Monday, January 19, 2009

HOOPS: Lumen Christi vs. Owosso

**sophomore Dan Chilcote**
**Owosso had problems containing Chilcote**
**Joe Blanchett looking to shoot**
**Jay Willis sizes up his opponent**

Owosso- Friday night I headed out to Owosso to check out the Trojans’ game verse Jackson Lumen Christi. Lumen Christi has a balanced attack as five players scored nine or more points but leading the way, just like he has done all season, was sophomore Dan Chilcote. The 6-7 wing forward is off to a solid sophomore season as he fills up the stat sheet on a nightly basis and Friday night wasn't any different in Lumen Christi’s 67-51 win over the Trojans.

Chilcote came alive in the second quarter by following up a long 2-pointer with a drive and dish to Sean Gallant to spark Lumen Christi to a 8-0 run and a 21-13 lead. But then Chilcote picked up his third foul and was forced to spend the rest of the quarter on the bench. While on the bench, Chilcote’s teammates held their own as they managed to take a 29-18 lead into the half.

While I made the trip to evaluate Chilcote’s progress, I left impressed with another player- Owosso’s Joe Blanchett. Blanchett has a pure stroke from deep and did his best to keep his team at bay. The junior guard scored eight points in the final two minutes of the third quarter to trail 49-37. But in the end Lumen Christi had just too much beef down low for Owosso to contend with in 6-7 Chilcote, 6-6 Gallant, and 6-5 Zach Thomas.

BREAKDOWN: Lumen Christi improves to 3-0 in CAAC-Red play and the Titans can also make some noise in March as they play in a pretty soft district and teams will have trouble matching up with their size.

It was evident that Owosso lives and dies by the 3-pointer, and against Lumen the Trojans just couldn’t get shots to fall but you also have to credit Lumen’s defense for that. Owosso can get hot on certain nights just like I'm guessing they did when they beat Grand Ledge earlier in the season.

PLAYER OF GAME: Dan Chilcote, Lumen Christi second quarter foul trouble limited Chilcote’s minutes but it didn’t slow down his production. As a sophomore Chilcote is the key to his team’s success as he contributes in every aspect of the game, his stat line against Owosso read- 18 points, 11 boards, 4 assist, and 3 blocks.


Joe Blanchett, Owosso- very crafty with the ball and he knows how to get open. He never quits moving, he constantly was running off picks trying to free himself up. As good as Blanchett is shooting he’s just as smooth putting the ball on the floor and getting to the basket, finished with 19 points.

Sean Gallant, LC- 6-6 senior who is more productive in the post but isn’t bad handling the ball out on the perimeter. Chipped in with 9 points.

Zach Thomas, LC- he’s listed at 6-5 but looks a lot taller due to his frame, especially the width of his shoulders. Showed off some decent post moves on the block, also chipped in with 9 points.

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Below is the NGS "BIG 50" along with team rankings for every class.

1. Arthur Hill

Rebounded from a season opener loss at Brighton to win six straight. Juanita Cochran, Kiah Douglas, and Corie Buchanan form the state's best defensive trio.
2. East Lansing
Sami Tucker and Klarissa Bell have the Trojans at a perfect 8-0, but needed a fourth quarter rally to beat Class B- Eaton Rapids at home on Tuesday.
3. Brighton
Quite impressive so far with a 6-1 record that includes a win over Arthur Hill with lone loss coming to East Lansing.
4. Detroit Renaissance
A 6-2 record with both looses being by single digits to Country Day and Arthur Hill on the road. Forwards Lorreal Jones and Asia Boyd are two of the state's best!
5. Benton Harbor
Destiny Williams will keep the Tigers competitive and highly ranked with a 6-1 record, however only loss was by nearly 20 points to Detroit Community.
6. Canton
7. Midland High
8. East Kentwood
9. Ann Arbor Huron
10. Grosse Pointe North

1. Country Day

Every night a different D-1 prospect has led the way as the Yellowjackets continue to make statement wins in Michigan and Ohio.
2. Detroit Community
Big win over Benton Harbor has everyone thinking that Community just may have a shot against Country Day. Nya Jordan and Crystal Bradford have been fantastic!
3. Grand Rapids C.C.
Building a nice resume with wins over Powers, Nouvel, and Rockford.
4. Flint Powers
As Grace Herzog continues her strong play the 8-1 Chargers will only get better. Sure bet the Chargers would like another shot against G.R.C.C.
5. Dewitt
Rebounded from a loss to East Lansing with a win over conference rival Eaton Rapids to stand at 6-1.
6. Zeeland East
7. Grand Rapids Christian
8. Haslett

