTC had a 9 possession drought at the time. In fact the Cyclones didn't have an assist basket for 13 consecutive possessions---that included four times they scored. At half SCTC led 36-24.

SCTC didn't really bust the game open until the mid portion of the second half when they rattled off nine straight scores as they soon figured out how to combat the MCTC press. All told it was a 16-6 run for the Cyclones. Johnson was done for the night with about 13 minutes left in the game. Jen Zierden scored on three straight chances during the rush. At the widest SCTC led 56-32 with a little over 9 minutes left. MCTC did have an offensive flurry with a 6/7 scoring burst, but SCTC also was scoring on four of those possessions and the needle didn't move much on the Maverick deficit. There was only one score in the last 10 combined possessions.

MCTC had problems with the 30 second clock. Six times they were caught in shot clock violations. Part of that has to be due to the young nature of the team and the lack of playing with the clock in high school. There really wasn't a lot of transition in this contest.

you can see the entire St. Cloud TC vs Minneapolis CTC photo gallery at

key: player, HS, year, points, possessions, pp100, floor %
Nikki Perlinger, Browerville, 2010, 4, 10, 40.0., .200 perimeter. later in the game had to sit out. Was off on the sidelines receiving attention.
Kristin Johnson, St. Cloud Tech 2010, 18, 13, 138.5, .692 post. solid, hard to move, soft touch. built for a half court game. scored at blocks. needs to be better at the line (0/4)
Tiffany Yarke, Melrose 2010, 10, 11, 90.9, .455 point guard. decent vision. got the ball to the right people.
Jen Zierden, Melrose 2009 8, 11, 72.7, .364 forward. blocked out well on defense.
Katie Christian, Sauk Rapids 2010, 12, 8, 150.0, .500 3 point shooter. made two 3s on the night.
Jenny Geithman, Alexandria, 2009 4, 9, 44.4, .333 guard, went to the line four times.
Victoria Swenson, Yellow Medicine East 2010, 9, 7, 128.6, .571 forward. scored her points in transition and off second chancers.
Tiffany Owen, Hastings 2010, 0, 3, 0.0, .000 perimeter
Ashia Volkers, Holdingford, ????, 2, 1, 200.0, .500 guard

Natalye Horne, St. Paul Highland Park, 2010, 8, 8, 100.0, .500 post player. Favorite shot was at the right elbow (off the glass).
Brianna Blackhawk, Park Center, 2010, 7, 12, 58.3, .250 handled point responsibilities most of the game. Is more shooting guard. 3 point shooter that only made one. was slapped with a technical because she questioned a lack of a call after she drove the lane.
Nicole Lewis, St. Paul Johnson 2010, 19, 21, 90.5, .429 guard. scored off drive. had one nice drive. was persistent on offensive boards. had 7 turnovers with three on traveling calls.
April Peterson, Thief River Falls 2010, 2, 5, 40.0, .200 the "4". needs to keep the follow through up (as most of the players do.)
Kiona Daher-Lee, Brooklyn Park, 2010 0, 6, 0.0, .000 guard
Davita Scott, Mpls Roosevelt 2009, 6, 9, 66.7, .333 guard. likes to drive. also fouled out.
Keandrea Mosby, Mpls 2010 3, 7, 42.9, .286 guard. likes to drive.
Brynne Crockett, Mpls 2010 0, 3, 0.0, .000 guard.
Moriah Cannady, Mpls 2010, 0, 2, 0.0, .000 guard

Kristin Johnson

St. Cloud TC 67, 73, 91.8, .438
Minneapolis CTC 45, 73, 61.6, .301
made 3s/&1s: SCTC 3/1; MCTC 1/1
ftm/fta-ft%: SCTC 9/23-.391; MCTC 4/7-.571
bench: SCTC 15, MCTC 9

Kristin Johnson 8
Jen Zierden 8
Nikki Perlinger 7
Tiffany Yarke 4
Katie Christian 3
Jenny Geithman 2
Angel Folkers 1
totals: 33

Brianna Blackhawk 6
Nicole Lewis 5.5
April Peterson 4
Kiona Daher-Lee 4
Natalye Horne 3
Keandrea Mosby 2.5
Davita Scott 2
Brynne Crockett 1
Moriah Cannady 1
totals: 29

Tiffany Yarke 10
Nikki Perlinger 5
Jenny Geithman 4
Tiffany Owen 4
Katie Christian 3
Jen Zierden 1
Victoria Swenson 1
totals: 28

Brianna Blackhawk 5
Nicole Lewis 4
Kiona Duher-Lee 3
Keandrea Mosby 2
Natalye Horne 1
Davita Scott 1
totals: 16

next up: tomorrow morning