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Memphis Select | February 25, 11am-1pm, Registration starts at 10:30am | 4th and 5th grade | Location: Lausanne Collegiate School 1381 West Massey, 38120 | Contact: Pam Pointer 901-270-0608, Curtis Jones 901-406-9737

Location Change -- Memphis Future Stars | February 26 | 5, 6, 7th graders | 5th (3pm-4pm); 6/7th (4pm-5pm) | Location: Fairley High School 4950 Fairley Rd, 38109 | Contact: Coach Price - memphisfutures1@comcast.net

Memphis Select | March 11, 11am-2pm, Registration starts at 10:30am | 9, 10, 11th grade | Location: Lausanne Collegiate School 1381 West Massey, 38120 | Contact: Ruberto Lawson 901-262-8531, Curtis Jones 901-406-9737

Team Slink | March 11 12pm-4pm | Location: McFarland Community Center 4955 Cottonwood, 38118 | Contact: John McGraw 646-773-5699

Memphis Future Stars | March 25 | 9th graders | Time: TBA | Location: Ridgeway Baptist Church 2500 Ridgeway Rd, 38119 | Contact: Coach Price - memphisfutures1@comcast.net

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Jasmine James (Bartlett) led Georgia with 16 points in Sweet 16 Victory

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Womens College Basketball Daily News - March 29, 2013

Auburn: Tyrese Tanner Helps Auburn to WNIT Elite Eight
Baylor: Kim Mulkey a National Coach of Year Finalist
Bucknell: Aaron Roussell Named Spalding Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year Finalist
Charlotte: Late bucket ends Charlotte season in WNIT
Detroit: Brown Lights Up Penn For 32 As Titans Move Into WBI Championship
Duke: Williams to Take Team Home for NCAA Regional
Florida: Jaterra Bonds' Last-Second Jumper Lifts Gators Over Charlotte in WNIT Round of 16, 67-65
James Madison: Women's Basketball Beats Fordham 77-61 to Advance to WNIT Quarterfinals
MTSU: Jones to participate in State Farm 3-Point Championships
Ole Miss: Matt Insell Tabbed To Lead Ole Miss Women's Basketball
Penn: Women's Basketball Falls at the Buzzer in Semifinals, 71-68
Penn State: Lucas and Washington Honored by WBCA
Tennessee: Warlick Finalist For Maggie Dixon Award
Tennessee: Simmons, Warlick Named WBCA Finalists
Tulane: Women's Basketball Falls At Auburn In WNIT Sweet 16, 72-52
Youngstown State: Boldon Steps Down as Youngstown State Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Thursday, March 28, 2013

How to Get College Coaches to Attend Your Games during NCAA Evaluation Period

The amount of college coaches that attend your game depends on several things. (Keep in mind this is based on if you are attending a well established event that draws a nice amount of college coaches.)

Your Age GroupThe older groups (juniors and seniors) tend to draw the most coaches.

Click here for the complete article from Girls Basketball Recruiting

Memphis Elite-Holmes profiled on All Star Girls Report

Memphis Elite-Holmes team is one of the most talented group of 2014/15 players that will be participating in national tournaments this spring and summer.

I've been fortunate to have watched the players develop since they were 7th and 8th graders.

For some reason, they left off 2 key prospects 2014 guards Olivia Cunningham and A'Queen Hayes. However, this is what All Star Girls Report had to say:  

Memphis Elite Holmes
Key Prospects: 2014, No. 351, 5-6, PG, Amber Holmes. 2014, No. 367, 5-9, SG, Kairneisha Trent. 2014, 5-9, G, Kiara Golden. 2015, 6-3, C, Eryn Foster.

McCormick On Why To Watch Elite Holmes: Holmes has a good handle, she can hit the three, and she is explosive to the hoop. Trent is a combo guard who knows how to score and how to get to the free throw line. Golden is another combo guard who can attack the lane or shoot from the arc. Foster is a physical, strong player with a real low post presence.

You can check out the complete article at http://www.asgrevents.com/deep-south-field-includes-tennessee-team-pride/

Journey to Memphis' Next Top Baller Episode 6

We have completed the first 2 months of training for 2013. It has been a journey for some of the players and a journey for me. They have good sessions and difficult sessions. However, it is a joy to see players bounce back from a difficult session.

My mission is not to keep the players at the level they are at. I challenge them to understand fundamental techniques and to increase their skills.

I've been training consistently over the past two months on Mondays and Saturdays. However, in April the schedule will be slightly different because I will be traveling with Team Po Po and gym availability. Be sure to check the day and times on http://www.girlsbasketballtrainer.com/miniregistration.htm

Check out the latest video from training sessions on March 23 and 25, 2013. You will see two versions of ladder agility drills, a ball handling routine and a shooting drill I use to help players develop both left and right hands.



If you are interested in me working with your daughter or team, visit http://www.girlsbasketballtrainer.com/miniregistration.htm

Womens College Basketball Daily News - March 28, 2013

Arizona: Whyte Leaves Legacy as Arizona's Best
Baylor: WBB's Griner And Sims Wade Trophy Finalists
Cal: Clarendon Named Finalist for 2013 State Farm Wade Trophy
Connecticut: Dolson and Mosqueda-Lewis Named Finalists for Wade Trophy
Fordham: Rams Fall to JMU, End Best Season in 30 Years
Georgia: Georgia Remains in Spokane to Face Stanford
Maryland: Frese, Thomas Earn WBCA Honors
Minnesota: Five Gophers Earn Academic All-Big Ten Honors
Notre Dame: Skylar Diggins Selected As Finalist For State Farm Wade Trophy
Old Dominion: Notre Dame, Duke, Nebraska and Kansas Reach Sweet 16 in Norfolk Regional
Penn State: No. 3 Seed Lady Lions Upset by LSU, 71-66
Purdue: Purdue Knocked Out of NCAA Tournament
San Diego State: Burns Chosen WBCA Region 7 Coach of the Year
Stanford: Ogwumike, VanDerveer Finalists For WBCA Awards
Tennessee: Simmons, Warlick Named WBCA Finalists
Washington: Kingma Named To Pac-12 All-Academic First Team

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Danielle Ballard, Jasmine James playing in NCAA Sweet 16

Congratulations to Danielle Ballard (Central/LSU) and Jasmine James (Bartlett/Georgia) for making it to the Sweet 16!