9. Goodrich
10. Eaton Rapids

1. Flint Hamady

Michigan State commit Jasmine Thomas is just one of Hamady's D-1 prospects...could this be the year Hamady finally gets by Nouvel?
2. Nouvel C.C.
An embarrassing losses to Country Day still lingers, but this veteran team is still an elite team in Class C, having Jenny Ryan doesn't hurt either.
3. Houghton

The Gremlins are a perfect 8-0
4. Morley Stanwood
April Emerson and Alexis Huntley have led Stanwood to a 7-0 record.
5. Sandusky
Marissa DeMotte is making her case for Class C player of the year as she has led her team to a 7-1 record.
6. Laingsburg
7. Michigan Center
8. McBain
9. Saginaw Valley Lutheran
10. Flint Beecher

1. New Lothrop

Defending champs have shot out to a 8-1 record with lone loss coming to rival Flint Hamady by 12 points. Ashley Root heads a balance scoring attack.
2. Marine City Cardinal Mooney
The Threut sisters- Sammy, Allie, and Sarah, are perfect at 8-0.
3. Cedarville
Jessica Duncan has picked up where she left off as Cedarville is undefeated at 8-0.
4. Michigan Lutheran Seminary
MLS is 6-1 with a loss to Nouvel is season opener. 6-0 wing Gracie Baumgartner just might be the best player in Class D!
5. Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart

First year head coach Damon Brown has a rebuilt Sacred Heart team sitting at 8-1.
6. Portland St. Patrick
7. Birmingham Roeper
8. Muskegon Catholic Central
9. Johannesburg- Lewiston
10. Ontonagon

“BIG 50”
1. Country Day
2. Arthur Hill
3. Detroit Community
4. East Lansing
5. Brighton
6. Detroit Renaissance
7. Grand Rapids C.C.
8. Flint Powers
9. Benton Harbor
10. Flint Hamady
11. Canton
12. Midland High
Has surprised the SVL with an 8-0 record that includes wins over Midland Dow and Cadillac. Big game tonight against Arthur Hill.
13. East Kentwood
14. Ann Arbor Huron
Tyler Hardy has Huron at 6-0 while the senior joined the 1,000 point club this week.
15. Grosse Pointe North
Don't look now but guess who's back? Ariel Braker scored 19 in her first game back and expect to see North quickly climb this list.
16. Birmingham Marian
17. Detroit Pershing
18. Zeeland East
19. Flushing

Big win at Midland Dow but the loss to Powers hurts, but Flushing will see Powers two more times in conference play.
20. Midland Dow

One of the elite teams in the state on paper with Becca Mills and Jessica Schroll but Dow didn't look good in losses to Flushing and Midland.
21. Southfield Lathrup

22. Okemos
23. Grosse Point South

24. Flint Northern
Despite a 4-3 record, with losses to Arthur Hill, Marian, and Ann Arbor Huron, the Vikings can play and will compete for the SVL title.
25. Haslett
26. West Bloomfield
27. Grandville
28. Nouvel C.C.
29. Livonia Franklin
30. Grand Rapids Christian
31. New Lothrop
32. Dewitt
33. Temperance Bedford
34. Chippewa Valley
35. Lake Orion
36. Marine City Cardinal Mooney
37. Ypsilanti
38. Howell
39. North Farmington
40. K-Zoo Loy Norrix
41. Detroit Cody
42. Hartland
43. Houghton
44. Walled Lake Central
45. Detroit Mumford
46. Utica Ford
47. Muskegon Mona Shores
48. Monroe
49. Cedarville
50. South Lyon

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

HOOPS: Northwestern vs. Northern

**sophomore Shaq Smith**
**Walter Trouser scored a career high 28 points**
**sophomore Shaun Coffer**
**Northwestern's Trence Cureton**

FLINT- Monday night Flint Northwestern and Flint Northern got together for a big time rivalry game with two schools that sit less than 5 miles apart from each other. Northern held ground on their home court with a 66-61 win in a hard fought game.

