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Friday, December 31, 2010

Stanford women ends UConn streak at 90

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Connecticut forward Maya Moore (23) and guard Kelly Faris (34) walk to the bench in second half

Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma talks with his team in the first half

Stanford forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike (30) celebrates with guard Lindy La Rocque (15) after throwing the ball in the air

Stanford forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike (30) drives past Connecticut forward Maya Moore (23) during the second half

Top-ranked Connecticut's record 90-game winning streak in women's basketball ended Thursday night when Stanford (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP) outplayed the Huskies from the start in a 71-59 victory at Maples Pavilion -- where the Cardinal have their own streak going.

Stanford hasn't lost in 52 games at home. The Cardinal took an early 13-point lead, never trailed and didn't let the mighty Huskies back in it after halftime in this one. They kept pounding the ball inside and banging the boards.



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2010 Ronald Curry - Boo Williams Holiday Tournament Results

Pool A

Tuesday 28, 2010
Riverdale Baptist - 60 Woodside HS - 45 F
Princess Anne 59 - Columbia HS 40 F
Oak Hill 51 - Overton 50 F

Wednesday 29, 2010
Lake Taylor 51 - Bishop McNamara 36 F


Winners Bracket
Riverdale Baptist vs Princess Anne @ 8PM Court 1
Lake Taylor vs Oak Hill @ 8PM Court 3

Losers Bracket
Woodside HS vs Columbia @ 5PM Court 3
Bishop McNamara vs Overton HS @ 6:30PM Court 1



Pool B

Tuesday 28, 2010
Seton Kecough 66 - Heritage 28
Landstown 54 - Osbourne Park 51
Norfolk Christian 66 - Hampton HS 53


Wednesday 29, 2010
River Mills Acad. 75 - Wilson HS 32


Winners Bracket
Seton Kecough - Landstown @ 8PM Court 2
Norfolk Christian - River Mills Acad. @ 8PM Court 4

Losers Bracket
Heritage HS - Osbourne Park @ 5PM Court 2
Hampton HS - Wilson HS @ 6:30PM Court 2

Pool C

Tuesday 28, 2010
Oxon Hill - 55 Menchville - 25 F
Williamsburg Christian 73 - Middleburg Academy 59 F


Wednesday 29, 2010
Maury 71 - Surry HS - 29 F

Winners Bracket
Oxon Hill vs Williamsburg Christian @ 6:30PM Court 3

Losers Bracket
Middleburg Academy vs Menchville @ 6:30PM Court 4

Marion, Dragon Fire Tournament Champs

Karla Norton saved her best for last. So did Timeshia Pettigrew, and the combination carried Marion to a 68-54 victory over Byhalia on Thursday night and its first Dragon Fire Invitational Championship at Collierville.

Tournament MVP Norton drove to 33 points, including 16-of-19 from the foul line and nine straight free throws in the fourth quarter for the Patriots (11-1). She finished the tournament with 103 points in four games, 38 in the fourth quarter of Marion's last three starts.

"I wasn't getting tired," Norton said with a sly smile at coach Darryle Long. "We weren't tired at all."

Pettigrew, a 5-3 junior, was the early spark with 15 of her 17 points. Most came off steals and fast breaks, and she added a half-dozen assists on the end of the Patriots' fast break.

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Girls Basketball Scores - December 30, 2010





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Thursday, December 30, 2010

2010 MAM Christmas Classic Tournament Thursday Results/ Updated Brackets

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Overton up 2, Central down 18 in Fab 50 Week 4 National Ranking

2010 Powerade Fab 50 was released December 30, 2010

The Nike Tournament of Champions shook up the national ranking. There is a new number 1 and a lot of shuffling going on. Since the last ranking, Central took the biggest tumble dropping from #10 all the way to #28.

Due to weather issues, the Ronald Curry - Boo Williams holiday tournament Overton is currently in had to start a day late and I don't have a clue what's going on. But Overton is safe this week moving up 2 to #24.

Here is the TOP 10:
Rank School (City, State) Record Prev
1 Brea Olinda (Brea, Calif.) 11-0 2
2 Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) 6-2 9
3 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 9-1 1
4 Westbury Christian (Houston) 18-0 4
5 Neptune (Neptune, N.J.) 2-0 5
6 Buford (Buford, Ga.) 5-0 6
7 Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, Ill.) 8-2 3
8 Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.) 11-3 25
9 Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.) 7-1 8
10 Potter's House Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.) 15-1 11

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Southeast Regional Ranking

1. Buford (Buford, Ga.) 5-0 (1)
2. Potter's House Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.) 15-1 (3)
3. Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) 10-1 (4)
4. Spring Valley (Columbia, S.C.) 13-0 (6)
5. Goose Creek (Goose Creek, S.C.) 10-1 (5)
6. Overton (Memphis, TN) 6-2 (20)
7. Clarksville (Clarksville, Tenn.) 14-2 (7)
8. Sparkman (Harvest, Ala.) 13-0 (8)
9. Memphis Central (Memphis, Tenn.) 9-4 (2)
10. Butler (Matthews, N.C.) 9-0 (9)
11. Lake Mary (Lake Mary, Fla.) 14-1 (10)
12. Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 7-2 (11)
13. Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) 11-0 (17)
14. Fayette County (Fayetteville, Ga.) 8-2 (12)
15. Madison Academy (Madison, Ala.) 12-2 (NR)
16. Bob Jones (Madison, Ala.) 11-3 (NR)
17. Redan (Stone Mountain, Ga.) 4-0 (13)
18. Helen Cox (Harvey, La.) 17-3 (15)
19. New Albany (New Albany, Miss) 10-1 (16)
20. Mount Juliet (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) 10-1 (18)
Additions: Madison Academy (Madison, Ala.)
Subtractions: Ehret (Marrero, La.), Dillard (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

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2010 MAM Christmas Classic Tournament Wednesday Results/ Updated Brackets

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2010 Dragon Fire Invitational Thursday Schedule

9 a.m. -- Kirby vs. Hillcrest

10:30 a.m. -- ECS vs. Manassas

Noon -- Collierville vs. Bolton

1:30 p.m. -- St. Agnes vs. Germantown

3 p.m. -- 5th place game, Houston vs. Southwind

4:30 p..m -- Bartlett vs. East

6 p.m. -- 3rd place game, Fairley vs. St. Benedict

7:30 p.m. -- Championship game, Byhalia vs. Marion

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Girls Basketball Scores - December 29, 2010




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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 MAM Christmas Classic Tournament Tuesday Results/ Updated Brackets

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Girls Basketball Scores - December 28, 2010




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2010 Dragon Fire Invitational Wednesday Schedule

9 a.m. -- Kirby vs. ECS

10:30 a.m. -- Hillcrest vs. Manassas

Noon -- Collierville vs. Bartlett

1:30 p.m. -- Bolton vs. East

3 p.m. -- Southwind vs. Germantown

4:30 p.m. -- St. Agnes vs., Houston

6 p.m. -- St. Benedict vs. Marion

7:30 p.m. -- Byhalia vs. Fairley

2010 Dragon Fire Invitational Tuesday Results/Scores

DRAGON FIRE INVITATIONAL

At Collierville

Hillcrest (38) -- Che'erika Bean 16, Ashley Jones 4, Chasity Richardson 12, Tyanna Warren 6.