Jasmine James

Danielle Ballard

Womens College Basketball Daily News March 27, 2013

Arizona State: Three Sun Devil Women's Basketball Players Earn Pac-12 Academic Honors
Auburn: Tyrese Tanner, Auburn Ready for Round 3 of WNIT
Boston College: Checking In With Our Grads Overseas
Cal: Cal Advances to Sweet Sixteen
Connecticut: No. 3 UConn Advances to Sweet Sixteen Over Vanderbilt
Duke: Duke Tough to Beat at Home in NCAA Tournament
George Washington: Atlantic 10 Conference Adds George Mason University as Full Member
Georgia: Lady Bulldogs Headed To Sweet 16
Illinois: Defense Leads Illini to 62-54 WNIT Win Over EIU
Illinois State: WNIT Watch Party at Redbird Arena Cancelled Due to Weather
Kansas: Sweet 16 Bound Again; Kansas Upsets S. Carolina, 75-69
LSU: Webb Leads LSU Back to Sweet 16, 71-66
Maryland: Maryland Advances to Sweet Sixteen
Michigan State: Spartans Knocked out of NCAA Tournament
Nebraska: Huskers Dancing to Sweet 16
Oklahoma: Home Sweet Home!
Oregon State: Martin Earns Second Consecutive Pac-12 Academic Hon
San Diego: Toreros End WNIT Run with Loss to Utah
South Carolina: Gamecocks Fall to Kansas 75-69 in NCAA Second Round
Tennessee: ON TO THE SWEET 16: Lady Vols Win, 68-52
UCLA: UCLA Falls to Oklahoma, 85-72
Vanderbilt: UConn eliminates VU from postseason
Washington: Kevin McGuff Agrees To Extension Through 2020
Washington State: Amojo, Grad and Noyes Earn Pac-12 All-Academic Honors

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Womens College Basketball News March 26, 2013

Auburn: Auburn Advances to WNIT Sweet 16
Baylor: Baylor Cruises Past Prairie View in NCAA First Round
DePaul: DePaul Falls to Oklahoma State in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament
George Washington: Atlantic 10 Conference Adds George Mason University as Full Member
Illinois State: WNIT Watch Party at Redbird Arena Cancelled Due to Weather
James Madison: James Madison Women's Basketball Wins 72-66 Over N.C. State in WNIT Second Round
Kansas: South Carolina Stands Between Back-to-Back NCAA Sweet 16 Appearances
Kentucky: Stallworth's 18 Leads Kentucky to NCAAT Opening Win
Louisville: No. 16 Louisville Advances to Second Round in NCAA Tournament Over Middle Tennessee, 74-49
Michigan: Sheffer's Double-Double Moves U-M into NCAA Round of 32
Northern Colorado: Northern Colorado women's basketball drops season finale to St. Mary's
Notre Dame: #2 Irish Roll Past UT Martin, 97-64 In NCAA Opener
South Carolina: South Carolina NCAA Second Round Practice Day Quotes
St. John's: Double OT Thriller Vs. Dayton Ends St. John's Season In NCAA Tournament, 96-90
Stanford: Strong second half pushes No. 4 Stanford past Tulsa, 72-56
Tulsa: TULSA'S Valiant Effort Against NO. 1 Seed Stanford Falls Short 72-56
Vanderbilt: 'Dores ready for raucous environment

Washington: Pacific Ends UW Season In WNIT Second Round

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Journey to Memphis' Next Top Baller Episode 5

Training for basketball is not a one time activity. It's an activity that develops your skills over a period of time.

In less than 2 months, I've watched players become better shooters, ball handlers and more confident in their abilities as a player. They're also developing an understanding that it's a process that happens over time not in one day.  

I enjoy coming up with different drills to help the players become quicker, shoot better, become better ball handlers, and have a better understanding of the game.

Here is a drill from training on March 16, 2013 using a ladder to train left and right-handed ball handling, coordination, foot work and  a little conditioning.




If you are interested in training for your daughter or team, visit http://www.girlsbasketballtrainer.com/miniregistration.htm

Hasina Muhammad (Ridgeway) Named To AP All-SEC Second Team

Click here for complete Auburn story

Womens College Basketball Daily News March 21, 2013

Auburn: Hasina Muhammad Named To AP All-SEC Second Team
Cal State Fullerton: Foster Not Returning as Fullerton's Head Women's Basketball Coach
Central Michigan: The Power of 1.5 Seconds
Duke: Woman of Steel Leads Way for Blue Devils
Kentucky: Mathies Earns Second Straight AP SEC Player of the Year
IPFW: Hyde Named Summit League Academic All-League
Longwood: Reinson Named State Coach of the Year
Ohio State: Jim Foster out as Ohio State coach
Old Dominion: MONARCH MEDIA: Ticha Penicheiro Returns
South Carolina: Walker, Welch Tabbed All-SEC by Associated Press
Tennessee: Holly Warlick, Bashaara Graves get top SEC honors from AP; Meighan Simmons all-conference
WBCA: WBC announces All-Region nominees for 2013 Division I Coaches' All-America Team
William & Mary: Tribe Announces Change in Women’s Basketball Leadership

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Memphis Girls Basketball Players participating in 2013 NCAA Tournament













Jasmine Gardner (Liberty/Mitchell)
Liberty vs Purdue March 24 @ 12:10pm












Cornelia Fondren (Overton/Syracuse)
Syracuse vs Creighton March 23 @ 11: 20am



  














Jasmine Newsome (Millington/UTMartin)

















Cortrice Martin (Overton/UTMartin)
UT Martin vs Notre Dame March 24 @ 5:05pm












Alicia Payne (Chattanooga/White Station)












Alex Black (Chattanooga/Harding Academy)
Chattanooga vs Nebraska March 23 @ 6:35pm












  
 Adrienne Pratcher (Texas A&M/East)
Texas A&M vs Wichita State March 23 @ 4:05pm












Jasmine James (Georgia/Bartlett)
Georgia vs Montana March 23 @ 6:45pm




  









Danielle Ballard (LSU/Central)

LSU vs Green Bay March 24 @7:45pm





Sidney Smith stands out at We Work Hoops Spring Exposure Camp

ProspectsNation.com was in attendance scouting the Inaugural We Work Hoops Spring Exposure Camp in Murfreesboro, TN.

Briarcrest's Sidney Smith took the trip up the road to participate.

This is what Jonathan Hemingway thought about Sidney's performance.

Our staff has seen Sidney Smith from Briarcrest High School (Memphis, Tenn.) four times in the past two years. In every viewing she fills it up from deep from behind the arc. The 5-6 guard should be a watch-list shooter in the 2014 class.

