Life gets hectic. Especially in the Holiday home stretch. Especially when the household is dealing with illness. Last week the “week that was” did not get out due to these multiple causations. Here we go as we make up for lost time.
How important is a fast start? Apparently very important. Of the seven contests examined in week five, six teams won when they A) scored first; B) got to 10 points first; and C) were up at the four minute mark. The quickness in getting to 10 is critical too. It should also be pointed out that the
Only two games took time to get to ten points, both involved Stillwater, both lasted over five minutes. In both cases it was the opponents that reached ten first. Four of the seven games saw teams get to ten prior to the 15 minute mark remaining. The average possession count to ten came on possession 7.42. The average time ticked off to ten was 3:23. The average margin at four minutes was a +7.29
The only game without a 10+ margin came on Wednesday with Park Center & Wayzata.
An interesting factor on the first score—-especially on the first possession. Four of them scores came on the first possession for the team, but also the first possession for ANY team. Psychologically teams were in the whole before touching the ball. And it also gives a psychological boost to the team scoring first. You can amplify that when it is a triple. You can expand that exponentially when the 3 is from one of the players that are not primary options. That was the case with PC’s Kayla Cox at home Wednesday against Wayzata. She delivered three 3s that day on the way to 11 points. Friday at Osseo she had one point.
|Date||winner||SCORE 1ST||FIRST to 10 Points||Time to 10||FIRST to 10+ margin||UP at 4 MINUTES||Margin at 4||Final Spread|
|Monday||SPC||SPC 2nd||SPC 7th possession||3:07||SPC 3:50||SPC 14-4||+10||+52|
|Tuesday||WBL||WBL 1st||WBL 10th possession||5:40||WBL 15:00||WBL 8-6||+2||+14|
|Wednesday||PC||PC 1st||PC 6th possession||2:30||None||PC 11-10||+1||+9|
|Thursday||Stillwater||Sim 1st||Sim 12th possession||5:14||Sim 7:50||Sim 9-4||+5||-7|
|Friday||PC||PC 2nd||PC 7th possession||2:31||PC 2:45||PC 17-3||+14||+22|
|Saturday.1||Bemidji||B 2nd||B 5th possession||2:20||B 2:20||B 10-2||+8||+6|
|Saturday.2||Minnetonka||MTKA 1st possession||MTKA 5th possession||2:24||M 2:24||MTKA 12-1||+11||+13|
Twenty years goes by in an instant. Savor the moments now. Appreciate all the winding twists and turns on the journey. It was interesting to hear the players from the 2000 AAAA state championship Osseo team and what they took away from the experience. It was the relationships, the atmosphere, the culture that resonated the most, a lot of the memories off the court. Creating that environment is essential for positive vibes that echo through the ages.
SEEDING THE STATE
No seismic shifts, but the jockeying for positions is intensifying. The AA world seems to be the most competitive with pathways down to six in the state championship mix. The least competitive class is AAAA with one team on the superhighway.
1 Hopkins #6
2 Farmington #1
3 Park Center #5
4 St. Michael-Albertville #8
5 Rosemount #3
6 Chaska #2
4 Stillwater #4
8 Andover #7
1 Becker #5
2 DeLaSalle #4
3 Holy Angels #6
4 Red Wing #1
5 Marshall #2
3 Simley #3
7 Alexandria #8
8 Hermantown #7
1 Sauk Centre #6
2 Fergus Falls #8
3 Rochester Lourdes #1
4 Minnehaha #4
5 New London-Spicer #3
6 Waseca #2
7 Rockford #5
8 Proctor #7
1 Minneota #3
2 Cromwell-Wright #7
3 Mayer Lutheran #4
4 Henning #6
5 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley #5
6 Blooming Prairie #1
6 Waterville-Elysian-Morristown #2
8 Warren-Alvarado-Oslo #8
It is interesting to note that not all unbeaten teams are ranked. That may be due to their lack of a power schedule. This is particularly true in AA with four of the teams not in the top 20…….yet. AA has the most unbeatens still roaming around with eight. With Holiday Tournaments due this week expect several to fall off the bandwagon.
AAAA: 3: Hopkins, Minneapolis South, Park Center
AAA: 4: Hermantown, Marshall, Red Wing, Richfield
AA: 8: Duluth Marshall, Holdingford, Mesabi East, New Life, Pelican Rapids, Pine City, Spectrum, Winona Cotter
A: 6 Hancock, Henning, Hills-Beaver Creek, Minneota, Warren-Alvarado-Oslo, Waterville-Elysian-Morristown
All eyes are on Hopkins as they look to set the standard for AAAA teams. With the Royals’ win over Tartan on Friday they inched past Lakeville’s 40 win mark set from 2001-2002. The Panthers lost to Elk River to open the 2002-03 campaign 52-33 to halt the streak. Hopkins has a way to go to get to the Fosston mark of 78. It won’t happen in 2020 but might in 2021.
Cotter in AA dodged an overtime bullet with Dover-Eyota on Friday.
AAAA: 41 Hopkins (32+9)
AAA 9: Red Wing
AA 11: Winona Cotter
A 8: Hancock, Henning, Hills-Beaver Creek, Waterville-Elysian-Morristown
Here is the last two weeks. PP100s bounced up in week five after two subpar weeks at 75.
Week 1 88.4
Week 2 82.1
Week 3 75.27
Week 4 75.9
Week 5 83.79
Top score this week was Park Center’s Adalia McKenzie with a 64 on Friday. This is the second best mark of the year.
T’Naye Griffin also from PC made the list both days I charted the Pirates.
With seven games in the week the opportunity for double digit 31 Club membership was limited.
|31 CLUB Week 4||6|
|GRAD CLASS 2020||3|
|HS CLASS AAAA||3|
|31 CLUB Week 5||9|
|GRAD CLASS 2020||2|
|HS CLASS AAAA||9|
WEEK 1: 26
WEEK 2: 20
WEEK 3: 18
WEEK 4: 6
WEEK 5: 9