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Posted: 10 February 2011 08:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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Great report by themamba ... and here’s another look at how rankers think. I knew Detroit Country Day was going to play Inkster and was unbeaten, and if the ‘Jackets won, they would have to be ranked pretty high. So I picked them from a host of candidates to move in at 24, because of the upcoming game. The moral: If you want to be ranked, play a tough schedule—or at least play a few games against high-profile rivals.

Along the same lines, the Ohio folks have McKinley ahead of Twinsburg (both unbeaten), but I have Twinsburg ranked because of some good wins against upper echelon Kentucky teams. McKinley, meanwhile, has played no one out of state.

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Posted: 15 February 2011 03:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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themambas National Super 75 2010-‘11 vol.11


1.) BREA CA (25-0) >>> CIF Southern Section 1AA playoffs.

2.) LONG BEACH POLY CA (23-2) >>> CIF Southern Section 1AA Playoffs.

3.) MATER DEI CA (24-1) >>> CIF Southern Section 1AA Playoffs.

4.) BOLINGBROOK IL (21-2) >>> Possible state semifinal showdown with nemesis WHITNEY YOUNG.

5.) POTTERS HOUSE CHRISTIAN FL (27-1) >>> LIONS could see a hot RIVERDALE BAPTIST at the National Christian School Championships.

6.) BEN DAVIS IN (23-0) >>> GIANTS run win streak to 80 in a row.

7.) BUTLER NC (24-0) >>> BULLDOGS are taking a big bite out of Carolina.

8.) SPRING VALLEY SC (24-0) >>> VIKINGS looking to close the deal on something they felt they gave away last year, SC AAAA crown.

9.) LAKE TAYLOR VA (22-0) >>> Battle with PRINCESS ANNE would happen in the regional and not in state final.

10.) RIVERDALE TN (25-0) >>> WARRIORS look to be one of the few to go through the Volunteer state unscathed.

11.) SHABAZZ NJ (21-0) >>> BULLDOGS look to Essex County and then the Tournament of Champions to firm up a top 10 spot.

12.) MCKINLEY OH (19-0) >>> These BULLDOGS join the other two junkyard dogs in the dirty dozen and could see TWINSBURG.

13.) WHITNEY YOUNG IL (21-2) >>> DOLPHINS crush MORGAN PARK for Chicago City title with a likely matchup with BOLINGBROOK on the slate.

14.) PRINCESS ANNE VA (21-1) >>> CAVALIERS remember the TITANS.

15.) RIVERDALE BAPTIST MD (24-4) >>> CRUSADERS baptise top 25 ST JOHNS by 24.

16.) TWINSBURG OH (19-0) >>> TIGERS look to D 1 playoffs.

17.) CY FALLS TX (34-1) >>> EAGLES face possibly the toughest rodeo of ‘em all, the Texas 5A playoffs.

18.) ST. MARYS CA (19-2) >>> CA Northern Section.

19.) HEIGHTS KN (16-0) >>> FALCONS cpould face an undefeated OLATHE SOUTH team in 6A playoffs.

20.) MIDWEST CITY OK (19-0) >>> BOMBERS still face DEL CITY and EDMOND MEMORIAL before playoff action.

21.) DETROIT COUNTRY DAY MI (16-0) >>> YELLOWJACKETS knock off top 25 INKSTER MI.

22.) MONTINI IL (28-1) >>> BRONCOS heavily favored for Illinois 3A crown.

23.) NORTH SHORE TX (33-2) >>> MUSTANGS may face CY FALLS in round of 16 game.

24.) SPALDING MD (24-2) >>> CAVALIERS have won 16 straight since SHABAZZ NJ loss.

25.) BERKELY CA (23-1) >>> YELLOWJACKETS are the favorite to come out of the North in Cali’ to face either BREA, POLY or MATER DEI.

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Posted: 15 February 2011 03:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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26.) NEPTUNE NJ (17-1)

27.) CARONDELET CA (21-3)

28.) ST JOHNS DC (23-2)

29.) WESTBURY CHRISTIAN TX (34-1)

30.) NORTH LITTLE ROCK AR (23-0)

31.) MONARCH CO (17-3)

32.) GEORGETOWN TX (29-3)

33.) ST. MARYS AZ (24-2)

34.) NAZARETH NY (20-3)

35.) WESLEYAN GA (23-2)

36.) GOOD COUNSEL MD (24-2)

37.) ST. JOHN VIANNEY NJ (20-2)

38.) TRENTON CATHOLIC NJ (19-3)

39.) CANYON TX (31-0)

40.) HOOVER AL (29-3)