Bolton (75) -- Destiny Arnold 3, Kayla Bolden 10, Abriona Hall 8, Oneisha Kilpatrick 2, Megan Morris 22, Courtney Rhodes 2, Ashleigh Winston 17, Alexanderia Winston 11.

Hillcrest / 2 / 2 / 23 / 11 / -- / 38 /

Bolton / 23 / 14 / 22 / 16 / -- / 75 /

Records -- Hillcrest 4-11, Bolton 7-4.

St. Agnes (25) -- Katie Connor 2, Lizzie Harris 2, Cristina Patton 2, Julie Smith 8, Sarah Sneed 3, Dallas Threadgill 5, Emily Wallace 2, Felicia Wallace 1.

Byhalia (57) -- Erica Bogard 12, Alex Ford 2, Destiny Jones 8, Trueshun Joyner 2, Megan Rayford 8, Crystal Rayford 11, Shandricka Sessom 11, Quanisha Neely 3.

St. Agnes / 8 / 7 / 5 / 5 / -- / 25 /

Byhalia / 19 / 9 / 14 / 15 / -- / 57 /

Records -- St. Agnes 3-5, Byhalia 10-4.

Manassas (52) -- Jamie Bond 2, Naudia Crisp 8, Shaney Cunningham 3, Felicia Johnson 7, Tiffany Jones 7, Jamille Reed 9, Raven Walker 2, Victoria White 14.

East (57) -- Zantrell Brown 11, S. Dorsey 3, Angelique Maclin 9, Artasia Marshall 5, Javeshia White 9, Janeka Williams 12, Alexus Young 2, Cleosha Lee 6.

Manassas / 14 / 11 / 17 / 10 / -- / 52 /

East / 15 / 11 / 11 / 20 / -- / 57 /

Records -- Manassas 9-5, East 4-4.

Bartlett (46) -- Toni Chunn 4, Shaequa Foster 4, Tayla Harmon 7, Rachell Hughes 4, Bridget Hutchison 4, Destiny James 8, Shuntavia Rodgers 8, Shondria Scruggs 5, Kelsie Torry 2.

ECS (26) -- Mallory Green 7, Kate Jamison 3, Caroline Jamison 2, Jessie Nordstrom 2, Allie Oliver 4, Megan Ratliff 5, Avery Sippel 3.

Bartlett / 12 / 14 / 11 / 9 / -- / 46 /

ECS / 3 / 7 / 6 / 10 / -- / 26 /

Records -- Bartlett 5-7, ECS 1-7.

St. Benedict (49) -- Dee Blakely 13, Devin Chadwick 2, Symone Daniels 13, Julie Eckel 8, Ashley Magnifico 6, Paige Williams 7.

Germantown (35) -- Tatiana Allen 2, Katelyn Butler 11, Tierra Clay 2, Jae DeBerry 2, Brianna Mitchell 5, Christal Porter 8, Brandy Winbush 5.

St. Benedict / 12 / 11 / 13 / 13 / -- / 49 /

Germantown / 3 / 19 / 3 / 10 / -- / 35 /

Records -- St. Benedict 12-0, Germantown 7-5.

Fairley (54) -- Lametria Dunn 3, Marquasha Evers 6, Brandi James 17, Cierra Lott 2, Kayla Wade 20, Erica Watkins 6.

Houston (43) -- Aysha Harris 8, Kristina Henderson 7, Martina Little 3, Dominique Malone 8, Alise Parker 2, Julianne Shiles 13, Morgan Smith 2.

Fairley / 7 / 11 / 15 / 21 / -- / 54 /

Houston / 14 / 3 / 12 / 14 / -- / 43 /

Records -- Fairley 7-4, Houston 3-8.

Collierville (37) -- Kathryn Allen 4, Danielle Brewer 8, Monica Brown 4, Jessica Brown 1, Caitlin Hamm 6, Ashley Jones 8, Sarah Smith 6.

Kirby (32) -- April Bonner 8, Taylor Johnson 3, Jainiece Jones 17, Demarquisia Simmons 4.

Collierville / 8 / 12 / 6 / 11 / -- / 37 /

Kirby / 7 / 8 / 11 / 6 / -- / 32 /

Records -- Collierville 4-10, Kirby 4-8.

Marion (52) -- Karla Norton 25, Timeshia Pettigrew 11, Jessica Lowery 4, Porsha Bedford 2, Jean-neka Black 2, S. Booker 2, E. Chance 6.

Southwind (48) -- Bianca Cage 8, Quinesha Farmer 6, Amber Holmes 15, Alexus Perry 2, Monia Sanders 3, Kirstie White 2, Mil'Tonique Williams 2, Jasmine McAllister 10.

Marion / 9 / 10 / 14 / 19 / -- / 52 /

Southwind / 10 / 11 / 11 / 16 / -- / 48 /

Records -- Marion 9-1, Southwind 8-5.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tri-State Elite's Kaci Cason shining in St. Louis


Kaci Cason, who was named after radio personality Casey Kasem, would like nothing better than to be among America's Top 40 high school senior girls basketball players.

At the very least, McCluer North's 5-9 star guard just wants to play for a major program at the next level.

To that end, she chose to play AAU ball for the Tri-State Elite out of Memphis the past three summers to get her game in tip-top shape.

"The competition down south is better than up north," she said by way of explanation. "Over the summer, I played against a girl who committed to UConn. That right there made me play harder."

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2010 Dragon Fire Invitational Tuesday Schedule

9 a.m. -- Bartlett vs. ECS

10:30 a.m. -- Hillcrest vs. Bolton

Noon -- Manassas vs. East

1:30 p.m. -- Collierville vs. Kirby

3 p.m. -- Fairley vs. Houston

4:30 p.m. -- Marion vs. Southwind

6 p.m. -- St. Benedict vs. Germantown

7:30 p.m. -- St. Agnes vs. Byhalia

2010 MAM Christmas Classic Tournament Monday Results/ Updated Brackets

2010 Memphis Athletic Ministries Christmas Classic Tournament Monday Results/ Updated Brackets

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Girls Basketball Scores - December 27, 2010




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2010 Dragon Fire Invitational Day 1 Results

DRAGON FIRE INVITATIONAL

At Collierville

St. Agnes (34) -- Lauren Bell 2, Katie Connor 11, Caroline Cook 2, Cristina Patton 9, Julie Smith 4, Emily Wallace 3, Maggie Edwards 3.

Collierville (31) -- Lindsey Allen 14, Kathryn Allen 2, Monica Brown 1, Caitlin Hamm 1, Ashley Jones 8, Sarah Smith 2, Sydeny Smith 3.

St. Agnes / 6 / 6 / 9 / 13 / -- / 34 /
Collierville / 4 / 12 / 5 / 10 / -- / 31 /

Records -- St. Agnes 3-4.

Kirby (40) -- April Bonner 8, Courtney Hipps 1, Brandi Jefferson 2, Taylor Johnson 3, Jainiece Jones 8, Demarquisia Simmons 12, Crystal Johnston 6.

Byhalia (67) -- Erica Bogard 14, Alex Ford 1, Trueshun Joyner 2, Megan Rayford 17, Crystal Rayford 12, Shandricka Sessom 6, Quanisha Neely 15.

