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Firstbeat Sports Monitor

March 30, 2020 | Articles, Blog | No Comments

Firstbeat Sports Monitor


Introducing the latest innovation in team
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both on/offline with both iOS and Windows. This mobile solution allows multiple coaches
access to their teams data from any location. Some of the key features are: -Automatic reporting for both coaches and
individual players -Improved Real Time Interface And of course the most exciting new feature
is our new patent pending Training Effect calculation. Firstbeat is proud to be the only monitoring
system on the market that is able to identify the percentage of aerobic vs. anaerobic activity
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The NBA Data Scientist

March 23, 2020 | Articles, Blog | 27 Comments

The NBA Data Scientist


If you’re a basketball fan, you know your team’s
big stars, head coach, maybe even the rookie bench warmers. But you probably know very little about the Ph.D. mathematicians
like this woman. Her job is to crunch
the numbers of the game. We’re all in sort of an arm’s
race to acquire information. And she’s turning basketball into a hard, cold science. My name is Ivana Seric
and I’m a data scientist. For many years, Philly was a tough place to be a basketball fan. But having reached the top eight in the playoffs for a
second season in a row, the 76ers right now are in a renaissance. Embiid fakes, Embiid down the lane. Just across the river is where the team’s been hard at work and it’s where I went to
go meet Ivana in April. This 125,000 square foot facility comes with all the features you’d expect from an NBA training complex. It also features the
office of people like Ivana who support the team behind the scenes. My job involves analyzing the data that we have from NBA games. My focus is mostly on
the coaching strategy. Coaches have a lot of intuition. They know the game, they know the players, but we try to complete
their picture of the players with data, which is hopefully unbiased. Ivana is part of the Sixers 10-person analytics team. The work of these statisticians
has already forced a profound change in
the game of basketball. Teams are taking more three point shots. Embiid for three. Even though we make
them at lower percentage than the shots closer to the basket, but they’re worth more points and the trade off actually pays off. Take a look at this clip from the ’80’s. See how all the players are
bunched up right by the hoop? Compare that with today. More and more of the action is taking place at the three point line. Of course, it’s not just basketball that’s been reshaped by analytics. Businesses of all kinds are
tracking a ton of information they never tracked before
thanks to new sensors, improvements in computing power, implementing cost and data storage. Data scientists are the people making sense of that information with a combination of statistics
and computer programming. The profession’s expanded
rapidly in recent years and comes with an average
salary of $130,000 a year. Much of the data Ivana
works with comes from technology the NBA adopted in 2013. Every NBA arena has cameras
that record the games and then from those cameras, they can extract player locations on a court. These cameras record 25 frames per second, so for each basketball game, there’s a million of throes of data. And that allows Ivana to analyze plays that were previously difficult to track. For example, take the pick and roll. It’s one of the most
important plays in basketball. It involves one player
setting up a human shield to help a teammate shake off an opponent. So we can look at each player, how much they run pick and rolls and how good they are at that and then we can select a player and see how often he’s going to pass
out of the pick and roll, how often he’s going to shoot. And how would that help you develop a strategy for the coaches? So we could, for example this player, he’s going to pass pretty frequently. We can say this to the coaches and they’re going to decide on the defensive strategy for the player. But this makes Ivana’s job look simpler than it actually is because she spends a lot of her time coding to extract the
information she needs. And I tried really hard
to get her to talk about what exactly she looks for. And there’s some stuff that you do that’s beyond just these interfaces that you showed me today, right? Yep. Can you tell me more about that? Um, not really. So that’s like a trade secret? Yes. NBA’s a very competitive league, so whatever can give us that
advantage, we try to keep it. When advising the coaches
with her analysis, Ivana has a decided advantage
over many of her peers. I started playing when
I was seven years old and I just loved it from the first day. I think ’cause the game is so dynamic and there’s so many different skills. It’s what I wanted to do since I was seven years old, really. I wanted to be a professional
basketball player. Yeah. At 19, Ivana moved from
her home in Croatia to New Jersey to go to college
on a basketball scholarship. And while she was a star
player on her Division I team, she was also an exceptional math student. Much of her life has been like that, balancing her love of basketball
with her love of math. I always thought I’m going to have to choose between the two. I went to graduate school and that’s when I really thought that,
okay, I’m really choosing one or the other this time. So I thought I really chose just math. The plan was to become a
researcher or a professor. Then, three years into
pursuing her Ph.D. in math, she heard that NBA teams
were starting to hire data scientists, but only 26%
of data scientists are women and Ivana didn’t like her odds. When I saw the job posting, I didn’t think I would
actually get the job. I thought because being a woman in such a male dominated field, they would never really consider
me or give me a fair shot. But this prediction
turned out to be wrong. She’s got both the technical
and basketball backgrounds, which is sort of the ideal mix. Her ability to capture
these complex insights and then share them
with players or coaches, with executives in a way
that makes sense to us is super valuable and
frankly, not that common. The next evening, I attended my very first NBA game. It was the last game of the regular season before the playoffs and
my chance to catch up with the ultimate
beneficiary of Ivana’s work, the Sixers head coach, Brett Brown. The team has had a great season so far. What role do you think analytics
has played in that success? I think it’s played a significant role in our success and many, many others. The NBA playoffs are going to
start in three or four days and immediately, we’ll get
an analytical assessment on the strengths or
weaknesses of an opponent. You can assess play
calls, good or bad ones, ones you should do more,
ones you should avoid. Really, I think it’s
going to continue to grow and play a significant role
in the design of organizations and coaching staff’s beliefs. That night, even though
none of the starting players played in the game, the Sixers
ended up crushing the Bulls. A month later, the
Sixers ended up advancing to the conference
semi-finals and suffered a tough defeat at the hands
of the Toronto Raptors. Is this the tie breaker? Ivana and her colleagues will keep looking for
ways to help their team do better in the seasons ahead. But the Sixers victories on the court won’t be the only way she’s