Read complete recap here 

Womens College Basketball Daily News March 20, 2013

ALBANY: Great Danes Earn 14 Seed and Will Dance Against North Carolina in NCAA Tournament
Akron: Women's Basketball travels to Duquesne for first round WNIT action Thursday
Appalachian State: Women's Basketball Clinches Postseason WNIT Bid
Auburn: Women's Basketball Selected For WNIT; Will Host UAB Wednesday
Baylor: Lady Bears Host PVAMU in NCAA First-Round Action
Butler: Bulldogs To Play At Toledo In WNIT First Round
Boston: Terriers Set to Host Sacred Heart in First Round of WNIT
Bowling Green: BGSU to Host SMU in WNIT First Round
Cal: Earns NCAA 2-Seed, Plays Fresno State
Central Michigan: Chippewas Receive 11 seed, Draw No. 6 Oklahoma in First Round
Duquesne: Women's Basketball to Host Akron in WNIT
Eastern Illinois: Panthers Draw Missouri in WNIT First Round
Charlotte: Streak reaches 11; Charlotte earns WNIT berth
Colorado: Brooks: CU Women Open With KU In NCAA Tournament
Connecticut: Huskies Selected As No. 1 Seed Bridgeport Region
Davidson: Wildcats Set to Play Old Dominion Thursday in First Round of Women’s NIT
Detroit: Titans To Play In Postseason For Second-Straight Year, Top Seed In East Region Of WBI
DePaul: Women Punch Ticket to NCAA Tournament, Face Oklahoma State
Dayton: Flyers Earn Fourth Consecutive Trip To NCAA Tournament
Drexel: Women's Basketball to Host Iona in WNIT First Round
Duke: Gets No. 2 Seed; Hosts Hampton on Sunday
Eastern Washington: Women’s Basketball Earns WNIT Bid
Elon: Earns WBI Bid; Set to Host Eastern Kentucky Wednesday
Florida: Earns Postseason WNIT Berth, Plays at FIU on Thursday
Florida Gulf Coast: Battle of the Birds: @FGCU_WBB To Host Winthrop in 2013 Postseason WNIT
Fresno State: Bulldogs to Play Cal Bears in NCAA Tourney
Hampton: Lady Pirates FOURSOME, Okezie Named Hu Athletes Of The Week
Hampton: Lady Pirates Get Duke In First Round Of NCAA Tourney
Hartford: Hawks to Host Harvard Thursday in WNIT First Round, Ninth Straight Postseason Appearance
Hawai'i: Women's Hoops Heading to San Diego for WNIT
Green Bay: To Play at LSU in NCAA Tournament
Fordham: Rams Selected to Play in the Postseason WNIT
Illinois State: ISU Hosts IUPUI in WNIT Thursday
IUPUI: Jaguars To Take On Illinois State In Opening Round Of WNIT
James Madison: Women's Basketball to Host North Carolina A&T in WNIT Thursday
Kansas: Returns to NCAA Tournament; Faces Colorado
Long Beach State: Will Host Utah in WNIT First-Round Game on Wednesday
Loyola Chicago: Women's Basketball Coach Eric Simpson Resigns
Marquette: To Host Northern Iowa Friday in WNIT First Round
McNeese State: Women's Basketball Accepts WBI Bid
Memphis: Women's Basketball Receives WNIT Bid
Michigan: Wolverines to Take On Villanova as No. 8 Seed in NCAA Tournament
Michigan State: Women's Basketball Draws No. 5 Seed in NCAA Tournament
Minnesota: Gophers Selected for WNIT, Host Ball State in Opening Round
Missouri State: Milleson Will Not Return as Lady Bears' Head Coach
Nebraska: Huskers Head to Texas A&M to Face Mocs
North Carolina: UNC Earns No. 3 Seed, Will Face Albany
Northern Iowa: To Face Marquette In WNIT Friday
NC State: To host Richmond on Thursday in 2013 WNIT
Northern Colorado: Women's Basketball draws Wyoming in WNIT First Round
Notre Dame: Earns 18th Consecutive NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Berth
Oklahoma: Streak Stays Alive: Sooners Dancing Again
Oklahoma State: Cowgirls Punch Ticket To Big Dance
Old Dominion: To Host Davidson on Thursday in First Round of WNIT
Penn: Women's Basketball Headed to Postseason
Princeton: No. 9 Seed Tigers to Face No. 8 Florida State in NCAA First Round
Purdue: No. 4 Seed Purdue to Face No. 13 Seed Liberty in NCAA Tournament
Richmond: Spiders Play At N.C. State In WNIT First Round
Saint Joseph's: Women's Basketball Headed to the NCAAs and Will Face Vanderbilt on Saturday
Sacred Heart: Women's Hoops Shipping Up to Boston for WNIT
San Diego: Toreros to Host Hawaii in WNIT Thursday
St. John's: DANCING IN QUEENS! St. John's Returns To Fourth-Straight NCAA Championship
San Diego State: #AztecWBB to Host UCSB in WNIT First Round
South Carolina: Gamecocks Open NCAA Tournament with South Dakota State
Stanford: Earns Top Seed, Hosts Tulsa Sunday To Begin NCAA Tournament
Southern Methodist: Mustangs Face Bowling Green State In WNIT Thursday
Syracuse: SU Earns No. 7 Seed; Faces Creighton in 1st Round
Tennessee: #2 Lady Vols Host Oral Roberts In NCAAs
Tulane: Women's Basketball Earns At-Large Bid To 2013 WNIT
Tulsa: To Play #1-Seed Stanford In NCAA Tournament
UCLA: Earns No. 3 Seed in NCAA Tournament
Vanderbilt: Dores earn 14th straight NCAA bid
Washington: WNIT Bound Dawgs To Host Eastern Washington Friday
Quinnipiac: Women’s Basketball Set to Begin 2013 NCAA Tournament
UAB: Women's Basketball Selected To 64-Team WNIT
Utah State: Women's Basketball to Host South Dakota in Women's Basketball Invitational Thursday
Youngstown State: YSU Will Host Indiana State on Thursday in the WNIT

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

How to get jr high girls to block out and rebound when you are small?

Here is a question I received from a reader:

How to get jr high girls to block out and rebound when you are small?


I actually had this problem when I was coaching my 7th grade team. We were extremely undersized and tended to get beat up on the boards. So I found a rebounding drill from Competitive Rebounding Drills DVD by Skip Prosser. The drill helped my undersized players become more aggressive at putting a body on someone, rebounding, being quick to the ball and going after loose balls.

