The Starting Five

Tag: City College

Third quarter: City 46, North 31

by on Mar.13, 2009, under Prep Basketball, Prep Sports

North shoots 2 for 8 and commits 11 turnovers in third. City shoots 5-for-21, only thing keeping the Hubs even remotely close.

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Halftime: City 33, North 23

by on Mar.13, 2009, under Prep Basketball, Prep Sports

So much for City’s quickness being the main problem: North can match that. And North has handled the pressure pretty well. But the Hubs can’t get anything going inside offensively at all against City’s size (which is actually having more of an impact than I expected) and City controlled the glass in the second quarter during a 13-4 run that gave the Knights a 31-18 lead.

The Hubs have been forced to shoot primarily from the perimeter, and aside from Kirksten Mitchell’s two 3s and nine points (including a strong drive for a three-point play) and a surprise 3 from the top of the key by LaRae Allen, the 3s are not falling. North shot 2-for-15 in falling behind 16-8 after one quarter and is 7-for-28 at the half. The Hubs have made just 3 of 15 3s. That’s 15 of 28 shot attempts outside the arc … that’s the main problem. City is 14-for-36 and has done it in all ways: 3-pointers, pump fakes, a power dribble and then a shot, transition baskets and inside putbacks.

Unless North’s 3s start to drop, or they can find a way to get out in transition and get some fast-break points (City only has five turnovers, that’s not good enough defense for North), I don’t like the way this game is going for the Hubs.

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Warmup impressions

by on Mar.13, 2009, under Prep Basketball, Prep Sports

North got  nice ovation from the students sitting in the end seats on the side of North’s bench. Nice to see.

City College is not as big as River Hill, even though they have five 6-footers and a couple of them are thick. But City’s whole team looks really quick and athletic. Makes sense considering they’re only giving up 33.8 points per game. The question is, how much basketball skill do they have to go with all that quickness.

North looks focused. Not too many laughs or smiles. City’s the same way.

I won’t have time to give quarterly updates but I will give a halftime report.

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Let the state semifinals begin!

by on Mar.13, 2009, under Prep Basketball, Prep Sports

I’m on press row at UMBC as River Hill (26-0) and Parkside (20-4) get ready to play the first Class 2A state semifinal. Wireless Internet is working great (knock on wood) so I will do my best to provide quarterly updates.

Most people (me included) think River Hill is the team to beat — that happens when you’re 26-0. They have four girls averaging more than 10 points, two very good inside players who are 6-1 (Alicia Seelaus) and 6-4 (Ryann Dannelly) and they’re tough defensively. Parkside is generally regarded as the weakest of the four teams left. I’m really interested to see River Hill play.

I think North will knock off City College later today. City College is very good defensively but I don’t think they have the scoring depth to be able to beat the Hubs.

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