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.

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