Summer Games: July 7, 2012
|Standings Rating||Rank||Team||Wins||Losses||WL%||PF ave||PA ave||Sponsor|
|252.25||2||Bearcats||2||2||50%||20.3||18.1||The Jaffe Team|
|248.50||4||Jaguars||2||2||50%||…….||…….||Bob Davis Team|
|191.75||5||Pumas||0||4||0%||…….||…….||Williams Physical Therapy|
Top 15 Scorers
Top scorers list updated 7/13/12 after errors in some Jaguars scoring were corrected
Misery is 3-for-20 free throws in a 2 point loss . . .
Bearcats now in second place after 23-21 overtime win
Imagine being winless but with a team feisty enough to come back from trailing 11-2 to take the lead with just 91 seconds to go. It might be easy to imagine the elation.
But then, can you imagine the depression of losing? There’s more. Imagine missing your first eight free throws, then missing your last nine-out-of-ten — in two minutes. That’s 1-for-18 when just 2-for-18 would have won the game in regulation.
Yes, it was that kind of day for the Williams Physical Therapy Inc. Pumas in a 23-21 overtime loss to The Jaffe Team Bearcats who had 11 points from Michelle Yutuc and are now placed in the second position of the Wildcat League standings.
The Bearcats had some problems of their own, such as a second consecutive game with 18 fouls and a key player fouling out. And, after ringing up 15 points in the first 12 minutes to gain a nice lead, they went the next 17 without a single point and lost the lead. Just as the game before, the antidote for inconsistency was Claire Hansen, the hard-charging forward who once again scored all but two of the Bearcats’ points in the second half including an impossible twister into double-coverage which gave the ‘Cats a momentary lead. And, it was Hansen who scored the game winner with three seconds left in overtime.
The Bearcats came out with purpose as well as a match-up defense as Yutuc stole the first pass of the game and converted it into a layup. Nicole Andell then tied it as she took an assist pass from Justine Kinnun and put it in from the right lane. Summer Morda scored off an inbounds pass to knot the score once again for the Bearcats and Ze’Lee Sparks ignited a Bearcats’ surge by knocking away four passes in just the first quarter and added some points of her own to the quick-start ‘Cats. Yutuc followed with another layup and a nifty three-pointer from the left side, giving her seven points in just half of the first quarter and the Bearcats an 11-2 lead.
Justine Kinnun (white) had a key assist pass early in the game.
Cameryn Boggio-Shean (red) had six rebounds and five steals,
each followed by impressive outlet passes.
The Bearcats’ match-up continued to bother the Pumas until, that is, the ‘Cats switched to a 2-3 zone, presumably to protect Yutuc from further foul trouble. The Pumas jumped on the new plan by running off 10 straight points and, with a basket by center Genna Williams, the Pumas had the lead and the Bearcats had a time-out. Switching back to match-up, the Bearcats regained the lead on Hansen’s twister at the right low block, but that was followed by the bad news that the return to match-up had taken its toll on Yutuc who fouled out.
Yutuc remains the Wildcat League’s top scorer and Hansen is still fifth.
Natalie Lansberg was unstoppable for the Pumas as she drove the Bearcats crazy with continual drives into the key that led her to nine points. Emily Herring added six points, all of them in the second half. Herring is now the second leading scorer in the Wildcat Summer League.
as many trips to the free throw line. Claire Hansen (red) scored
all but two of the Bearcats points in the second half for the
second week in a row.
The Pumas have been close in the past two games raising the promise of their rise in the second half of the season and into the playoffs.
The Pumas shot 3-for-20 from the free throw line while the Bearcats were 0-for-6, giving evidence that some games aren’t won at the free throw line as much as they are lost there.
Lead all the way . . .
Panthers win showdown with Jaguars 32-21
The sports analyst who came up with the phrase “offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships” forgot two words:
The best laid plans of traps and rotations become relatively useless in the face of a shooter who is “on” and that was the difference in Saturday’s showdown between the undefeated RGA Family Panthers and the Bob Davis Team Jaguars, a game won by the Panthers 32-21 behind 14 points from Miss Worthy – or in this case: Can’t-Miss Worthy.
And, the signs of Worthy’s breakout scoring came early–like eight seconds into the game–when she broke from the opening tipoff to give the Panthers a lead that would last forever.
Such was Worthy’s game that in one possession of the third quarter, she brought the ball across center court and put up a shot at three-quarter speed; no slowing down; no rise of the shooting elbow; no arch; no backboard.
You see, when an opposing shooter is “on”, you just have to ride the wave and try to survive until they chill.
Worthy never chilled. Instead, she was still clanging in points late in the game, eight of them in just two minutes of the fourth quarter.
Before suggesting the game was worthy of only Siena, it is important to cite the efforts of the Jaguars’ Lupita Rocha, a candidate to become the youngest top-5 scorer ever, who put up six points in less than two minutes to get the Jags to within seven late in the third, one her scores coming from an impressive change of hands mid-move; and all of them were with the weak hand – assuming she has one.
she will be the youngest ever. Right now, she is third over all.
Elle (pronounced “L”) Gaston and Karina Fuentes became a machine-like front court for the Panthers as the two combined for 16 points, many them from Gaston’s back-cuts from the wing and assist passes from Fuentes at the high post.
After Worthy’s eight-point barrage in the fourth quarter, the league-leading Panthers were up by 17, but that margin was reduced significantly when Alexis Brady scored from 14 feet on the right, then 13 feet on the left, and powerful Mya Huber sank two free throws.
Elle Gaston spent the afternoon back-cutting from the wing
on her way to eight points. She is an is an outstanding prospect
for high school basketball.
_____________________________________________________________________Lindsey Albrant (official) hands the ball to talented guard Daniela Barbar. Daniela is very aggressive and opportunistic on defense and often handles point guard duties. . Lindsey is “the original Wildcat” – the first Wildcat player ever. The league was formed because of her desire to play after VYBA ended, but with no organizations available for her and others, the Wildcat League was formed.
Ze’Lee Sparks had several steals and this breakaway score.
Ze’Lee has the best “hops” of any player in recent memory.
There are 100 more photos of these games in the Photo Gallery.