Friday, March 30, 2012
It didn't take a genius, rocket scientist or even a "guru" to know that Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike would wind up being special players when both were around 10 years old. Blessed with height, athleticism and the desire to learn was a given but when you throw in that drive, well you got yourself a recipe for success. Stanford vs Baylor should have been playing for the championship in my honest opinion and the winner of this game should win it all. Nneka and Brittney Griner are the two most dominant players in basketball today and it's a shame one of these teams will have to lose
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Angela Harris and Faith Cook are two of the top players in the city right now and they haven't even made it to high school but there are plenty others on the rise. Girlz Prep Report will be on hand to cover the Houston Insiders Hoopfest Tournament this weekend and several stories will be coming out on players to watch from middle school on up. High school player rankings are in the process of being adjusted and will be completed in April and again after the July viewing events. If you think 2012 was tough..............
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
One thing you can always count on from me is spotting young talent at the early ages. From Courtney Williams to Recee Caldwell, Brooke McCarty to AJ Alix and host of others who I tabbed can't miss at an early age. Can't miss means a variety of things and no matter what, it's up to player to continue to work if they want to excel at whatever level they hope to attain. Tiffany Arceneaux (Dayton) and Jayla Calhoun (Summer Creek) were both Newcomers of the Year in their respective districts while Faith Cook hasn't even been fitted for her high school uniform but I expect big things along the way for her as well. I'll be keeping you abreast on the players coming up and one thing this won't just be household names because as you can see there are players everywhere
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I will be covering the Houston Insiders Hoopfest Tournament next weekend, March 31st-April 1st and this will give new players a chance to be evaluated along with updating the progression of others I already have listed
Keep in mind how hard it is to get to the next level and contrary to what you hear, it's not that easy based on statistics provided by the NCAA which say it's somewhere around 2-4 percent of high school seniorss that actually make it
Cover your bases and make sure you're in the right position.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
NCAA Championship History
Prior to being called the Women's NCAA Tournament, it was known as the AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament. La Tech was 40-5 in the 1979-80 season
AIAW Championship History
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I can go with that because those are the four best teams on paper but the best team doesn't always win, you only have to be the best that game. There are several area players playing in the tournament so if you get a chance check out the action
I have never seen a class mirror another in back to back seasons and it appears things happen in cycles.In 2012, there was a variety of offensive minded players that could score on you from multiple ways and while the class of 2013 has some players like that, there isn't an abundance in the area like it was from the previous class. Two of the most athletic players from 2013 have already committed, Christen Inman (Northwestern) and Alexia Sanders (Rice) however the versatility from the different types of players are not lacking as you have several next level players.
AJ Alix is one of the top point guards in the state. I always say the game starts at the one, that's the real and also why she's the "Real Deal". That's my favorite saying along with one I've modified, "you can't teach height, especially when they can play"
6'2 Carol Willie is ready to explode on the circuit this summer and after her performance this season, be ready
Monday, March 12, 2012
McNeese State came into the season with hopes of winning the regular season conference and most importantly the post season tournament in the Southland Conference. The didn't win the conference but they did win the tournament, defeating Stephen F Austin 62-58 in the finals, sending them back to the NCAA Tournament.
Caitlyn Baggett, McNeese State (MVP)
Ashlyn Baggett, McNeese State
Tammara Marion, Stephen F. Austin
Kendra Wells, McNeese State
Ashlee Mells, Stephen F. Austin
Friday, March 9, 2012
In the second half, SFA outscored them 41-32 and the last six minutes was the story as SFA was clinging to a 49-47 lead. Two threes from Brittany Matthew, a jumper by Annette Davis and clutch free throw shooting from Courtney Conright and Tamara Marrion sealed the victory
KK Babin led Nicholls State with 14 points while Sumar Leslie had 10. Nicholls State finishes the season 15-16 however they are losing only three seniors
Marrion led SFA with 15 followed by Matthew and Ashley Mells with 11 each, all three had 3 three pointers
Mells has always been a gifted shooter and the game between these two teams for the championship will have just that, shooters on both ends. It will also have young ladies battling under the basket and from baseline to baseline however once again, the Cowgirls have that taste to return and also want to avenge their conference loss that was played in Nacogdoches.