Kirby / 10 / 11 / 8 / 11 / -- / 40 /
Byhalia / 17 / 19 / 14 / 17 / -- / 67 /

Records -- Kirby 4-7.

Southwind (77) -- Bianca Cage 19, Amber Holmes 4, Jasmine McAllister 14, Alexus Perry 4, Essence Prince 4, Monia Sanders 6, Jasmine Settle 1, Kirstie White 11, Mil'Tonique Williams 6, Erin Wilson 8.

East (48) -- Zantrell Brown 4, Latisha Henderson 1, Cleosha Lee 5, Angelique Maclin 5, Artasia Marshall 4, Alicia Underwood 8, Javeshia White 2, Janeka Williams 11, Alexus Young 8.

Southwind / 21 / 20 / 20 / 16 / -- / 77 /

East / 8 / 18 / 10 / 12 / -- / 48 /

Records -- Southwind 8-4, East 3-4.

Bartlett (23) -- Tayla Harmon 4, Bridget Hutchison 4, Destiny James 8, Brittney King 2, Treazure Rogers 1, Shondria Scruggs 4.

Fairley (45) -- Lametria Dunn 4, Marquasha Evers 13, Jocqueline Gardner 5, Brandi James 3, Daniece Jamison 14, Jessica Jamison 2, Cierra Lott 2, Erica Watkins 2.

Bartlett / 4 / 8 / 8 / 3 / -- / 23 /

Fairley / 8 / 12 / 15 / 10 / -- / 45 /

Records -- Bartlett 4-7, Fairley 6-4.

Bolton (54) -- Destiny Arnold 2, Kayla Bolden 5, Abriona Hall 2, Oneisha Kilpatrick 2, Megan Morris 5, Ashleigh Winston 17, Alexanderia Winston 21.

Germantown (60) -- Tatiana Allen 5, Katelyn Butler 12, Tierra Clay 4, Brianna Mitchell 3, Christal Porter 22, Alex Thompson 3, Brandy Winbush 11.

Bolton / 11 / 5 / 19 / 19 / -- / 54 /

Germantown / 3 / 20 / 21 / 16 / -- / 60 /

Records -- Bolton 6-4, Germantown 7-4.

ECS (43) -- Kate Jamison 3, Maggie Little 8, Jessie Nordstrom 11, Allie Oliver 2, Paige Rainer 9, Megan Ratliff 7, Ellie Taylor 3.

Houston (45) -- Aysha Harris 6, Kristina Henderson 4, Martina Little 3, Dominique Malone 6, Alise Parker 11, Julianne Shiles 8, Morgan Smith 6, DeAnna Wallace 1.

ECS / 8 / 11 / 14 / 10 / -- / 43 /

Houston / 5 / 15 / 10 / 15 / -- / 45 /

Records -- ECS 1-6, Houston 3-7.

Marion (58) -- Jocelyn Lowry 2, Karla Norton 21, Timeshia Pettigrew 18, Jessica Lowery 2, Porsha Bedford 4, Malisha McCray 7, Quatia Jackson 2, Jean-neka Black 2.

Manassas (57) -- Jamie Bond 2, Naudia Crisp 3, Shaney Cunningham 8, Denise Johnson 6, Tiffany Jones 18, Jamille Reed 11, Victoria White 9.

Marion / 23 / 9 / 11 / 15 / -- / 58 /

Manassas / 16 / 15 / 8 / 18 / -- / 57 /

Records -- Marion 8-1, Manassas 9-4.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Tia Wooten shines at Nike Tournament of Champions

ESPN Hoopgurlz released their Nike TOC Tip Sheet. This is what they had to say about Central's freshman, Tia Wooten.

Tia Wooten, Memphis Central (Memphis, Tenn.): The 5-8 wing displayed a wide range of basketball skills and level of maturity that are impressive for a high school freshman. She can defend multiple positions because of her length and athleticism. She is quick enough to play the wing and strong enough to make plays in the paint. Wotten was extremely effective from the high post area either driving in for a layup or taking the short jumper. She is an excellent rebounder who has great hands and explodes of the floor to get the ball off the glass. Wooten's versatility and feel for the game make her a player that opposing defense will find very difficult to defend.

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

2010 Dragon Fire Invitational Bracket Schedule

10th ANNUAL DRAGONFIRE INVITATIONAL WOMENS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT 

DECEMBER 27-30, 2010
COLLIERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
1101 NEW BYHALIA RD.
COLLIERVILLE, TN 38017

2010 Collierville Dragon Fire Tournament

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Taylor Pugh, O’Ryan Christmas Tournament MVP

from Commercial Appeal

Briarcrest 71, Madison Academic 45: Taylor Pugh scored 11 points and earned Most Valuable Player honors Wednesday after helping propel Briarcrest to its fifth straight win.

Robyn Peete scored a team-best 17 points, Samantha McColgan had 15, and Dakota Doss managed 13 for the Lady Saints, who improved to 9-3 on the season.

Girls Basketball Scores - December 22, 2010




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Brea Olinda wins Nike Tournament of Champions 2010

After winning the prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions, Brea Olinda (Brea, Calif.) also earns a No. 1 national ranking and, of course, bragging rights back in California.

All was accomplished by holding off Long Beach Poly 56-48 Wednesday in the championship game of the TOC's elite Joe Smith Division.

Read ESPN Hoopgurlz TOC Championship Recap

Tournament Scores/Results

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

2010 MAM Christmas Classic Tournament Brackets

2010 Memphis Athletics Ministries Christmas Classic Tournament Brackets


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2010 Ronald Curry - Boo Williams Holiday Tournament Brackets

2010 Ronald Curry - Boo Williams Holiday Tournament begins today. The tournament will run from December 27th - 30th at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, VA. It is a 24 team girls basketball high school event.

Below is the Bracket A Schedule featuring

Riverdale Baptist
Reynolds HS
Princess Anne HS
Columbia HS
Bishop McNamara HS
Lake Taylor HS
Oak Hill Academy
Memphis Overton HS

Inaugural Mississippi Magic Citi Showdown Updates

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UCONN wins 89, Maya Moore scores 41

Connecticut surpassed legendary coach John Wooden and the UCLA men's NCAA Division I basketball winning streak (1971-74) of 88 consecutive victories on Tuesday. The Huskies earned win No. 89 in a row as Maya Moore scored 41 points in a 93-62 victory over Florida State University.

Girls Basketball Scores - December 21, 2010

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

2010 Nike Tournament of Champions 2010 Day 3 Results/Scores

Long Beach Poly upset the nation's top team, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) in the first semifinal of Tuesday's Nike Tournament of Champions, 61-56. Then Poly watched neighboring Brea Olinda (Brea, Calif.) survive a double-overtime thriller in the second semi, beating back Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, Ill.) 59-54.

TUESDAY'S COMPLETE SCORES AND RESULTS


ESPN HOOPGURLZ DAY 3 RECAP

O’Ryan Christmas Tournament Tuesday Schedule

O’Ryan Christmas Tournament at Harding Academy
9 a.m. — Sycamore girls vs. Bartlett.
10:30 a.m. — Madison Academic boys vs. Brentwood Academy.
Noon — Hickman Co. girls vs. Jackson Christian.
1:30 p.m. — Hickman Co. boys vs. TRA.
3 p.m. — Briarcrest girls vs. Brentwood Academy.
4:30 p.m. — Briarcrest boys vs. Jackson Christian.
6 p.m. — Madison Academic girls vs. Harding.
7:30 p.m. — MUS boys vs. Harding.

