Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Playoff Quick Hitters!!!

- Southwest star, Shana Holmes has played her last high school game. Holmes has scored over 2500 points in her career dispite being sidelined almost half of her senior campaign recovering from a knee injury. Congrats on a great career!

- Speaking of recovering, Brennan sophomore guard, Ashlynn Graham spent Monday night in the emergency room with stomach related issues. The 5'1 defensive pest put on a show in a huge victory over Clemens a night later. Graham had 4 steals which she converted into big buckets in the second half to elevate her squad. A couple of the finishes were acrobatic And 1's in traffic. She was marvelous!

- Brennan freshman Tanaeya Boclair played the entire game and finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds in a very spirited effort. In addition to being one of the best 2014's in the city, she is also a great communicator. She constantly talks and helps direct defensive assignments throughout the game. UTSA was in the house to see the 6'0 gamer.

- In a game featuring a lot of young talent, Clemens freshman Sabrina Cantigal stepped up in a big way. Cantigal finished with 16 points and exhibited her much improved skill set. She is super strong for a youngster and has one of the best Euro-Steps in the city on the girls side.

- Clemens junior Senobia Winbush looked like a Division 1 kid last night displaying a solid handle and impressive jump hooks in the lane. Brennan sophomore Alyssa Crockett looked like a D1 kid for the Bears. She showed a knack for making difficult shots and sturdy frame allows her to touch paint often.

- The Brennan vs Clemens game featured two great coaching efforts. Clemens head coach, Coy Tackitts ran a motion offense that featured numerous pin down screens and flex cuts. He called out sets to ride the hot hand on numerous occasions. His game plan was executed well early and his team enjoyed a double digit lead the entire first half. Brennan head coach, Randy Evans came out in the second half with great adjustments to counter Tackitts. He clogged the lane with a soft man defense to eliminate the effectiveness of the flex cuts. He then switch to a match up zone to neutralize the pin down screens and dared Clemens to beat him from the outside. The adjustments worked. The game was refreshing.

-Speaking of Evans, he comes from the boys side of high school and club ball. He did something interesting last week. Evans reached out to the club coaches of a couple of his players to ask them to send words of encouragement to his players. He invited the club coaches to the game in an effort to help booster the confidence of his young ball players. Evans was looking for any mental edge to help propel his team to victory. The Lady Bears are in good hands.

-The last time Smithson Valley won a district championship, none of the current players were born. The Lady Rangers followed up their district title with a blowout win over Kerrville. Tulane bound star, Danielle Blagg(18) and Alison Salmon(12) combined to outscore the entire Kerrville teams themselves, 30-25.

- Jay will face Churchill in the next round. The playoffs are shaping up as many of us initially thought. My Top 5 in the city in a September blog:

1. Jay
2. Steele
3. Wagner
4. Churchill
5. Stevens

I mention Reagan and Roosevelt while arguing that 26-5A was the toughest district in the city. Now Reagan will face Stevens in what is shaping up to be a 6 team race for the city crown. Two teams from 26-5A(Churchill,Reagan) two teams from 27-5A(Jay,Stevens) and 25-5A(Wagner,Steele).