measuring her success. It’s really exciting to be able to show young girls that they
can actually have careers, but it also feels like
a big responsibility because if I don’t do well, it’s going to seem like a woman cannot do this job, because there are not so many of us. It’s a big part of what
motivates me every day to be able to show young girls that they can succeed in
STEM fields and in sports.

(1A) 2020 IGHSAU Girls State Basketball Championships


>>>FUNDING PROVIDED BY FAIR WAY MEAT AND GROCERY. FAIR WAY BELIEVES IN SUPPORTING THE PLACES IOWANS LEARN, WORK, LIVE AND PLAY, CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE SCHOOLS AND STUDENT ATHLETES IN THIS YEAR’S GAMES. BUT MOSCOW LIGHTING, THE SPORTS LIGHTING SPECIALIST, PROVIDING LIGHTING SYSTEMS FOR YOU, YOUR PROJECT AND YOUR COMMUNITY. ♪♪>>>THE POTENTIAL FOR GREATNESS LIES IN EVERY CHILD. FOR SOME, IT MIGHT BE ACADEMICS, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING OR PERFORMING ARTS. BUT FOR MONTEZUMA’S SHATEAH WETERING, IT’S CLEAR TO SEE SHE IS GREAT AT BASKETBALL. BASKETBALL HAS PAVED A PATH TO MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR SHATEAH, INCLUDING A JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN CLUB BALL, SIGNING AS A RECRUIT TO PLAY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, AND LEADING THE BRAVETTES BACK>>>THANK YOU FOR JOINING BROADCAST TO ALL 99 COUNTIES. OUR MATCHUP WILL ROUND OUT ANOTHER GREAT YEAR OF GIRLS BASKETBALL. THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT, IOWA PBS SPORTS WILL CONTINUE TO BRING YOU HIGHLIGHTS, ANALYSIS AND STAY TUNED FOR ALL THE ACTION.>>THANK YOU, PAUL, IT IS TIME FOR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL. IT’S THE CLASS 1 A TITLE GAME AS GOLDEN BEARS OF BISHOP GARRIGAN TAKE ON THE NEWELL-FONDA MUSTANGS. WOW, THE YOUTH OF MUSTANGS REALLY GOING TO BE ON DISPLAY>>BISHOP GARRIGAN FRESHMAN HAVE REALLY COME TO THE TOP. THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO UP AGAINST THE PRESSURE GONNA HAVE TO PLAY THROUGH IT.>>LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THESE BISHOP GARRIGAN, THEIR FIFTH TRIP TO STATE. LOOK OUT, THEY’RE GOING TO BE A TREAT TO WATCH. FOR NEWELL-FONDA, LET’S GO TO TONIGHT’S PUB ADDRESS ANNOUNCER.>>FANS, EACH YEAR AT THE GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT, THE IOWA BANKERS ASSOCIATION PRESENTS THE AWARD TO THE STUDENT ATHLETE WHO EXCELS IN THE COMMUNITY AND IN THE CLASSROOM. THEY RECEIVE A $1,000 SCHOLARSHIP TO THE COLLEGE OF HER CHOICE. THE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER IS MIRANDA PETERS. PRESENTING THE AWARD IS BELLEVUE STATE BANK. CONGRATULATIONS TO MIRANDA PETERS. AND THANK YOU TO THE IOWA BANKERS ASSOCIATION FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE IGHSAU.>>>WHAT A MATCHUP. NEWELL-FONDA PLAYING AGAINST BISHOP GARRIGAN.>>GARRIGAN FANS, LET’S HEAR IT FOR YOUR GOLDEN BEARS! NEWELL-FONDA FANS. LET’S HEAR IT FOR YOUR MUSTANGS! FANS, IT’S TIME INTRODUCE THE PLAYERS. FIRST OF ALL, HERE ARE YOUR NON-STARTERS AND ASSISTANT COACHES FOR THE BISHOP GARRIGAN GOLDEN BEARS. NUMBER ONE. EMMA GRAND JANETTE, KELLY BEATTY. EMMA POGUERY. MEREDITH TEAGUIS. REESE ROSENMEYER. ELLA MULLER AND AMANDA MILLER. YOUR ASSISTANT COACHES, MICK ELBERT AND JOE BARTOLO. NOW, HERE ARE YOUR NONSTARTERS AND ASSISTANT COACHES FOR THE NEWELL-FONDA MUSTANGS. NUMBER TEN, MARY WALKER. NUMBER 14, MIA WALKER. NUMBER 22, EMMA ERICKSON. NUMBER 24, NEVAEH LYMAN. NUMBER 32, LANEY HOE GRAVE, SOPHIE STEWART. ELLIE LAGOE, IZZY SIEVERS. PAIGE ROBERTS AND NUMBER 54, HAILEY TURMAN. YOUR ASSISTANT COACHES, COURTNEY DARROW AND KEVIN LARSEN. AND NOW, HERE IS YOUR STARTING LINEUP FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. KATIE NOONAN. BAILEY SIEVERS. FOR THE GOLDEN BEARS, A SENIOR, NUMBER TEN, MADISON MEISTER. FOR THE MUSTANGS, A SOPHOMORE, NUMBER 20, MACY SIEVERS. FOR BISHOP GARRIGAN, NUMBER 11, A FRESHMAN, MOLLY JOYCE. FOR NEWELL-FONDA, NUMBER 30, MAGGIE WALKER. FOR THE GOLDEN BEARS, A JUNIOR, NUMBER 14, KAYLYN MYERS. FOR THE MUSTANGS, A SENIOR, NUMBER 34, MEGAN MORENZ. AND FOR BISHOP GARRIGAN, A FRESHMAN, NUMBER 55, AUDI CROOKS. FOR NEWELL-FONDA, JUNIOR, NUMBER 40, ELLA LARSEN. HEAD COACHES FOR BISHOP GARRIGAN, BRANDON SCHWAB, DICK JUNGERS. NOW LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, TURN YOUR ATTENTION TO THE SCORERS BENCH AS I INTRODUCE OUR OFFICIALS FOR THIS 1A CHAMPIONSHIP. MARK ROYER, SHAWN PETERSEN. ROLLIE WIEBERS, AND YOUR BENCH OFFICIAL, BREANN BYERLY, ALL RIGHT, FANS, WHO’S READY FOR CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL?>>LET’S LOOK AT THE STATE MAP. WHERE ARE THESE TWO TEAMS FROM? WELL, YOU HAVE TO GO NORTH. NEWELL-FONDA, 145 MILES AWAY. BISHOP GARRIGAN LOCATED IN ALGONA, THE TWO, WELL, THEY HAVEN’T PLAYED AGAINST ONE ANOTHER FOR ABOUT THREE YEARS, THE LAST TIME WAS 2017 REGIONAL FINAL. NEWELL-FONDA WON THAT GAME BY IT 22. BISHOP GARRIGAN, WHAT ARE THEIR KEYS TO THE GAME?>>NUMBER ONE, THEY CAN’T BACK DOWN AGAINST THIS PRESSURE OF NEWELL-FONDA. THEY HAVE TO CONTINUE TO ATTACK. AND THEY HAVE TO HAVE MENTAL TOUGHNESS. THAT PRESS IS GOING TO WEAR ON THEM. THEY HAVE TO BE ABLE TO OVERCOME THAT, AND FOR NEWELL-FONDA, THEY WANT TO RAMP UP THE PRESSURE. THEY WANT TO BE AFTER YOU THE ENTIRE 94 FEET. AND THEY HAVE TO MAKE THAT EXTRA PASS ON OFFENSE TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE GET BEING PLAYERS OPEN.>>THE BIG STAGE IS SET, THIS ONE IS UNDER WAY, AND GARRIGAN WILL CONTROL THE OPENING TIP, BUT A STEAL BY SIEVERS. BAILEY AND MACY IN THE BACK COURT JOINED BY MAGGIE WALKER, MORENZ.>>YOU KNOW, THAT LAST PLAY WAS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THE HUSTLE THAT YOU ARE GOING TO SEE FROM NEWELL-FONDA. YOU CANNOT BE CASUAL GOING AFTER A LOOSE BALL. YOU HAVE TO GO AFTER IT 100%, OTHERWISE NEWELL-FONDA’S GOING TO SNEAK IN FROM BEHIND YOU AND TAKE IT AWAY FROM YOU. AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO JOYCE RIGHT THERE.>>SKIP PASS UP TOP AND THAT’S A TWO. THE REBOUND WILL COME DOWN TO LARSEN, RUN-AND-GUN OUT AHEAD TO WALKER AND SHE’LL LOSE IT OUT OF BOUNDS, SO THE GOLDEN BEARS WILL HAVE THE BALL BACK. GREAT ATMOSPHERE FOR THIS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. BOTH COMMUNITIES HAVE EMPTIED OUT. AND A STEAL UP TOP. THAT’S BY MORENZ, TO THE RACK!>>YOU CAN SEE HOW THIS PRESSURE FORCES YOU. THEY’RE MAKING YOU GO ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. THEY MAKE YOU GO DOWN THE SIDELINES, RIGHT INTO A TRAP RIGHT THERE, AND THEN THEY’RE ABLE TO GET INTO THE PASSING LANES.>>THAT’S GOING TO BE TIED UP POSSESSION ARROW. WE’LL GIVE IT TO GARRIGAN.>>SO THE FRONT PART OF THIS PRESSURE LEADS THE BALL HANDLER ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, AND WAIT UNTIL THEY GET OVER THE HALF-COURT LINE, AND THEN THE TRAP COMES, AND THAT’S WHEN IT BECOMES VERY DIFFICULT, BECAUSE THEN THEY START COVERING UP ALL ANGLES, ALL PASSING LANES. SO YOU HAVE TO COME AND HELP OUT YOUR TEAMMATE AND MAKE SURE YOU’RE STEPPIN’ TO THE BALL ALL THE TIME.>>A TRIPLE TEAM, CROOKS NEARLY GOT THROUGH IT TO GET THE BUCKET, AND SHE’S GOING TO BE CALLED FOR THE FOUL. AUDI CROOKS, LISTED AT 6’3″, WILL BE A PRESENCE. BUT THE DEFENSE IS THERE FOR NEWELL-FONDA.>>THEY TURN YOU IN TO THE DOUBLE-TEAM. AND SIEVERS OR EXCUSE ME, MORE ENS WAS ABLE TO GET UP AND TAKE THE STEAL AND TAKE IT ALL THE WAY.