Girls Basketball Scores - December 20, 2010





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Monday, December 20, 2010

Ty Harris gets Career High

Recently, Ty Harris (White Station) scored a career-high 16 points as the Christian Brothers Lady Bucs won 89-47 over Blue Mountain.

2010 Nike Tournament of Champions 2010 Day 2 Results/Scores

Results/Scores for Monday, December 20, 2010

Monday Results

ESPN HOOPGURLZ Day 2 Recap 

Tuesday Schedule

Long Beach Poly defeats Memphis Central   61-49 on Monday.


#10 Central plays #14 Monarch (Louisville, Colo.) Tuesday at 2:00pm

Mary Jackson has a Break Out Game

Former Oakhaven standout, Mary Jackson, is still adjusting to Coach McFerrin's system at the University of Memphis. However, things seem to be coming together. She had a break out game in a 76-51 victory over North Carolina A&T on Sunday. Mary came off the bench to chip in a career-high 11 points, her first double-digit game as a Lady Tiger.


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Nov. 27-28, 2010: Tennessee Turkey Jamm (Memphis, TN)
Dec. 4, 2010: Brea vs. Poly
Dec. 11-12, 2010: Breezy Bishop Showcase -- Baltimore, Md.
Dec. 18-22, 2010: Nike Tournament of Champions
Dec. 27-30, 2010: Peach State Southeast Invitational -- Duluth, Ga.
Dec. 28, 2010: Pickerington North Shootout -- Pickerington, Ohio
Dec. 28-30, 2010: Bragging Rights Classic -- Columbus, Ohio
Jan. 15-17: Classic in the Country -- Berlin, Ohio
Jan. 22-23: Raatz Fence Classic -- Louisville, Kent.
Jan. 29-30: JFK Classic -- New York, N.Y.

Click here for recaps of events ESPN HOOPGURLZ already covered

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ridgeway, White Station --Battle of the Undefeated Recap

I new this would be a game worth attending.


White Station - When they are executing their half court offense, they will be unstoppable. They generated a 12 point lead on Ridgeway largely because of their offensive execution.  Jasmine Settles showed a variety of offensive skills that she has - 3 point shooting, scoring off the dribble and penetrating to the basket.

Ridgeway - Down by as much as 12. Questionable at the Point Position. Hasina Muhammad receives Technical Foul  from frustration. Shervonte' Bright suffering cramps throughout game. Sounds like a recipe for a first lost, right?......Sounds like a recipe for composure, perseverance, and a victory...Freshman Ashley Jackson steps to the line with Ridgeway down 2 and around 1 minute on the clock and nails both of the shots to tie game.. Junior Chelsea Vaughn gives Ridgeway the lead with around 30 seconds on the clock with a layup..On each timeout, I watched Ridgeway's coaching staff continue to encourage the team to fight..

I watched this team execute the philosophy that the game is not over until there is no more time on the clock.

Ridgeway (72) -- Tamara Bates 1, Shervonte Bright 10, Ashley Jackson 5, Hasina Muhammad 26, Odegua Oigbokie 19, Chelsea Vaughn 11.

White Station (67) -- Tya Johnson 3, Red Payne 7, Breanna Ridgell 20, Jasmine Settles 14, Durriya Shields 14, Ashley Small 6, Amber Williams 3.

Ridgeway / 10 / 17 / 18 / 27 / -- / 72 /
White Station / 9 / 18 / 27 / 13 / -- / 67 /
Records -- White Station 10-1.

Girls Basketball Scores - December 18, 2010




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2010 Nike Tournament of Champions Day 1 Results/Scores

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#10 Memphis Central will face #9 Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) Monday, December 20, 2010 at 3:30pm

Friday, December 17, 2010

Instant Update: final Ridgeway 72 White Station 67
Instant Update: end of third Ridgeway 45 White Station 54
Instant Update: Halftime Ridgeway 27 White Station 27

Craigmont girls rally past Manassas on late free throw

The Craigmont High girls basketball team only led for a couple of seconds in the second half Thursday, but they were on top when it counted.

Jemil Jefferson's free throw with 2.1 seconds left gave the visiting Chiefs, ranked No. 8 in The Commercial Appeal's Dandy Dozen, a hard-fought 60-59 victory over No. 11 Manassas.

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Girls Basketball Scores - December 16, 2010





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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hasina Muhammad 2nd Annual TN Turkey Jamm Interview

5th Annual Blue Streak Invitational Basketball Tournament 2010 Schedule



Dates: December 17th – 21st

Game Sites:


* St. Louis Catholic Church
* Holy Rosary Catholic Church
* Christ United Methodist Church
* Christian Brothers High School
* Mullins Methodist Church
* Memphis Catholic High School


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Overton moves up, Central Drops in Powerade Fab 50 Week 3 Ranking

Overton climbs 3 spots to #26. Central drops 4 to #10 after losing to #2 Brea Olinda in the Iolani Classic championship game.

Here is the Top 10:

Rank School (City, State) Record Prev
1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 6-0 1
2 Brea Olinda (Brea, Calif.) 7-0 2
3 Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, Ill.) 3-0 3
4 Westbury Christian (Houston) 15-0 4
5 Neptune (Neptune, N.J.) 0-0 5
6 Buford (Buford, Ga.) 4-0 7
7 St. Mary's (Phoenix, Ariz.) 4-0 8
8 Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.) 6-1 9
9 Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) 3-1 10
10 Memphis Central (Memphis, Tenn.) 9-2 6

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Southeast Regional Ranking

1. Buford (Buford, Ga.) 4-0 (6)
2. Memphis Central (Memphis, Tenn.) 9-2 (1) Lost to Brea Olinda (Calif.)
3. Potter's House Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.) 10-1 (2)
4. Norcross (Norcross, Ga.) 6-0 (7)
5. Goose Creek (Goose Creek, S.C.) 5-0 (3)
6. Spring Valley (Columbia, S.C.) 7-0 (10)
7. Clarksville (Clarksville, Tenn.) 8-2 (8)
8. Sparkman (Harvest, Ala.) 10-0 (11)
9. Butler (Matthews, N.C.) 6-0 (12)
10. Lake Mary (Lake Mary, Fla.) 10-1 (5)
11. Hoover (Hoover, Ala.) 7-2 (4)
12. Fayette County (Fayetteville, Ga.) 5-1 (9)
13. Redan (Stone Mountain, Ga.) 3-0 (13)
14. Ehret (Marrero, La.) 10-0 (20)
15. Helen Cox (Harvey, La.) 11-3 (14)
16. New Albany (New Albany, Miss) 10-0 (NR)
17. Riverdale (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) 9-0 (16)
18. Mount Juliet (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) 8-0 (17)
19. Dillard (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 6-1 (18)
20. Overton (Memphis, TN) 5-1 (19)

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Girls Basketball Scores - December 15, 2010

Douglass (60) -- Kiona Coburn 2, Angela Hardy 25, Bianca Lee 3, Keosha McGhee 6, Lashay Riley 4, Amber Terry 4, Keyatta Tyson 5, Eboni Walls 2, Kamayah Ward 4, Cecelia Williams 5.