41.) HOLLYWOOD CHRISTIAN FL (27-1)

42.) MADISON ACADEMY AL (31-3)

43.) HOLY CROSS MD (21-5)

44.) OAKTON VA (21-1)

45.) LAKE MARY FL (27-2)

46.) NORTH CROWLEY TX (32-2)

47.) SPARKMAN AL (25-1)

48.) DESOTO TX (29-5)

49.) KONOWAENA HI (32-1)

50.) LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY CA (21-4)

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Posted: 15 February 2011 03:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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51.) MACARTHUR TX (30-2)

52.) PRINCETON OH (19-0)

53.) DUPONT MANUEL KY (23-4)

54.) MERCY KY (20-5)

55.) START OH (15-2)

56.) ST. JOSEPHS MO (21-3)

57.) NORTH MARION (17-0)

58.) CLACKAMAS OR (20-1)

59.) EDISON CA (24-3)

60.) INKSTER MI (15-2)

61.) NORTHSIDE AR (21-2)

62.) FAYETTEVILLE AR (22-2)

63.) HIGHTOWER TX (32-4)

64.) TROY CA (24-3)

65.) ELSIK TX (26-5)

66.) DES MOINES EAST IA (21-0)

67.) CANYON SPRINGS CA (24-2)

68.) CLARKSVILLE TN (24-3)

69.) NORTH GWINNETT GA (18-4)

70.) WEBB CITY MO (19-2)

71.) NORCROSS GA (19-3)

72.) MT JULIET TN (25-2)

73.) ETIWANDA CA (22-3)

74.) WHITE STATION TN (21-3)

75.) HIGHLANDS RANCH CO (14-3)


next dozen: MEMPHIS CENTRAL TN (19-9), PERSHING MI (18-0), MT LEBANON PA (16-5), ARCHBISHOP CARROLL PA (16-6), CHRIST THE KING NY (15-6), EDGEWATER FL (24-2), WINDWARD CA (22-4), PFUGERVILLE TX (26-6), CATHOLIC CENTRAL MI (14-1), DUTCH FORK SC (21-2), DUNCANVILLE TX (28-5), GOOSE CREEK SC (24-2)

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Posted: 15 February 2011 05:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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Great list ... questions, not criticisms ...

1) I like Butler too but what’s their best win? Have they beaten anyone as good as the teams Spring Valley has beaten?

2) Canton seems strong and the folks in Ohio like them better than Twinsburg, but again, what’s their best win?

3) St. Mary’s of Stockton is in the Sac-Joaquin Section; there’s also a St. Mary’s of Berkeley that played for the D-4 state title last year.

4) I see Berkeley and Carondelet all the time, and I don’t have them anywhere near the top 27. What are you seeing that I don’t?

5) There are a bunch of unbeaten teams that haven’t played anyone. How does anyone choose between them?

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Posted: 15 February 2011 06:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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Agreed. Several rated OH teams have not played any teams outside of Ohio; have not testing themselves yet appear strong because they are undefeated? Am sure this refers to many other schools in other states as well. Start defeated Inkster last night, yet earlier lost to Detroit Country Day and Hoover. IMO, schools test the over all strength of their program by playing schools from different states, with different playing styles. They gain experience through exposure to different, sometimes stronger teams while also preparing self for state championship run, adding additional skills to the abilities they possessed at beginning of season. It is again what makes rating “best hs in country” a highly questionable as well as demographically biased contest. What schools like Start HS attempt is similar to college non conference play, IMO, by gaining experience, self knowledge, hopefully improving on weak areas, increasing US wide exposure while ultimately prepping for state championship playoffs. They do what they can with the financial and regional resources which they are able to access. Evaluate and rate teams on the competitive options which are within their grasp, not on those outside of their control.

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Posted: 15 February 2011 06:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 37 ]
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1) Best win was aginst #2 team in Carolina GREEN HOPE by 17 who happened to beat SC #3 GOOSE CREEK in South Carolina. The BULLDOGS are outscoring their opponents 77-30 a game. I had them high in pre-season and they really haven’t done anything to disuade me. I can understand someone’s argument about strength of schedule and took that into consideration.

2.) These BULLDOGS best win was against Buckeye #8 MIDPARK by 27. With the returning cast the defending champs brought back, they also were ranked high in my pre-season top 25 and likely will face TWINSBURG to earn their ranking. I have them repeating though it wouldn’t surprise me if the top 20 TIGERS won it. The separation between teams on a national scale in in the hundreths of a percent.

