Tuesday, December 9, 2008

GIRLS HOOPS: Powers vs. Heritage

**6-1 Jourdan Erskine drives to the basket**
**Liza Flewelling chases down a loose ball**
**Davi'elle Thomas tries to stay on her feet**
**Grace Herzog goes up for 2 over 2 defenders**

Saginaw- Jourdan Erskine and Davi'elle Thomas were able to keep their Heritage team close for the majority of the first half against Powers on Monday night. But after Erskine picked up her third foul, and was forced to take a seat with 3:37 to play in the half, Powers went on a 8-0 run to take a 27-17 lead into the half.

The run continued into the second half as Powers scored the first 18 points of the third quarter until Erskine's steal and lay-up ended the run, making the score 45-19. Powers' Stephanie Kelly's basket, while being fouled, completed a three point play to give her Chargers a 49-19 lead going into the fourth quarter. Powers ended the game with a 67-33 win.

BREAKDOWN: Powers just wore Heritage down, but I give credit to Erskine and Thomas for fighting and hitting baskets to stay close early on. Powers has a very deep bench and was able to use plenty of energy to get out and run.

Powers also had a huge rebounding advantage with six players standing 5-11 or taller. Powers did a phenomenal job of out-letting the ball, to get out in transition, which led to uncontested baskets.

PLAYER OF GAME: Grace Herzog, Powers 6-3 center- the SVSU commit has really improved her game. She blocked 4 shots in the second quarter to ignite Powers' big run, while finishing with 6. She added 10 rebounds to go with 9 points and she did a good job of forcing Erskine to shoot over her.


Jourdan Erskine, Heritage, 6-1 wing fwd-
has really improved her range and ability to play other positions. The New Mexico commit had good rotation on her shot, and knocked down two 3-pointers. She even played point guard at times and seemed comfortable bring the ball up court. She finished with 11 points and 9 rebounds.

Davi'elle Thomas, Heritage, 5-7 PG- the junior point guard is fast and can really push the ball up the court. Powers was forced to play zone to keep Thomas out of the paint or else she would just blow by her defender with a simple crossover. Thomas struggled to get shots to fall and was only able to score 5 points.

Stephanie Kelly, Powers, 5-4 PG- Kelly is a tough point guard that really has a handle on Powers' offense. She does a good job moving the ball around as well as getting into the lane. She ended up with 8 points, 5 assist, and 5 steals.

Liza Flewelling, Powers, 6-0 PF- Liz is more of an enforcer which compliments Herzog well, she is also more polished offensively and can finish plays near the basket.

Lindsey McPherson, Powers, 6-0 wing- at 6 foot the junior is more of a wing and has a good shot from beyond the arc. She comes off the bench but her play keeps Powers at full strength.

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