Frayser
(35) -- Brown 4, Dillion 4, Taneisha Fisher 2, Taleisha Fisher 11, Laraya Fisher 8, Flowers 2, Grandberry 4.

Douglass / 19 / 12 / 16 / 13 / -- / 60 /

Frayser / 6 / 6 / 8 / 15 / -- / 35 /

Records -- Douglass 6-0.

Penny Nike 1/2 Cent Cranberry/Black

Scheduled to be Released December 18, 2010


Girls Basketball Dandy Dozen - December 16, 2010

/ Rec / Last Rank /

1. Central / 6-2 / 1 /

2. Ridgeway / 6-0 / 2 /

3. White Station / 10-0 / 3 /

4. Overton / 6-2 / 4 /

5. St. Benedict / 8-0 / 7 /

6. Arlington / 8-2 / 6 /

7. Cordova / 6-0 / 10 /

8. Craigmont / 9-2 / 5 /

9. Briarcrest / 6-3 / 8 /

10. Douglass / 6-0 / 11 /

11. Manassas / 9-2 / 9 /

12. Millington / 6-3 / NR /

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

JASMINE NEWSOME NAMED OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

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Last week, Jasmine Newsome was named Ohio Valley Freshman Player of the Week for Womens Basketball.

Jasmine Newsome, a 5-2 guard from The University of Tennessee at Martin women's basketball team, has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week this afternoon by league officials in Brentwood.

Newsome, who prepped at Millington Central High School, averaged 19.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game this past week. She helped the Skyhawks defeat Eastern Kentucky Saturday afternoon in Richmond with her 20 points and eight rebounds.

She also scored 18 points in the OVC opener for UT Martin at Morehead State this past Thursday.

Newsome is averaging 17.4 points per game this season and is among the nation's top 70 scorers.

The weekly honors are nominated and voted on by the women's basketball contacts and sports information directors.

This is the third week out of four that a UT Martin player has claimed the Freshman of the Week.

Girls Basketball Scores - December 14, 2010



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Baylor beats Tennessee Lady Vols



Tuesday at a sold out Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, where the Baylor fans got just what they wanted for Christmas -- a Kim Mulkey bobblehead doll -- sixth-ranked Tennessee really wasn't able to effectively battle Griner. As a result, No. 3 Baylor came away with a 65-54 victory. It seemed eerily like Baylor did what Tennessee has done for so long to so many frustrated foes: hold them at arm's length.

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High School Player Body Slams Referee

Ladies, this is not the way to react to a foul called on you.


LaKendra Phillips shines as Assistant



One of Willett's former players, LaKendra Phillips, dropped by the coach's office back in September. With her degree from Ole Miss in hand, Phillips wasn't merely paying a social call, as Willett soon found out.

"At first, I thought she was coming by just to talk," Willett said. "She said she wasn't doing anything just yet, but that she was interested in teaching and coaching.

"And it was like a light bulb went off in my head. I could help her and help the program at the same time."

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Monday, December 13, 2010

NikeTournament of Champions 2010 Preview

For more than a decade the Tournament of Champions has been regarded as the most competitive and prestigious high school basketball event in North America and the world.

Long considered the de facto national championship for American girls' basketball, it has showcased 11 of the past 14 USA Today National Champions and a remarkable 105 State Champions since 1997.

Central is still in Hawaii laying over until they head to Phoenix December 18-23, 2010. It doesn't get any easier in the Joe Smith Division of the Tournament of Champions tournament for the squad. Their first game is against #26 ranked Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) and a possible second round fight against #9 Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) or #17 Mt. Lebanon (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Iolani Classic 2010 Day 3 Results - Finals

'Iolani Classic Championship
Brea Olinda 74, Memphis Central 58

Third place
Konawaena 46, Archbishop Mitty 42

Consolation
'Iolani 59, Farrington 42
Incarnate 56, Tsinghua 38

Leading scorers--BO: Keitra Wallace 21, Ana Kim 20, Jennifer Olukeme 13, Taylor Spears 11. MC: Danielle Ballard 22, Aaliyah Whiteside 13, Jalen O'Bannon 11. Kona: Emalia Galdeira 14. AM: Ashley Watson 14. 'Iol: Saphyre Rezentes 11, Erin Napier 10. Far: Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo 16, Kirsten-Marie Liana 14. Inc: Brianna Puni 13. Tsi: Tong Jiang 16.

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Girls Basketball Scores - December 11, 2010




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Craigmont surprises

aritcle from Commercial Appeal

One of the most surprising names in the girls Dandy Dozen is Craigmont. And count coach Tim Anderson among those whose eyebrows have been raised by the Chiefs' 9-2 start.

"I'm as shocked as anyone," the 10th-year coach said. "The girls are playing together and believing in the system."

Anderson said his team overachieved in finishing 15-14 last season. Then three starters graduated and sixth-man Shenequa Foster transferred to Bartlett.

On paper, it didn't look so promising. But Craigmont started the year with a strong march through the Martin Luther King Jr. tournament at Melrose, losing in the championship game to undefeated and third-ranked White Station.

Craigmont's game is predicated on speed. Point guard Kaitlyn McCoy, a 5-4 senior, triggers the Chiefs run-and-gun offense while classmate Jemil Jefferson quickly established herself as a top scoring option after joining the team at the start of the second semester last season.

"Kaitlyn knows the system and knows what I expect," Anderson said. "And Jemil has really fit in and become one of my leaders."

Those two will need to continue to be leaders now that District 14-AAA play has begun. Craigmont figures to be right in the thick of things in what should be a dogfight for the title.

"Arlington is the cream of the crop, and Millington is always strong," Anderson said. "Cordova won 20 games last year, and I believe Bolton will be a good team.

"It's strong from top to bottom. Hopefully we can keep doing what we do and get some wins."

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Coach Tonya Willett, Ridgeway High, TN Turkey Jamm Interview

What I enjoy about basketball is the opportunity to mentor and teach young ladies about life, success, leadership and teamwork through the sport. Through opportunities I've had to spend around Coach Willett, I've learned that this is something we have in common.

Coach Willett teaches her players to be CLASSy on and off the court. Watch the video to learn more.

Iolani Classic 2010 Day 2 Results - Semifinals

Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) and Konawaena had dreams of reaching the ‘Iolani Classic finals, but both teams were foiled by nationally-ranked powerhouses tonight.

Brea Olinda (Calif.), ranked No. 3 in the USA Today Super 25, was too balanced and big in a 69-45 runaway win over Konawaena, the top-ranked team in Hawaii. Lia Galdeira was sometimes spectacular in a 24-point performance.

Memphis Central, No. 8 nationally, was clutch down the stretch in a 55-52 win over Archbishop Mitty. Frankly, I think Mitty should be in the Super 25, too. They’re balanced, big and just a shade below the best of the best.

So it’s Memphis Central and Brea Olinda tomorrow night for the title, while Konawaena plays Archbishop Mitty for third.

In consolation play, Incarnate Word (Mo.) defeated Farrington 64-39 and Tsinghua (China) fought off ‘Iolani 45-39.