3.) Lotta ST. MARYS Clay, The #4 in my ranking is the one we spoke about in Stockton. They just beat HANFORD by 32 2 days ago while nationally ranked TROY and CANYON SPRINGS and regionally ranked ORANGE LUTHERAN beat them by 11, 12 and 15. So its on comparibles though I will take your thoughts as advisement.

4.) Evidently nothing if you see them all the time. I have to go on comparibles and a lot rides on CARONDELET going 3-1 with a 2 point loss to WINDWARD after leading by 7 late in the game. They smashed REGIS by 28 and XAVIER COLLEGE PREP similiar to ETIWANDA beating REGIS by 16 and EDISON beating XCP by 18. Both teams I have ranked. BERKELY has split with C’LET, having won the last matchup and has beaten #2 in the Texas Coaches Poll for 5A, GEORGETOWN, by 6, who happens to be ranked in the top 40 in my ranking.

5.) The same way you do, trying your best.

When trying to rank over 100 teams (5 regional rankings of top 25’s) there are going to be teams that don’t play the toughest schedules but may well be one of the best teams in the country. I try to weigh that although I do weigh heavily, for the most part, on schedule strength. I just won’t give them the death penalty because of a team not playing a top 10 or 20 team. I understand your point and the same would apply to the BEN DAVIS, HEIGHTS and even LAKE TAYLOR who has just beaten PRINCESS ANNE albeit without ELIZABETH WILLIAMS.

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Posted: 25 February 2011 08:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 38 ]
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So I read the story from some Long Beach paper (the Gazette) about Poly’s loss, and it says the foul call was “inexplicable” and that three Poly players stood with their arms straight up, and essentially that the Jackrabbits were robbed.

Of course, there’s also a video connected to the story that shows a Poly post player hammering Santa Monica’s Bianka Balthazar. The block was pretty much all ball, but she knocked her down with the body contact, and it was no flop. It was a gutsy call, and the right one—if it’s a foul with two minutes to go, it’s a foul with two seconds to go.

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Posted: 01 March 2011 10:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 39 ]
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IAAM CHAMPIONSHIP @ Loyola, Baltimore MD


SPALDING 53 SETON KEOUGH 48

The CAVALIERS OF SPALDING and MAGGIE MORRISON perseverd once again from it’s rival KEOUGH after the GATORS came back from a 14 point deficit to start the fourth quarter. After the GATORS mounted a 18-4 run to the start the fourth and tie the score at 48, MORRISON took the ball coast-to-coast to put the CAVS up, 50-48, with 40 seconds to go and the GATORS could never get over the hump and the CAVS won their first IAAM title since 2002.

CAMILLE HINES bucket, after an early RHIANNA FRAZER three, put the GATORS up, 5-2, before MORRISON and sophomore ALEEYAH EPPS each hit 2 buckets apiece and the CAVS held a 1 point lead after the first session, 10-9. Both teams committed 6 turnovers in the quarter, the CAVS shot 5-13 from the field and the GATORS shot 4-10.

MORRISON (VANDERBILT) opened the second quarter with a 3 and then LIZ BROWN RICHMOND) got fed down low and finished at the other end to make it 13-11. CAMILLE CALHOUN, the CAVS sensational soph’, got called for her second foul, less than 2 minutes in, and had to sit.

ACHIRI ADE (JAMES MADISON) scored her first 2 points in the game on the next possession then the CAVS went on a 7-2 run capped off by a TORI CHESTNUT bucket to make it, 22-15, with 4 minutes to go in the half. BROWN picked up her second foul with 5 minutes to go in the half and Coach Jackie Boswell had to go to her already thin bench.

Sophomore STIXZ WILSON was sidelined for the first half with an illness and it wasn’t until she entered the arena with her jersey on that anyone expected her to play. The CAVS held a 26-20 halftime lead despite shooting 10-25 from the field. The GATORS had 14 first half turnovers and the CAVS had 12. MORRISON led all scorers with 12 first half points with 4-12 shooting but 2 big 3’s. EPPS added 5 for the CAVS. ‘GIRLY’ CURTIS (AMERICAN) had 5 rebounds, 2 steals and a blocked shot before intermission. FRAZER came up big for the GATORS as AMBER SINGLETARY had just 2 points on 1 shot in the first half and ACHIRI ADE didn’t have a point for the first 10 minutes and finished the half with 5.

After a BRYA FREELAND (LAFAYETTE) jumper, CALHOUN recieved her 3rd foul a, a minute into the third and had to sit again. ADE failed to convert on either free throw and CALHOUN’s replacement, RAVEN MAKINS, put one in and the CAVS had a 10 point lead, 30-20. The teams exchanged 6 points to each other and the 10 point lead prevailed until the CAVS finished out the third quarter and built their biggest lead of the day at 14, 44-30, heading into the final quarter. The CAVS outscored the GATORS, 18-10, in the quarter.

