Winter 2008: Women’s 4v4 League Champs: Ladies First

    Ladies My Mercedes - Ladies First Holds 2 Titles
    Icebox 50 Ladies First 63

    With resident Ladies Man BWad (for this past season anyway) watching from the balcony, Ladies First went on a 9-0 run to start the 2nd half and push their slim lead to double digits.  Playoff MVP 'Magic' Johnson ( 22 points, 5 assists) was pushing the pace and finding Ashley (18 points) on the wing to drop bombs.  It was 'only' a 5-12 performance but enough to give Ladies First the extra option they needed to repeat this season.

    Their offense wasn't as efficient or as high-powered as they had been the last half of the season, but they had enough to get it done.  Kellie (17 points, 10 boards) added the third fire-breathing orafice in Ladies First's Chimera.  She ended the season with the highest player rater in 4v4 and pulled a Hakeem to the Gripp's (13 points, 5 blocks) David Robinson (come one people, get with it, http://www.hoopsvibe.com/nba/nba-articles/cotd-hakeem-olajuwon-murks-david-robinson-ar46425.html ).  Ok, that was a little mean, as Ladies First clearly had the better team on this night.  Fay (4 points) and LJ (12 boards) didn't score as much as last week, but they did what it took to win.  They played good D on the regular season MVP and they crashed the boards hard.   

    The Rainmaker (13 points, 6 assists) and Daisy Dukes (12 points, 8 boards) finally started to find the bottom of the well late in the second half, but by then they were down almost 20.  The Nose tossed in 8 points to go along with her defensive prowess.  Speaking of the defense, they played Ladies First as well as anyone had all season long, 10 points below their average isn't anything to sneeze it.  But with Caitlin not hitting a field goal in the second half they weren't able to capitalize.  Ladies First played some good D as well.

    Yea, tempers flared down the stretch, but Ladies, remember this is a rec league, there's no need for the excessive trash talk in the league, especially when it's mean spirited, or the retaliation.  The ref will keep the game in hand, there's no need to try and do it yourselves.  Take the high road, talk trash about the team behind their back later that night, or worst case scenario, take it out on O'Cal, he's used to being abused by every woman in his life.  It's only the natural order of things.

    Ladies First goes out of the League on top with their second straight Golden Pump.  Each of the three teams that has won the Pump has repeated, now who is next?? Icebox will come back next season with the same squad and will have to be the heavy favorites, especially after starting this past season 9-0.  Will the Summer 08 session be their time?

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    Winter 2008 Women's 4-4 League Basketball League

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    Ladies First 72  G Bears 33

    Another Dominating Performance

    I wouldn't want to play Ladies 1st in the playoffs as they seem to be peaking at the right time heading into the stretch drive.  Kelli continues to play like KG (21pts., 15 reb.)  right down to the 19 foot jumper from near the top of the key that Garnett has become known for.  Erin showed how she earned the moniker "Magic", dropping 11 dimes, a number of them that had me picking up my own jaw in disbelief.  Ashley seems to be comfortable playing the 2, last night dropping another 25 - she continues to lead the league in scoring, G-Bears surprisingly having no answer for her.

    I think the Bears just got caught in one of those shooting slumps.  Playing against a great team like Ladies, the team tended to force the ball to Callie and passed up open shots, while in fact what they needed was to take some of the pressure off of Killa Call.  Especially Jess, who does so many intangible things.  She needs to be a scorer on this team.   Its hard to adapt that "shooters mentality"... It can be instinctive to pass the ball even when shooting it yourself is the best option. 

    As I sit here watching the Women's NCAA Tourney... insert joke her, I researched the playing career of Kelli Fournier come to find out her team reached the NCAA Tournament regional title game in her Junior year.  Is it any wonder Kelli is averaging 23 and 14 a game???   