Just found out that Farrington will play ‘Iolani in the seventh-place game. They had already played in Farrington’s tourney three weeks ago, but tomorrow’s schedule couldn’t be rearranged. Tsinghua will play Incarnate Word.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Iolani Classic 2010 Day 1 Results

Konawaena 52, Incarnate Word (Missouri) 45

Memphis Central 65, Tsinghua (China) 30

Brea Olinda (Calif.) 72, Farrington 24

Archbishop Mitty 24, ‘Iolani 21, half

Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) 50, ‘Iolani 41

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Memphis Central 65, Tsinghua (China) 30

Danielle Ballard poured in 20 points and Aaliyah Whiteside added 14 as the Lady Warriors stifled the Dragons. Nina Davis added 10 points for Central, which used its fullcourt pressure to open a 24-4 first-quarter lead.

Rong Wang led Tsinghua with 12 point and Tong Jiang added eight.

Memphis Central 24 19 14 8 — 65
Tsinghua 4 8 8 10 — 30

MC: Kahdeja Howell 0, Meme Hill 0, Aaliyah Whiteside 14, Darianne Butler 2, Jalen O’Bannon 8, Danielle Ballard 20, Yasmeen Brady 4, Nina Davis 10, Marissa Knox 3, Tia Wooten 2, Jasmin Cincore 2, Moneicia Stevenson 0.

Tsinghua: Jiaying Ma 0, Yue Chen 0, Xiaoran Li 2, Tong Jiang 8, Ming Li 2, Rong Wang 12, Danlei Feng 4, Chen Chen 2.
3-point goals: MC 1 (Ballard), Tsinghua none.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Central stays, Overton moves up in Fab 50 National Ranking

Week 2 of the Powerade Fab 50 ranking has been released. Central stays at #6 and Overton moves up to number 29 from #32.

The Top 10 is:
Rank School (City, State) Record Prev
1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) 2-0 1
2 Brea Olinda (Brea, Calif.) 4-0 2
3 Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, Ill.) 2-0 3
4 Westbury Christian (Houston) 14-0 4
5 Neptune (Neptune, N.J.) 0-0 5
6 Memphis Central (Memphis, Tenn.) 2-1 6
7 Buford (Buford, Ga.) 2-0 7
8 St. Mary's (Phoenix, Ariz.) 2-0 8
9 Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.) 3-1 10
10 Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) 3-1 9

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Dwight Howard's Adidas Beast White/Black/Bright Blue


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Girls Basketball Dandy Dozen - December 9, 2010

Commercial Appeal Dandy Dozen Ranking released December 9, 2010

Girls

/ Rec / Last Rank /

1. Central / 4-1 / 1 /

2. Ridgeway / 4-0 / 2 /

3. White Station / 9-0 / 7 /

4. Overton / 4-2 / 3 /

5. Craigmont / 8-1 / NR /

6. Arlington / 6-1 / 4 /

7. St. Benedict / 6-0 / 6 /

8. Briarcrest / 5-2 / 5 /

9. Manassas / 5-1 / 8 /

10. Cordova / 4-0 / 10 /

11. Douglass / 4-0 / 12 /

12. MHEA / 8-1 / NR /

Girls Basketball Scores - December 8, 2010



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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Nia Gregory, Karisma Tyson Coming Home to Play Memphis

Nia Gregory
Karisma Tyson




Freshmans Nia Gregory (Collierville) and Karisma Tyson (Overton) will have an opportunity to play in front of a home crowd this Saturday, December 11, 2010. Arkansas-Little Rock will be facing the Memphis Lady Tigers at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse at 2pm.

White Station defeats Nationally Ranked Overton

The Lady Spartans put themselves in prime position for a high ranking when the new Dandy Dozen is released Thursday after they ran their record to 9-0 with a 52-45 victory over visiting Overton on Tuesday.

The Lady Spartans opened their season by winning the championship in the ultra-competitive Martin Luther King Jr. tournament at Melrose. Tuesday's victory will only add to their résumé; the Lady Wolverines were ranked third in the preseason Dandy Dozen and finished 31-4 last season, falling in the semifinals of the Class AAA tournament.

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Overton (45)
-- Atkins 14, Burks 1, Fondren 11, Golden 6, Hays 3, Jackson 6, McGordon 2, Neal 2.

White Station (52) -- Tya Johnson 2, Red Payne 3, Breanna Ridgell 19, Jasmine Settles 5, Durriya Shields 16, Amber Williams 7.

Overton / 9 / 12 / 6 / 18 / -- / 45 /

White Station / 10 / 14 / 9 / 19 / -- / 52 /

Records -- Overton 4-2, White Station 9-0.

Girls Basketball Scores - December 7, 2010



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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tony Bannister, Potter's House Coach, TN Turkey Jamm Interview

I had the pleasure of interviewing nationally ranked Potter's House Christian Academy's Coach, Tony Bannister, during the 2nd Annual Tennessee Turkey Jamm. All I can say is WOW!!

Can you imagine playing over 50 games during the high school season? How about playing a 50 game schedule with only 6 of them at home and the rest all over the United States? --And you won 90-95% of the games.

I'm sure after watching this interview you will be inspired as a player, coach or parent.

Central at Iolani Classic


The Central Lady Warriors are heading to Honolulu, Hawaii participating in the Iolani Classic this week. The event feature 8 teams, (#6) Memphis Central (TN), Iolani (HI), (#2) Brea Olinda (CA), Farrington (HI), Archbishop Mitty (CA), Konawaena (HI), (#25) Incarnate Word Academy (MO), and Tsinghua (China).


Their first game kicks off on Thursday at 5:00PM against Tsinghua out of CHINA. WHOA!!!

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Girls Basketball Scores - December 6, 2010



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Monday, December 6, 2010

Connecticut's Maya Moore on Perfection

image and article from ESPN.com


Achieving perfection in basketball is difficult because there are so many pieces to the game that have to come together. You're one of 10 people on the court. You need to know what your four teammates are doing, and what the five on the other side are doing. It's extremely hard -- and that's why it's so great. I don't know if we've had a perfect game, but we've had a couple of halves that have been close.

There's a lot of expectations for us in terms of wins and losses, but there's a lot more that goes into how I would define a perfect game or season. For us, it's how you play. Perfect, to us, could be that I missed my first five shots in a game but I was a great defensive player.

Our coach says that striving for perfection is good, but you don't have to require it. You're going to make mistakes, and it's about how you respond and bounce back. In basketball, the beautiful thing is that you get a chance to bounce back really quickly. If you mess up on offense, you try to make something happen on defense. You use that fuel, that anger, to motivate you to make a stop.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Girls Basketball Scores - December 4, 2010

St. Mary's-Ky. (30) -- Vaughn 10, Dome 3, Guess 11, Parell 2, McManus 4.


Bolton (45) -- Rachel Blevins 2, Kayla Bolden 10, Abriona Hall 2, Megan Morris 5, Ashleigh Winston 13, Alexanderia Winston 13.

St. Mary's-Ky. / 5 / 12 / 6 / 7 / -- / 30 /

Bolton / 15 / 7 / 9 / 14 / -- / 45 /

Records -- Bolton 3-1.

St. George's (64) -- Mary Lauren Bobango 4, Taylor Cowan 7, Mary Henley Green 4, Kellie Kosar 8, Mary Hattie McAlister 2, Amy Mirro 10, Taylor Money 6, Margaret Patterson 5, Ashley Schaefer 4, Rachel Smith 8, Shelby Sims 2, Mary Patterson 2, Ashton Huxtable 2.