>>MUSTANGS FACING THE GAR BEGAN PRESSURE. MORE ENS IN THE PAINT. CAN’T GET IT TO FALL. AND THE REBOUND TRACKED DOWN BY SIEVERS. SHE’LL GO TO LARSEN. GREAT BALL MOVEMENT BY NEWELL-FONDA. MORE ENS, AND AN UP AND DOWN CALL. THE PRESENCE OF AUDI CROOKS. THE MUSTANGS HAVE NOT FACED A PLAYER ABOVE 6 FOOT ALL SEASON LONG. AUDI’S AT 6’3″>>THERE IT IS, RIGHT THERE. THEY HAVEN’T SEEN IT, AND MORENZ GOES UP AND SEES THE EXTENSION OF THE ARMS AND THINKS, I CAN’T SHOOT OVER THAT AND HAD NOWHERE TO GO WITH IT.>>THE JUMPER BY MYERS, NOT THERE. CROOKS WITH THE REBOUND, PUT BACK IS THERE, AUDI CROOKS GETS BISHOP GARRIGAN ON THE BOARD.>>WHAT A GREAT ADJUSTMENT BY CROOKS. SHE WAS ABLE TO TIP THAT BALL TO HERSELF AND REACH OVER THE TOP WITHOUT FOULING.>>AND MORENZ QUICKLY WITH A GREAT PASS FROM SIEVERS. ABLE TO GET THE BUCKET. 6-2, NEWELL-FONDA. WHAT A TRACK MEET.>>THAT’S WHAT IT’S GOING TO BE THE ENTIRE GAME. SO YOU HAVE TO MENTALLY PREPARE FOR THAT. SO IT IS GOING TO BE THAT PACE THE ENTIRE GAME. BUT IF BISHOP GARRIGAN CAN GET THAT BALL INTO THE POST, NEWELL-FONDA CAN’T MATCH UP.>>AUDI WITH THE BUCKET. NOW THE THREE. AND A REBOUND TO CROOKS. AND A FOUL GOING TO BE CALLED ON NEWELL-FONDA. BAILEY SIEVERS, THE 5’8″ JUNIOR WILL PICK UP THE FOUL. THAT’S THE FIRST ON NEWELL-FONDA.>>SO I THINK WE’VE SEEN A LITTLE BIT OF AN EQUALIZER TO THIS PRESSURE. YOU’VE GOT THE HEIGHT IN THE MIDDLE THAT’S REALLY CONTROLLING THE BOARDS RIGHT NOW IN AUDI CROOKS. AS WELL AS WHEN SHE GETS INTO THE POST, AND THEY FIND HER. THEY DON’T HAVE ANYBODY TALL ENOUGH, ONCE SHE GETS THAT BALL UP ABOVE HER HEAD SHE’S ABLE TO GO TO THE GLASS. THAT MAY EQUALIZE THIS PRESSURE A LITTLE BIT.>>THREE SETS INTO THE GAME, AFTER FRESHMAN JOINED BY LANEY HOE GRAVE, AND ELLIE LAGO INTO THE GAME. TO BROOKS, BLOCKED. SHE’S GOING TO BE CALLED FOR A TRAVEL.>>YOU GOT A GLIMPSE OF WHAT THESE FRESHMEN CAN DO FOR THIS TEAM ON THAT POSSESSION OF BEHIND THE BACK DRIBBLE BY JOYCE AS SHE BROUGHT THE BALL UP THE FLOOR. NICE LITTLE FLOATER INSIDE TO CROOKS BUT SHE SHUFFLED THE FEET.>>AND A LOOSE BALL, TURNOVER, CROOKS WILL PICK IT UP, NOW WILL OUTLET IT AHEAD. HERE’S NOONAN. FINDS MEYERS, AND WE’RE TIED AT SIX.>>WHAT WAS ONE OF THE KEYS? DON’T BACK DOWN. THEY ARE NOT BACKING DOWN RIGHT NOW. THEY ARE IN ATTACK MODE.>>CROOKS, NO QUESTION, HAS BEEN AN X FACTOR FOR GARRIGAN HERE IN THE OPENING QUARTER, AND THIS JUMPER FROM 14 IS GREAT BY ELLA LARSEN.>>FOUND THE GAP IN THE DEFENSE, LATCHED RIGHT TO IT. THAT’S THE ONE THING COACH JUNGER SAYS ABOUT THIS TEAM, THEY’RE GREAT PASSERS.>>SO IS BISHOP GARRIGAN. THAT’S A FRESHMAN, LAURA. JOYCE TO CROOKS. SHE’S GOT SIX OF GARRIGAN’S EIGHT. AND THEY GIVE UP THE 14 FOOTER TO MAGGIE WALKER.>>SHE WAS JUST ABLE TO DRIBBLE THROUGH TO THE DEFENSE. THERE WAS NO DEFENSIVE ROTATION. SHE WAS ABLE TO FIND AN OPENING.>>UNDERNEATH, GARRIGAN GOING TO BE CALLED FOR THE TRAVEL. MADISON MEISTER COMMITS THE THIRD TURN OVER FOR THE GOLDEN BEARS, AND RIGHT QUICKLY TO THE BENCH, COACH JUNGERS WILL GO AGAIN. GARRIGAN WILL GO TO THEIR BENCH FOR THE FIRST TIME. EMMA FOGARTY WILL COME IN. SHE’LL SPELL KATIE NOONAN.>>YOU HAVE FOGARTY IN THERE FOR DEFENSIVE PURPOSES. SHE’S A GOOD DEFENDER, AND AGAINST THIS QUICK LINEUP WITH NEWELL-FONDA, YOU NEED SOMEBODY WHO CAN GET AFTER THEM AND SHUT THEM DOWN.>>SIEVERS CAUGHT UP. MORENZ ON THE BLOCK. NOW THE THREE. GOOD! LET’S GO! BEARING THE TRIPLE.>>INSIDE-OUT, AND THERE AGAIN, IT’S THE PASSING ON DISPLAY. THE NICE THING THAT LAGO DID WAS SHE PASS TD IN AND READJUSTED.>>AND COUNT IT. CROOKS WILL GO TO THE LINE TO TRY TO CONVERT THE THREE-POINT PLAY.>>YOU CAN SEE CROOKS POSTING UP. THE THREE DEFENDERS ALL AROUND HER, BUT WHEN SHE GETS THOSE HANDS UP, SHE’S GOT GREAT HANDS. SHE’S ABLE TO COLLECT ANYTHING IN HER AREA. PULLS IT IN, KEEPS THAT BALL HIGH ABOVE HER HEAD. GOES TO THE GLASS.>>CROOKS’ FREE THROW IS BURIED, A 64% FREE THROW SHOOTER ON THE YEAR, MAKING IT A TWO-POINT GAME. NEWELL-FONDA HAS LED FROM THE OPENING TIP. NOW ANOTHER THREE. AND THIS IS OVER THE BACKBOARD OUT-OF-BOUNDS. AND THE MUSTANGS WILL GO QUICKLY TO THEIR BENCH. DICK JUNGERS IS GOING TO TRY TO KEEP THIS PACE UP. MAGGIE WALKER WILL COME IN ALONG WITH ELLA LARSEN BACK INTO THE GAME.>>THEY’RE GOING TO ROTATE PLAYERS IN AND OUT BECAUSE THEY WANT TO KEEP THIS PRESSURE UP. THEY WANT TO COPE FRESH LEGS, FRESH MINDS, FRESH SETS OF EYES IN THERE, MAKING SURE THEY’RE DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT.>>TO THE BASELINE. THAT’S MEISTER TO CROOKS. AND COUNT IT! WHOA! AUDI CROOKS!>>THAT PASS WAS BOBBLED, AND SHE WAS ABLE TO REGAIN CONTROL OF IT, GO UP STRONG WITH THE CONTACT AND KNOCK IT DOWN.>>WHAT STRENGTH BY CROOKS. SHE’S GOT 11. AND IT’S A TIE GAME AT 13 APIECE. NEWELL-FONDA WILL PLAY IT AROUND THE PERIMETER. NOW A THREE. WALKER SHOT OFF THE MARK, CROOKS WITH THE REBOUND. PLAYING A GAME ALMOST BY HERSELF.>>AND BEING VERY SMART ABOUT IT, AS SHE GOT THAT REBOUND.>>AND A CHARGE IS GOING TO BE CALLED ON JOYCE, AND THAT’S BIG. THAT’S GOING TO BE HER SECOND.>>AND THAT’S, THAT IS A COLLISION, AS JOYCE IS GOING HARD IN TO THE HOOP. AND GREAT JOB. THAT’S WHAT YOU CALL TAKING ONE FOR THE TEAM. BUT WHAT I WAS SAYING ABOUT CROOKS IS, WHEN SHE PULLS THE REBOUND, SHE’S NOT IN A HURRY TO GET RID OF IT, AND KNOWING THAT NEWELL-FONDA’S HANGING AROUND, SHE’S MAKING VERY SURE OF THE OUTLET PASS.>>LARSEN GETS THE BUCKET 15-13. THEY’RE GOING TO KEEP JOYCE IN THE CONTEST WITH THOSE TWO FOULS. WHAT AN OPENING QUARTER HERE. IF YOU’RE JUST JOINING US LATE, NEWELL-FONDA HAS LED FROM THE OPENING TIP, BUT IT’S BEEN THE AUDI CROOKS SHOW. SHE’S GOT 11 OF THE 13 SCORED BY GARRIGAN. NEWELL-FONDA TRYING TO RUN THIS ONE AHEAD. A THREE BY ELLA LARSEN.>>AGAIN, THEY TURN THE STEAL INTO POINTS. ALMOST ANOTHER ONE. THEY’RE JUST REALLY MAKING GARRIGAN. THEY CALL A TIME OUT. THEY WERE GETTING VERY CLOSE TO HAVING THAT TEN-SECOND CALL. BUT THEY’RE MAKING GARRIGAN, THEY’RE NOT SURE OF THEIR PASSES RIGHT NOW. THEY’RE AFRAID THEY’RE GOING TO GET THAT LANE JUMPED AND THE PASS STOLEN. BUT YOU CAN SEE THE GREAT PASSING OF NEWELL-FONDA ON BACK-TO-BACK POSSESSIONS. THE WAY THEY GET INSIDE THE DEFENSE, THE WAY THEY FIND ONE ANOTHER WHEN THEY’RE OPEN.>>LET’S HEAR FROM BISHOP GARRIGAN’S HEAD COACH, BRANDON SCHWAB.>>REMEMBER, WHEN MAGGIE’S OUT I NEED YOU IN THE MIDDLE MAKING THAT THING. YOU GUYS ARE DOING A GREAT JOB OF UP HERE IN THE PRESS. WE’RE DOING A FINE JOB. REMEMBER, INSIDE THE VOLLEYBALL COURTS HERE, THIS IS NOT THE AREA WE WANT TO GO, BECAUSE THEY’RE GOING TO JUMP US. IF YOU DRIBBLE IN THIS AREA, YOU PLAN ON CROSSING AND GETTING TO THE CENTER. OFFENSIVELY, KEEP MOVIN’ THE BALL. MOVE THE BALL, KEEP LOOKIN’ INSIDE.>>YOU GOT TO STAY OUT THERE.>>HEY, HEY, DEFENSIVELY, GET OUT ON THE THREE. LET’S GO, WE ARE — ANSWER THIS RUN, ANSWER THE RUN.>>FIVE-POINT LEAD HERE FOR NEWELL-FONDA, MATCHING THEIR LARGEST LEAD OF THE GAME. AND WE’VE ONLY GOT 1:38 TO GO IN THE OPENING QUARTER, AND FWAR BEGAN’S, ONE OF THEIR TOP FRESHMAN, MOLLY JOYCE, WITH TWO FOULS. SHE’LL HAVE THE BALL RIGHT NOW FOR BISHOP GARRIGAN. MYERS. GOING TO EYE THING UP. MEISTER NEARLY LOST IT, REGAINS IT, AND NOW IT’S TURNED OVER. THE PRESSURE OF NEWELL-FONDA. HERE’S LARSEN. TRIED TO PASS IT TO THE INSIDE. AND GARRIGAN WILL GET IT RIGHT BACK. MYERS AHEAD IN THE FRONTCOURT. THEY FIND CROOKS ON THE BLOCK. AUTOMATIC. 13 FOR CROOKS.>>WHEN THEY GET IT IN TO THE FRONT COURT, THE FIRST PLACE THEY’RE LOOKING IS TO CROOKS, AND THEY’RE ABLE TO GET IT TO HER.>>INSIDE OF 50 SECONDS TO PLAY IN THE FIRST EIGHT MINUTES. HERE’S SIEVERS. AND A REBOUND TO MEISTER.>>EARLIER IN THAT POSSESSION, JOYCE TRIED TO REACH IN AND PICK A POCKET. TRIED TO GET THE STEAL, AND THEN SHE QUICKLY PULLED HER HAND BACK, KNOWING THAT SHE’S GOT THOSE TWO FOULS.