Club GBB Out & About: Seven Games from MN State AAU: Details & In Depth Numbers

After a two day delay here are the goods from Sunday’s games.

Overall numbers (looking specifically at pp100s) were down from seventh grade (2026) and up (2022) from two weeks ago. This could be due to the stress of the event (perceived importance), better understanding of the teams/players involved (better defenses/lessons learned from 2 weeks ago), different gym conditions even (air circulation, sight lines). Not one team made the coveted 100 pp100, the gold standard. The best numbers of the day came at 7th (2026) with North Tartan reaching 97.9—a mere 2.1 away from triple digits. The best non-winning team came in 8th (2025) with North Tartan hitting 85.2). Two teams made the 90s, four the 80s, two 70s. 70 is usually the dividing line in my mind for adequate teams. Keep in mind younger teams will struggle to hit that mark due to the learning curve, ball handling skills and shot selection choices. Taking the younger crowd out the pp100 in the top four ages average was a decent 80.2, but room for improvement is vastly available.

Everyone is scanning the horizon for the next Paige Bueckers. That may be a hard road to climb. Bueckers had a game understanding/spatial awareness/vision that others never can quite duplicate. Still the seeds are planted. We will see who can maintain and remain consistent through the ages. Here is a look at those types:

Individuals stepped up with three 31 Club performances in the strict sense. Prorated for time that number increases to eight—3 at the 14 minute half level, five at the 16 minute half level. Mara Braun had the highest 31 Club score with 36. She was helped in a great deal with a day’s high 29 points, just two away from the 31 Club score.

Other noteworthy individual performances include a pair of players in the very first game (4th/2029). Stella Perry was 13/16 at the free throw line—-something many older kids would aspire to. Ashlee Wilson came up with two 3s in the second half to help NT. Nora Ivey (MN Stars Hill 5/2028) had a day’s high 14 defensive stops, one of six players in double digit d stops. Three of those players, despite their efforts, ended up on the losing side of the equation. Three of those players got their numbers in the very first game (4/2029). In another head scratcher the best distributor on the day came from a losing team: Kennedy Sanders (Fury/2023) was the only player in double digit distributions at 10/15 or 67%. She also had 56 touches per turnover much better than the 15s to 20s of others.

GAME 1: 2029

WHEN THE GAME WAS WON: Crossfire had the lead at half 20-13. They scored on their first possession of the second half matching NT and led 22-15 after two free throws by Stella Perry. When they scored next they were down 32-22, a 17-0 run. Ashlee Wilson had 8 of those points including two 3s, one of which was a step back 3 after a steal. Crossfire did claw their way back into the game at the free throw line with a 14-6 finishing kick, but the early second half drought was too much to overcome.

  NORTH TARTAN 4 CROSSFIRE SOUTH KOLES
POINTS 38 36
REBOUNDS/OFF 32/9 48/27
TURNOVERS 22 20
FTA/% 1/.000 22/.636
2FGA/% 38/.342 55/.200
3FGA/% 9/.444 1/.000
PP100 61.3 59.0
TOP SCORER Ashlee Wilson 16 Stella Perry 17
31 CLUB Ashlee Wilson 27 Stella Perry 32

TRENCH PLAYER: Ashlee Wilson with 16 points, 84.2 pp100, and a 27 in the 31 Club

GAME 2: 2028

WHEN THE GAME WAS WON: NT led at half 16-12. Stars Hill went up 18-16 after scoring the first six points of the half. Hill went in front 23-18 after an &1 score by Briana Foster with 7:50 left. NT scored 10 unanswered points to pull in front 28-23. Ellie Panner delivered six of those points. Stars Hill fought back and tied the game at 33 with 56 seconds left on a shot in the lane by Danasia Anderson. With under 30 seconds left Piper Ohnstad scored a left handed layup. Beckett Greenway added a pair of free throws to close the scoring with 7 seconds left.