Lancaster Christian (11) -- Trigg 2, Argo 5, Perryman 4.

St. George's / 18 / 15 / 12 / 19 / -- / 64 /

Lancaster Christian / 1 / 6 / 2 / 2 / -- / 11 /

Records -- St. George's 4-2.

Fairley (44) -- Marquasha Evers 8, Jocqueline Gardner 4, Brandi James 19, Cierra Lott 4, Kayla Wade 5, Erica Watkins 4.

Mitchell (41) -- Demetrius Bradshaw 20, Asia Jones 4, Katina Jones 9, Ken-Tesa Ward 4, S. Couch 4.

Fairley / 8 / 14 / 8 / 14 / -- / 44 /

Mitchell / 11 / 14 / 7 / 9 / -- / 41 /

Records -- Fairley 3-2, Mitchell 0-5.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Quote of the Day

“You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.”
-Richard Bach

Kaitlin Murphy lifts Furman


Recently, Kaitlin Murphy (White Station) scored a career high 25 points to power Furman to a 73-60 victory over Presbyterian in women's basketball action at Timmons Arena.

The win marked a successful home season debut for Furman (2-2) and first year Paladin head coach Jackie Smith '00, who returned to her alma mater in April.

Murphy's performance, which topped her previous best, a 15-point outing in a 76-60 triumph over Stetson last year, featured 8-of-12 shooting from the field, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range. The sophomore guard from Memphis, Tenn., also drained 7-of-8 free throw attempts and collected three assists in a contest the Paladins led from start to finish.

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Girls Basketball Scores - December 1, 2010



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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Overton breaks into Powerade Fab 50 National Ranking

Overton has done it!!!!

It was expected to happen last year --- but sometimes good things come to those that wait....

After beating the then ranked #6 Potter House during the 2nd Annual Tennessee Turkey Jamm, Overton breaks the Powerade ESPN Rise Fab 50 ranking at #32 and is the 9th ranked team in the Southeast Region.

Central is the still the #1 ranked team in the Southeast Region, however drops 1 spot to #6 after losing to then ranked #4 Bolingbrook in last week's Turkey Jamm.


Here is the Top 10

1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
2 Brea Olinda (Brea, Calif.)
3 Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, Ill.)
4 Westbury Christian (Houston, Texas)
5 Neptune (Neptune, N.J.)
6 Memphis Central (Memphis, Tenn.)
7 Buford (Buford, Ga.)
8 St. Mary's (Phoenix, Ariz.)
9 Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)
10 Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.)

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Jordan Melo M7 Black/Metallic Silver-University Blue

The Jordan Melo M7 Black/Metallic Silver-University Blue shoe came out today just in time for the holiday season.



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Girls Basketball Scores - November 30, 2010



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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nina Davis, Ebony Hayes on ESPN Hoopgurlz 2013 Watch List

Nina Davis (Central) and Ebony Hayes (Overton) make the 2013 HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings - ESPNU Watch List

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Jasmine Taylor stepping up at Arkansas State University



Sophomore guard/forward Jasmine Taylor (Central) put forth her best performance as a Red Wolf during ASU's 86-60 double-overtime loss at SMU  Nov. 26. Taylor scored a career-high 15 points in the game, hitting 5-of-8 shots from the floor, including 3-of-5 from behind the three-point line. She also grabbed five rebounds and had two steals in 25 minutes of playing time against the Mustangs.

White Station wins 40th Martin Luther King tournament

MLK TOURNAMENT CHAMPI0NSHIP

Craigmont (36) -- Jalyn Burkett 5, Symone Cooper 2, Candice Davis 6, Maurissa Davis 5, Jemil Jefferson 10, Shatingra Jones 5, Kaitlyn McCoy 1, Sherrese Moore 1, Danielle Washington 1.

White Station (64) -- Courtney Banks 2, Tya Johnson 7, Red Payne 9, Breanna Ridgell 20, Jasmine Settles 17, Durriya Shields 1, Ashley Small 6, Amber Williams 2.

Craigmont / 13 / 11 / 7 / 5 / -- / 36 /

White Station / 12 / 17 / 17 / 18 / -- / 64 /

Records -- Craigmont 5-1, White Station 6-0.

Girls Basketball Scores - November 29, 2010



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Monday, November 29, 2010

Symone Daniels, Nina Davis, Cornelia Fondren make Tennessee Turkey Jamm Hoopgurlz Tip Sheet

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ESPN Hoopgurlz Mark Lewis evaluated the performance of several players from the 2nd Annual TN Turkey Jamm.

Symone Daniels (2011), St. Benedict: The coaches of Drake University have to particularly excited about this 5-foot-10 wing/forward coming their way next year. Daniels is one of those rare seniors who continues to show great strides in her game and may just be scratching the surface of her potential. Leading her team to two wins in this year's Turkey Jamm, she demonstrated much improved ballhandling skills and an increased comfort level on the perimeter. While still listed as a forward on her team's roster and working effectively in the post at times, she also took the ball coast to coast on several occasions and got out on the break at every opportunity. Her perimeter shot is still out in front of her a bit and she'll need to get a little lower when handling the ball but her future is almost assuredly on the wing. Strong, athletic and active, Daniels is a solid presence on the defensive end and comes up with more than her share of rebounds. There are still some rough edges that need smoothed out but the best is yet to come.


Cornellia Fondren (2012), Memphis Overton: Easily one of the most impressive performances in Memphis came from this 5-9 combo guard. Combining elite speed and quickness with sound skills makes her a challenge for opponents both offensively and defensively. Playing the point she was able to navigate and shred the highly regarded trapping full-court press of Potter's House creating multiple scoring opportunities. On the catch defenders have to respect a lengthy and ultra-quick first step and her ability to elevate on the pull up or floater is usually reserved for the college level. Her perimeter shot has a forward motion on it that will be a problem with more experienced defenders but getting that tight to her is a risk as well. Not many on-ball defenders are as aggressive and focused as her while her lateral speed allows her to turn ballhandlers almost at will. What may well be her defining quality is her relentless play. Fondren is a driven player who makes play after play and has a willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done. That mentality combined with her physical skills makes her someone who can count on a very bright future.



Nina Davis (2013), Memphis Central: One of the great things about identifying and watching talented young players from a young age is seeing the progress in their game. This 5-9 combo guard was impressive as a freshman is showing considerable maturity already as a sophomore. She's not ready to skip the rest of high school and move on to college but continued advancements at the same rate will have a long line of coaches looking for her services when the time comes. Physically she's stronger and there seems to be more confidence in her play. With the ball, both at the point and on the wing, she can slash and penetrate with an impressive crossover while creating both shots and passes. The spin moves and body control are there to get off some creative shots at times but occasionally the pass might be the better option. It's obvious that she's put in the time on the jumper but it's still a major work in progress and an essential need to make her a more complete player. Davis has the size and athleticism to be a strong on-ball defender and anticipates off the ball effectively. That line of recruiters has already formed but it will be up to her how many ultimately will be knocking on her door.


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ESPN Hoopgurlz 2nd Annual Tennessee Turkey Jamm Recap

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Tennessee commit Ariel Massengale directed traffic for a No. 4 Bolingbrook (Ill.) team that lived up to its high Powerade Fab 50 ranking.