Northern held a 16-12 lead heading into the second quarter and guards Shaquille Smith and Carlos Benton were getting plenty of open looks in the opening quarter, forcing Northwestern to switch defenses to a 2-3 zone. The move worked as Northern went cold trying to shoot over the zone and only scored 5 points in the second quarter.

While Northern was going through their shooting woes Northwestern was off and running. Three buckets from Walter Trouser keyed a Wildcat 10-0 run to give Northwestern a 19-16 lead. Three of Northern's five second quarter points came on a Demetrius Peterson 3-pointer as the halftime horn sounded to cut Northwestern's lead to 22-21.

In the second half 5-5 sophomore Shaun Coffer exploited the Wildcat zone and his ability to break down the zone gave Northern their scoring edge back. Northern regained the lead on a Smith lay up with less than five minutes to play in the fourth quarter. The Vikings then switched defenses to a full court press and two forced turnovers turned into easy baskets for Smith and Benton to take a 56-62 lead with 3:26 to play. Those baskets proved to be the game's difference as Northern held off Northwestern for the remainder of the game.

BREAKDOWN: I won't get into any DeAndre Upchurch conversation but I will say Northwestern is not the same team anymore. Even without the obvious, (Upchurch's scoring) the Wildcats just seem to be unfocused and you can tell as a team that they are hurting on and off the floor without their teammate. But while they are struggling right now, don't expect to just see this team fade away because Coach Bush and staff will make sure this team bounce back.

On the other side, I like what I see out of Northern- they have some fight in them and they have a solid group of young talented players in Smith, Fisher, and Coffer. As this core continues to improve Northern will be tough to beat for the next couple of years.

PLAYER OF GAME: Shaq Smith, Northern- the sophomore 2-guard was quite impressive, although he did manage to pick up three fouls, all on offensive charges. For the most part I like his decision makings and his aggressiveness to attack the basket but at times he just needs to take the foot off the gas.


Donald Fisher, Northern- had 3 blocks in a two minute span of the first quarter while finishing with 6 blocks to go with 6 points and 5 rebounds. The older and more physical Chris Campbell tried to go right at the 6-7 freshman but Fisher held his ground.

Shaun Coffer, Northern-
Coffer has matured quiet a bit on the court and he uses his size to his advantage, forcing teams to contend with his speed. Coffer was solid in running the offense and moving the ball around when his teammates were struggling against the zone.

Walter Trouser, NW- had 11 of his game high 28 points in the second quarter when Northwestern took over the lead. Trouser will have to carry most of the scoring load for the rest of the season and he could have had 40 points in this game but plenty of shots just rolled in and out on the 6-2 senior.

Monday, January 12, 2009

HOOPS: Muskegon Heights vs. Sexton

**Drew Valentine goes up for 2 of his 18 points**
**Denzel Valentine splits the top of a zone**
**Sean Davis led the Hieghts with 18 points**
**Lemarcus Beckem catches an ally**

Lansing- Saturday afternoon Muskegon Heights traveled south to take on the Big Reds of Sexton High School and while Sexton controlled most of the game it was their inability to handle a frantic Muskegon press in the final minute that allowed the visiting Tigers to steal a 73-67 win.

Drew Valentine got going early and his offensive tip back gave Sexton an 8-3 lead but then both defenses flexed their muscles and points were hard to come by as Sexton led 13-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Four straight points from Denzel Valentine extended the Big Red lead to 17-9 early in the second. Muskegon answered with a run and a lay up from, junior, Jamil Thornton tied the game at 21-21. A 3-pointer from sophomore Tyrin Wade capped a Sexton 8-0 run but then Muskegon finished the quarter with their own 8-0 run to make the score 30-29 in Sexton's favor at the half.

Sexton controlled the momentum and the scoreboard for a majority of the second half but the Big Reds just couldn't distance theirselves from a scrappy Tiger team. Sexton controlled a 61-52 lead, with 5: 23 left in the fourth, on a Nate Duhon 3-pointer but a 13-3 run and a 3-pointer from Muskegon's Moses Buckley cut the Sexton lead down to a single point with 1:30 to play. A Tiger's foul shot tied the game with 56 seconds left and a steal from Ricarri Stimage turned into a Buckley lay up to give Muskegon their first lead of the game at 68-66 with 50 seconds left. Muskegon was able to knock down five foul shots in the final 20 seconds to seal the win.