>>MEISTER GOING TO DRAW CONTACT AND WILL GO TO THE LINE. MADISON MEISTER. ONE OF THE FEW SENIORS ON THIS GAR BEGAN ROSTER. AVERAGING JUST OVER NINE A GAME. AND, AT 43% FREE THROW SHOOTER. ALSO A BIG PART OF THEIR SOFTBALL TEAM THAT QUALIFIED FOR THE STATE TOURNAMENT, AS NEWELL-FONDA GOES BACK TO THEIR BENCH AGAIN. HOGREFE WILL CHECK IN. AND AUDI CROOKS IS GOING TO GET SOME REST HERE. COMING IN IS GRACE ELSBECKER, THE 5’7″ JUNIOR. AND THE REBOUND TRACKED DOWN BY AMANDA MILLER, ANOTHER SENIOR FOR GARRIGAN WHO JUST CHECKED BACK INTO THE GAME, AND SHE’S FOULED.>>CROOKS DIDN’T GET MUCH OF A REST, BECAUSE NOW THEY WERE GOING TO TAKE HER OUT, GIVE HER THE EXTRA REST DURING THE QUARTER BREAK. BUT NOW THEY’VE GOT THE POSSESSION BACK. THEY WANT HER IN THERE, BECAUSE THEY WANT, KNOW THEY CAN GO TO HER. SHE’S GOT THAT HEIGHT ADVANTAGE. AND THAT’S WHY SHE’S BACK IN THE BALL GAME.>>SO TWO-POINT GAME. NEVAEH LYMAN WILL CHECK BACK IN, DRAWS THE DOUBLE-TEAM. JOYCE FINDS CROOKS BUT HAS IT TAKEN AWAY. HERE COME THE MUSTANGS. WALKER. SHOOTS THE THREE. AND IT’S WIDE OF THE MARK. AND BISHOP GARRIGAN WILL GET IT BACK WITH 16 SECONDS TO GO IN THE QUARTER, AND COACH SCHWAB IS ALSO GOING TO GO TO HIS BENCH. KAYLYN MYERS WILL CHECK BACK IN. SHE’LL BE IN FOR AMANDA MILLER. IT’S A CHESS GAME BETWEEN THESE TWO. JOYCE AND BACK COURT, SHE’LL RUN IT AHEAD. BOY, THREE-ON-ONE. JOYCE PULLS UP, 14 FOOTER. CROOKS WITH THE PUT BACK.>>THAT’S WHY HE PUT HER BACK IN THE BALL GAME.>>THE HALF-COURT HEAVE IS IN AND OUT BY MAGGIE WALKER. WHAT AN ENTERTAINING FIRST QUARTER! FOLKS, WE’VE GOT A DANDY BREWING. LET’S GO TO PAUL JAEGER.>>CALL YOUR FRIENDS, FOLKS. WE HAVE OUR FOURTH TIE OF THE GAME. THIS ONE’S A GOOD ONE. BUT THERES WITH A PRETTY GOOD 1A SEMI-FINALS AS WELL. YOU HAVE TO WIN IN THAT TO GET TO TONIGHT IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. LET’S BEGIN IN ST. ANN’S AND NEWELL-FONDA. MAGGIE WALKER HITS THE JUMPER, NOW MAGGIE WALKER AGAIN STOPS AND PULLS UP FOR THREE. NEWELL-FONDA WAS ROLLING AT THE HALF. BALL MOVEMENT AROUND WALKER TO SIEVERS, NOW BAILEY SIEVERS, TO ELLIE LAGO, DEEP. AND THEY ROLL. HOW DID BISHOP GET HERE? THEY PLAYED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. MOLLY JOYCE, THEN THE PRESS TURNS INTO POINTS. AS JOYCE MAKES IT LOOK EASY. BEARS UP BY TEN AT THE HALF. AUDI CROOKS. I THINK WE’VE SAID HER NAME A TIME OR TWO. MAYBE, I DON’T HAVE A GOOD CONNECTION. IF AUDI CROOKS CAN DOMINATE LIKE SHE DID IN THE SEMI-FINALS AS SHE IS HERE IN THE FINALS, 69-37, BISHOP FWAR BEGAN ROLLS.>>HERE’S YOUR CLASS 1A TOURNAMENT BRACKET. NEWELL-FONDA A WINNER. AND BISHOP GARRIGAN KNOCKED OFF MARQUETTE CATHOLIC. NEWELL-FONDA, WINNERS OF 53 STRAIGHT GAMES. THE LAST TIME THEY LOST WAS THE 2018 OF 1A TITLE GAME. RIGHT NOW THEY’RE IN A BATTLE, THEIR CLOSEST GAME ALL YEAR WAS A TEN-POINT WIN AGAINST WESTERN CHRISTIAN AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON.>>THEY OUTSCORE THEIR OPPONENTS BY ALMOST 43 POINTS A GAME. AND THEY’VE DONE THAT HERE IN THE STATE TOURNAMENT, THE TWO QUARTER FINAL AND SEMI-FINALS THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PUT UP A LOT OF POINTS, BUT THEY MIGHT HAVE MET THEIR MATCH HERE TODAY IN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.>>AUDI CROOKS WITH 17. 21-20 OUR SCORE. SIEVERS WILL DRIVE IT. BOY, THEY’RE WORKIN’ THAT BASELINE.>>THEY CONTINUE TO WORK THE RIGHT SIDE AND THE BASELINE. BUT EVERY TIME THEY DRIVE IT, CROOKS IS RIGHT THERE TO STOP THEM IN THEIR TRACKS.>>JOYCE HAS IT TAKEN AWAY, BISHOP GARRIGAN WILL CONTROL THE BALL. AS THEY HAVE THE POSSESSION ARROW IN THEIR FAVOR. SO MAGGIE WALKER WILL NOW COME BACK INTO THE GAME. SHE’LL SPELL LYMAN.>>JOYCE TRYING TO DRIBBLE THROUGH THAT PRESSURE DEFENSE. AND IF YOU DO THAT YOU KNOW THAT NEWELL-FONDA’S GOING TO BE REACHING. THEY’VE GOT THOSE ACTIVE HANDS. YOU REALLY HAVE TO PROTECT YOUR DRIBBLE WHEN YOU’RE GOING BY A DEFENDER.>>JOYCE, DRIVES, DISHES TO CROOKS.>>FRESHMAN TO FRESHMAN AGAIN, AND IT’S JUST A LITTLE FLOATER PASS. PUT IT UP IN THE VICINITY, SHE’S GOING TO GO GET IT.>>MEYERS WANTS TO ADD FOR GARRIGAN, TO THE RACK! AND A FOUL WILL BE CALLED.>>JOYCE HAS SUCH GREAT BALL HANDLING SKILLS. SEES THE DEFENDERS ALL COME AT HER. SHE DRAWS ALL THE ATTENTION. THAT LEAVES CROOKS OPEN, AND SHE CAN GIVE THAT LITTLE FLOATER OVER THE TOP OF THAT DEFENSE.>>JAYLIN MYERS, WHAT A YEAR IT HAS BEEN. SCHOOL YEAR FOR HER, MISSED THE ENTIRE VOLLEYBALL SEASON DUE TO A KNEE INJURY BUT WAS CLEARED TO PLAY BASKETBALL IN NOVEMBER. IT’S THE FIRST ONE. GIVES HER TEAM A TWO-POINT ADVANTAGE HERE.>>SHE WAS A THIRD TEAM ALL STATER A YEAR AGO. AVERAGED 20 POINTS A GAME. THIS YEAR RIGHT AROUND EIGHT TO NINE A GAME, BUT PART OF THAT IS BEING THE TEAM PLAYER. AND SHE REALIZED THAT YOU’VE GOT A COUPLE OF FRESHMEN COMING IN THAT ARE VERY GOOD AND CAN HELP THIS TEAM, AND SHE GAVE UP SOME OF HER MINUTES AND HER SCORING TO ALLOW THOSE FRESHMEN TO STEP IN TO SOME PROMINENT ROLES.>>CROOKS WITH THE REBOUND AGAIN. SHE HAS SIX BOARDS. THEY’LL DUMP IT IN TO HER, ON THE DOUBLE-TEAM, CAN’T GET IT, GETS HER OWN REBOUND AND DRAWS CONTACT. AUDI’S GOING TO GO TO THE LINE.>>SHE WENT FROM ONE SIDE TO THE OTHER, GOT HER OWN REBOUND AND DRAWS THE CONTACT.>>WELL, THERE HAVE BEEN DIVISION ONE COACHES THAT HAVE BEEN TO PRACTICE TO WATCH HER PLAY. NO OFFERS MADE YET FOR AUDI, BUT WITH THE PERFORMANCE LIKE THIS SO FAR, THAT PHONE MIGHT BE RINGIN’.>>IT MIGHT BE RINGIN’ TOMORROW MORNING.>>OR VIBE RATING, IF SHE’S GET GETTING TEXT MESSAGES. IS THAT HOW IT WORKS NOW.>>OR INSTAGRAM OR TWITTER. THERE’S SO MUCH I CAN’T KEEP UP WITH IT.>>SHE IS JUST A 64% FREE THROW SHOOTER AS WE TALKED ABOUT. AND NOW A LITTLE BIT OF PRESSURE HERE BY GARRIGAN ON NEWELL-FONDA. HERE’S SIEVERS WITH THE DUMP DOWN, AND MORENZ IS GOING TO BE FOULED ON THE BACKSIDE BY MYERS. THE JUNIOR WILL PICK UP HER FIRST. SO MEGAN MORENZ WILL GO TO THE LINE, AVERAGING JUST OVER EIGHT. AND ONE OF THE LONE SENIORS ON THIS ROSTER THAT PLAYS A LOT.>>WELL, YOU LOOK UP AND DOWN THE ROSTER FOR NEWELL-FONDA, AND YOU SEE THE SENIOR, MORENZ, AND THEN YOU SEE A LOT OF PLAYERS THAT HAVE THE NUMBER NINE BEHIND THEIR NAME. THERE’S A LOT OF FRESHMEN ON THIS TEAM, A LOT OF SOPHOMORES ON THIS TEAM. SO THIS IS A TEAM, AND WE’VE SEEN IT YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT, WITH NEWELL-FONDA, THAT THEY ARE A TEAM THAT JUST CONTINUES TO RELOAD. AND WE TALKED ABOUT IT IN THE PREGAME SHOW ABOUT HOW THIS SYSTEM IS IN PLACE. AND THE YOUNGER KIDS COMING UP THROUGH THE SYSTEM, WHEN THEY GET TO THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT’S EXEKTED OF THEM.>>AND THE TOUGH REBOUND THERE BY FOGARTY. MEYERS WILL FIND JOYCE. THE FRESHMAN WILL GIVE IT UP TO MEYERS, THE JUNIOR. FOR THREE! CAN’T GET IT TO FALL. AND A FOUL’S GOING TO BE CALLED HERE ON FOGARTY. AND THAT’S GOING TO BE THE FIFTH TEAM FOUL ON GARRIGAN.>>WE KNEW BOTH OF THESE TEAMS WOULD SHOW PRESSURE. AND BOTH OF THEM ARE VERY DISRUPTIVE IN THEIR PRESSURE. AND WHAT THEY DO AND MAKE A TEAM SPEED UP.>>THIS IS GOING TO BE TIED UP. NEWELL-FONDA, HOW ABOUT THE TENACITY THERE BY BAILEY SIEVERS? AND THE MUSTANGS WILL GO TO THEIR BENCH. MARY WALKER WILL COME BACK IN. EVEN THOUGH NEWELL-FONDA AND DICK JUNGERS IS CONTINUING TO USE HIS BENCH. IT’S LIKE A HOCKEY LINE RIGHT NOW, COMING IN AND OUT. MIA WALKER INTO THE GAME FOR THE FIRST TIME. BUT IT SEEMS LIKE, LAURA, BOTH TEAMS ARE NOT SHOWING SIGNS OF FATIGUE, NECESSARILY, BUT THEY’RE GETTING A LITTLE GASSED.>>YEAH, AND I THINK PART OF THE, OBVIOUSLY, THE PRESSURE AND THE UP AND DOWN THE COURT, BUT ALSO JUST THE ENORMITY OF THE GAME AND KNOWING WHAT YOU’RE PLAYING FOR, THAT ALL WEARS ON YOU AS WELL.