Texas State is a better team than the one that played on Thursday, I saw them on Tuesday and I saw them against Rice back in December but McNeese State made it to the NCAA Tourney last season by winning the Southland Conference Tournament and they came out focused and ready to do it again
So much is said about the Baggett twins, Caitlyn and Ashlyn, and their ability to drop bombs from all over the court however Candace LaCombe can also shoot the three pretty darn good as she led the Cowgirls with 16 points, this included four threes
Markita Hull beasted up with a double-double of 13 points and 17 rebounds while the Baggett twins and Raiywana Gatlin had 11 each, followed by Kendra Wells who was a rebound shy of her own double-double with 10 and 9. In all, six Cowgirls finished in double digits putting together a very balanced scoring attack
Ashley Ezeh and Diamond Ford combined for 45 points against Sam Houston on Tuesday but both scored only 2 in the first half against the Cowgirls. The both caught fire in the second half and finished in double digits
Thursday, March 8, 2012
McNeese State has that high powered offense with an aggressive back-court of three point shooters that can also take you off the dribble, Caitlyn and Ashlyn Baggett. Those two can score in bunches and along with Kendra Wells on the interior, they have someone who can not only score but clean up the boards on both ends . The Cowgirls are the defending Southland Conference Tournament Champions, they are battle tested and they have their eyes on heading back to the NCAA Tournament
The Baggett's aren't the only three point weapons, Candace LaCombe didn't have her best game shooting wise on Tuesday but she nailed a couple of long range bombs when they needed them the most against Southeastern Louisiana
If Texas State comes scoring out like they did against Sam Houston expect another high scoring game against McNeese State and this could be an exciting game. I'm ready to watch Ashley Ezeh battle Wells in the paint along with Diamond Ford going coast to coast or launching bombs from even another coast. Sam Houston shot the ball 77 times on Tuesday, Texas State can't let McNeese put up that amount of shots or this could get ugly
LiAnn McCarthy was simply unbelievable for Nicholls State scoring 32 points which included 7-10 from bta, half of her teams 14, in their 79-59 major-upset victory over regular season champion Central Arkansas. This was also Nicholls State first ever victory in the tournament so I expect them to relish being the underdog against Stephen F Austin and having the mindset that they can do it today
SFA had four players score in double figures against Lamar, seniors Tamara Marrion, Courtney Conright and Amina Sawyers while freshman Porsha Roberts joined the group. Unlike Nicholls State, SFA has won a conference playoff game before however the last time was 2007. If Nicholls State drops 14 threes like they did in game one, this could become interesting
A lot of former area high school players are still alive, games begin at NOON!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Emma Hughes probably has another growth spurt left that will get her over 6'0. Right now she's on the edge at 5'11 but she's also on the edge of being a name you might hear a lot of over the summer as she heads into the club ball season playing for Dynasty-Johnson. She'll also work on her skills to try and help lead College Park back to the district title
Still raw in a lot of areas, that old saying "you can't teach height" comes into play along with Emma's work ethic and desire so I'm looking forward to watching her progression over the summer as she makes that push to get where she needs to be to play at the next level
|McNeese St Head Coach Brooks Donald-Williams & Caitlyn Baggett|
Texas State defeated Sam Houston State in a shootout, 74-66 with Ashley Ezeh and Diamond Ford combining for 44 points, both are former area stars
Stephen F Austin defeated Lamar 73-64 behind 16 points from yet another former area star Tamara Marion. More to come from the tournament later today.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
GPR Website courtesy of Passthaball
Monday, March 5, 2012
Taylor Lewis is one of the top 2014 players in Arkansas and if the progression continues, that may trickle over to all of the country. How good is she? Well she has some things you just can't and with high IQ both on and off the court, she is definitely a player you want to catch, the story is in the link below
McNeese State place three players on the All Southland Conference team, Ashlyn and Caitlyn Bagget along with Kendra Wells, all will be on hand tomorrow as they open the Southland Conference Tournament up at 12pm against Southeastern Louisiana
Here is the complete list of the teams
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Diamond Ford (Hightower) is one of many area players who played their high school ball here that are now playing for Texas State, in fact there are several former stars coming back to town including Lamar's Jasmine Henderson (Dulles) and Nicholls State's Jenny Nash (Cy Woods)
McNeese State is back to defend their title and they will crank it up off the top starting Tuesday at noon
Here's the schedule
Southeastern Louisiana @ McNeese State 12 p.m.
Texas State @ Sam Houston State 2:30 p.m.
Nicholls State @ Central Arkansas 6 p.m.
Lamar @ Stephen F. Austin 8:30 p.m.