BREAKDOWN: Sexton had control of this game for four quarters but it was the turnovers late in the game that killed them. The Heights is a scrappy team and Coach Keith Guy always has his teams well prepared year in and year out, so you just knew Muskegon was going to hang around. Muskegon pressed periodically the whole game and Sexton handled it well, but I'm just not sure why they had trouble late in the game as Muskegon forced 4 steals in the final two minutes. But Sexton will be just fine down the road because they are still gelling as a team since this was just Drew Valentine's third game back from injury. Once Valentine gets fully comfortable the Big Reds will be tough to beat.

PLAYER OF GAME: Sean Davis, Heights- a lanky wing that can spot up and shoot but is most dangerous when he slices his way to the basket. The 6-2 senior finished with a team high 18 points.


Jullian Plummer, Heights- a nice player who relies on his physical traits. The 6-6 forward had a quiet day as he battled foul trouble trying to guard Drew Valentine. On another note Plummer was listed as a freshman last year but is now a junior and it was confirmed by his coach.

Ricarri Stimage, Heights- logged 7 points but came up with 2 big steals in the game's final minute to give his team the lead.

Drew Valentine, Sexton- in his third game back Drew still doesn't look 100% but he was easily the best player on the court. Drew just has a feel for the game and always seems to make the right play. Led his team with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Denzel Valentine, Sexton- the young freshman made some real nice plays and was solid taking care of the ball against the press. He was five of six at the free throw line as he finished with 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals.

Nate Duhon, Sexton- added 17 points for Sexton.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

GIRLS HOOPS: Saginaw vs. Arthur Hill

Kiah Douglas prepares to bring the ball up court**
**Corie Buchanan prepares to attack the paint**
**Diamond Tolliver pushes the ball in the first quarter**
**Juanita Cochran blocks a shot**

Saginaw- Rivalry week continued in Saginaw this week as Saginaw High's and Arthur Hill's girls team took center stage Thursday night at Arthur Hill, and while the girl's game might not have the same pizzazz as the boys, you couldn't tell that to the ladies who took the court or the packed crowd who filled the gym.

Things didn't get off as planned for the Lady Jacks when point guard Corie Buchanan picked up her second foul just a minute and a half into the contest. With Buchanan on the bench, Saginaw's point guard Diamond Tolliver took advantage and her "and 1" play gave the Trojans an 8-3 lead.

Arthur Hill's Juanita Cochran and Kiah Douglas stepped up and carried the load with Cochran doing her thing in the paint and Douglas sliding over to the point. An assist from Douglas to Nana Hall tied the game at 11-11 and a second assist from Douglas to My'esia Moore gave the Hill their first lead at 13-11 as the first quarter horn sounded.

Midway through the second quarter Buchanan checked back into the game and went right to work, a pull-up jumper followed by two assist from Buchanan and Arthur Hill had theirselves a 25-15 lead with 3:30 on the clock. With just seconds until halftime, Tolliver lost her edge and was called for a technical foul giving Douglas a pair of free throws as Arthur Hill led 31-20 at halftime.

A three point play from Cochran gave the Hill a 39-25 lead with 3:48 to play in the third but then Saginaw fought back with a 8-2 run to cut the lead to 41-33. Two steals from Buchanan turned into open court lay-ups for herself and Douglas to give the Lady Jacks a 49-34 lead heading into the final quarter but Saginaw was never able to threaten again as Arthur Hill took a 67-58 victory.

BREAKDOWN: neither team played their best basketball but Saginaw was able to get up 10 points in the second quarter and that proved to be the difference. Arthur Hill really looked lost early on when Buchanan got into foul trouble. Saginaw got plenty of open looks and even took better shots near the basket but their undersized forwards just couldn't get shots to fall, but credit Cochran for that, as she controlled the paint.

PLAYER OF GAME: Juanita Cochran, Hill- the 6-2 center picked up a pair of fouls early but she did a great job the rest of the way by staying on the ground, keeping her hands high in the air, and forcing Saginaw to shoot over her. The results were a poor shooting percentage by Saginaw and a 18 point, 11 rebound, and 3 block night for Juanita.


Corie Buchanan, Hill- never really got her shot going but she made up for it by attacking the paint and tossing some pretty fancy passes to her teammates for easy shots. Finished with 11 points, 5 steals, and 7 assist.

Kiah Douglas, Hill- did a nice job at the point while Corie was in foul trouble. She was able to push the ball and get into the lanes, added 13 points in the winning cause.