One key stat was NT’s ability to handle the intense MN Stars pressure D. They averaged 12.25 touches per turnover, almost the same 12.7 number as MN Stars Hill. I know they had an eight deficit, but they handled it much better than others.

Joanna Hedstrom is the NT coach. She won titles as a player not too long ago with NT.

  NORTH TARTAN 5 NIKE MN STARS HILL 5
POINTS 37 33
REBOUNDS/OFF 46/18 28/11
TURNOVERS 28 20
FTA/% 20/.650 13/.308
2FGA/% 36/.333 45/.289
3FGA/% 6/.000 6/.167
PP100 56.9 50.8
TOP SCORER Arianna Peterson 12 Two with 8
31 CLUB Two with 18 Noraa Ivey 25

TRENCH PLAYER: Arianna Peterson with 12 points, 109.1 pp100, and an 18 score in the 31 Club.

VACANT

This is where the 6th grade championship would have been, but they played in the back gym. Why it was hidden remains a mystery. It may be because of conflicts coaching more than one team. Sixth graders were robbed of an experience on the main stage.

GAME 3: 2026

WHEN THE GAME WAS WON: In one of the 14 minute half games there is usually a team that rises out of nowhere (a non 1 through 3 seed). #5 seed Inspired Athletics upset two teams on the way to the title game. That expended energy may have contributed to their slow start. It may have contributed to the day’s best 58.8% shooting by sister team NT. NT lead 13-1 after 10 minutes. At half that lead was 27-12.

NT 7’s numbers improved from 83.3 to 97.9

  NORTH TARTAN 7 NIKE INSPIRED ATHLETICS NT 13
POINTS 46 31
REBOUNDS/OFF 19/8 30/17
TURNOVERS 13 18
FTA/% 3/1.000 22/.682
2FGA/% 34/.588 25/.320
3FGA/% 6/.167 10/.000
PP100 97.9 67.4
TOP SCORER Mya Moore 13 Tatem Votava 7
31 CLUB Mya Moore 23 Tatem Votava 14

TRENCH PLAYER: Mya Moore with 13 points, 160 pp100 and a 23 score in the 31 club.

GAME 4: 2025

WHEN THE GAME WAS WON: This is obvious. It was Kendall McGee’s 3 at the buzzer. With 9 seconds left in overtime and the score knotted at 52 MN Stars called time. McGee stood at midcourt and pounded the ball. Facing the clock, she moved into position off the right side of the free throw circle and delivered the knockout punch. McGee was essential down the stretch.

Earlier the Stars led 33-29 at the break. That mushroomed to 38-29 about 12 minutes left. With 6:54 left the Stars were still in the driver’s seat up 45-35. With 1:05 left NT tied it at 50 after a pair of free throws by Addison Mack. A big 3 by #21 prior to that left NT down 49-48. Both teams traded empty possessions to start the two minute overtime. Ella Keenan struck first for MN Stars on the left side block. Tori Schlagel did the same for NT on the right block.

This was easily the best game of the day with respect to combined pp100s and margin and drama.

NT 14u’s numbers dropped from 108.2 to 85.2. They were the #1 seed after their victory two weeks ago.

  MN STARS BOROWICZ 8 NORTH TARTAN 14U NIKE
POINTS 55 52
REBOUNDS/OFF 33/19 24/7
TURNOVERS 21 22
FTA/% 13/.462 19/.789
2FGA/% 37/.459 20/.400
3FGA/% 18/.278 17/.417
PP100 87.3 85.2
TOP SCORER Kendall McGee 20 Addison Mack 17
31 CLUB Kendall McGee 32 Addison Mack 28

TRENCH PLAYER: Kendall McGee (Breck) with the game winner, 20 points, 95.2 pp100 and a 32 score in the 31 Club.

GAME 5: 2024

WHEN THE GAME WAS WON: this could easily be called the battle of the odd front defenses. NT was 1/2/2, Fury 1/3/1. Every move by Fury’s Olivia Olson was tracked closely. Others were swarmed on sidelines forcing errant passes. This was a close game at 24-20 NT at the break. NT led 27-25 with about 12 minutes left. Welson, with a killer hesitation, left her defender in the dust and scored a lay up making the score 38-30 with 7:30 left. In the last two minutes NT was 6/6 at the free throw line on three straight possessions not allowing a whiff of hope to overcome the margin.