>>WELL, WE CALL IT THE BIG STAGE HERE AT WELLS FARGO ARENA, HOME TO THE GIRLS STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS. WHAT A SCENE HERE TONIGHT, AND WHAT A GAME SO FAR. BISHOP FWAR BEGAN AND NUMBER ONE NEWELL-FONDA, ANOTHER TURNOVER HERE AS JOYCE TRIED TO FEED THE POST. AUDI CROOKS, ARE THEY DOING SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY? THE MUSTANGS? BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE GARRIGAN’S BEEN OUT OF SORTS TRYING TO BET TO THE BLOCK.>>I DON’T THINK THEY’RE DOING ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY, I THINK SHE GOT A LITTLE OVERANXIOUS AND PUT TOO MUCH AIR UNDERNEATH IT.>>THE OUTLET AHEAD TO MEYERS, TRIES TO DEFEND THROUGH TRAFFIC, CAN’T GET THE SHOT TO FALL, AND THE MUSTANGS GET THE LOOSE BALL. HERE’S WALKER, AND THAT BALL NEARLY STOLEN AWAY.>>KATIE NOONAN’S NOT GIVING UP, MAN. SHE’S JUST CONTINUING TO HOUND THE NEWELL-FONDA BALL HANDLERS.>>TWO-POINT GAME, 3:50 TO PLAY, AND NOW A TIME OUT GOING TO BE TAKEN HERE BY DICK JUNGERS AND NEWELL-FONDA. SO AUDI CROOKS, THOUGH, LEADING THE WAY FOR BISHOP GAR BEGAN. SHE’S GOT 19 IN THE GAME, AND HER PRESENCE HAS BEEN ALL OVER THIS ONE.>>IT REALLY HAS, DEFENSIVELY, CAUSING PROBLEMS. LOOK AT HER WORK THROUGH TRAFFIC. TWO PLAYERS THERE WITH HANDS STRAIGHT UP. ABLE TO WORK HER WAY THROUGH IT AND TIPPED THE BALL TO HERSELF. GETS THE REBOUND, MAKES THE MOVE TO THE BASKET, AND THEN FINDING THE GAP IN THE DEFENSE. AND JUST, SHE’S REALLY GOOD WITH THE FOOTWORK, KNOWING WHERE TO BE ON THE FLOOR. AND HER TEAMMATES KNOW HOW TO GET HER THE BASKETBALL. SHE IS SO CLOSE TO A DOUBLE-DOUBLE HERE IN THE FIRST HALF. THAT’S PRETTY IMPRESSIVE.>>HER MOM CAN TALK TO HER ALL ABOUT PLAYING AT THE STATE TOURNAMENT. IN FACT, HER MOM WAS A PART OF BISHOP GAR BEGAN’S 2000 STATE TOURNAMENT TEAM, AND THE TRADITION CARRIES ON HERE NOW WITH AUDI HERE IN THIS TITLE GAME. JOYCE IS GOING TO WORK IT UP AGAINST WALKER. AND A TRAVEL IS GOING TO BE CALLED AS A GOOD DOUBLE-TEAM SLAPPED ON BY NEWELL-FONDA.>>JOYCE TRYIN’ TO SPLIT THE DOUBLE-TEAM WITH THE DRIBBLE. GOT HER FEET TANGLED UP. TRAVELED BEFORE SHE WAS ABLE TO MAKE THE PASS OR THE SHOT.>>NEWELL-FONDA, LOOKING FOR A BUCKET, 0 FOR THE LAST SIX FROM THE FIELD. SKIP PASS TO WALKER. THEY FIND MORENZ, AND NOW THE THREE. MORENZ WITH THE REBOUND. AND ONE!>>THAT’S A BIG BUCKET RIGHT THERE. THAT’S WHEN THEY NEEDED A BUCKET, I THINK THEY WERE A LITTLE STAGGERED WITH THE WAY THAT BISHOP FWAR BEGAN HAS BEEN PLAYING THEM. I THINK THEY WERE A LITTLE SHELL-SHOCKED. AND NOW THEY NEED TO GET BACK INTO THEIR RHYTHM OF WHAT THEY DO. SO THAT WAS A BUCKET THEY NEEDED TO MAYBE PROVIDE A LITTLE SPARK.>>MORENZ NOW WITH SEVEN. TIED UP AT 24. HERE’S JOYCE FOR THREE. BE THE THREE!>>FINALLY GOT ONE TO FALL. SHE’S BEEN FRUSTRATED ALL FIRST HALF. THEY’VE BEEN ON HER, NOT ALLOWING HER ANY GOOD LOOKS, AND SHE PULLS UP FROM DEEP AND KNOCKS IT DOWN.>>AND THE REBOUND TRACKED DOWN BY NOONAN.>>YOU KNOW, CROOKS HAD A PART IN THAT, AS WELL. SHE GOT A FINGER TIP ON IT, KNOCKED IT AWAY AND ALLOWED A TEAMMATE TO GO GET IT.>>HERE’S CROOKS! AN ABLE TO GET THAT DOWN WAS CROOKS, SHE’S GOT 21.>>SHE, I’M JUST STILL AMAZED AT HER HANDS AND HOW GOOD THEY ARE.>>SOFT, AS THEY SAY. HERE’S JOYCE. HAS THE HOT HAND. AND MEISTER IS GOING TO BE CALLED FOR THE TRAVEL. 29-24, FWAR BEGAN WITH THEIR LARGEST LEAD OF THE GAME HERE IN THE CLASS 1A CHAMPIONSHIP. AND NEWELL-FONDA HAS BEEN CRUISING ALL SEASON. WINNING BY AN AVERAGE MARGIN OF NEARLY 43 POINTS PER GAME. WINNERS OF 53 STRAIGHT. GARRIGAN HAS ONE LOSS THIS YEAR TO WEST HANCOCK, LOST BY ONE BUT ALSO AVENGED THAT LOSS LATER IN THE YEAR.>>WEST HANCOCK WAS HERE AS A 2A QUALIFIER.>>THAT’S AGAINST CROOKS. THAT’S HER SECOND. SO YOU HAVE THE TWO FRESHMEN FOR GARRIGAN, JOYCE AND CROOKS, WITH TWO FOULS APIECE. WITH 1:37 TO PLAY IN THE FIRST HALF.>>JOYCE HAS DONE A GOOD JOB. SHE’S PICKED UP THOSE FOULS EARLY, SO SHE’S PLAYED THE REMAINDER OF THIS HALF NOT PICKING UP FOUL NUMBER THREE.>>SO THAT IS THE SEVENTH TEAM FOUL ON GARRIGAN. TO THE LINE WITH BAILEY SIEVERS. GARRIGAN HAS NOT SHOT THE BALL WELL FROM THE FOUL LINE. AND A TIME OUT GOING TO BE TAKEN BY BISHOP FWAR BEGAN. 1:35 TO PLAY. LET’S GO INSIDE THE HUDDLE.>>WE DON’T GOT SOMETHING IN TRANSITION, I WOULD TAKE IT RIGHT AT HER AND LOOK FOR SOMEONE CUTTING ON A BOUNCE PASS OR SOMETHING, OKAY? HEY, THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT. HERE WE GO. TEAM ON THREE, ONE, TWO, THREE.>>THEY WANT TO BE CHALLENGED. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT, AND I LOVE THAT, THAT COACH JUNGER SAID THAT. HE SAID IF THEY DON’T HAVE THE BREAK, THEN TAKE IT RIGHT AT THE DEFENSE AND THEN LOOK FOR YOUR CUTTERS. THEY MIGHT TRY TO TAKE IT RIGHT AT CROOKS, SEE IF THEY CAN GET HER TO PICK UP FOUL NUMBER THREE BEFORE HALF.>>ONE OF THE THINGS HE TOLD US IS HE WANTED TO TOUGHEN UP THE SCHEDULE FOR NEXT YEAR. CEDAR RAPIDS GASET HAS RIVALRY SATURDAY. AUDI CROOKS SAYS RIGHT NOW I GOT YOU. 23 HERE IN THE FIRST HALF. SEVEN-POINT LEAD FOR GARRIGAN. AND A BEHIND THE BACK PASS THAT GOES AWRY.>>AND THE PREP IS JUST AS EFFECTIVE AS THE NEWELL-FONDA PRESSURE.>>THE 15 FOOTER OFF THE MARK FOR GARRIGAN. AND SO’S THAT PASS, AS IT’S DEFLECTED OUT. GOOD HANDS BY LAURA LEONARD.>>THAT’S TWICE THIS WEEK THAT THEY’VE THROWN THE BALL TO ME THAT I WAS WIDE OPEN.>>SO MORE SUBS COMING INTO THE GAME FOR NEWELL-FONDA, LAGO WILL CHECK BACK IN. ALSO BACK IN IS SIEVERS, WHO HAS THE BALL RIGHT NOW, ALONG WITH MAGGIE WALKER. GARRIGAN ALSO GOING TO THEIR BENCH. AMANDA MILLER WILL CHECK BACK INTO THE GAME. SHE’S IN FOR CROOKS.>>THEY’RE GOING A LITTLE SMALLER, BUT THIS WAY THEY GET MORE REST FOR CROOKS, GET HER OUT OF THERE SO SHE DOESN’T PICK UP FOUL NUMBER THREE.>>HERE’S MORENZ. SHE’LL ATTACK AND GET THE BUCKET.>>AMANDA MILLER DID EVERYTHING SHE COULD DO. WENT STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN, AND NOW THEY TURN IT OVER.>>AND A HARD FOUL, MEYERS ON BAILEY SIEVERS, WILL SEND HER TO THE LINE WITH 30 SECONDS TO PLAY. A FIVE-POINT LEAD FOR GARRIGAN. THIS FIRST HALF HAS BEEN FLYING BY. WE’VE SEEN A LOT OF GOOD THINGS HERE IN THE 1A TITLE GAME. AND AUDI CROOKS WILL QUICKLY COME BACK UP TO THE SCORERS TABLE. THE FREE THROW THERE BY SIEVERS. ALSO COMING BACK IN, EMMA FOGARTY, AVERAGING ABOUT 15 MINUTES IN THE GAME OFF THE BENCH IS FOGARTY.>>ABOUT HOW LONG DO YOU THINK THOSE TWO RESTS THAT AUDI CROOKS HAS HAD? I THINK BOTH OF THEM TOTALED MAYBE TEN SECONDS.>>THAT SEAT’S NOT TOO WARM ON THE BENCH. FREE THROWS MADE BY BAILEY SIEVERS. IT’S BACK TO A THREE-POINT GAME. NEWELL-FONDA’S LARGEST LEAD WAS FIVE EARLY ON. GARRIGAN JUST HAD THEIR LARGEST LEAD A MOMENT AGO AT SEVEN. THEY’LL DUMP IT IN TO CROOKS, ATOP OF HER FINGER TIPS OUT OF BOUNDS.>>NOW THEY’RE GOING TO QUICKLY GET CROOKS OUT THERE. THEY PUT HER OUT THERE BECAUSE THEY WANTED THE EXACT PLAY, A LOB PASS, SHE COULDN’T HANG ONTO IT. NOW YOU GET HER TO THE BENCH AND PLAY DEFENSE.>>THREE-POINT GAME, 15 TO GO FIRST HALF. SIEVERS, FINDS HER SISTER ON THE BASELINE. OVERSHOT THE HOOP THAT PUT BACK NOT THERE AND A FOUL HERE ON FOGARTY. THAT WILL BE HER SECOND. AND THAT’S THE NINTH TEAM FOUL ON GARRIGAN, WITH 7.1 TO GO IN THE FIRST HALF. TO THE LINE WITH MAGGIE WALKER, AS SHE UNCORKS THE FIRST FREE THROW HERE. AND CROOKS COMES BACK IN.>>YEAH, WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO SCORE RIGHT BEFORE HALFTIME, YOU BRING IN AUDI CROOKS. SEE IF THEY CAN GET HER THE BALL DOWN LOW. THEY’VE GOT TO GET BY THE FIRST WAVE OF PRESSURE, THOUGH, FIRST.