Girls’ Basketball Holiday Tournament

December 29

Tournament participants:  Alexandria, Buffalo, Hutchinson, and Robbinsdale Armstrong.

[In the first game, Hutch held off Buffalo in a close one.  Then the crowd settled in for our Cards against Armstrong.  Grandparents of note are sitting in front of the starting center on our last state tournament team.]

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[Hello, maintenance?  We need a new or repaired net on the south end.  Thank you.]

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[The pre-game team chit-chat followed by Kayla (43) winning the opening tip.]

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[Ooops, a Falcon attempts to set a pic on Kayla – probably not a good idea.]

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[Macy (11) brings the ball up court.]

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[And Emma Ziegler (1), Zig, attempts a 3.]

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[The amazing Mr. Ripley is there for professional coverage.]

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[Kayla getting offensive position in the post.  Every once in a while I luck into a pretty good shot.]

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[A basketball . . . heading for its ultimate destination.]

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[OK, the first half was not pretty.  In fact, it was a struggle.  We have played enough games now to realize this is a team that is not going to score a lot of points.  But our defense should help keep us in most games – and this was one of those.]

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[Macy on the point of defense – we have several players who can play that position very well.  Young freshman McKenzie Duwenhoegger (35 – behind Macy) is getting more comfortable each game and will be a player.]

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[Zig on the defensive point – with her length, she deflects a lot of passes.]

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[The defense disrupts . . . ]

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[Macy chases down her deflection.]

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[Mr. Ripley appears to have spotted Kim Kardashian . . . ]

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[That must be it, because Macy is making a play underneath.]

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[Meanwhile, play goes on under the basket . . . ]

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[A highlight!  Our 3-point shooting percentage this year is in need of resuscitation, but here Macy launches one from the corner . . . and that’s it swishing through the net!]

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[Kelby (13) is a defensive wreaker of havoc and getting more and more PT.]

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[What is it?  I’ve never seen anything like that before?]

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[No, it’s mine – give it to me!]

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[Zig on a drive.]

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[And it’s over.  Raggedy game with 50 turnovers by both teams.  But we found out how good our defense was on this night when Armstrong easily penetrated Buffalo’s defense all through the next night’s game.]

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December 30

[The next night against Hutchinson – just like last year’s tourney.]

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[Random shots during warm-up . . . Kayla . . .]

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[Kiyana (21) . . . ]

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[Emma Schmidt (25), hasn’t played since the first game I went to this year – foot issues, I believe.  I saw her dad after the game and he said she will play in the first game after the holidays.  She will be a big plus.]

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[Macy and Emma . . . ]

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[Sarah Frederick (5) . . . ]

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[Kara Thomson (23), our designated 3-point shooter . . .]

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[Kendall (3) and Kelby . . . ]

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[Kara . . . ]

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[Do the parties of the first part accept these conditions?]

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[Do the parties of the second part have a rebuttal? ]

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[Now here’s the plan . . . ]

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[Try to get off a shot with each offensive possession.  That may be a scout for the Lynx in the stands!]

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[And I believe Kayla won this tip too.]

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[Kendall and McKenzie sitting a double pic for Zig.]

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[My other good shot from tourney.  Kendall setting for a move on the Tigers’ No. 3, also a very good player.]

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[And Kendall with a defensive move from her soccer background.]

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[Kelby on the back court press . . . ]

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[And chasing them into the front court.]

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[And shooting a free throw.]

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[Again, we played great 1st half defense.  But our inability to score was becoming deflating.  We should have had a nice lead at the half, but we missed I believe all but one open 3, missed uncontested lay-ups, and to the point it was affecting our usually pretty good free throw shooting.]

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[In the 2nd half, McKenzie under tough in-your-face defense from the Tigers . . . ]

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[Their No. 3 buried a 3 from the corner as the game wound down.  A further indication of 2nd half play.  The Tigers made a decent percentage of their 3’s while we did not, their pressure defense just like last year wore us down.  We weren’t as quick as earlier and couldn’t create turnovers. They were again the stronger, more physical and aggressive team and won 50 – 39.  Some times you just have to tip your cap.]

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I haven’t been able to slam-dunk the basketball for the past five years.  Or, for the thirty-eight years before that, either.  ~  Dave Barry

Up next:  Back to Hawaii.

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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