The beginning of the fourth had 5 missed shots of the first 6 between the teams before a RHIANNA FRAZER three cut it to 44-35. ADE made 1 of 2 free throws and FRAZER hit another basket to cut it down to 6, 44-38. FRAZER wasn’t done, after a FREELAND bucket for the CAVS, she hit her 4th 3 of the game and now it was 46-41, with the GATORS mounting an attack as they did in the first meeting, coming down from 16. Tonight the deficit was 14 with 8 minutes to play against a national top 25 team. AMBER SINGLETARY preceded MORRISON’s coast-to-coast drive with a pair in the final 2 minutes and had the lead down to 2, 47-45. CALHOUN hit 1 of 2 free throws before scored down low and the ill WILSON was fouled, with the GATORS down 1, 48-47, with 57.3 seconds left in the game. The GATORS had their first chance to take the lead since early in the second quarter. WILSON hit just 1 of 2 and that led to MORRISON’s heroics going the length of the court in transition and laying it off the glas to put the CAVS up, 50-48. The GATORS had 3 chances inside, with ADE having 2 come in and out and the GATORS had to foul MORRISON, who hit 3 of 4 to finish the game.

MORRISON led all scorers with 19 points on 6-20 shooting but it was her sixth that seasled the deal for the CAVS and their first league title in 9 years and their first national ranking, ever. CURTIS had 8 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocked shots. FREELAND shot 4-9 from the field and finished with 10 points. FRAZER led the GATORS in scoring, with 15 points. BROWN and ADE each had 10 points. BROWN had 10 rebounds while ADE had 9 boards. SINGLETARY finished with 6 points including those 2 crucial drives down the stretch. But it was her former summer teammate who showed that perserverence pays off and despite struggling from a shooting aspect, found a way to win one for her team and got her done.

The GATORS shot 20-45 from the field while the CAVS shot 18-47. The CAVS shot 15-25 from the line while the GATORS went just 5-10. FRAZER’s 3 trifecta’s and MORRISON’s pair from beyond the arc were the ony 3’s made today.

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The IAAM champs, SPALDING won their first league crown since 2002 and will cement their first national ranking ever. The CAVS rolled through the league regular season unscathed at 14-0. The CAVS won the TOC II rather handidly with their closest game being 5 points, 62-57, to regionally ranked ORANGE LUTHERAN CA after travelling over 2,400 miles. The CAVS beat national top 15 RIVERDALE BAPTIST MD in overtime at the Breezy Bishop Classic and also beat national top 40 HOLY CROSS MD. The CAVS 2 losses came to top 10 SHABAZZ NJ and top 30 ST JOHNS DC.

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Posted: 01 March 2011 10:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 40 ]
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PRINCESS ANNE 66 LAKE TAYLOR 63

In one of the best and most competitve games played this entire season, the CAVALIERS of PRINCESS ANNE and their star ELIZABETH WILLIAMS, knocked off their rival from the ‘757’, LAKE TAYLOR, in a regional semfinal that was one for the books. Nearly 8,000 crammed the Scope Arena in Norfolk to see the 2 Commonwealth juggernauts square off in a matchup of arguably, 2 of the 10 best teams in the country. WILLIAMS has led the CAVALIERS to national ranking the last 3 years while LINDA STEPNEY, CRYSTAL LEARY, JASMINE CUFFEE and TOIA GIGGETTS have been the solid pieces for the TITANS in leading them to national prominence over that time. The 2 teams from the Hampton Roads area, have had a combined 161-2 record over the last 3 years together outside of their matchups. 2 teams, 99% clip, over 3 years.

In those 3 years, the two teams have now split 6 games, with 5 of the matchups ending up within a 2 possession game. PRINCESS ANNE has won the last 3 matchups in the regional playoffs while LAKE TAYLOR has won 2 consecutive Boo Williams Holiday tournament championships and last year’s state final over their nemesis. WILLIAMS is headed to Duke while STEPNEY and LEARY are off to Morgantown in West Virginia and GIGGETTS stays close by, at James Madison. But even with these stars these 2 teams sum of their parts equal the shine of their individual star power. Coach Darnell Dozier has built a pwerhouse at PRINCESS ANNE, compiling a 411-38 record at the school, and delivering 3 state championships. And one denied last season by these very TITANS. The CAVALIERS came into the game on a 20 game win streak after the 5 point defeat to LAKE TAYLOR, in December, without WILLIAMS. LAKE TAYLOR had won 29 in a row including their march through last years state tournament and since last year’s regional final loss to the CAVS.