>>ONE-POINT GAME. JOYCE IN BACK COURT. AND SHE’LL BE FOULED AND GO TO THE LINE TO SHOOT FREE THROWS HERE. GARRIGAN IN THE SINGLE BONUS.>>ON THAT PRESSURE, YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU GET OVER, STEP OUT ON THE SIDELINE, OUT OF BOUNDS TO GIVE YOURSELF ANOTHER DEFENDER, AND THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN THAT TIME. JOYCE WAS ABLE TO FIND SOME ROOM BETWEEN HER AND THE NEWELL-FONDA PRESSURE, DRIVE BY IT AND DRAW THE FOUL.>>MAGGIE WALKER JUST PICKED UP THE FOUL, HER SECOND. JOYCE AT THE LINE. 70% FREE THROW SHOOTER. HAD A SEASON HIGH EARLIER THIS YEAR OF 35 AGAINST CHEROKEE. ALSO PLAYS SOFTBALL, VOLLEYBALL AND TRACK.>>SHE HAD A BIG GAME IN THE CAME UP WITH 23 POINTS IN THAT SEMI-FINAL GAME ON TEN OF 18 SHOOTING.>>PLAYED MUCH OF THE FIRST HALF IN TWO FOULS, NOW SHE’LL SIT. MADISON MEISTER WILL COME BACK IN FOR HER, AUDI CROOKS IS OUT. AMANDA MILLER IS BACK IN. 3.9 TO GO IN THE FIRST HALF. IN BACK COURT, HERE ARE THE MUSTANGS. THIS IS LARSEN AT THE HORN! AND BISHOP FWAR BEGAN TRYING TO DO SOMETHING THAT HASN’T HAPPENED SINCE 2018. AND THAT’S KNOCK OFF NEWELL-FONDA. THEY HAVE A THREE-POINT LEAD, DOES GARRIGAN. AND LET’S GO TO PAUL JAEGER, WHO’S STANDING BY.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, BJ. THE BISHOP GARRIGAN TEAM SHOT 67% FROM THE FIELD IN THE FIRST QUARTER. THEY ONLY WENT DOWN FIVE PERCENTAGE POINTS IN THE SECOND QUARTER FOR A HALF SHOOT OF 62%. COACH BRANDON SCHWAB JOINS US NOW. IF I TOLD YOU YOU WERE SHOOTING 62%, ARE YOU SURPRISED?>>ABSOLUTELY. WE’RE SHOOTING 62%? I’M SURPRISED. A LOT OF THEM SHOTS ARE PRETTY CLOSE ONES TO THE BASKET.>>AUDI CROOKS IS HUGE, FOR A PLAYER FOR YOU INSIDE. PHYSICALLY, TOO. SHE’S A DIFFERENCE MAKER. WHAT IS IT THAT’S WORKING SO WELL WITH HER TONIGHT?>>YOU KNOW, OUR KAYLYN AND, KAYLYN AND MOLLY ARE DOING A GREAT JOB BREAKING THE PRESS. THAT’S WHAT WE’VE GOT TO KEEP DOING. IF WE’RE GOING TO HAVE SUCCESS IN THE SECOND HALF THAT’S GOT TO STAY THE GAME PLAN.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH, COACH. THAT’S HEAD COACH BRANDON SCHWAB OF THE BISHOP GARRIGAN. THEY LEAD HERE AT HALF. GREAT 1A GAME, AND WE HAVE A DIFFERENT TWIST TO OUR HALFTIME SHOW. LET’S GO DOWNSTAIRS FOR A NEW LOOK AT HALFTIME.>>THE IOWA SKIPPERS WILL NOW PERFORM A JUMP ROPE ROUTINE. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE IOWA SKIPPERS! ♪ ARE YOU READY ♪ ♪ FIVE, FOUR, THREE, YOU KNOW THE REST ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ JUMP, JUMP, JUMP EVERYBODY JUMP ♪ ♪ JUMP, JUMP, JUMP, EVERYBODY JUMP ♪ ♪ JUMP, EVERYBODY JUMP ♪ ♪ JUMP EVERYBODY JUMP ♪ ♪ JUMP JUMP JUMP JUMP JUMP JUMP JUMP JUMP JUMP JUMP JUMP JUMP JUMP JUMP JUMP JUMP ♪ ♪ JUMP JUMP ♪ ♪ JUMP JUMP ♪ ♪ JUMP JUMP JUMP JUMP ♪ ♪ YEAH, GONNA TAKE MY HORSE FROM THE OLD TOWN ROAD ♪ ♪ I’M GOING TO RIDE UNTIL I CAN’T NO ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ CAN’T NOBODY TELL ME NOTHING ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ GONNA TAKE MY HORSE TO THE OLD TOWN ROAD ♪ ♪ I’M GOING TO RIDE TILL I CAN’T NO MORE ♪ ♪ GONNA TAKE MY HORSE TO THE OLD TOWN ROAD ♪ ♪ I’M GONNA RIDE TILL I CAN’T NO MORE ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ CAN’T NOBODY TELL ME NOTHING ♪ ♪ CAN’T NOBODY TELL ME NOTHING ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ I’M GONNA TAKE MY HORSE TO THE OLD TOWN ROAD ♪ ♪ I’M GONNA RIDE UNTIL I CAN’T NO MORE ♪ ♪ GONNA TAKE MY HORSE TO THE OLD TOWN ROAD ♪ ♪ GONNA RIDE TILL I CAN’T NO MORE ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ REACHIN’ FOR WHAT LIES AHEAD ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ I CAN FEEL THE WIND AT MY BACK ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ GONNA TAKE IT BACK TO THE OLD SCHOOL ♪ ♪ OLD SCHOOL ♪ ♪ TAKE IT BACK BACK BACK BACK BACK ♪ ♪ TAKE IT BACK TO THE OLD SCHOOL ♪ ♪ BACK BACK BACK BACK TO THE OLD SCHOOL ♪ ♪ LET’S TAKE IT BACK BACK BACK BACK BACK BACK BACK ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ PUT YOUR HANDS UP ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ WHERE DID YOU COME FROM ♪ ♪ WHERE DID YOU GO ♪ ♪ I’VE BEEN MARRIED A LONG TIME AGO ♪ ♪ WHERE DID YOU COME FROM ♪ ♪ WHERE DID YOU GO ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ WHERE DID YOU COME FROM ♪ ♪ WHERE DID YOU GO ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪>>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, HUGE ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THE IOWA SKIPPERS. GREAT JOB, EVERYONE.>>WHAT A GREAT SHOW. AH, THAT WAS NEAT. ALL RIGHT, 50 YEARS AGO, THE MONT MONTEZUMA BRAVETTES MADE HISTORY.>>>THE POTENTIAL FOR GREATNESS LIES IN EVERY CHILD. FOR SOME, IT MIGHT BE ACADEMICS, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING OR PERFORMING ARTS. BUT FOR MONTEZUMA’S SHATEAH WETERING, IT’S CLEAR TO SEE SHE IS GREAT AT BASKETBALL. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ BASKETBALL HAS PAVED A PATH TO MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR SHATEAH, INCLUDING A JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN CLUB BALL, SIGNING AS A RECRUIT TO PLAY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA, AND LEADING THE BRAVETTES BACK TO 1A PROMINENCE WITH BACK-TO-BACK APPEARANCES IN THE STATE TOURNAMENT. AND ALL OF THIS STARTED WITH A GRADE SCHOOL ACTIVITY IN A COMMUNITY GYM.>>I WAS 9 YEARS OLD. IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN THIS GYM. THEY STARTED AN UPWARD BASKETBALL PROGRAM HERE. IT WAS ACTUALLY PRETTY FUN. I MEAN, MY DAD IS HUGE WITH BASKETBALL, AND HE KIND OF GOT ME STARTED INTO IT. THAT’S HOW WE BASICALLY HAVE A BASKETBALL FAMILY. I THINK IT WAS ABOUT 2010 WHEN THE UPWARD PROGRAM STARTED HERE. THEY WOULD WEAR THE WRISTBANDS SO THAT THEY WOULD KNOW WHO TO GUARD. FROM THE SIDELINES, I WOULD ALWAYS ENCOURAGE HER TO STEAL THE PASS. IT’S THINGS LIKE THAT, THAT SHE PICKED UP ON, AND THAT SHE THOUGHT, WOW, I CAN REALLY DO THIS. SO THAT WAS KIND OF EXCITING TO SEE HER GROW THAT WAY.>>YOU COULD SEE THE LOVE OF THE GAME MORE AND MORE THROUGH TIME. AND THEN WITH FRIENDS IN THE COMMUNITY THEY WOULD CALL EACH OTHER AND SAY HEY, LET’S ALL GO TO THE FAMILY CENTER, AND WE CAN PUT A GAME TOGETHER.>>ACTUALLY, IN THIS GYM ONE TIME MY DAD WOULD NOT LET ME LEAVE UNTIL I HAD THE CORRECT FORM ON MY FREE THROW. IT WAS JUST, I REMEMBER IT, IT WAS EVEN THROUGH TEARS. AND I FINALLY DID IT AND IT WAS JUST A BREAK THROUGH, AND IT WAS AMAZING. I MEAN, I HONESTLY DON’T KNOW IF I’D EVEN BE IN THIS SITUATION WITHOUT THEM.>>AS GREAT AS SHATEAH IS ON THE COURT, SHE IS ACTUALLY THE LATEST IN A LONG LINE OF MONTEZUMA STANDOUT PLAYERS, GOING AS FAR BACK AS 50 YEARS AGO WHEN THE BRAVETTES WON BACK-TO-BACK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS. BUT SHATEAH DOESN’T NEED TO LOOK NEARLY THAT FAR TO FIND LOCAL INSPIRATION. HER CLOSEST PARALLEL IS COINCIDENTALLY DRAWING UP PLAYS ON THE SIDELINE.>>I CAME IN ’92 AND PLAYED ’92 TO ’94 HERE, BECAUSE MY SCHOOL CLOSED, AND I CHOSE TO COME TO MONT SUMMA AND JUST LOVED WHAT THIS SCHOOL BROUGHT FOR MYSELF, FOR MY FAMILY. I PLAYED THE GAME OF SIX-ON-SIX THE LAST YEAR AND THEN PLAYED FIVE-ON-FIVE. AND THIS PLACE ALLOWED ME, MONT SUMMA ALLOWED ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO ON AND PLAY COLLEGE ATHLETICS AS WELL, COACH COLLEGIATELY AND THEN COME BACK HOME, WHICH IS WHAT IS AWESOME.>>SHE WAS A POST OBVIOUSLY AT IOWA STATE. I WAS OBVIOUSLY A POST. BUT IN 1A I DON’T HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY TO BE A POST AS MUCH BECAUSE THEY NEED ME AS A GUARD, AND IT REALLY HELPED ME BE MORE VERSATILE AS A BASKETBALL PLAYER.