Read the entire article on GirlsBasketballDrills.com

Memphis Lady Tigers Women's Basketball Receives WNIT Bid

 Bracket

The University of Memphis women's basketball team (17-14) has been included in the field for the 2013 WNIT it was announced Monday night. This will be the fourth consecutive post-season bid for the program under Melissa McFerrin and is the Tigers' third-straight WNIT appearance. The Tigers will play an SEC opponent on the road, playing at Arkansas, Thursday night.

Memphis opened its 2012-13 season in the Preseason WNIT, defeating Grambling State in its season opener, then suffering a loss to eventual Sun Belt champions, Middle Tennessee, in the second round. The Tigers then went on the road and upended eventual Missouri Valley Conference finalists Illinois State, even while losing second-leading scorer Mooriah Rowser to injury. One game later, the Tigers lost Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir for seven games with a broken hand, then suffering a season-long four-game losing streak that included losses to UALR and Illinois, teams also in the WNIT field.

Abdul-Qaadir returned in time for a 72-69 win over SEC foe Missouri, and a 73-64 win over Tennessee Tech, finalists in the Ohio Valley Conference championships.

Memphis then went 8-8 in Conference USA play, sweeping the regular season series from UAB and Southern Miss before Southern Miss got the best of the third meeting with the Tigers in the opening round of the Conference USA Championships in Tulsa last week.

In all, Conference USA is sending five teams into the WNIT field, including regular season champs SMU, with East Carolina, UAB and Tulane joining the Tigers in the field.

This is the third straight WNIT appearance for the Tigers. After advancing to the WBI finals in Melissa McFerrin's second year at Memphis, the Tigers earned a first round home game against Alabama in 2011-12. Last year, Memphis again opened the WNIT at home, upending cross-state foe Chattanooga before falling on the road at Missouri State in the second round.

Womens NCAA Tournament Bracket - 2013

Womens College Basketball Daily News March 19, 2013

ALBANY: Great Danes Earn 14 Seed and Will Dance Against North Carolina in NCAA Tournament
Connecticut: Huskies Selected As No. 1 Seed Bridgeport Region
Fresno State: Bulldogs to Play Cal Bears in NCAA Tourney
Kansas: Kansas Returns to NCAA Tournament; Faces Colorado
Michigan State: Michigan State Women's Basketball Draws No. 5 Seed in NCAA Tournament
Michigan: Wolverines to Take On Villanova as No. 8 Seed in NCAA Tournament
Oklahoma: Streak Stays Alive: Sooners Dancing Again
Saint Joseph: Saint Joseph's Women's Basketball Headed to the NCAAs and Will Face Vanderbilt on Saturday
South Carolina: Gamecocks Open NCAA Tournament with South Dakota State
Tulsa: Tulsa To Play #1-Seed Stanford In NCAA Tournament
UConn: Geno Auriemma: If UConn Meets Notre Dame In Final Four, Huskies Will Win This Time

Friday, March 15, 2013

Central's Nina Davis wins Gatorade Player of the Year Award

image and article from Commercial Appeal 


Chalk up another award for Central basketball star Nina Davis.

The 6-1 senior, who has signed with Baylor, was named Gatorade player of the year for the state of Tennessee on Thursday. The award comes on the heels of the AAA Miss Basketball Award she won last Saturday.

A starter since arriving at Central four years ago, Davis averaged 28.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per game as a senior, shooting 56.2 percent from the floor and 52.2 percent from 3-point range. She's a two-time Best of the Preps player of the year and was named Most Valuable Player of the state tournament as a sophomore in 2011 when Central won the championship.

This season, Davis led Central to a 26-6 record and a spot in the AAA state semifinals, where the Lady Warriors lost to eventual state champion Murfreesboro Riverdale. She ends her high school career with well over 2,000 points and almost 1,000 rebounds.

Davis becomes the third state winner from Memphis joining Ashley Early of Briarcrest who won in 2001 and Harding's Juana Brown who won the 1997 award. Gatorade starting announcing state winners in 1986.

Womens College Baskeball Daily News - March 15, 2013

Bowling Green: Falcons Survive & Move On with 55-53 Win over WMU
Buffalo: Dominant Second Half Leads Bulls To MAC Tournament Victory Over Miami, 82-70
Cleveland State: Vikings Fall To No. 2 YSU In Horizon League Quarterfinals
Eastern Washington: Eagles Heat Up in Second Half to Defeat Bobcats, 68-53, in Big Sky Tournament Quarterfinals
Florida Gulf Coast: Hansen & Smesko Pick Up College Sports Madness All-Mid Major Honors
Georgia State: Cody Paulk Named To Two All-CAA Teams
Georgia Tech: Tyaunna Marshall Named Georgia Women's College Player Of The Year
Green Bay: Postseason Props: Ritchie Has a Career Day From Downtown
Green Bay: On To The Semis: Trio of Seniors Leads Green Bay Past Valaraiso
Hawaii: Women’s Basketball Bounced By CSUF In Big West Tourney
Houston: Women's Basketball Goes Cold in Opening Round Loss to UCF, 74-59
Houston Baptist: Huskies Women’s Basketball’s Steenholdt Named First Team All-Conference
Idaho State: Bengals Fall to Sacramento State in Big Sky Quarterfinal
Jacksonville: Announces Women’s Basketball Coaching Change
James Madison: Women's Basketball's Hall CAA Rookie of Year, Hislop & Burkholder All-CAA Loyola Chicago: Advances To Semifinals With 71-54 Win Over Milwaukee
Louisiana Tech : Techsters Advance to WAC Semifinals
Marshall: Miners Knock Herd Out of First Round, 70-59
Memphis: Tigers Upended by Southern Miss in First Round
McNeese State: Cowgirls Advance With 63-45 Win Over Northwestern State
Miami: RedHawks Topped by Bulls, 82-70
Mount St. Mary's: Women's Basketball Falls to Quinnipiac, 63-56, in NEC Semifinals
Montana State : ONE AND DONE: Eastern Washington Bounces ‘Cats from Big Sky Tournament
Norfolk State: N.C. A&T Defeats Norfolk State in MEAC Quarterfinals
Northern Colorado: Third time's a charm for Northern Colorado Women's Basketball
Northeastern: La-Force is Coach of the Year, NU takes home five CAA honors
Northwestern State: Late run gives Cowgirls win over Lady Demons in the SLC Tournament opening game
Old Dominion: Five Lady Monarchs Land on All-CAA Teams
Rice: Women's Basketball Falls In C-USA Tournament
Southern Miss: Upends Memphis, 67-58, In Day 1 Of C-USA Women's Basketball Championship
San Jose State: Women's Hoops Falls On Last Second Shot At WAC Tourney
Tulsa: Cruises Past Rice in 2013 C-USA Championship First Round, 74-52
William & Mary: Correal and Aldridge Highlight Tribe All-CAA Selections
Wright State: Women Fall to Detroit in HL Quarterfinals
Utah State: Schlott Leads Utah State to Semifinals of WAC Tournament With 78-65 Win Against Denver Wednesday
UTEP: Cruises Past Marshall, 70-59 In C-USA Opening-Round Game
Youngstown: Brown Pours in 31 Points As Penguins Advance With 69-62 Win
Youngstown State: Retires 319 in Honor of Former Coach Ed DiGregorio
UCF: Women's Basketball Tips Off C-USA Tournament with 74-59 Win
USC: Women's Basketball Coach Michael Cooper Resigns

