Winter 2009: Women’s 4v4 League Champs: Flying Cockpit

    Cockpit Flying High after Title Win over CACd N Loaded
    CAC'd N Loaded 46 Flying Cockpit 48

    Well that was not the neat, tidy wrap up to the season that I, and so many that followed the league, expected.  First, the Flying Cockpit pulls out the unlikely win in round one against the O'Verine Submarine, and then this monumental upset?? How did a team that went 4-6 in the regular season pull off this one?? Let's find out.

    Things did not look good in the early going as CAC'd sprinted out to an 11-2 lead.  Nic LaRoc came out firing away.  I figured we were in for another 41 point explosion like she had a couple weeks back.  But the Cockpit showed signs of life finally, as Lawless and Callie started to chip away at the hole.  Once the offense woke up, it was a matter of slowing down the opposition. No easy task when you have the weapons that CAC'd N Loaded does.  With the Tidal Wave building momentum, LaRoc shooting 4-9 from downtown in the first, lead was stretched to 32-14. 

    But that's when the first real comeback began.  A hearty effort by Kristine to put in a couple late buckets had the hole at just 13 at the break.  35-22.  That's right, if you do the math, that means CAC'd N Loaded only gave up 11 points in the second half.  Getting out of the 2-2 zone that the ROCK was picking apart was key.  I don't know how they even managed that.  Just 1-9 from downtown as a team, giving up a blisternig 7-13 to the opposition.  Even though they were back in the game, it did not look good to complete it.

    But the team seemed to rally around Sam going down with an ankle injury early in the second half.  A 9-2 run in the first 5 minutes make this a very, very managable game, and suddenly, everyone was back emotionally into it.  Going big didn't hurt them either, putting Lawless and Kristine on the floor at the same time.  They were able to get a lot more rebounds and switched the D it.  It became more of a Triangle + 1, as the Spin Cycle was hounding LaRocque all over the floor, even before she crossed half court.  But just when I thought they'd come all the way back, disaster nearly struck again.  Callie forced a couple steals and Loren (who scored all 10 of her points in the second half) started finishing her layups, and the hole was just 40-37 with 10 to go.  But the Tidal Wave rose up out of the blue to knock down a pair of threes on back to back possessions.  All of a sudden 46-37 with 8 to go doesn't look so promising.  But check it out, the Flying Cockpit didn't allow a single point from that moment on.  Not one to the offensive player of the year, not one to one of the best three point shooters in the league, and not one to the woman who has an uncanny Nose for the ball.  Talk about an effort.  All 4 of Lawless' blocks came in those last 8 minutes, and it was only a matter of time before the offense did just enough to win this game.  Same hit her only 3 of the night to bring it to within two and Loren tied it up, the first since 0-0 with 3 to play.  She also put in the game winning bucket, but we still had to sweat out the final two minutes.  CAC'd had their chances to tie or take the lead in the final two minutes, and Sam even did them a favor by missing a free throw, but the offense, which had been so crisp for the first 30 minutes, was never able to recover.  Like a rusty tinman, every second just added a little more water to the system.  Loren tied Roc up as the buzzer went off to make sure she didn't have a chance at any last second heroics, and I think that the ladies of the Cockpit were as suprised as I when they realized they had really pulled it off. 

    After enduring and persevering through the reign of some of C.A.C.'s finest ballers (the Kelley 'chips, Slumpbuster's run, the other Kellie, and Gripp) Killah Callie finally has the elusive Wall Ball Arena championship to add to her Hall of Fame Resume.  Congrats to all the ladies of the Flying Cockpit on their first championship, collectively! It was a great Winter 09 season, and if you haven't signed up for the Spring Draft league, do so! We've already got enough players for nearly 4 teams, and we're looking to continue to grow the league.  As always, just send me an email to Tibbs@CACBasketball.com

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    Playoff: week 12

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    Winter 2009 Women's 4-4 League Basketball League

    Commentary by Tibbs...

    CAC'd N Loaded 46  Flying Cockpit 48

    Cockpit Flying High after Title Win over CAC'd N Loaded

    Well that was not the neat, tidy wrap up to the season that I, and so many that followed the league, expected.  First, the Flying Cockpit pulls out the unlikely win in round one against the O'Verine Submarine, and then this monumental upset?? How did a team that went 4-6 in the regular season pull off this one?? Let's find out.

    Things did not look good in the early going as CAC'd sprinted out to an 11-2 lead.  Nic LaRoc came out firing away.  I figured we were in for another 41 point explosion like she had a couple weeks back.  But the Cockpit showed signs of life finally, as Lawless and Callie started to chip away at the hole.  Once the offense woke up, it was a matter of slowing down the opposition. No easy task when you have the weapons that CAC'd N Loaded does.  With the Tidal Wave building momentum, LaRoc shooting 4-9 from downtown in the first, lead was stretched to 32-14. 

    But that's when the first real comeback began.  A hearty effort by Kristine to put in a couple late buckets had the hole at just 13 at the break.  35-22.  That's right, if you do the math, that means CAC'd N Loaded only gave up 11 points in the second half.  Getting out of the 2-2 zone that the ROCK was picking apart was key.  I don't know how they even managed that.  Just 1-9 from downtown as a team, giving up a blisternig 7-13 to the opposition.  Even though they were back in the game, it did not look good to complete it.