>>DURING HER TIME AS A BRAVETTE, COACH BURGESS LEFT HER MARK BY PUSHING SCHOOL RECORDS SO OUT OF REACH THAT THEY ARE STILL STANDING DECADES LATER. WITH SHATEAH’S FINAL SEASON ROUNDING OUT, HER PLAY IS BECOMING EQUALLY AS MEMORABLE. BUT SEEING AS BASKETBALL IS A TEAM SPORT, HER SUPPORTING CAST IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT.>>WE HAVE ELISE BOULTON WHO IS A TREMENDOUS SHOOTER AND REALLY TOOK OVER THE POINT GUARD ROLE FOR US. MADDIE McKEAG AND SHELBY CONGER HAVE COME IN AND JUST PLAYED AND HAD A TREMENDOUS SENIOR YEAR. AND WE’VE JUST GOT A GOOD CORE OF KIDS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. AND SHATEAH IS A GREAT PLAYER. THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. SHE IS 5’11” AND SHE IS A LEFTY. MY POSITION KIND OF VARIES. I PLAY THE ONE THROUGH FIVE. WHATEVER SHE NEEDS ME TO DO I WILL DO FOR HER, OBVIOUSLY, ON THE TEAM.>>A SENIOR, NUMBER 13, SHATEAH WETERING!>>SHE LEADS US IN POINTS. SHE LEADS US IN THREE-POINT SUCCESSES. SHE LEADS US IN REBOUNDS. SHE LEADS US IN ASSISTS. SHE LEADS US IN STEALS. BUT ULTIMATELY, SHE LEADS US WITH HER SELFLESSNESS AND HER ABILITY TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE PLAYS TO THE FULLEST POTENTIAL BECAUSE SHE SETS THEM UP EXTREMELY WELL.>>WHILE NOT ALL PLAYERS ARE DESTINED FOR COLLEGIATE PLAY, THE GAME PROVIDES A SIMILAR RUSH FOR PRACTICALLY ALL WHO PUT ON THE JERSEY.>>I PLAY BASKETBALL BECAUSE I LOVE THE ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT AND JUST BEING ABLE TO COMPETE EVERY DAY IS SO MUCH FUN.>>MY TEAMMATES JUST MAKE IT FEEL LIKE THAT’S THE ONLY THING HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. IT’S JUST BASKETBALL.>>I PLAY BASKETBALL BECAUSE I LOVE MY TEAMMATES, AND WE PLAY FOR EACH OR, AND IT’S JUST A BLAST. HAVE FUN, COMPETE, AND I LIKE TO WIN, TOO. SO THAT’S ALWAYS A PLUS.>>MONTEZUMA IS A REALLY SMALL TOWN. THE SUPPORT WE HAVE IS A BIG REASON WE’RE SO SUCCESSFUL. IT FEELS REALLY SPECIAL TO PLAY ON THIS TEAM BECAUSE THE OLDER LADIES THAT COME TO OUR GAMES AND WATCH US, THEY PLAYED. THEY HAD THESE UNIFORMS ON. I HOPE WE’RE MAKING THEM PROUD, AND I JUST WANT TO FOLLOW ALONG IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS.>>THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT WE’RE OBVIOUSLY A BASKETBALL SCHOOL. HAVING ALL THOSE CHAMPIONSHIPS AND ALL THOSE THINGS TO LOOK AT REALLY JUST HELPS SET THE STAGE FOR US AND GIVES US THAT MENTALITY THAT IF WE WORK HARD ENOUGH WE CAN GET THERE. BRAVETTES ON THREE!>>ONE, TWO, THREE, BRAVETTES!>>KNOWING HER PLAY WILL LEAVE A LASTING MARK ON MONTEZUMA, SHATEAH MAKES SURE TO BALANCE ENJOYING THE MOMENT WHILE CONSIDERING HER LOCAL LEGACY. HONESTLY, I THINK IT’S THE FRIENDSHIPS YOU MAKE AND LEAVING AN IMPACT ON OTHER PEOPLE TO BASICALLY STRIFE TO BE KIND OF LIKE YOU.>>AND THOSE PEOPLE ARE LIKELY ALREADY IN THE STANDS, AS SHATEAH DISCOVERED HER PASSION FOR BASKETBALL YOUNG, WELL BEFORE ANYONE KNEW WHAT SHE WOULD ACCOMPLISH.>>LAST YEAR WE’VE KIND OF BEEN GOING THROUGH SOME THINGS AND GETTING THINGS TOGETHER FOR GRADUATION, AND WE FOUND SOME REALLY NEAT THINGS THAT SHE WROTE. IT REALLY MADE ME THINK ABOUT HOW LONG SHE HAS ACTUALLY HAD A DESIRE FOR THE SPORT.>>I AM A BASKETBALL PLAYER. I WONDER IF I’M GOING TO WIN ALL THE GAMES. I PRETEND I MAKE LOTS AND LOTS OF BASKETS. I FEEL SO RICH WHEN I PLAY. I CAN TOUCH THE BASKET WITH MY HAND. I WORRY IF SOMEONE GETS HURT. I CRY WHEN I’M DONE WITH BASKETBALL. I CRY WHEN WE WIN. I UNDERSTAND IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO WINS OR LOSES. I SAY I CAN WIN. SO I WIN. I DREAM I’M DRIBBLING DOWN THE COURT AND SHOOT. I TRY TO DO MY BEST IN BASKETBALL. I HOPE I CAN WIN THE LAST BASKETBALL GAME ON SATURDAY.>>A REMINDER THAT COVERAGE OF THE IOWA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND HALFTIME FEATURES LIKE THE ONE WE JUST SAW WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF IOWA PBS FANS LIKE YOU. TAKE A MOMENT NOW TO SUPPORT THIS STATE-WIDE NETWORK AND BECOME PART OF OUR TEAM BY MAKING A PLEDGE AT IOWA PBS.ORG. WE’RE JOINED BY JEAN BERGER. HELLO.>>GOOD EVENING.>>HOW ARE YOU?>>I’M WONDERFUL.>>I WOULD LIKE TO SAY, AGAIN, PRETTY DARN GOOD TOURNAMENT, I THINK, RIGHT?>>OH, IT’S A GREAT TOURNAMENT. GREAT CROWDS, GREAT WEATHER, GREAT BASKETBALL.>>ALL RIGHT, SO I WANT TO ASK YOU A COUPLE THINGS. WE’RE SEEING A FRESHMAN PLAY RIGHT NOW, OUTSTANDING.>>YES, MM-HM.>>WE’VE SEEN SENIORS PLAY REALLY WELL. WHICH ONE’S MORE EXCITING FOR YOU TO WATCH?>>OH, FRESHMEN.>>WHY?>>BECAUSE IT IS WHAT IS TO COME. AND WHAT I HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO.>>AND THAT GETS PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT, DID YOU SEE THE FRESHMAN DO THIS? YOU KNOW HOW MANY TEXTS I’VE GOTTEN ALONE IN THIS FIRST HALF ALONE OF ASKING HOW TALL AUDI CROOKS IS>>DID YOU KNOW SHE SET A RECORD TONIGHT?>>YOU’RE FULL OF STATS, I APPRECIATE THAT. EARLIER TONIGHT WE CROWNED TWO CHAMPIONS. YOU’VE ADDED THE PINK SHIRTS. THE NEW THING WAS, YOU NEEDED TO USE SOME OF THIS STUFF FROM THE BUILDING. YOU PUT OUT NETS. YOU AT ANY TIME, YOU DIDN’T THINK THE NETS WERE GOOD ENOUGH.>>YOU GO TO THE WINNER’S CIRCLE AND GET RED ROSES, AND I MISSED THAT THEY DIDN’T GET TO CUT DOWN NETS. I FELT BAD ABOUT GETTING THEM OFF THE COURT TO NOT CELEBRATE. SO I SAID TO MY GOOD FRIENDS HERE AT THE ARENA, DO YOU THINK WE COULD CUT DOWN THE NET?>>WELL, THAT’S A LOOK AT NORTH SCOTT, DEFENDING CHAMPS, BACK TO BACK. THEY ARE HERE. THEY KNOW WHO TO GO. AND WHO JEAN IS REFERRING TO IS CHRIS CONNELLY. NOW THE TWO OF YOU HAVE BEEN PARTNERED TOGETHER FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. WE’VE BEEN PARTNERED TOGETHER WITH YOU NOW. THIS IS I THINK YEAR SEVEN OF THIS. SO CHRIS, JEAN CALLS AND SAYS, WHAT DO YOU THINK, SHOULD WE KEEP SEEING EACH OTHER FOR A LITTLE WHILE? HOW DID THAT ALL START?>>WE COULDN’T BE HAPPIER, TO DO A TEN-YEAR DEAL WITH THE GIRLS UNION, WE COULDN’T BE HAPPIER. IF YOU TALK TO JEAN, JEAN STARTED OUT WITH SIX, AND I’M THE ONE WHO PROPOSED TEN. HONESTLY, WE COULDN’T BE HAPPIER.>>LAST NIGHT YOUR CREW HAD TO WORK A LITTLE EXTRA, BECAUSE IT WAS SO FULL FOR THE START OF THAT 5A GAME. THEY HAD TO LIFT UP THE CURTAIN BEHIND US BECAUSE HE HAD TO GO TO THE THIRD LEVEL.>>THAT’S TWO YEARS IN A ROW. WE THOUGHT WE HAD TWO GREAT MATCHUPS LAST NIGHT. I’D SAY MOST OF THE 200 LEVEL WAS FULL. WHAT A GREAT ATMOSPHERE ON A FRIDAY NIGHT. TWO INCREDIBLE GAMES. CAN’T SAY HOW EXCITED WE ARE TO HAVE A TEN-YEAR DEAL WITH THE GIRLS UNION.>>WE’VE CUT THE NETS, A PARTNERSHIP EXTENDED FROM A BROADCAST AND EVENT STATUS. SO WHAT’S NEXT, JEAN?>>WHO KNOWS? LATER TONIGHT WE’LL GET THE GROUP TOGETHER. YOU KNOW, I THINK IT’S JUST OUR CONCENTRATION ON THE IN-VENUE EXPERIENCE. I’D LIKE TO GET BACK TO PEOPLE COMING TO THE GIRL’S STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT TO ENJOY THE TOURNAMENT AND NOT JUST WHO’S PLAYING. SO WE’LL FIGURE OUT SOMETHING WITH OUR VENUE PARTNER. WE’VE GOT TEN YEARS.>>I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU COME UP WITH, JEAN, CHRIS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR A GREAT WEEK. PART OF THE EXPERIENCE HERE IS SEEING THESE GREAT BASKETBALL TEAMS. ONE OF THE THINGS IS GETTING TO TALK TO GREAT BASKETBALL COACHES. RIGHT NOW, DICK JUNGER JOINS US. HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR A 6’3″ CENTER?>>YOU TRY TO FIND A 6’3″ CENTER OF YOUR OWN.>>THAT’S A GOOD WAY TO GO.