Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Quick Hitters

- Cheyenne Berry is our Rodney Dangerfield- Lytle star and Stephan F. Austin signee, Cheyenne Berry has scored the second most points in the city this year(403) and also ranks second in scoring average(23.7). The scoring point guard has averaged over 22 points per game for her entire career.However, she has not received the attention that other elite scorers have received. The smaller 3A division that she plays in is probably the reason for slight. Here are her numbers when compared to other elite local players against a common opponent, Boerne Champion.

While Berry had 27 points in an OT win against Champion last night, here are some others:

Alexis Govan-16 point in a Loss(49-37) to Champion
Erica Donovan- 14 points in a Win (44-38) over Champion
Julissa Garrett- 13 points in a Win (44-38) over Champion
Jessica Kuster- 14 points in a Win( 46-43 over Champion
CeCe Harper- 11 points in a Loss (61-38) to Champion
Ciara Mclee- 7 points in a Loss (38-25) to Champion

I am not saying that Berry is better than these above players. In fact, I have ranked Harper, Donovan, and Kuster higher than Berry. But, I am saying that Berry is often overlooked because of her school size. Her accomplishments are unfortunately discounted. Some of these other players are fortunate enough to play with more talent than Berry. She, along with Ashley Perez, have turned a losing program into a perennial playoff team. She knocks down the pins placed in front of her and can not choose her opponents. As we see, she fares as well as any in the city when presented with like opponents. It is about time she starts to get a little respect for her gaudy numbers.

SV Beats Reagan- Wow! SV is improving and Danielle Blagg is starting to grow into those talented shoes that she has been wearing for two years. A close look at the scoring balance of SV is interesting. Four players account for 42 points ( Blagg 12.8, Ashley Bryand 11.7, Lauren jay 9 and Alison Salmon 8.5). These four players account for 90% of SV total scoring. This balanced scoring attack is proving to be a tough out for the opposition.

As good a coach that I believe Terry Barton is, the 1-2 District start by the Rattlers prove that PLAYERS WIN GAMES! The Rattlers lost two college players from their back court and an extremely physical and effective power forward from last years team.

With Reagan and Madision struggling early in District, this season will apparently have some new kids at the party.

Marquisha Sparks is Ballin!- The power guard for MacArthur is leading 5th ranked team in the city in scoring at close to 13 points a game. MacArthur has a balanced scoring attack that features at least 4 college basketball players. Sparks has added range to her jumper and continues to punish weaker guards with her physical forays to the rack.

Speaking of Mac- Nicole Kindred is apparently drawing heavy interest from East Tennessee State. The Division 1 institution plays in the Atlantic Sun. Kindred was particularly impressive versus Reagan last week. She was doing it all and showing off her new three point range. She finished with 18 points in that game.

Speaking of College- Michelle Rodriquez is taking a visit to Southeast Louisiana this weekend. The shooter from Wagner had the University of Arkansas Monticello at her game last night. Rodriguez finished with 13 in a blowout versus East Central.

Marshall standout, Jordan Collazo is also visiting Southeast Louisiana this weekend. The Division 1 school plays in the Southland Conference along with UTSA.

The University of Arkansas Monticello is also taking the time to try and woo Shana Holmes this week. The school is planning to attend the high scoring guard for Southwest next game.

Wagner in the desert- Wagner is playing in the prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona later this month. The annual event draws a who's who of high school basketball programs. The event is one of the more attended high school events for college coaches. Confirmed teams range from Washington to Georgia and confirmed colleges in attendance will represent conferences from the huge Big East to the small West Coast Conference.