While Thanksgiving feasts all around the country were served up last Thursday, another helping was dished out both Friday and Saturday as well in the second annual Tennessee Turkey Jamm. Participants included 14 teams from seven different states and featured six competitors from the Powerade Fab 50 high-school team rankings. Four ranked in the top 10 were on hand and of those only forth-ranked Bolingbrook left unscathed.

Both days offered up some competitive games and some early season revelations about the strengths and weaknesses of some of the teams.

Memphis Central: Entering the weekend ranked fourth, the Lady Warriors may well have had the two toughest games on the schedule. Coach Niki Bray's squad struggled in its opener Friday with Bolingbrook but recovered with an impressive win over perennial power Whitney Young Saturday evening. The maturity and confidence that has grown with her talented roster over the last two seasons wasn't apparent in the first game but after a slow start in their second outing they seemed to settle down and hit their stride. The underclass backcourt trio of Danielle Ballard, Aaliyah Whiteside and Nina Davis can offer as many scoring options in both the halfcourt and transition as you'll find anywhere. Friday's effort saw a little too much individual focus but Saturday's team effort should concern any opponent on the schedule. Forward Jalen O'Bannon offers good size and athleticism as well as the versatility to play both inside and out. Stepping onto the big stage and leaving their mark in the win over Whitney Young was a pair of freshman standouts, Tia Wooten and Jasmine Cincore. Both played with aggressive abandon and were the catalysts who helped Central overcome a slow start as well as provided them with a presence in the paint.

Overton: Overton may be unranked and only come away with a split for the weekend, but the Wolverines played some impressive basketball. Their loss to Hoover was a competitive game and one that could have gone their way with some better decision making. They more than made up for it Saturday night with a dramatic win over sixth-ranked Potter's House. The Wolverines epitomized the word attack at both ends of the floor and showed a resilience and focus that allowed them to withstand their opponent as well as their own mistakes. Junior guard Cornellia Fondren may have had one of the more outstanding performances of the weekend. She's got some elements of Odyssey Sims on defense and a little Bryona Canty on offense. Her games at both ends are not quite on that level yet, but the athleticism and potential is there for something special to happen. One of the most deceiving players in the event was Overton post Cortrice Golden. Her play is aggressive and she finishes well around the hoop. She has the strength and hands to work well on the boards but will need to focus on her fitness to find out what level she can ultimately play on.

Ridgeway: Ridgeway was able to come away with two wins in the event, including a solid win over a talented Forest Park team from Georgia. Hasina Muhammad is the senior go-to player for the Roadrunners and the Auburn signee continues to elevate her game, especially at the defensive end. Her ability to read the floor and the agility she has at 6-0 make a formidable stopper. Senior Shervonte Bright is a solid and physical-playing guard who can make plays on the perimeter and in traffic in the lane. Sophomore forward Odegua Oigbokie has taken great strides in advancing her skills and still plays with a relentless blue-collar effort. Freshman point guard Ashley Jackson demonstrated some speed and solid ballhandling at times but will have to make sure her decision making with the ball progresses as she matures. Ridgeway is effective with their press and demonstrates good anticipation off the ball. On the offensive end they seem more comfortable in transition than their halfcourt sets. Shot selection and turnovers were issues that could be a problem down the road.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Memphis Central girls pick up win in Turkey Jamm over Whitney Young

Memphis Central High girls basketball coach Niki Bray decided she would try something a little different during halftime of Saturday night’s game against Whitney Young of Chicago in the final game of the Turkey Jamm tournament at Central.

Instead of holding her players in the locker room for nearly the entire eight-minute intermission, Bray cut straight to the point.

It took all of 30 seconds. However, it was time well spent, considering her nationally-ranked Warriors made the necessary adjustments to rally from a 46-42 halftime deficit to grind out an 82-79 victory.

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2nd Annual Tennessee Turkey Jamm Recap and Interviews

All I can say is WOW. Demond "DJ" Hairston of Girl Powher Showcases knows how to put on a well ran national event. I'm personally happy to have an event of this status in my home town.

This event drew 6 nationally ranked teams which lead to over 30 college coaches and 2 girls basketball national media representatives, ESPN Hoopgurl's Mark Lewis, and Peach State Hoops, Brandon Clay. College coaches in attendance included Tennesee Tech, Louisville, Rice, Arkansas-Little Rock, Southen Miss, Syracuse, Georgia State, Mississippi State, Boston College, Clemson, Southern Illinois, Air Force, Dayton, Missouri State, Pittsburgh, St, Louis, St. Johns, Nebraska, and Middle Tennessee State.

I read and hear about the Bolingbrook, Whitney Young, Potter House teams but to be able to personally witness them was a treat. I was not disappointed.

If you don't know about the caliber of  players that represent these teams let me break it down for you.

#4 Bolingbrook (IL)
Ariel Massengale (2011) - #1 ranked point guard heading to Tennesse
Morgan Tuck (2012) - #3 ranked forward heading to Connecticut

#6 Potters House (FL)
Antoinette Bannister (2012) - #7 ranked guard heading to North Carolina
Brittany Roundtree (2011) - #11 ranked point guard heading to North Carolina
Loliya Briggs (2011) - #13 ranked guard heading to Pittsburgh
Shalethia Stringfield (2011) - #19 ranked point guard heading to South Florida

#9 Whitney Young (IL)
Kiana Johnson (2011) - #12 ranked point guard heading to Michigan State
Chanise Jenkins (2011) - #14 ranked point guard heading to Depaul

I can't forget my Memphis teams..

Ridgeway
went undefeated in the event for the second year in a row. Defeating Forest Park 61 - 56 and Oldsmar Academy 50-49.

St. Benedict also went undefeated. They beat H. W. Byers 56-41 and West Memphis 47 - 40. Symone Daniels, who is heading to Drake next year, may be the most improved player in the city. She has always been a high energy aggressive post player. But now we need to add that she is a high energy aggressive guard. Last year, it was known that she will get the rebound and travel the length of the floor for a layup. Now she is handling the ball the length of the floor and dishing it to the open wing. And her left hand is legit. I witnessed her time and time and time again go in for left handed layups aggressively and with confidence as if it was her natural strong hand.

Overton went 1-1. Losing to #20 Hoover 66-55 and rebounding to defeat Potters House 56-53. Overton had lost to #6 Potters House last year in this event. Overton is known for their aggressive in your face man-to-man defense but on Day 2 of the TN Turkey Jamm it was their zone defense that contained Potter House. Overton leaders, Cornelia Fondren and Jasmine Stafford, got into foul trouble with Cornelia fouling out in the 4th. However, Overton did not crumble. It was team effort that allowed them to beat the # 6 nationally ranked team.

#5 Central also went 1-1. Central looked very uncharacteristic on day 1 losing to #4 Bolingbrook 65-45. However on Day 2 the #5 ranked team came to play defeating #9 Whitney Young 82-79.  The beginning of the game looked as if the quickness and aggressiveness of Whitney Young was too much for the Warriors. But this squad of national players, Danielle Ballard, Aaliyah Whiteside and Nina Davis, along with a talented group of freshman, responded for the win.


Jason Thompson, H.W. Byers Head Coach Interview


Kourtney Coleman H.W. Byers Senior Interview


Symone Daniels St. Benedict Senior Interview


Michael Morgan Head Coach Oldsmar Christian School Interview