Thursday, December 14, 2017
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It’s hard out here for a hoop head

City scores from last night:

Washington 51, El Camino Real 26
Fairfax 77, Carson 69
Taft 65, Westchester 54
Chatsworth 76, Dorsey 57

I bet the Fairfax-Carson game was a good one, because those two good teams are evenly matched.

Tomorrow night’s City Section semi-finals will both be at 7 p.m.:

Washington at Taft

Fairfax at Chatsworth

It’s harder to track down Southern Section games. For one thing, there are 12 divisions, and thus 12 spidery brackets – so much to keep track of. The Southern Section website doesn’t usually have updated scores on the brackets, but I wouldn’t know because I can’t open the spreadsheet on my PC. The LA Times is spotty at best, and calpreps.com is bad at best. All I know is that there haven’t been any major upsets yet. Mater Dei, Brea Olinda, Cajon, Foothill, Long Beach Poly – all the super-powered teams I’ve seen this season are all still in it. The question is, where? The next round is Saturday, so I’m sure some news hound will figure it out and put the info on socalhoops.com.

They better. Because regardless of the outcome of tomorrow night’s game (I’m going to the Prep-Taft rematch), I’ll be jonesing for another game like Tyrone the Crack Addict by Saturday night.

Junior colleges headed into the playoffs

Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges wrapped up their seasons last night, and the Division champs have been declared:

NORTH W-L PCT W-L

Z- Skagit Valley 15-0 1.000 23-1
X- Peninsula 12-3 .800 17-9
X- Whatcom 10-5 .667 14-9
X- Bellevue 9-6 .600 16-11
Everett 8-8 .500 9-17
Seattle 6-9 .400 7-18
Shoreline 4-11 .267 10-16
Olympic 4-11 .267 6-17
Edmonds 0-15 .000 0-22

EAST W-L PCT W-L

Z- Yakima Valley 14-0 1.000 23-5
X- Walla Walla 9-5 .643 18-6
X- Treasure Valley 9-5 .643 15-11
X- Columbia Basin 9-5 .643 17-10
Spokane 8-6 .571 15-11
Big Bend 4-10 .286 14-13
Wenatchee Valley 2-12 .143 7-20
Blue Mountain 1-13 .071 3-20

WEST W-L PCT W-L

Z- Centralia 14-1 .933 22-3
X- Lower Columbia 12-3 .800 15-11
X- Highline 10-5 .667 15-12
X- S. Puget Sound 9-6 .600 15-10
Grays Harbor 8-8 .500 8-15
Clark 7-8 .467 7-15
Tacoma 4-11 .267 8-17
Green River 4-11 .267 10-13
Pierce 0-15 .000 2-22

SOUTH W-L PCT W-L

Z- Umpqua 13-1 .929 26-2
X- Lane 12-2 .857 23-5
X- Clackamas 10-4 .714 19-7
X- Mt. Hood 8-6 .571 16-11
Linn-Benton 5-9 .357 9-16
SW Oregon 4-10 .286 9-17
Chemeketa 4-10 .286 8-18
Portland 0-14 .000 3-19
Z- Division Champion
X- Clinched Playoff Berth

Umpqua and Lane had perhaps the most hyped game and fierce rivalry. Umpqua’s only league loss this year had been to Lane Jan. 21, and Lane had beat the Riverhawks nine games in a row, in a winning streak that dated back to 2004. Last night Umpqua needed the win to secure the league title, and during the first half it didn’t sound like they were going to get there.

I listened to the first half online at work while getting ready to go to my high school playoff game. The Riverhawks fell behind by as much as 16 points, and starting point guard and Los Angeles native Mykiea Russell got three quick (total BS calls – the refs were horrible) fouls and was sitting by, I wanna say, the 12-minute mark. Things were not going their way. Coach Dave Stricklin, upset by the bad officiating was T’d up for talking to the ref. Umpqua trailed 38-46 at the half, when I departed.

According to Umpqua’s hometown newspaper, the News Review, this is what happened in the second half:

While Roseburg High graduate Kristi Fallin scored a game-high 37 points and sank six 3-pointers, Scheffelmaier made two big hustle plays late. With her team leading 82-80, the sophomore recovered her own missed attempt and called a timeout from the floor with 30 seconds remaining.

“When you are on the floor you just have to call a timeout,” Scheffelmaier said. “I was taught that you’ve got to be smart when it comes down to the end and make the big plays.”

On the ensuing possession, Lane had to foul Miranda Holenstein, who knocked down both free throws with 20 seconds left in the game. On the next Titan possession, Sheena Cole dribbled the ball off her foot and Scheffelmaier dived for it, forcing a jump ball that gave UCC the possession arrow.