The drama unfolded before a packed house at the Scope in what may have been the most anticipated game in Commonwealth history. Two top 10 teams, the defending champs and the runner-ups, and arguably the best player in the land. Two Goliath’s, with David nowhere to be found.

The game started out with the champ and the former champ feeling themselves out and was tied at 6, in the first of what would be a 13 tie, 11 lead change game. The CAVS then went on a 9-2 run that gave the CAVS a 15-8 lead and what would turn out to be the biggest lead of the game. GALAISHA GOODHOPE, the junior guard for the CAVS, scored 4 points in the run. Coach Saundra Sawyer, the TITANS coach with over 200 victories in her 10 years at the school, called timeout with a little more than a minute left in the quarter. FEYONDA FITZGERALD ended the quarter with a 3 for LAKE TAYLOR trailed 17-13 after one quarter. JASMINE CUFFEE then started the second quarter with 2 3’s of her own and the TITANS had come back to take the lead 19-17 with 6 minutes to go in the half. WILLIAMS was then called for her second foul 2 minutes later but the CAVS had tied it up again at 25 before scoring the last 3 points of the half, to go back up, 28-25.

WILLIAMS and GOODHOPE each scored 9 for the CAVS and CUFFEE and LEARY scored 8 and 7 points respectively for the TITANS. Star guard STEPNEY was held to just 1 shot in the first half, which she made. LAKE TAYLOR had the rebounding edge at half, despite WILLIAMS, 23-19, but the CAVS had 8 steals to the TITANS 4, normally a staple for the school from Norfolk.

In the third, CUFFEE, started the half as she did the second quarter, with a 3, to tie it up again and a GIGGETTS bucket gave the TITANS another lead that was sure to go back and forth. AMANDA ANDRADES answered for PRINCESS ANNE with a 3 of her own and the CAVALIERS had the lead back quicker than you can say trifecta. The CAVS had missed 6 three’s up until that point and would be the last they made for the day. STEPNEY hit her second bucket of the game to give the TITANS a 39-36 lead that they took to 41-37 before 5 straight CAV points turned it 42-41 in their favor. CUFFEE then made what would be her last bucket of the day to, justafiably, tie it up at 46, heading into the final quarter of regulation.

The area has had it’s fair share of phenomenal athletes that brought not only tremendous athleticism, but electricity to this region that has had scouts and coaches visiting the 757 for years now. Vick, Iverson, the list goes on. But today, it was LT/PA, TITANS/CAVS, the senior TITAN quartet versus ‘Queen Eizabeth’, and the Commonwealth faithful had gotten their money’s worth with 8 more minutes to savor.

Two free throws broke another tie, this time at 52, and gave the TITANS the lead with just under 6 minutes to play. WILLIAMS picked up her fourth foul with 5;15 to play and the scored tied at 52. JAZMEN BOONE and WILLIAMS each hit buckets and PRINCESS ANNE had a 1 point lead, 60-59, with 2:27 to play. WILLIAMS then missed 2 free throws before getting her own rebound and was fouled again with 1:05 to go. This time,WILLIAMS drained both, giving the CAVS a 62-59 lead. GIGGETTS hit 2 free throws for the TITANS to cut it to 63-61 with 30 seconds to go. ANDRADES hit 1 of 2 from the charity to give the CAVS a 3 point lead, 64-61, before JORDAN MITCHELL-HARMEL scored underneath to make it a 1 point game, 64-63. ANDRADES then nailed 2 free throws and the TITANS desperate 3 point attempt at the buzzer failed and the CAVS won their third striaght Eastern Regional championship.

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Posted: 01 March 2011 10:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 41 ]
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continued, PRINCESS ANNE v LAKE TAYLOR

PRINCESS ANNE was led by WILLIAMS, who finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocked shots. GOODHOPE came up big, as the 5’6 guard, scored 16 points on 6-11 shooting and added 12 rebounds and 4 assists. ANDRADES added 14 points for the CAVS. LEARY led the TITANS with 21 points and 9 rebounds before fouling out while CUFFEE scored 19 points. A tremendous battle between two behemoth’s and their stars shining bright until the end. WILLIAMS had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks in the second half and LEARY had 14 points and 6 rebounds in the second half for the TITANS. PRINCESS ANNE will take on WOODSIDE in what may be anti-climatic regional final on Monday. After all, this one was history, and everyone is now spent. Now the CAVS will focus on these last 3 games starting Monday with a final 4 finish next weekend. Thankfully for the CAVS, the TITANS are in the rear mirror but will definitely be remembered.

