Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Minneapolis Southwest girls basketball team defeated, 90-28, by second-ranked Royals.
There was very little in the way of positives to be found for the Minneapolis Southwest girls basketball team after a 90-28 thumping on its home court by second-ranked Hopkins on Monday night. "We were mentally scared," Lakers head coach Robert Grace said. "That's how it was and that's tough." Southwest, playing without leading scorer Vinishia Jackson, who was out of town for three days and was not ready to play by the start of the game, were entirely out-played by the defending state Class AAAA champions from start to finish. "When you lose a players who gives you 13 points and seven rebounds a game going up against a top team like Hopkins, that hurts," Grace said. The Royals never trailed, amassing a 12-0 lead by the time that the Lakers…
Friday, January 21, 2011
The Millers took their third win of the season, showing an improving team.
Going into the game, the Millers knew the Breck Mustangs would prove to be a challenge. Despite a hardfought Mustangs effort, the Millers inched by for a 46-43 win. “We knew we were two evenly matched teams. And we thought if we could pressure them and take number 10’s ability to score away,” said head coach Brindley McGowan after the game. “We harassed them defensively." They accomplished both their goals. Number 10 is a senior guard, Katie Dickinson. While she is usually the leading scorer for her team, she ended the game with a mere 8 points. She also was taken out of the game in the beginning of the second half due to an injury, and did not return to play the remainder of the game. Besides shutting down Dickinson, the Millers had their…
Monday, January 17, 2011
Now at 7-4, the Lakers are behind only undefeated South High School in the Minneapolis conference.
In a dispiriting loss, the Lakers were creamed 26-71 by defending state champs, Benilde-St. Margaret's at the Red Knight’s court Saturday. “We haven’t played too many Saturday night games,” said Laker’s head coach Robert Grace. “I guess they are used to being out at the mall on Saturday nights.” While it was a tough game, the Lakers have been having a pretty successful season, coming into the game they were 7-3. The team looked forward to testing their mettle against the defending state champs. “We just didn’t show up tonight, we just didn’t,” said Grace. That wasn’t the only problem. “Normally we play a lot of man-to-man defense, and we know [the Lakers] are so athletic and quick so we decided to play mostly zone and it worked pretty …
Friday, January 14, 2011
Catch the Millers in action again Friday, Jan. 14, against Columbia Heights. The game begins at 7:15 p.m. and will be played at Washburn High School.
The Washburn High School Millers lost to the Edison High School Tommies in girls basketball 74-61 in Thursday's game at Washburn. Part of the loss was due to the absence of senior Jordyn Crushshon, who tore her ACL in a game against Minneapolis South and wasn’t able to play. With a record of 1-10 going into the game, and having not played Edison yet this season, the Millers were prepared for a challenge. “We are going to make sure we keep in front of number 15 and make sure that number 32 doesn’t shoot the ball wide open,” said head coach Brindley McGowan before the game. The Millers did their best and played a zone defense with a man-to-man on Edison’s tallest girl, Deidra Carr. “We are going to front the big girl and call for help …
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The Titans girls basketball team lost a close battle to Minneapolis Southwest 60-53 Tuesday.
In a game that see-sawed between 10-point leads for both teams, Minneapolis Southwest beat the Tartan Titans 60-53 Tuesday. The Titans led for most of the first half, building several leads of up to 10 points with their balanced attack and solid defense. But Tartan was unable to shake Southwest, who kept the game close with three-point shooting. Southwest eventually took over late in the second half, applying a steady stream of pressure defense that the Tartans were unable to overcome. Southwest senior Vinishia Jackson scored a whopping 26 points. Southwest freshman Naja Woods managed another 15 points. Southwest's next game is Thursday at home against Minneapolis North.
Friday, December 17, 2010
The Washburn High School Millers took advantage of free throws to maintain their lead throughout the game against rivals Henry.
Coming off two tough losses by 30 points or more, the Millers amped up their game to earn a 57-38 victory Thursday at Patrick Henry High School. The Washburn High School Millers offense was confident from the start, winning the opening tip for possession and putting the first points on the scoreboard. From then on, the Millers maintained their leaad. "I think what helped us is we played Chanhassen [who are] tough in the first half; The game before that we played Minnehaha Academy [who are] tough in the second half," said head coach Brindley McGowan. "So we were able to come out and get a confident win tonight." Even though the Millers came on strong, the first half proved to be an aggressive game. Each team ended the half with 10 fouls. …
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Positives to be found in Millers back-to-back 30-point losses.
Call it 0-4 with a purpose. The Washburn girls basketball team dropped its fourth-straight game to open the season and suffered its second-straight 30-point defeat after a 74-44 setback against visiting Chanhassen on Friday night in south Minneapolis. "Chanhassen is a very good Class AAAA team," coach Brindley McGowan said. "We were playing our second game in two days and weren't able to have a practice in-between to prepare." However, this setback belied the nature of the game for its first 20 minutes as the Class AAA Millers made life difficult for the "big school" Storm into the second half. "The girls fought hard tonight," McGowan said. "We hung with Chanhassen for a half—more than a half—before we kind of lost our focus." Chanhassen …
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Southwest girls basketball team holds off host Orioles in 48-39 victory.
Two road wins isn't a bad way to start a season. That's how the Minneapolis Southwest girls basketball team started its 2010-11 campaign after the Lakers topped St. Louis Park, 48-39, on Saturday afternoon in the west metro. "That's not bad," Southwest head coach Robert Grace said of the 2-0 start on the road. "I told the girls that even the (Minnesota) Vikings haven't managed to win two away from home." Following a 66-51 season-opening win at St. Paul Como Park on Tuesday, Nov. 30, the Lakers pulled away from their hosts during an inconsistent first half to lead by as many as 14 points in the second half before holding on against a late Orioles charge to win by nine points. "We're a work in progress," Grace said of his team's efforts on …
Friday, December 3, 2010
The much-improved Washburn Millers girls basketball team lost their first game to the Jordan Jaguars Thursday.
Despite a strong defensive presence, the Washburn Millers faltered against Jordan Jaguars 60-42 in their season opener Thursday night. Washburn Head Coach Brindley McGowan summed up the sentiment at the game. "We played hard defense," McGowan said. "We need to get somebody to step up and shoot a basketball." The Millers opened strong with a score by Washburn sophmore Elizabeth Peterson. But they didn't hang on to the lead for long. The Jaguars used a full-court press to dominate the Millers offense. Washburn came into the second half down 27-16. Although the Millers settled their game down and worked to move the ball around behind the free-throw line, they weren't able to rally their offense. Despite Washburn's loss, there were some …