Scheffelmaier calmly sank two free throws to seal the victory against a school she wanted desperately to bring down.

Some great pictures on this link, too:

http://www.nrtoday.com/article/20090226/SPORTS/902269954/1012/NONE&parentprofile=1056&title=Riverhawks%20beat%20nemesis%20Lane%2C%20win%20NWAACC%20titile

Regionals begin next week. Times have yet to be set, but I have sources that will keep me in the loop.

Teams of the National Junior College Athletic Association are still wrapping up regular season play. Current standings, as of last night, are here:

http://www.njcaa.org/sports_polls.cfm?category=Polls&sid=23&divid=1&slid=11

I emailed a rep of the California Community College Athletic Association last month about why the standings pages never work. He said I could go on each team’s page and see their record. I said no. They really need to get organized and have a more professional website like NWAACC and NJCAA.

Edit @ 10:30 a.m. Friday to add this link from Umpqua Coach Dave Stricklin’s blog:

http://davestricklin.blogspot.com/2009/02/southern-region-champions.html

I don’t know which part I like best – the picture, the fact that not one young woman on the team let up for a second, or that coach cares about his sophomores that much. A special place, Umpqua is. I will be rooting for them in the NWAACC championship.

Also, video game highlights: http://www.douglascountysportsonline.com/womens-basketball-lane-at-umpqua-2/25/09.html

Joanne Boyle in…..the Wall Street Journal?

Who knew? Nice piece:

WSJ: Eight years ago, you were nearly killed by a brain hemorrhage that left you unable to speak and move for days. How does that affect how you coach today?

Ms: Boyle: Everybody has things that happen in their life that are reality checks. That happened to me my last year at Duke, and it gave me the strength to actually leave Duke. Some people become very comfortable in their situations. We were going to the Final Four every year. I don’t know if I would’ve left my comfort zone if something like that wouldn’t have happened to me.

It was one of those things that, if you can survive that, who cares if you fail as a head coach?

As a coach, you really realize as you get older, as you get caught up in the wins and losses and succeeding and the fear of failure and move, move, move. Along the way, you miss the things that are put in our lives to really enjoy, and that’s the kids and the relationships. I’ve gotten much more at peace with just enjoying the process and the journey more so than the outcome.

Link: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123560321055576487.html

Round 2 and 3 scores trickling in

Southern Section, round 3:

Brea 82, Valencia 43
Villa Park 73, Norco 68
Beverly Hills 66, Newbury Park 48
Diamond Ranch 54, Magnolia 43
Mira Costa 44, Buena Park 39
Inglewood 60, Barstow 48
Santa Monica 62, Chino Hills 48
Cajon 70, Lynwood 45

City Section, round 2:

Washington Prep 51, El Camino Real 26

I don’t know the Taft-Westchester score except that Taft won, and Prep and Taft will face each other at 7 p.m. Friday in a highly-anticipated re-match of a Dec. 12 game (reviewed in this blog) that Taft won by two points.

Things are getting good now.

*drool*

Quitters

Two former Lady Vols visited the Baby Vols this week: Shelley Sexton and Melissa McCray. Sexton drove McCray, who is battling cancer for the second time. Maria Cornelius and Dan Fleser will write stories based on their interviews with both former players. But Cornelius did drop two McCray quotes on “the Summitt” board that are thought-provoking:

“I really just wanted to remind them of who we are, what the program means. It has a history. It didn’t start two months ago. And to remind them to fight because it’s who we are and it’s what we do. This is not a game. We say all the time, ‘It’s just a game.’ It’s not. It is really life. If you quit here, you will quit later.

“I think people don’t always identify with that but if they look at their own lives and be really honest at some point in their life they quit at something and then they continued that. What I asked them to do – and I would not accuse anyone of quitting – I said, ‘Only you can look at yourself and determine if at any point during the game you quit,’ but fighting is what we do. It’s who we are. It’s why this program is where it is.”

I know of at least five young women who have quit D1 college basketball over the last few years. It’s made me sad each time – both for the lost talent and potential, and for the quitting-as-mindset they’re setting in motion. Because I agree with McCray: quit once and you tend to keep quitting.

Myself, I never give up, which I suppose is why quitting bothers me so much. I always tell my students and athletes, if you keep trying, you have at least a chance for success, and keep trying long enough you will eventually succeed. Give up, and your chances of success go down to zero.

So I ask all the players out there in various programs, whatever the win-loss record: don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.