Thursday, March 14, 2013

4 Must-Do Activities for Basketball Post Season

March Madness is here!

This means most high school teams are finishing up state tournaments. If your team is no longer competing, what are you doing?

I’ve come up with 4 Must-Do Activities for you. These activities are essential if you want to come back next season as a better player.

Click here for the 4 Activities on Girls Basketball Drills

Tia Wooten, Philecia Atkins gets write up on Full Court

Last week, Central and Overton took the trip up to Murfreesboro for the State tournament with both teams making it to the semi-finals. Although neither team was able to bring home the trophy, Central's Nina Davis came home with the Miss Basketball title.

I'm sure plenty of college coaches were in the stands along with several recruiting scouts and media.

Full Court was in the building. They wrote about 2 of Memphis' rising seniors, Tia Wooten and Philecia Atkins.

Tia Wooten, 5-10, Memphis Central  
Tia has a great basketball body -- strong, athletic and well defined.  Really her only drawback physically is that she’s a little too short to play the post at the D-1 level. If she were three or four inches taller, we would be talking about a player being recruited by all the big-time schools.  As it is, Wooten has the tools to produce at the next level but the main question is at what position do you play her?  She doesn’t show a ton of guard skills, although she definitely handles it well in transition and she can finish well in transition too. In the half court, she’s almost never more than 15 feet from the hoop, but at the high school level she’s very effective.

Philecia Atkins, 5-5, Overton
Philecia shined in several ways in the first game against Antioch, as she showed her handles off quite a few times in the process of breaking a press or getting to the basket. She isn’t the biggest guard but she definitely makes up for it with her feistiness on both sides of the ball. Her ability to knock down the long ball makes her a great complementary player to someone like Kelsey Briggs.


You can read the complete article here

Memphis Lady Tigers Upended by Southern Miss in First Round of CUSA Tourney

After scoring just 20 first half points, the University of Southern Mississippi (15-15) out-scored Memphis (17-14) 47-32 in the second half in a 67-58 win over the University of Memphis in the Conference USA first round, Wednesday.

In the third meeting of the season between the two teams, both teams got off to a slow offensive start and there was plenty of scouting film available from the regular season. Memphis finally started to get points in transition and an Ariel Hearn layup followed by a Lauren McGraw bucket and one put the Tigers up 20-15. Memphis then got rebounding and defense inside with the presence of junior Pa'Sonna Hope, and outlet the passes to lane runners in transition, where Hearn scored, followed by a pair of buckets from Nicole Dickson. Hope then hit the offensive glass and stuck back a pair of buckets to put the Tigers up 24-15.

But then the Tigers made costly mistakes in the final minute. After Lauren McGraw picked up her second personal foul, the Tigers were upset with the call and lost Jamierra Faulkner, who drained the first three for the game from right in front of the Tigers' bench. Faulkner then tried to square up on defense against Ariel Hearn, but her falling to the floor startled the Tigers' freshman, and in trying to take advantage of the suddenly-open space, Hearn travelled on the drive to the rim. Faulkner then hurried up court and drained a jumper in the paint at the halftime buzzer to cut the Tigers' lead to 26-20 at the half.

Southern Miss held a rebounding advantage early in the first half, but the Tigers had grabbed the edge at the break, 22-21. The Golden Eagles corrected that, out-rebounding Memphis 20-5 in the first 17 minutes of the second half before Ariel Hearn scored nine of Memphis' next 11 points to pull Memphis back within five at 58-53.

But turnovers haunted the Tigers in the second half, and Memphis could not convert against a zone that Southern Miss did not go to until they had a 10-point lead in hand.

The Golden Eagles iced the game at the free-throw line, 67-58. Hearn led Memphis with 20 points in the loss, while Dickson finished what could be her final career game at Memphis with 12 points. The Tigers will have to wait until late Monday night to see if their 17-14 record gets them into the WNIT field.

Womens College Baskeball Daily News - March 14, 2013

Air Force: Falls to Nevada in Mountain West Tournament
Akron: Rachel Tecca captures MAC Player of the Year
Boston College: Nicole Boudreau Named to All-ACC Academic Team
Clemson: Gramlich Earns Second Straight Academic All-ACC Honors
Connecticut: No. 3 Connecticut Falls To No. 2 Notre Dame, 61-59
Dartmouth: Wielgus Resigns as Head Coach of Dartmouth Women's Basketball
Duke: Blue Devils Lead All-ACC Academic Team with Five
Harvard: Women's Basketball Makes History with 71-26 Win Over Columbia
Houston Baptist: Shanice Steenholdt Named GWC Player of the Week
Illinois State: Russell and Nelson Named to Valley Scholar-Athlete Teams
Long Beach State: 49ers Drop 54-48 Decision to Cal State Fullerton in First Round of Big West Tournament
Michigan State: Jasmine Thomas Named Player of the Year at Team Banquet
Notre Dame: No. 2 Notre Dame Edges No. 3 Connecticut, 61-59
Norfolk State: NSU Downs FAMU in MEAC Tournament First Round
Northern Iowa: Set For MVC Tournament Against Indiana State
Northern Iowa: Kalin and Schonhardt Named To All-Conference
Nothtern Iowa: Kalin Named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Oklahoma: Coale to Lead USA at World University Games
Penn: Women's Basketball Outlasted by Princeton, 60-44
Penn State: Washington Named USA Basketball Assistant Coach
Southern Illinois: Macklin, Napier earn All-MVC Accolades
Southern Illinois: Courier named Honorable Mention MVC Scholar-Athlete
Stanford: Amber Orrange Claims Muscle Milk Student-Athlete Of The Week
Syracuse: Alexander Named to All-Tourney Team
UC Davis : Matadors Down Aggies In Big West Tournament

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Journey to Memphis' Next Top Baller Episode 4

In this week's episode, I give you a behind the scene look at training from March 11, 2013.