Diamond Tolliver, High- finished with 14 points and her play and ability to push the ball was the reason Saginaw took an early lead but then she faded away in the second half.

Amber Jackson, High-
the five foot senior is small but she is tough as heck and gets very physical defensively. She wasn't around early in the season but she makes Saginaw a better team.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

HOOPS: Saginaw vs. Arthur Hill

**Jimmy Davis throws up a runner in the paint**
**Pookie slashes into the lane**
**Greg Hayes throws up a floater**
**Mike Schaaf throws down a 1st quarter dunk**
**Tommie McCune makes a move towards the basket**
**Freshman Jordan Hare**
**Mike Green aggressively attempts a lay-up**

Saginaw- Saginaw High traveled west to Arthur Hill for "round 1" of the schools annual three game series rivalry, and after watching the two teams duke it out for four quarters it's no wonder that the last three Class A State Champions have played in this game. For four quarters both teams exchanged punch for punch, but time ran out on the Lumberjacks before they could counter back and deliver one last punch to send the game into overtime, allowing the High to give the Hill their first lost of the season with a 83-81 decision.

It was a see-saw battle from the opening tip as the sold out crowd fueled both teams with an enormous amount of energy. Dunks from Chris Webb and Mike Schaaf helped Arthur Hill take an early 8-2 lead and a 22-19 lead going into the second quarter.

Arthur Hill's lead built to 29-19 in the second quarter as Maurice "Pookie" Jones took it right at the Trojan's press and constantly found Schaaf open under the basket for easy buckets. But then Saginaw's Jimmy Davis got hot and knocked down two 3-pointers and a break away two handed slam from Greg Hayes cut the lead to 31-28. The High took their first lead of the game, 32-31, on Tommie McCune's 18 foot jumper and built a five point lead on baskets from Demetrius Simmons and Mike Green, while Pookie's 3-pointer at the buzzer cut the Trojan lead to 39-38 at the half.

The third quarter turned into a 3-point contest as the two teams combined for 10 straight 3-pointers. In a 15 second span of the third quarter Davis, Pookie, and Hayes all connected on long 3-pointers as the two teams went back and forth. In the midst of the hectic play Saginaw built a double digit lead but another 3-pointer from Pookie cut Saginaw's lead to 62-56 heading into the final quarter.

Five straight points from Pookie cut the Trojan lead to 68-66 but then McCune stopped the Lumberjack rally with a monsterous slam right over Schaaf. But Pookie just wouldn't let his team go away and the 5-7 guard knocked down another 3-pointer that was followed up by a bucket from Webb that tied the game at 72-72 with 3:41 to play.

Arthur Hill took a 81-76 lead with a Webb 3-pointer and Pookie's kiss off the glass with 1:26 to play. A Davis 3-pointer for Saginaw made the score 81-79; and then the Lumberjacks turned the ball over twice in the final minute of the game which led to two mid-range jumpers from Green, one to tie the game and the other to take a 83-81 lead with 11 seconds to play.

Arthur Hill pushed the ball up the court but Pookie's fade away 3-pointer just rimmed off however Jalen Bland was there for a tip back that appeared to have sent the game into overtime, until one official ran over and waved the basket off saying the clock had expired.

BREAKDOWN: This game deserved overtime! I don't know if anyone in the gym can honestly say they were looking at the clock when it expired. These two teams fought and laid it on the line for four quarters and the refs shouldn't have decided the game, they should have let the players play it out in OT.

This was one of the better high school games I have seen in a while, I could have watched these teams fight all night long. Each team had a number of players that stood up and made plays. But as good as this game was it really didn't mean a thing except for bragging rights since it was a non-league game. These teams will meet up in conference play in two weeks, and then again in districts.

PLAYER OF GAME: Jimmy Davis, High- Davis knocked down seven 3-pointers on his way to a 30 point performance. But it wasn't just the scoring that made Davis the player of the game. This game is so intense that most young players aren't ready to play in this kind of atmosphere but Davis was all over the place shouting out instructions to his young teammates and leading the way mentally.
(alphabetical order)

Jalen Bland, Hill- entered the game and went right to work by knocking down three 3-pointers in the first half while finishing with 11 points.

Mike Green, High- as far as scoring goes, Green was quiet for most of the game until he hit the two big buckets in the end. But just like Davis, Green did a great job of leading the way and helping out the young fellas. Finished with 11 points.