    But the team seemed to rally around Sam going down with an ankle injury early in the second half.  A 9-2 run in the first 5 minutes make this a very, very managable game, and suddenly, everyone was back emotionally into it.  Going big didn't hurt them either, putting Lawless and Kristine on the floor at the same time.  They were able to get a lot more rebounds and switched the D it.  It became more of a Triangle + 1, as the Spin Cycle was hounding LaRocque all over the floor, even before she crossed half court.  But just when I thought they'd come all the way back, disaster nearly struck again.  Callie forced a couple steals and Loren (who scored all 10 of her points in the second half) started finishing her layups, and the hole was just 40-37 with 10 to go.  But the Tidal Wave rose up out of the blue to knock down a pair of threes on back to back possessions.  All of a sudden 46-37 with 8 to go doesn't look so promising.  But check it out, the Flying Cockpit didn't allow a single point from that moment on.  Not one to the offensive player of the year, not one to one of the best three point shooters in the league, and not one to the woman who has an uncanny Nose for the ball.  Talk about an effort.  All 4 of Lawless' blocks came in those last 8 minutes, and it was only a matter of time before the offense did just enough to win this game.  Same hit her only 3 of the night to bring it to within two and Loren tied it up, the first since 0-0 with 3 to play.  She also put in the game winning bucket, but we still had to sweat out the final two minutes.  CAC'd had their chances to tie or take the lead in the final two minutes, and Sam even did them a favor by missing a free throw, but the offense, which had been so crisp for the first 30 minutes, was never able to recover.  Like a rusty tinman, every second just added a little more water to the system.  Loren tied Roc up as the buzzer went off to make sure she didn't have a chance at any last second heroics, and I think that the ladies of the Cockpit were as suprised as I when they realized they had really pulled it off. 

    After enduring and persevering through the reign of some of C.A.C.'s finest ballers (the Kelley 'chips, Slumpbuster's run, the other Kellie, and Gripp) Killah Callie finally has the elusive Wall Ball Arena championship to add to her Hall of Fame Resume.  Congrats to all the ladies of the Flying Cockpit on their first championship, collectively! It was a great Winter 09 season, and if you haven't signed up for the Spring Draft league, do so! We've already got enough players for nearly 4 teams, and we're looking to continue to grow the league.  As always, just send me an email to Tibbs@CACBasketball.com

    CAC'd N Loaded
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Kiley Maguire1843230000NA 00NA
    Kiley Maguire1843230000NA 9444%
    Kristen Patrie074210000NA 00NA
    Miriam Godfrey664620000NA 00NA
    Nicole LaRocque2261520022100% 15960%
    Nicole LaRocque2261520022100% 15640%

    Flying Cockpit
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Callie Durbrow104183102150% 4125%
    Christine Lucas891213022100% 00NA
    Jen Lawless173310404375% 00NA
    Loren Turner1065522000NA 800%
    Samantha Hughes3611220100% 6117%

Standings Winter 2009 Women's 4-4 League Thru Week 12
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1CAC'd N Loaded9-10.900W1063.0853.25
2O'Verine Submarine7-30.700W2261.3658.91
3Flying Cockpit4-60.400W1556.6758.58
4Hoosier (Third) Daddy0-100.000L10956.5567.64
Points Per Game
1Nicole LaRocque
CAC'd N Loaded
26.09
2Luana Botelho
Hoosier (Third) Daddy
20.64
3Jennie Brown
O'Verine Submarine
19.38
4Kiley Maguire
CAC'd N Loaded
19.25
5Nicole Warder
O'Verine Submarine
18.90
6Callie Durbrow
Flying Cockpit
17.25
7Jen Lawless
Flying Cockpit
16.91

Player Rater
1Luana Botelho
Hoosier (Third) Daddy
64.4511
2Miriam Godfrey
CAC'd N Loaded
56.5011
3Nicole LaRocque
CAC'd N Loaded
56.3211
4Jennie Brown
O'Verine Submarine
56.318
5Nicole Warder
O'Verine Submarine
55.4510
6Jen Lawless
Flying Cockpit
50.6411
7Loren Turner
Flying Cockpit
47.7010
8Kiley Maguire
CAC'd N Loaded
46.0012
9Hallie Burak
O'Verine Submarine
45.899
10Callie Durbrow
Flying Cockpit
45.0012

Rebounds Per Game
1Luana Botelho
Hoosier (Third) Daddy
16.73
2Jennie Brown
O'Verine Submarine
13.38
3Jen Lawless
Flying Cockpit
12.36
4Christine Lucas
Flying Cockpit
11.43
5Miriam Godfrey
CAC'd N Loaded
9.55
6Nicole Warder
O'Verine Submarine
8.50
7Nicole LaRocque
CAC'd N Loaded
8.45

3s Per Game
1Nicole LaRocque
CAC'd N Loaded
3.9141%
2Cathryn Brady
Hoosier (Third) Daddy
3.3329%
3Nicole Warder
O'Verine Submarine
2.5030%
4Kiley Maguire
CAC'd N Loaded
2.3331%
5Samantha Hughes
Flying Cockpit
2.0030%
6Loren Turner
Flying Cockpit
1.9025%
7Jillian Berry
O'Verine Submarine
1.0031%

Assists Per Game
1Hallie Burak
O'Verine Submarine
6.00
2Miriam Godfrey
CAC'd N Loaded
5.91
3Loren Turner
Flying Cockpit
5.50
4Callie Durbrow
Flying Cockpit
5.33
5Nicole Warder
O'Verine Submarine
5.20
6Cathryn Brady
Hoosier (Third) Daddy
4.50
7Asal Aryan
Hoosier (Third) Daddy
3.67