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ST. JOHNS 69 BISHOP MCNAMARA 59

The CADETS came into today fresh off an 87 point outburst in the quarterfinals and looking to keep the mojo going against BISHOP MCNAMARA and WCAC POY TAYLOR BROWN (GEORGETOWN). The CADETS are looking to win it’s first WCAC title since ‘04, which was the 8th year in the 9 consecutive years that the CADETS reached the final, ‘97-‘05. MCNAMARA was looking for a performance like the one they put on GOOD COUNSEL when they became the only team outside the Big 3 to hand one of the trio an ‘L’.

ST. JOHNS came out rusty and hit just 1 of their first 6 shots until LINDSAY ALLEN laced a 3 that started a trio of trifectas when TAYLOR BROWN came down and answered with her own trey ball then JADE CLARK dialed up from downtown for the CADETS. CLARK’s three set off an 12-2 run that had the CADETS up, 17-7, late in the first quarter. BROWN ‘s two free throws cut the margin to 19-11 after one. The CADETS hit 7 of their last 9 shots in the quarter after starting 1-6 and the 3 trifectas propelled them into a bit of a comfort zone. BROWN finished the quarter with 5 points but had just 3 shots.

CARRIE ALEXANDER, who struggled in the first quarter, going 1-5 from the field, hit 2 of her first 3 in the second quarter and the MUSTANGS had cut the lead to 5, 22-17. BROWN struggled in the second quarter, shooting 0-6, but JASMINE BOYD scored 6 points in the quarter and the MUSTANGS held the CADETS to 1-13 shooting for the quarter and it was all tied up at 25-25 with 1;52 to go in the half. The CADETS did convert 3 free throws down the stretch and went in at intermission, up 3, 28-25.

The CADETS built the lead to 34-28 and 42-34 before holding a 45-38 with 3:47 to go in the third. Those 4 minutes had a 17-13 flurry in favor of the CADETS. BROWN started to ignite, scoring 11 points in the quarter, shooting 4-5 from the floor and 3-4 from the line. But charity proved to be a good thing for the CADETS as they made 10-12 free throws in the quarter including MOORIAH ROWSER draining all 6 of her attempts. JASMINE BAILEY came up huge for the CADETS in their 21 point quarter, scoring 7 points. A pair of buckets and pair of free throws exchanged had it 49-42, CADETS, with one to go.

BROWN missed her first shot of the quarter but got it back and scored to make it 49-44 before BAILEY came up big again to stifle the drive, hitting both of her free throws down at the other end. BROWN drove to the bucket and earned an and-one to cut it to 57-50 with 3:41 to go and a timeout was called. BROWN hit the free throw after the break but it was as close as the ‘STANGS would come as MARIAH JONES came up clutch from the charity in the fourth quarter, hitting all 8 attempts and going 10-10 for the game.

ROWSER led the CADETS with 16 points, ALLEN scored 13 while BAILEY provided a spark with 11. CLARK and JONES each scored 10 points for the CADETS. BROWN led the MUSTANGS, scoring 24 points, on 7-19 shooting, and 9-11 from the line. ALEXANDER added 12 points and BOYD added 10 for the MUSTANGS. The CADETS shot 34-46 from the line though JONES and ROWSER combined for 16-18, most of those down the stretch.

The CADETS and ROWSER showed that they could survive a tough shooting performance with the CADETS shooting 16-47 and ROWSER shooting 4-16 for the game. The CADETS have many moving pieces and one time it’s ROWSER, one time it’s ALLEN, maybe JONES going 10-10 from the line, maybe BAILEY with 11 second half points. CLARK, OLIVER, STEWART, RAY, WILLIAMS. The list goes on. BROWN finished out an illustrious career at MCNAMARA garnishing WCAC POY honors as a going away gift to G’TOWN. Let me correct that, it wasn’t a gift, she earned it.

On to the next one. Tomorrow night at Bender, 6:30. ST. JOHNS v GOOD COUNSEL. Round 3. ST. JOHNS could and would be the 5th different WCAC shool to capture a title in as many years if the CADETS can hold off the FALCONS a third time.

