That could have been the swing Brandon Valley needed. An open layup in transition could reclaim the lead the Lynx once comfortably held. playing. Year blocked a layup from the backboard of Brandon Valley guard Landon Durany and rushed back to the trail.
“I’m just trying to make some winning plays,” Year said after the game, “doing anything to help the team win.
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The play was unfolding, so it should have been almost predictable. Second half, this is what Jefferson does. The No. 1 Cavaliers (12-0) are undefeated, in part due to his ability to “blow teams away” in his final two quarters. But the piece Jefferson is missing now is why they needed to make those plays in the first place: Brandon Valley led by his 17 points in the first half of the game, and the Cavaliers continued their vulnerable early-game trend. I’m here. game.
“Unfortunately, that’s kind of what’s happening to us,” said Jefferson head coach Tim Reck. “We had a slow start.”
Jefferson gave a hint of his biggest weakness in the first game of the season when the new-looking Roosevelt group burst in front of them in both teams’ season openers. However, the undefeated team still continued to face adversity. Most recently, Jefferson narrowly escaped with a 63-60 win against Roosevelt, an underrated team in Class AA.
Lek said the Cavaliers haven’t changed much after Brandon Valley took a big lead last Tuesday. Wreck said early in the game, the Cavaliers were unable to advance the fastbreak game as the Lynx pulled back their defense well. But it will, said Lek.
In some respects, games like this continue to show that the undefeated Cavaliers can beat a competitive class AA group (the one Brandon Valley proved to be in last week). Other points prove otherwise.
“[How to start faster]is something we’re still trying to figure out, and we’re really working on.”
Class AA Women’s Basketball Will Be A Wild Experience
A new No. 1 is born in AA class women’s basketball. And the new girlfriends are 2nd, 3rd, and 5th. She had a wild week in the Class AA women’s basketball polls. Because all the top teams keep beating each other.
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This is a new look for AA women’s basketball that hasn’t been seen in a while. When No. 1-seeded Washington upset for the first time last year, it was a fair gamble for new favorite O’Gorman to emerge from the field. The Knights have won the state title and are gearing up to defend their title this season. But Washington was still there, moving up to No. 1 and poised for yet another season-long battle for the top spot between the Warriors and Knights.
After the Warriors defeated O’Gorman and Jefferson in back-to-back games, Harrisburg scored at the then-No. 1 Washington buzzer-beater on January 17. Harrisburg dropped the next game to Jefferson. All the while, Pierre would go on to then-No. 2 O’Gorman go 10-2 on the season. It’s almost hard to understand, but every team in the Class AA Top 5 can beat any other team. It’s going to be a fun season to end as we enter the last month before the state tournament.
Dak XII/NEC Clash Delivers The Class A Women’s Basketball Game We’ve Been Waiting For
Hamlin’s women’s basketball looks unstoppable. The 13-0 Chargers have made the most of their experience this year, with deep runs in each of the last two state tournaments, finishing runners-up in Class A Women’s Basketball for the second year in a row. . The top two frontcourt players, Allie Abraham and Kami Wadsworth, both seniors this year, look to be off to the best starts yet in Hamlin.
But they’re not the only undefeated A-team. We still have Vermillion, who made a statement with a win over Wagner at the Hanson Girls’ Basketball Classic a few weeks ago.
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At Dak XII/NEC Clash on Friday, the Chargers and Tanagers will face off in a neutral site matchup in the Madison High School gymnasium. Like the Red Raiders a few weeks ago, No. 1 Hamlin could have an advantage against Vermilion in this game as it will be the last test the Chargers will need to pass. A win over Vermilion (and even more convincingly) portended Hamlin’s move to the state championship. But the Tanagers have shocked Class A women’s basketball before.
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