I'm working with a 9th grader beginner in basketball and a 7th grader who just played her first year of basketball.

I have been working with these young ladies for over a month. The 9th grader has come a long way. When we first started, she was unable to handle two basketballs at one time, all of her shots and free throws were short and weak and she could not make a layup. She is now able to dribble 2 basketballs confidently up and down the court. She's make more shots and free throws and also can make layups.

The 7th grader is extremely athletic. She is learning how to handle and control all of her athleticism. She has a nice stroke but tends to shoot to the side with her body out of a balanced position. I've always felt that when you add fundamental skills to an athlete like this young lady, what a dangerous combination it would be. She is learning discipline, proper mechanics and how to read and adjust her body. I can't wait to see how much she progresses over time.

In the video below, you will see how I've added intensity and basketball specific activity to the ladder drill. The video begins with the basic one foot in each square and ends with an advanced two feet in, two feet out of each square while using 3 ladders and the player have to perform a defensive slide to the next ladder.

What you do not see is the entire work out which is:

1 foot in each square (3x) 2 feet in each square (3x) Skip every other square (3x) 2 feet in/2 feet out (3x)



If you are interested in training for your daughter or team, visit http://www.girlsbasketballtrainer.com/miniregistration.htm

Womens College Baskeball Daily News - March 13, 2013

Alabama State:Lady Hornets Basketball Rolls Into Dallas for 2013 Toyota SWAC Tourney
Duke: Blue Devils Lead All-ACC Academic Team with Five
ETSU: women’s hoops coach Karen Kemp to retire
Green Bay: Ritchie, Eichler Receive All-Horizon League Accolades
Holy Cross: Women’s Basketball Surges Past Colgate, 59-38, In Patriot League Semifinal
Loyola Chicago : Simone Law, Taylor Johnson Earn Horizon League Awards
McNeese State: Cecilia Okoye Named Southland's Newcomer of the Year
Middle Tennessee State: Championship effort lifts Blue Raiders to SBC title
North Carolina Central: WOMEN'S Basketball Season Ends With A 44-41 Loss To Coppin State
Princeton: Rasheed Named Ivy Player of the Week for Seventh Time in 2012-13
Wright State: Demmings, James Receive All-Horizon League Honors
Utah State: Christensen, Schlott and Johnson Earn All-WAC Honors
Vermont: Falls to Hartford in America East Semifinals

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

How to Start the Process of Getting Recruited to Play Womens College Basketball

A common question I receive when it comes to recruiting is “How do I get started?”.

This short video explains how to get started perfectly.

It requires starting with a plan. The plan should be made up of 5 simple things:

Click here for the complete GirlsBasketballRecruiting.com article

Jasmine Newsome (Millington) named OVC Tournament Most Valuable Player




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Jasmine Gardner (Mitchell), Liberty Defeats Longwood for 15th Big South Title

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Womens College Baskeball Daily News - March 12, 2013

DePaul: Falls to Connecticut in BIG EAST Quarterfinals
Green Bay: Ritchie's Long-Range Success Gains Player of the Week Praise
Hampton: Avant Named MEAC Player Of The Year
Kentucky: Falls to Texas A&M in SEC Tournament Finals
Longwood: Falls, 54-45, Against Liberty in Conference Championship
Michigan State: Spartans Fall to Purdue in Big Ten Championship Game
Monmouth: Women's Basketball Falls In Overtime To The Mount, 59-57
Mount St. Mary's: Women's Basketball Tops Monmouth, 59-57, in Northeast Conference Quarterfinals
Ohio: Athletics Will Not Renew Randall's Contract
Oklahoma: Sooners Fall in Big 12 Semifinal
Riversdale: Women's Basketball Concludes Season With 55-54 Loss At Cal State Northridge
Purdue: Big Ten Tournament Champions!!!
Saint Francis: Fights off Blue Devils; Advances to NEC Semifinals
Stanford: Takes Down No. 14 UCLA For Pac-12 Title, 51-49
Temple: Women’s Basketball’s Atlantic 10 Tournament Run Ends in the Semifinals with a 66-55 Loss to Fordham
Tennessee: Spani Named To SEC All-Tourney Team
Wake Forest: Douglas Named To ACC All-Tournament Second Team
Wayne State: Women's Basketball Earns NCAA Tournament Berth For Second Time In School History
UAB: Women's Basketball Places Three On All-C-USA Team
UCLA: No. 14 UCLA Falls to No. 4 Stanford in Pac-12 Championship, 51, UCLA 49
Villanova: Falls in Quarterfinal Round of Big East Tournament

Monday, March 11, 2013

Adrienne Pratcher (East), Texas A&M wins First SEC Tournament

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Memphis' Nicole Dickson Named CollegeSportsMadness.com C-USA Player of the Year


Senior forward Nicole Dickson was named the CollegeSportsMadness.com C-USA Player of the Year, Saturday. The website also named Dickson a first team all-conference honoree. Dickson was named the CollegeSportsMadness.com C-USA women's basketball player of the week three times this season. She also became the first player in school history to earn C-USA Player of the Week honors four times in a single season.

Dickson leads the league in scoring with 18.9 points per game and ranks among the career top 10 in scoring, top seven in rebounding, top six in blocks and top four in three-point field goals made at Memphis. She was a C-USA second team all-conference honoree last year and spent this season as a marked player for the Tigers, as one of just two returning starters from last year's squad. She responded with five games of 30 or more points and has scored 20 or more points 13 times this year alone. She is also the team's leading rebounder, with 7.1 rebounds a night and leads Memphis with 55 steals and ranks second with 28 blocked shots.