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WCAC Semifinals @ Bender Arena, Washington DC


GOOD COUNSEL 66 HOLY CROSS 47

The main feature had all the trimmings of a classic. All 6 games played between the Big 3 this season had come down to the last minute and in 4 of the 6, the last shot. Six FALCONS graduating, including the 3 starters, BOO ABSHRE, SYDNEY LEWIS and KIM TULLIS all playing in possibly their last WCAC game AKILAH BETHEL, JAKARI THOMPSON and ASHLEY COTTING were contemplating maybe their last game in a TARTAN jersey in the WCAC. Over 2,500 packed Bender Arena to see this trilogy unfold and see who gets the chance to take on the ST. JOHNS CADETS in the final.

This game, like the first semifinal, started with missed shots. KIM TULLIS got things going on the first possession and drained a 3 to start things off but the next 3+ minutes had GOOD COUNSEL make just 1-7 shots and HOLY CROSS made just 2 of their first 5 attempts and the score stood at, 5-4, with 4:11 to go. KIM TULLIS hit another jumper and then added another 3 a minute later anf the FALCONS led, 12-6, with 2 to go. BETHEL banged a 3, only 1 of the 2 field goals she made on the night, to cut it to 3 but TULLIS hit a free throw and junior FAITH RANDOLPH hit a 3 that would change the game to make it 16-9 after one quarter.

That three only made it a 7 point margin but what that trey did was give RANDOLPH the green light to take over the game. And take over the game she did. Including that 3, RANDOLPH scored the final 17 FALCON points before intermission including all 14 FALCON points in the second quarter. RANDOLPH shot 4-5 from the field, including 2 3’s and 4-5 from the line. LANAY MONTGOMERY, the talented 6’5 post, finally scored her first field goal with a minute to go in the first half. The TARTAN offense was lethargic and couldn’t generate any production. The TARTANS had just 13 points, 14 minutes in and trailed, 28-13, with 1:45 in the half. Luckily, and I mean very, the TARTANS closed on a 7-2 run thanks to a 50 foot shot by DOMONIQUE JOHNSON to cut to, 30-30, at the half.

TULLIS scored 8 of the FALCONS first 9 points and RANDOLPH just scored 17 straight FALCON points. JOHNSON didn’t play early and that seemed to hurt the TARTANS. They didn’t exploit the low post as MONTGOMERY took just 3 first half shots.

The TARTANS would get as close as 8 when PANDORA WILSON opened the half with a bucket, but that is as close as the TARTANS would come. The FALCONS held the TARTANS to just 5 more points in the quarter and had a 40-27 lead going into the fourth. At that point RANDOLPH had 23 points and the TARTANS just 27. All HOLY CROSS had left was their faith. Only problem today was that the FALCONS seemed to have a little more FAITH.

RANDOLPH finished with 25 points on 6-10 shooting and 10-12 from the line. TULLIS scored 11 and AMAND FIORVANTI scored 8 for the FALCONS. JOHNSON, despite playing just 2 1/2 quarters, led the TARTANS in scoring with 11 points. BETHEL, struggled, shooting 2-15, and had 7 turnovers. MONTGOMERY had 8 blocked shots and did an outstanding job on FIORVANTI on the defensive end but was a non-factor on the offensive end, scoring 8 points on 3-7 shooting. Nice career for BETHEL as she moves out to Morgantown. The TARTANS should still be a force next year with MONTGOMERY, WILSON, JOHNSON, MCCARLEY, SWAILS, DUNSTON and ALHASSAN slated to return

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WCAC Championship @ Bender Arena, Washington DC


ST JOHNS 62 GOOD COUNSEL 54

The CADETS once had dominated the toughest league America, winning 5 of 7 titles from ‘98-04 and appearing in the championship game an incredible 9 straight years from ‘97-‘05. Yet the CADETS hadn’t won a league title since ‘04 and while 4 different champions were crowned since ‘07 it seemed from the very beginning it may be their year. Coming off a championship in the vaunted Best of Maryland over SPALDING, the CADETS kicked off the new season with a 6 point win over those same CAVALIERS. The rolled through December and January, unscathed, beating nationally ranked NAZARETH in the Breezy Bishop, and dispatching national top 50’s and league rivals, GOOD COUNSEL and HOLY CROSS 3 times collectively before heading down the stretch run.

Then came the hiccups, the speed bumps, the obstacles champions must overcome to achieve greatness. The CADETS finally were on the other end of a heartbreaker, having felt the jubilation in the first 2 meetings against the other 2 in the Big 3. Each time ST JOHNS had escaped the final seconds with a victory. HOLY CROSS reversed the CADET fortunes February 4th with a 59-58 squeaker that eerily resembled the first 2 games aside from who was on which side of the result. The CADETS picked up their bags 6 days later and went into Crusader Fieldhouse only to play their worst game of the year. They regrouped and focused on their primary objective of the year, the WCAC title. First up the regular season title and then the WCAC tournament championship that the school on Military Road had once felt so dear to but in recent years had felt so distant from.