    Ladies First
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Ashley Britton2540321011100% 00NA
    Erin Johnson154083002150% 00NA
    Kellie Fournier2113242106350% 00NA
    Laura Jasinski119112104125% 00NA

    G Bears
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Callie Durbrow16454010400% 00NA
    Jessica Hurt2242310200% 00NA
    Katie Lombardo54200002150% 00NA
    Lindsay Barnes270102000NA 00NA

    Hustle & Flow 23  Hoosier Daddy Remix 69

    Abby Who?

    The Big Dutchgirl graced us with her presence last night negating all the rumors about her being on a bender with Rik Smits in the land of the Big Sky, looking fitter than a fiddle I may add.   She admitted with much regret she is saving her energy and preventing risk of injury for the upcoming Boston Marathon (just 3 weeks away).   

    Hoosier Daddy has clearly moved on... JBerr who joined the team around the same time Abby disappeared has picked up the offensive slack, last night playing a career game (23 pts.) a number of them on fastbreaks after a steal.   A happy JBerr is an effective JBerr - Her recent break from being a member of the C.A.C staff (You didn't think I heard about that one!) might have contributed to the pressure being lifted off her shoulders. 

    Jaime and Sara initiated a number of the fastbreaks with a combined 11 steals.  Hustle seems listless out there, just going through the motions.  On 3 consecutive plays Sara stole the ball intercepting an entry pass to the post.  She has also cemented her status in my mind of being on the All Women's First Team dropping in 30 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists.  Her deft self-tap pass on a rebound is very effective and had the Lobstah stymied, albeit she had her best game of the season (8 pts., 8 reb)

    Give Hustle credit, they could've made a stink about the Ringer Hoosier picked up, take note this type of thing won't be accepted during the playoffs - if you only have 3, you will play 4 on 3!   

    Hustle & Flow
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Carly Kershaw56120004125% 00NA
    Fiona Guitard241230000NA 00NA
    Hollis Burnett851131000NA 00NA
    Kate Crowley86101007229% 00NA

    Hoosier Daddy Remix
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Jamie Scarbro8537400200% 00NA
    Jillian Berry2312510000NA 00NA
    Sara Stables306857207229% 00NA

    Black Mambas 43  Icebox 57

    The Nose Knows!

    Can I identify my favorite female ball player as Miriam "the Nose" Godfrey?  Should these secrets be best kept in the closet?  Is it OK to say I have a crush on Miriam, like I do on Matt Damon, Sam Cassel and Leonardo Dicaprio (exempting him from his Titanic performance)

    There is nothing more I admire more in life than a solid, workman-like effort.  Whether it be making a cabinet, the quality of a pair of shoes, or in playing basketball Last night, we saw plenty of that from Miriam who dare I say had a nose for the ball - collecting 9 offensive rebounds!  9 off. rebounds - for a 5'9 skinny white girl (no offense of course) was very impressive.  I'll highlight one play and then let it go because I could go on for a while. 

    Miriam is at the top of the key, passes the ball to Gripp - Vestal takes the shot (a miss) while Miriam goes charging in for the rebound.  Jen THOMPSON (for those of you who didn't know) - aware of the Nose's sagacity makes a late break to box her out, and as the shot bounces softly off the rim, Jen and Miriam both make an effort to get the rebound... Jen gets to the ball first, but maybe because of knowing of Miriam's extra effort on every play tries to tip it away to a safer place but inadvertantly tips the ball off the backboard and into her own net.  Huge basket at the time.  Huge play by The Nose.

    It was another solid performance by Team Icebox.  I think everyone expected this one to be a bit closer, perhaps it was due to the preoccupation of people's minds with Kansas-Davidson playing, or it could've been because of Zach Randolph's (L.Kelly) subpar game b/c of family in the balcony, my theory is that Mambas were a bit intimidated of K.Fountain's gum chewing style - she looked ready to chomp someone's head off!   I doubt she learned that at Catholic school.    Again, it was the chess playing style of Icebox as they doubled Kelly everytime she got it in the post, and yet her teammates were unwilling to take the long shots or get underneath so she could play the high post. 