Sade Wiley-Gatewood rumors are true: she’s gone

All that talk yesterday on the Summitt board turns out to be true:

Senior guard Sa’de Wiley-Gatewood has left the team for personal reasons, according to Frese, but she is planning to remain enrolled in classes and to graduate in May. Wiley-Gatewood had a star-crossed career since being named the 2004 Parade national high school player of the year: she originally played at Tennessee, transferred to Maryland during her sophomore year, and then sat out last season with knee problems. She was averaging 4.2 points and 19.3 minutes per game this season, and made 14 starts.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/22/AR2009022201637.html

bracketology

Charlie Creme projects:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncw/bracketology

Millikan 38, Los Osos 26

Southern Section playoff game results from last night:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/varsitytimesinsider/girls_basketball_playoff_scores/

There were so many options last night that it boggled the mind (one of the reasons I enjoy living in Los Angeles). I contemplated a couple other games between close-seeded teams, but after a full day didn’t feel like driving out to the far stretches of Orange or Los Angeles County. So I decided on the LA Times-proclaimed “game of the day” between #6 Millikan and #9 Los Osos.

The game got off to a fairly even start, but Millikan’s defense started making a difference right away. They were playing man, and continued to do so all the way through, while Los Osos mostly stuck with a 2-3 zone that wasn’t working. Millikan also was outhustling the Grizzlies on both ends of the court.

In the second quarter both teams hit a mental block, and the score was 16-11 Rams for about three minutes. Millikan then broke it open with some quick baskets and free throws, closing out the half 22-12.

Los Osos made a run in the third quarter, but Millikan kept up the pressure defense and slowly wore their opponents down. Two minutes into the fourth quarter, the Rams were back up 33-22. Besides strong defense, Millikan dominated the boards.

Ram senior guards Jaslyn Cosey and Ashley Mitchell put up 12 and nine points, respectively. For the Grizzlies, senior guard Amanda Copas scored 13 points and North Carolina-bound center Cierra Warren had eight. Going into the game, Warren’s point average was 19.1.

Millikan advances to the Division I-AA quarterfinal.

Los Angeles City Section scores from last night

#1 Chatsworth 71, #16 Locke, 21

#8 Dorsey 72, #9 Palisades 70

#5 Carson 65, #12 Granada Hills 33

#4 Faifax 65, #13 Banning

#3 Washington Prep 70, #14 Birmingham 28

#6 El Camino Real 60, #11 Venice 44

#7 Westchester 50, #10 Crenshaw 48

#2 Taft 52, #15 Narbonne 38

No surprises whatsoever, and of course the teams closest in rank had the tightest games. I bet the Dorsey-Palisades matchup was a heart-attacker.

Round 2, the quarter-finals, will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the sites of the higher-ranked teams. The matchups look like this:

Dorsey at Chatsworth

Carson at Fairfax

El Camino Real at Washington Prep

Westchester at Taft

The winners of the first two games then play each other Friday, Feb. 27, as do the winners of the third and fourth games. Chatsworth will beat Dorsey, but the Carson-Fairfax game is a toss-up – either team could win.

Washington will beat El Camino Real, and Taft will defeat Westchester. This will set up a re-match of the “defibrilators required” game covered in this blog Dec. 12 (“Taft 48, Washington Prep 46”).

Whoever survives next Friday’s round will advance to the finals on Saturday, March 7 at USC’s Galen Center.

Last night I went to the Washington Prep-Birmingham matchup. I didn’t take notes, because I don’t do so in blowout, aka ass whoopin, games. No disrespect to Birmingham, because they played hard from buzzer to buzzer. But Washington is extremely athletic, and they were visibly driven last night. The adage that good teams take it up a few notches during the playoffs is true for the Washington Generals, as they were clicking on all cylinders against Birmingham.

Washington junior guard Kejuana Gardner finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore center Reshanda Gray added 20 points and eight boards. Junior guards Kiana Furlow and Tayllor Gipson had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

This week I’ve also decided one thing once and for all: high school ball is my first love. College and pro are fun, but for me, true passion comes from prep hoops.

Is it Wednesday yet?

As the WNBA turns

Rumors that Yolanda Griffith won’t return to the Storm this summer are official – she just signed with the Indiana Fever:

http://www.wnba.com/fever/news/fever_signs_yolanda_griffith.html

In the meantime, a poster on a message board says that “a trade or two is about to happen” involving Tina Thompson and Lauren Jackson:

http://www.boards.rebkell.net/viewtopic.php?t=46732&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

Could Lauren Jackson, who has said Seattle is the only place she’ll ever play, be leaving the Storm?

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