She has scored double-digit points in all but two games this season (both Tiger victories) and has helped a team with eight new players earn the number seven seed in the upcoming Conference USA Championships. Memphis will face No. 10 seeded Southern Miss, Wednesday, in opening round play at the C-USA Championships, hosted in the Tulsa Convention Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Ariel Hearn (Arlington) makes C-USA All-Freshman Team

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Womens College Baskeball Daily News - March 11, 2013

ALBANY: UAlbany Women's Basketball Advances to Second Straight America East Championship Game; Will Host Hartford
Baylor: Baylor Holds Off Oklahoma State, 77-69, to Advance to Big 12 Title Game
Elon Phoenix: Phoenix Falls to Wildcats in SoCon Semis
Fordham: Gaitley's 500th Win Punches Fordham's Ticket to Brooklyn
Hartford: Hawks Cruise into AE Championship Game with 64-33 Victory over Vermont
Louisville: No. 13 Louisville Advances to Semifinals with Win
Maryland: Thomas, Hawkins Make All-Tournament Team
Memphis: Dickson Named to C-USA All-Conference Squad; Hearn Named All-Freshman
Notre Dame: No. 2 Notre Dame Advances to BIG EAST Semifinal
Penn State: Lessons Not Lost on Lions in Loss to Spartans
Purdue: Big Ten Tournament Champions!!!
Quinnipiac: Quinnipiac Women's Basketball Advances To NEC Semifinals WIth 79-55 Win Against Bryant
Sacred Heart: Pioneers Advance to NEC Semifinal; Defeat Terriers with Stifling Defense
San Diego: USD Preps for WCC Championship Game
Saint Joseph's: Brooklyn Bound! Saint Joseph's Women's Basketball Upsets #11 Dayton To Advance to Atlantic 10 Title Game
SMU: Mays Named To All-C-USA First Team; Filmore And Simpson Selected To Second Team
Southern Miss: A Pair of Lady Eagles Earn All-Conference Honors
St. Francis Brooklyn: Women's Basketball Season Ends In NEC Quarterfinals; Terriers Fall to #2 Sacred Heart on Sunday Afternoon
St. John's: No. 5 Seed St. John's Shenneika Smith Scores 19 In 62-55 Loss To No. 4 Louisville
Temple: Temple Women’s Basketball’s Atlantic 10 Tournament Run Ends in the Semifinals with a 66-55 Loss to Fordham
Tulane: Blagg, Grayson Earn All-Conference USA Women's Basketball Honors
Tulsa: Tulsa's Mayberry and Grovey Earn Conference USA Accolades
UCF: Two UCF Women's Basketball Players Honored with Conference Awards
UNC: Coleman Comes Through
UTEP: Steinberga And Thornton Earn All Conference USA Honors
Vermont: Vermont Women's Basketball Falls to Hartford in America East Semifinals

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Forest Hill girls outlast Southaven in four OTs for Mississippi 6A girls crown

Saturday’s Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A girls state championship game needed a little more than the regular 32 minutes to determine a winner.
Well, a lot more.

At the end at Jackson’s Mississippi Coliseum — in the fourth overtime — defending champion Forest Hill had just enough shots fall against fatigued Southaven to salvage a 76-74 victory.

Lady Chargers coach David Baldwin went the entire game without a substitution but still had a chance to win late. Olivia Cunningham’s inbounds pass with 2.2 seconds left in the fourth overtime made it to fellow junior A’Queen Hayes, but the shot at the buzzer was off the mark, giving the Lady Patriots (30-3) their second consecutive state title.

“I just told them to stay together,” Forest Hill coach Tangela Banks said. “Two of our key players had fouled out, so if they stayed focused and positive, we’ll be OK.”

Hayes scored the first basket of the fourth OT off the tip, but Southaven didn’t score again until the 47.9-second mark on Cunningham’s free throw. In the meantime, tournament MVP Anissa Jackson and Vanessa Bridges had key buckets for the Lady Patriots.

Southaven (27-6) was nearly denied completely in the second OT until Cunningham’s jumper with 18.8 seconds left. After two free throws pushed the Forest Hill lead to 65-60, Buffalo signee Joanna Smith knocked down a 3-pointer and UT Chattanooga signee Jasmine Joyner followed with a tying basket.

In the third OT, Smith made a free throw with 12.4 seconds left, but the Lady Patriots had the final say with Jackson’s jumper.

Southaven scored early and often, winning the opening tip and immediately getting a basket by Hayes. Providence signee Aliyah Miller followed with a layup and the lead was 10-4 after Smith made a 3-pointer.

The final eight minutes of regulation were back and forth, with Collins and Claresa Banks scoring eight points apiece for the Lady Patriots, while Southaven countered with six each from Smith and Cunningham, who tied the score at 54 with three seconds left.

Central's Nina Davis chosen Class AAA Miss Basketball




Nina Davis found herself double-teamed one last time Saturday at the Murphy Center. But as she has for much of her Central career, Davis came out ahead.

The 6-1 Davis, who is headed to Baylor next season, was named AAA Miss Basketball, becoming the first Shelby-Metro player since Lakendra Phillips of Ridgeway in 2006 to capture the AAA award.
She beat out the Murfreesboro Riverdale duo of Olivia Jones and Alexa Middleton. Riverdale ended Central’s season with an 85-64 victory in Friday’s semifinals and captured its second straight state title — and 58th consecutive victory — by defeating Johnson City Science Hill 79-68 before Saturday’s awards.

“Honestly, when they called my name I just froze,” she said. “Last year I was nominated and it was a little iffy, but I thought I had a good chance this year. It just feels great knowing that all my hard work for the last four years has paid off.

“I knew the middle Tennessee girls had a lot of support, but I’m just happy to bring (the award) back to Memphis.”

A starter since arriving at Central four years ago, Davis averaged 28.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per game as a senior, shooting 56.2 percent from the floor and 52.2 percent from 3-point range. She’s a two-time Best of the Preps player of the year and was named Most Valuable Player of the state tournament in 2011 when Central won the championship.

She ends her high school career with well over 2,000 points and almost 1,000 rebounds.
“Nina’s the best player ever at Central and I think one of the top five all-time in Shelby County,” Central coach Niki Bray said Friday. “You talk about Nikki McCray and Ashley Shields ... she’s right up there.”


McCray, who won the award while playing for Collierville in 1990, and Shields, who won with Melrose in 2003, are the only other Shelby-Metro players to be named Miss Basketball in Class AAA.

Davis said her plans now include plenty of rest and relaxation.

“I plan to take two or three weeks off and then get back in the gym and get ready for Baylor,” she said. “This year was very tough for me (mentally) knowing that I would have to go out and score 25 (every game). But I think I was up to the challenge.”

Friday, March 8, 2013

Overton struggles, loses to Johnson City Science Hill, 65-32

Just like good shooting can be contagious, so too can bad shooting. And everyone in a black Overton jersey had the bug Friday at the Murphy Center.

The Wolverines, playing in their fifth straight state tournament, struggled from the floor for four quarters and lost to Johnson City Science Hill, 65-32, in a AAA semifinal. Science Hill (35-3) will meet Murfreesboro Riverdale (34-0) in Saturday's 2 p.m. title game.