Jordan Hare, Hill- the 6-7 freshman had 3 blocks in the first quarter to go with a tip back and a 10 foot jumper. He was quiet in the second half but showed flashes that he can be a real "special" player.

Greg Hayes, High- the football standout is turning into a big time hoops prospect. He's so quick and can slice his way into the paint at will, and his two hand slam showed great athleticism and was just SICK! Hayes was one of the few players that could stick with Pookie in the open court. Finished with 14 points.

Pookie Jones, Hill- Pook carried the scoring load in the second half while continuing to find open shots for his teammates. Pookie connected on four 3-pointers that led to 24 points, 10 assist, and 4 steals. Saginaw tried to trap Pookie every time he touched the ball but it didn't faze the lightning quick guard at all.

Tommie McCune, High- stat line read 6 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks but Tommie played a much bigger role than what his numbers indicate. McCune is the emotional leader of this team and he fed plenty of energy into his team. His dunk over Schaaf nearly brought the roof down.

Mike Schaaf, Hill- came up big time for his team. He was tough in the paint and ran the floor hard which led to plenty of scoring opportunities. He added a 3-pointer on his way to 25 points and 8 rebounds.

Demetrius Simmons, High- finished with 18 points, that were spread out over all four quarters, but it seemed like every basket came at a crucial time for the Trojans.

Chris Webb, Hill- finished with 11 points on three 3-pointers and a dunk. Did a good job of handling the Trojan press.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

GIRLS HOOPS: Flushing vs. Midland Dow

**Jordan LaDuke goes up while being fouled**
**6-3 sophomores- Becca Mills and Connor Morrish battle for a rebound**
**freshman Emily Wendling**
**Jessica Schroll pushes the ball after a steal**

Midland- Both teams entered the game with 6-0 records, but it was Flushing who stayed undefeated with a 43-29 win over Midland Dow. Flushing took away every advantage that the Chargers are use to having and forced 27 turnovers in the win.

A basket from freshman Emily Wendling gave Flushing a 9-2 lead and a Jordan LaDuke runner in the lane made the score 16-8 midway through the second quarter. At the 4:19 mark of the second quarter Jessica Schroll picked up her third foul and was forced to sit, but teammate Rebecca Mills picked up the slack and led a Charger run that allowed Dow to trim the lead to 18-15 at the half.

A steal and bucket from Schroll gave Midland their first lead at 21-20 with 5:40 to play in the third; but Flushing ended the quarter with a 7-0 run, 5 straight points from LaDuke, to take a 32-25 lead into the fourth quarter.

Flushing continued to pull away and a 3-pointer from LaDuke gave the Raiders a 10 point lead. Flushing made 7 free throws in the final minute and a half to stay undefeated.

BREAKDOWN: memo to coaches: both teams have basketball players so let the girls ball! Neither team could get into any kind of groove as they both walked the ball up the court just to run a play every time down the court, and I mean every time down the floor. The teams would even pull out of fastbreaks just to run a play as they looked like robots out there.

I was in awe of the size that both teams were able to put on the floor, at one point in the game Dow had four players six feet or taller on the court. It was also the first time that I saw two 6-3 sophomores go at it.

PLAYER OF GAME: Jordan LaDuke, Flushing- LaDuke started off slow but when she got hot it allowed Flushing to pull away. She's not just a spot up shooter anymore as she aggressively attacked the basket and was able to find the free throw line where she connected on 10 free throws that led to a game high 16 points.


Emily Wendling, Flushing- 6-1 freshman forward that added 4 points and 5 rebounds. She has good balance and isn't afraid to get physical in the paint.

Connor Morrish, Flushing-
a 6-3 sophomore that was forced to roam the 3-point line for most of the game due to Flushing's offense. She never got the opportunity to catch the ball on the block. She has work to do as she grows into her body but she also looks like she has some more growing to do.

Jessica Schroll, Dow- the Iowa State commit was in foul trouble and that limited her aggressiveness, however she still made some big plays on both ends of the court. A 6-0 she has a nice post game to go with her guard skills. Had 13 points and 4 steals for Dow.

Rebecca Mills, Dow- Mills, a 6-3 sophomore, was the best player on the floor. Very polished game and a number of times she brought the ball up the court after a rebound. She only finished with 8 points and 8 rebounds because Flushing collapsed on her every time she touched the ball in the post.