    Defensively, they didn't do too bad save for the occasionally box out - these teams know each other pretty well, and it will come down to the heroic performances of the 2nd and 3rd bananas (Hurricane, Bennet and THOMPSON or Rain, Nose, Amanda and Fountain) which could determine the next contest if these teams meet up in the playoffs.   Right now Icebox has to be feeling good, all but locking up the 1st seed and letting the 2 and 3 seeds (Ladies 1st/Mambas) battle it out to play them in the finals, as long as everything goes according to form....

    Black Mambas
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Eliza Floyd021310000NA 00NA
    Jen Thompson205331102150% 00NA
    Kristen Hurov865200000NA 00NA
    Lauren Kelly138220002150% 00NA
    Rhiannon Lee220410000NA 00NA

    Icebox
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Amanda Vigneau8521110200% 00NA
    Caitlin Vestal Tibbetts248540302150% 00NA
    Cathryn Brady970600000NA 00NA
    Kristin Fountain683311000NA 00NA
    Miriam Godfrey106942104250% 00NA

Standings Winter 2008 Women's 4-4 League Thru Week 14
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Icebox8-10.889W4063.0048.27
2Ladies First7-20.778W2172.5050.91
3Black Mambas6-30.667W1256.1056.44
4G Bears4-50.444W1448.3652.00
5Hoosier Daddy Remix4-60.400L1450.5556.00
6Hustle & Flow1-80.111L4742.8961.22
7Hot Sundae0-50.000L5844.8067.80
Points Per Game
1Ashley Britton
Ladies First
26.90
2Lauren Kelly
Black Mambas
23.71
3Caitlin Vestal Tibbetts
Icebox
21.91
4Kellie Fournier
Ladies First
20.13
5Sara Stables
Hoosier Daddy Remix
19.44
6Callie Durbrow
G Bears
18.00
7Kristen Hurov
Black Mambas
15.50

Player Rater
1Kellie Fournier
Ladies First
61.388
2Caitlin Vestal Tibbetts
Icebox
58.7711
3Lauren Kelly
Black Mambas
56.007
4Sara Stables
Hoosier Daddy Remix
52.009
5Ashley Britton
Ladies First
48.0010
6Luana Botelho
G Bears
46.948
7Callie Durbrow
G Bears
45.8010
8Jessica Hurt
G Bears
42.8611
9Miriam Godfrey
Icebox
41.229
10Kristen Hurov
Black Mambas
40.4010

Rebounds Per Game
1Kellie Fournier
Ladies First
13.00
2Luana Botelho
G Bears
11.88
3Caitlin Vestal Tibbetts
Icebox
10.82
4Sara Stables
Hoosier Daddy Remix
10.44
5Kristen Hurov
Black Mambas
9.80
6Lauren Kelly
Black Mambas
9.71
7Kristin Fountain
Icebox
9.36

3s Per Game
1Kristen Hurov
Black Mambas
0.00nan%
1Maggie Santiago
G Bears
0.00nan%
1Cathryn Brady
Icebox
0.00nan%
1Jessica Hurt
G Bears
0.00nan%
1Ashley Britton
Ladies First
0.00nan%
1Sara Stables
Hoosier Daddy Remix
0.00nan%
1Tara Kelly
Hustle & Flow
0.00nan%
1Kellie Fournier
Ladies First
0.00nan%
1Amanda Vigneau
Icebox
0.00nan%
1Luana Botelho
G Bears
0.00nan%
1Debra Freeman
Hoosier Daddy Remix
0.00nan%
1Callie Durbrow
G Bears
0.00nan%
1Carly Kershaw
Hustle & Flow
0.00nan%
1Caitlin Vestal Tibbetts
Icebox
0.00nan%
1Fiona Guitard
Hot Sundae
0.00nan%

Assists Per Game
1Eliza Floyd
Black Mambas
5.10
2Cathryn Brady
Icebox
4.80
3Jamie Scarbro
Hoosier Daddy Remix
4.57
4Callie Durbrow
G Bears
4.30
5Caitlin Vestal Tibbetts
Icebox
4.27
6Jessica Hurt
G Bears
4.00
7Miriam Godfrey
Icebox
3.89