This was a two directional game. NT 15u’s numbers up 75.9 to 84.1; Fury’s down from 69.6 to 63.5

  NORTH TARTAN 15U NIKE MN FURY 2024 UAA
POINTS 53 40
REBOUNDS/OFF 41/17 33/16
TURNOVERS 21 21
FTA/% 27/.815 12/.583
2FGA/% 32/.344 32/.375
3FGA/% 14/.214 22/.136
PP100 84.1 63.5
TOP SCORER Rainey Welson 19 Olivia Olson 17
31 CLUB Rainey Welson 29 Olivia Olson 30

TRENCH PLAYER: Rainey Welson (Hortonville, WI) with 19 points, 29 score in the 31 Club.

GAME 6: 2023

WHEN THE GAME WAS WON: After a 3 by Fury’s Aby Shubert made it 23-20 with 3:37 left NT called time. They scored the next four points to close the half up 27-20. The margin never dipped below that in the second half. The difference seemed to come from the NT bench. They outscored the Fury 24-15 and more importantly were efficient doing so with a 124 pp100 to 78.9.

NT 16’s numbers dropped from 104.8 to 93.2.

  NORTH TARTAN 16U EYBL MN FURY 2023 UAA
POINTS 55 44
REBOUNDS/OFF 35/10 37/12
TURNOVERS 7 12
FTA/% 10/.800 22/.636
2FGA/% 49/.449 34/.265
3FGA/% 8/.125 12/.333
PP100 93.2 74.6
TOP SCORER Kennedy Klick 14 Aby Shubert 12
31 CLUB Reese Ross 18 Kennedy Sanders 20

TRENCH PLAYER: Kennedy Klick (Maple Grove) with 14 points, 175 pp100 and a 15 score in the 31 Club.

GAME 7: 2022

WHEN THE GAME WAS WON: the final game is the capstone of many club careers in the state prior to the hectic July window. For the second straight viewing Mara Braun showcased shy she is Gopher bound with 29 points on an assortment of shots. The NT rivalry with Metro Stars was not renewed thanks to the Fury’s upset of the former NT roster of players now working for Metro Stars. Fury did hold a 19-16 lead after a 3 by Miller with nine minutes left in the first half. A 3 by Braun with 7:40 left gave NT a 20-19 lead and the Nike program remained in front 29-27 at the break. Fury had one more lead exchange after a 3 by Nebraska bound Cailin Hake 30-29. NT scored on four of five possessions to built their lead to 46-38. It was a Gopher tag team scoring splurge with Braun racking up six, and fellow Minnesota recruit Nia Holloway getting the other two. They were not the only future Maroon & Gold players on the floor. Fury’s Mallory Heyer is headed to the U as well.

The bench again proved important in NT’s win. Even though outscored 10-8, it was pp100 (100-52.6) and other metrics like touches per turnover (15-12.25) that highlighted depth and quality.

This was the record breaking sixth state title in the weekend that saw North Tartan return to the peak of the club world in Minnesota after an absence of two years.

NT 17’s numbers dropped from 101.9 two weeks ago to 85.2.

  NORTH TARTAN 17U EYBL MN FURY 2022 UAA
POINTS 52 44
REBOUNDS/OFF 36/14 30/13
TURNOVERS 20 20
FTA/% 11/.818 13/.538
2FGA/% 41/.415 27/.296
3FGA/% 10/.300 19/.368
PP100 85.2 73.3
TOP SCORER Mara Braun 29 Callin Hake 11
31 CLUB Mara Braun 36 Mallory Heyer 17

TRENCH PLAYER: Mara Braun (Wayzata) with 29 points, 138.1 pp100 and a 36 score in the 31 club.

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