The CADETS focus seemed blurry the next night after the RIVERDALE loss as they tangled with CARROLL for longer than expected but came back the following week with a second big win over GOOD COUNSEL, 74-69. They followed that up with a 20 point victory over BISHOP MCNAMARA and an 18 point win over RYKEN. The CADETS then posted an 87 point performance in the first round of the playoffs against RYKEN and then beat BISHOP MCNAMARA, for the 3rd time this season by double-digits, to earn a final berth and a shot at the crown. Finally. Now all they had to do was beat GOOD COUNSEL a third time and against a team that surely had revenge on their minds. Not to mention, the FALCONS were looking for their 3rd WCAC title in 7 years and looking to put their name on the WCAC marquee with one win over their foes from the District.

The game 3 matchup for all the marbles, before 2,500+ in Bender, started out for the FALCONS as it did against the HOLY CROSS TARTANS in the semifinal, with a KIM TULLIS trey. TULLIS was instrumental in the semifinal win, giving the FALCONS some cushion that they would sustain and what teammate FAITH RANDOLPH would capitalize on to earn a championship berth. Both would find it hard going on this night against the CADETS. The FALCONS would push the lead to 5 midway through the first quarter before the CADETS would give them their marching orders and re-establish a new, an old, champion of the WCAC.

The CADETS then started to clamp down defensively and MOORIAH ROWSER stepped up offensively with 2 buckets to claim the lead and close out the quarter with an 11-2 run. The CADETS held the FALCONS to 6-29 from the field for the half including holding the FALCS to 3 of their last 23 in the half. Despite shutting down the GOOD COUNSEL offense, specifically RANDOLPH, who scored 17 straight points in the semifinal, the FALCONS trailed by just 7 at intermission, 28-21. MARIAH JONES, the CADETS lone senior starter, played a great game, scoring 15 points, and contributing to the CADETS stifling defense. JONES was looking for her first WCAC title after hearing of the CADET dominance during before the MARISSA COLEMAN days and beyond. The six FALCONS seniors, including the three veteran starters, BOO ABSHIRE, TULLIS and SYDNEY LEWIS had tasted the title before and were looking to leave the dynamic league with two.

It was a JONES old school and-one that lifted some momentum from the FALCONS after they had clawed their way back to a 5 point deficit after a RANDOLPH bucket capped a 9-4 run for GC. JONES, who had converted all 10 free throw attempts in the semifinal win over MCNAMARA, calmly drained the charity chance and the lead was again at 8. The FALCONS cut it to 5 one more time, with 4 minutes to go after a AMANDA FIORVANTI bucket, but it would be their last hurrah as the CADETS did what they had done all game and virtually the entire season, play aggressive defense, make big shots, and convert their free throws down the stretch. The CADET d, limited the FALCONS to 18-62 shooting for the day, ALLEN scored 3 buckets down the stretch and ROWSER made her free throws in the clutch once again. The title was the CADETS to savor and possibly build on with 7 of their top 9 players returning next year including 4 starters. For the FALCONS, their 6 seniors were part of a team that not only won the title during their span but notched 100 victories over their 4 year span.

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continued, ST. JOHNS v GOOD COUNSEL

The CADETS were led in scoring by their backcourt trio with ROWSER scoring 16 points, JONES 15 and ALLEN 13. TORI OLIVER, JADE CLARK, KAZZIDY STEWART and CHAINA RAY all played well in their first championship game and look to build on the fame and fortune next year. The CADETS made 22-26 from the line and was another vital part of the machine that has been clicking on all cylinders for the majority of the season. FIORVANTI, led the FALCONS, contributed a workman-like 17 points and 12 rebounds in the final for the FALCONS. RANDOLPH finished with 7 points on 3-16 shooting, after scoring 25 points on 6-11 shooting in the semifinals. Senoir ABSHIRE finished her WCAC career with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in the defeat.

The FALCONS bring back the talented junior guard, RANDOLPH, the sophomore post, FIORVANTI, and sophomore guard LINDSEY SPANN and freshman SARA WOODS despite losing the 6-pack of veterans that dotted the roster from Olney. With the CADETS returning firepower, the pieces the FALCONS have coming back, and LANAY MONTGOMERY, PANDORA WILSON, DOMO JOHNSON, TAYLOR MCCARLEY and co. returning to Kensington, next year should be much of the same. The same being, 3 top notch teams in the country, a half dozen barn burners, and as much excitement and high-cailber competition as you could shake a stick at.

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