Overton, meanwhile, ends the season with a 32-7 record--and a sense that they could have played a lot better.

"Shooting, rebounding, the whole works," said Wolverines assistant Robert Woods. "We started off good but then the momentum broke. It hurts."

Overton led early 6-2 but Science Hill outscored the Wolverines 23-5 the rest of the half to take a 25-11 lead into the break. Overton connected on just 5 of 27 first-half field goal attempts, and the die was cast.

Keisha Gregory hit a pair of key 3-pointers late in the second quarter to help get Science Hill off and running.

"The young girl hit back-to-back 3s, that was big," said Woods.

Science Hill's lead only grew after the break as Overton continued to misfire from almost every spot on the floor. For the game, the Wolverines finished 12 of 56 (21.4 percent).

"Sometimes we were getting the shots we wanted," said Wolverines guard Philecia Atkins, who scored a team-high nine points but went 3 of 17 from the floor and 0 of 6 from 3-point range.
"I know for me personally, I took too many shots we didn't need or shouldn't have taken."
No one for Overton managed 50 percent shooting, with Georgetown signee Kelsey Briggs coming the closest (six points on 3 of 7 shooting).

Compounding the Wolverines problems was Science Hill's dominance on the glass. The Hilltoppers won the rebounding battle 55-30.

"We knew they had a lot of athletic players who could jump," said Science Hill's Gabby Lyons, who had 12 points and a game-high 13 boards. "We just wanted to concentrate on boxing out."
Middle Tennessee State signee Shy Copney also scored 12 and Tianna Tarter had 11 for the Hilltoppers, who will be trying to win their first state title in school history today.
For Overton, the ending was all-too-familiar.

"We only have two seniors and a lot of people didn't expect us to make it this far," said Woods. "At this level, you're going to run up against good teams and Science Hill is a good team."

Central girls fall to No. 1 Riverdale in state semifinals

from Commercial Appeal

Central coach Niki Bray acknowledged that her Lady Warriors probably had to play as close to perfect as possible to win their TSSAA Class AAA girls state basketball semifinal against Murfreesboro Riverdale on Friday.

And when that didn’t happen, the Lady Warriors became just another in a long line of Riverdale conquests.

Middle Tennessee State signee Tyisha Petty scored 23 points as Riverdale, the top team in the country according to ESPN and MaxPreps, defeated Central, 85-64. Riverdale (34-0) won its 57th straight game and will play for its second state title in a row Saturday against Johnson City Science Hill, which eliminated Overton 65-32 in the other semifinal.

“We’ve got much respect for that team,” said Bray, whose team has played — and beaten — Riverdale several times in recent seasons.

“They have so many weapons and we knew we’d have to play a near-perfect game.”
What undid Central (26-6) was defense; Riverdale made four 3-pointers in a decisive second quarter that saw them take a 48-32 halftime lead after leading just 20-16 after the first quarter. Petty made two in the run and Olivia Jones (22 points, nine rebounds) and Alexa Middleton (13 points) also connected from deep.

“We didn’t get out on their shooters,” said Bray. “We were watching the ball, we weren’t denying the cutters and our energy level was down.”

Said Tia Wooten, who had 14 points for Central, “We worked so hard all year and it’s frustrating not to do the things we worked on.”

Central couldn’t get any closer than 14 points during the second half. Riverdale has five 1,000-point scorers in its starting lineup and every time it looked as though Central might begin to claw back into the game, Riverdale had an answer.

“We just had so much energy,” said Riverdale coach Cory Barrett. “Everybody from the players, to the coaches, to the trainers and the managers.”

Said Bray, “I don’t think their pressure hurt us. We were prepared for that ... it was just us.”
In her final game for the Lady Warriors, Nina Davis carried the load once again. The Baylor signee scored 31 points on 13 of 24 shooting, while staking her claim to win AAA Miss Basketball. The award will be presented at the conclusion of Saturday’s championship game.

“Any time you lose it hurts,” she said. “I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.”

Davis is a finalist along with Jones and Middleton and Bray has no doubt about who should win.
“Nina’s the best player ever at Central and I think one of the top five all-time in Shelby County,” she said. “You talk about Nikki McCray and Ashley Shields ... she’s right up there.”

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TSSAA Girls State Basketball Class AAA Semifinal preview

article from Commercial Appeal

TSSAA GIRLS STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT Previewing Friday’s girls Class AAA semifinal games in the TSSAA Division 1 state basketball tournament at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro.

Matchup: Central (26-5) vs. Murfreesboro Riverdale (33-0)
When: 10 a.m. LIVE STATS

What to watch for: Although separated by over 200 miles, a nice rivalry has developed between the two schools in recent years. The coaching staffs are close and players from both teams have competed with one another on the summer circuit. Riverdale, the defending state champ and the top-ranked team in the nation, carries a 56-game winning streak into the contest after crushing Brentwood 83-37 in Wednesday’s quarterfinals. Riverdale connected on 12 of 30 3-point attempts in that one and scored 51 points off 32 Brentwood turnovers. Handling the pressure will be key for Central today, which means junior guard Meme Hill (19 points, six assists in the 62-43 quarterfinal win over Knoxville Bearden) will need to have a big game for the Lady Warriors. Central controlled the glass against Bearden, with Darriel Johnson and Tia Wooten each grabbing 12 boards and will need to win that battle again. And needless to say, the Lady Warriors will need a big game from their star, Nina Davis, who sparked a decisive third-quarter run against Bearden. Lady Warriors coach Niki Bray said if her team worries about “beating Riverdale” it will be in big trouble. But if the Lady Warriors relax and play their game, they have a chance to score the upset.

Matchup: Overton (32-6) vs. Johnson City Science Hill (34-3)
When: 11:30 a.m. LIVE STATS
What to watch for: Overton coach Lynn Smith and his players were unanimous after Wednesday’s 51-45 quarterfinal victory over Antioch; they can do a lot better. Overton shot the ball well against the Bears (50 percent) and did a good job forcing turnovers too. The main problem was on the glass were they were out-rebounded 42-31 by a smaller team. The Wolverines will have to do better against Science Hill, which grabbed 47 boards in its 64-38 quarterfinal victory over Bradley Central. Georgetown signee Kelsey Briggs had a nice game for Overton in the opener, scoring 20 points, and she’ll need to come through again. The play of guards Philecia Atkins and Amber Holmes will also be crucial. Science Hill counter with 5-10 guard Shy Copney, who scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the quarterfinals.