>>SHE’S VERY GOOD. WE TRY TO MAKE THOSE PASSING LANES TIGHTER, WHICH WE ARE FORCING SOME TURNOVERS, I FEEL LIKE ON OFFENSE, WE’RE JUST A LITTLE BIT TIGHT ON OFFENSE, TRYING TO SCORE EIGHT POINTS ON A SHOT, AND WE JUST GOT TO CALM DOWN AND DO THINGS WE NEED TO DO. I FEEL LIKE WE’VE HAD SOME GOOD LOOKS. SOME OF THEM DIDN’T FALL DOWN. HOPEFULLY WE MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENTS THE SECOND HALF TO GET A FEW OF THOSE SHOTS FALL DOWN FOR US.>>YOU’RE AN OLD SOFTBALL COACH. IT’S ONE PITCH AT A TIME, RIGHT?>>RIGHT.>>YOU SAID WE HAVE THEM EXACTLY WHERE WE WANT THEM, WHAT DID YOU MEAN?>>WE HAVE A NICE PACE GOING. WE FINISH A COUPLE MORE OPPORTUNITIES, MAYBE WE CAN CREATE SOME MORE OFF THAT. THEY WERE ABLE TO GET SOME TRANSITION POINTS AND A LITTLE BIT OF FOUL TROUBLE. AGAIN, THAT’S PART OF THE NATURE OF THE BEAST DOWN HERE. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO GET ADVANTAGES BACK ON OUR SIDE.>>THANK YOU, COACH. APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.>>THANK YOU.>>THAT’S HEAD COACH OF JUNGERS OF THE MUSTANGS. BJ, I HOPE YOU’VE GOT YOUR BREATH IN.>>WE SURE DO. WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE FIRST HALF STATISTICS, 62% FROM THE FIELD, NEWELL-FONDA, RIGHT AT 33. POINTS IN THE PAINT, THOUGH, THIS IS WHERE BISHOP GARRIGAN HAS BEEN SO STRONG ALL YEAR.>>THAT’S SOMETHING THEY’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO. NEWELL-FONDA HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO SLOW THAT PART OF THE GAME DOWN. AND I THINK BISHOP GARRIGAN IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO GO INSIDE. I THINK YOU’RE GOING TO SEE SOME ADJUSTMENTS DEFENSIVELY FROM NEWELL-FONDA.>>HOW ABOUT AUDI CROOKS IN THAT FIRST HALF, BECOMING THE ALL-TIME LEADER BY A FRESHMAN IN THE STATE OF IOWA IN FIVE-PLAYER HISTORY WITH THE MOST POINTS IN HER FRESHMAN SENIOR, SURPASSING ELLIE RUTRIDGE, THE FORMER STAND OUT AT POCAHONTAS NOW AT MISSOURI STATE. THE TABLE IS SET, A THREE-POINT LEAD FOR GARRIGAN OVER NEWELL-FONDA. OUT ON THE FLOOR, THE GOLDEN BEARS HAVE THE BALL TO BEGIN THE SECOND HALF, NOONAN, MEISTER, JOYCE, MYERS AND CROOKS. NEWELL-FONDA WILL SCRAP FOR THE REBOUND. THEY’VE GOT BAILEY AND MACY SIEVERS OUT ON THE FLOOR ALONG WITH MAGGIE WALKER, MEGAN MORENZ AND ELLA LARSEN. MADISON MEISTER PICKS UP THE FOUL FOR BISHOP GARRISON, THAT’S HER FIRST. COUPLE PLAYERS IN FOUL TROUBLE FOR GARRIGAN. CROOKS WITH TWO, JOYCE FOR TWO. EVERYBODY ELSE HANGIN’ AROUND THE ONE MARK. AND A STEAL HERE BY MEISTER, AND THIS ONE’S GOING TO BE KICKED OUT OF BOUNDS. IT WILL BELONG TO GARRIGAN.>>NEWELL-FONDA CONTINUES TO DRIVE BASELINE. AND THEN THEY GET PUSHED UNDERNEATH THE BASKET, TRYING TO THROW IT OUT. AGAIN, THAT’S WHERE CROOKS MAKES A DIFFERENCE DEFENSIVELY. SHE IS A STOPPER IN THE MIDDLE. IF YOU TAKE IT IN TOO FAR YOU’RE GOING TO POSSIBLY TURN IT OVER. THAT’S WHAT NEWELL-FONDA HAS DONE WHEN THEY’VE DRIVEN THE BASELINE.>>THEY’LL DUMP IT IN TO CROOKS AND A THREE-SECOND VIOLATION CALLED ON CROOKS. AS INTO THE FRONTCOURT GOES NEWELL-FONDA. THE KICK OUT, THE THREE BALL BY WALKER IS OFF THE MARK. AND IT’S GOING TO BE OUT OF BOUNDS. NEWELL-FONDA THOUGHT THAT ONE MIGHT HAVE BEEN PARTIALLY DEFLECTED. DICK JUNGERS ASKING THE SAME THING.>>IVE WOULD AGREE WITH COACH JUNGERS. WE’VE NOT SEEN THAT OFFENSIVE FLOW WITH THEM SINCE THE STATE TOURNAMENT. THEY NEED TO GET BACK TO WHERE THEY’RE RELAXED. AND THERE’S SOMEBODY WHO MAYBE WASN’T AS RELAXED IN THE FIRST HALF AND SHE LOOKED LIKE ON THAT SHOT.>>THE ANSWER BY LARSEN NOT THERE, AND THE REBOUND BY MORENZ. SIX-POINT LEAD FOR FWAR BEGAN. THEY HAD A SEVEN-POINT LEAD LATE IN THE FIRST HALF. JOYCE TO WORK. THE DUMP DOWN TO CROOKS. THAT’S MONEY.>>WELL, OBVIOUSLY, THEY HAVE WORKED ON THAT A LOT, BECAUSE IT’S THE DRIBBLE DRIVE, AND THEN THE FLOATER PASS WHERE CROOKS IS JUST WAITING FOR IT.>>AND THE JUMPER BY MACY SIEVERS.>>SIEVERS DOING A GOOD JOB OF PULLING UP BEFORE SHE TOOK IT IN TOO FAR, WAS ABLE TO STAY AWAY FROM CROOKS AND THE EXTENSION OF THE ARMS. ABLE TO GET THE SHOT UP OVER THE TOP.>>NEWELL-FONDA, A TEAM ALL SEASON THAT HAS BEEN DOWN RARELY IF AT ALL. AND CROOKS GETS THE PASS AND PUTS IT UP AND IN.>>YOU HAVE PASSING LIKE THAT, YOU’RE GOING TO GET THE DEFENSE OUT OF POSITION. THAT LEFT CROOKS WIDE OPEN.>>27 IN THE GAME FOR CROOKS. THE THREE NOT THERE BY LARSEN, CROOKS WITH THE REBOUND. AND MEYERS INTO THE FRONT COURT. CROOKS WITH THE PUT BACK.>>MEYERS TOOK IT ALL THE WAY IN, SAW THE OPENING, CAME UP A LITTLE SHORT, BUT, AGAIN, CROOKS RIGHT THERE. GRABBIN’ THE GARBAGE, PUTTING IT BACK IN.>>THIS ONE TIED UP. IT’S GOING TO STAY WITH NEWELL-FONDA. AND A TIMEOUT GOING TO BE TAKEN BY THE MUSTANGS. DICK JUNGERS WANTS TO TALK THINGS OVER. HE’LL HAVE THREE TIMEOUTS REMAINING, BUT THIS HAS BEEN THE AUDI CROOKS SHOW. SHE HAS 29 IN THE GAME. AND THE FRESHMAN IS GOING ON.>>AND YOU CAN SEE HER POSITION HERSELF. AND SHE JUST GETS ENOUGH POSITION. THERE SHE IS, WIDE OPEN, NOBODY AROUND HER. AND THAT WAS BECAUSE THE PASSING WAS SO GOOD AROUND THE PERIMETER. AND THERE, ON THE OFFENSIVE GLASS, JUST IN GREAT POSITION, KEEPING THAT BALL, THAT’S THE ONE GOOD THING, WELL, SHE DOES MORE THAN ONE GOOD THING, SHE GOSS A LOT OF GOOD THINGS, BUT SHE KEEPS THE BALL ABOVE HER HEAD. A LOT OF TIMES YOU SEE THEM BRING THE BALL AROUND THEIR HIP, SHE KEEPS THAT BALL UP THERE AND TAKES IT RIGHT BACK TO THE GLASS.>>THE GOLDEN BEARS FEELING GOOD RIGHT NOW. THEIR LARGEST LEAD OF THE GAME AT TEN. AND SPEAKING OF BEARS, THE TEDDY BEAR ON THE BENCH. THIS WAS BOUGHT BY THE TEAM BACK IN THEIR 2018 APPEARANCE HERE AT THE STATE TOURNAMENT. THEY GOT HIM AT THE MALL. THEY’RE GETTING HIM A DATE THIS YEAR. BUT HE’S BEEN KIND OF A GOOD LUCK CHARM. CAN YOU BELIEVE IN THEIROWING ROUND GAME THEY LEFT HIM BACK AT HOME AND THE CHEER LEADERS WENT BACK AND FORTH, HAD TO GO TO SOMEONE’S HOUSE AND PICK IT UP.>>THAT, THAT COULD HAVE BEEN A PROBLEM IF THE BEAR HADN’T MADE IT DOWN TO THE STATE TOURNAMENT. THEY WERE LUCKY TO GET BY THAT FIRST ROUND.>>CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT THE DATE LOOKS LIKE. THIS BALL KNOCKED OUT OF BOUNDS. IT’S GOING TO BELONG TO NEWELL-FONDA. MEISTER GETTING ACTIVE IN THE PASSING ZONE. MARY WALKER INTO THE SECOND HALF OF THE FIRST TIME, JOINED BY LANEY HOGREFE. AND LAGO ALSO BACK INTO THE GAME. LAGO>>LAGO HIT A BIG SHOT IN THE FIRST HALF. SHE’S IN THERE. SHE CAN SHOOT IT FROM DISTANCE. NOBODY IS ABLE TO GET AN OPEN LOOK OUT ON THE PERIMETER. THOSE DEFENDERS ARE DOING A GREAT JOB OF COVERING UP NEWELL-FONDA.>>I THINK COMING INTO THE GAME YOU COULD COUNT ON YOUR HANDS HOW MANY TIMES NEWELL-FONDA WENT ONE AND DONE ON A TRIP. AND THIS BALL GOING TO BE POKED AWAY BY LARSEN. ELLA WILL BRING IT AHEAD. NOW THE THREE. MEYERS RIPS DOWN THE REBOUND FOR BISHOP GARRIGAN. OUT AHEAD TO MEISTER. COUNT IT!>>GOT THE RUNNING GAME GOING, AND WHAT A LOOK BY MEYERS. TO LOOK UP THE FLOOR, FIND MEISTER. AND THEN, WHAT A FINISH. GETS THE CONTACT FROM WALKER. GETS THAT BALL TO CRAWL OVER THE RIM.>>12-POINT LEAD. MEISTER TO THE LINE, AND CANS THE FREE THROW.>>RIGHT NOW THEY HAVE NEWELL-FONDA BACK ON THEIR HEELS.>>MEISTER WITH FOUR IN THIS GAME. THE JUMP STOP AND MEYERS WITH THE STEAL.>>AND WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE THERE AND WHAT CHANGED THAT WHOLE SETUP AND PLAY IS CROOKS IN THE MIDDLE.>>HERE SHE GOES AGAIN, AND HER PUT BACK NOT THERE, BUT AUDI CROOKS WILL GO TO THE LINE.>>SHE SH GOING FROM ONE END TO THE OTHER, MADE A STOP DEFENSIVELY, GETS DOWN, GETS IN POSITION, AND HER TEAMMATES FIND HER.>>CROOKS, ONE OF FOUR FROM THE LINE. YOU LOOK AT THE 29 POINTS. AND FOR NEWELL-FONDA, A LOT OF BODIES COMING IN AND OUT, TRYING TO FIND THAT PERFECT COMBINATION. LARSEN BACK IN. CROOKS IS SECOND. NOW WITH AN EVEN 30, SHE HAD A SEASON HIGH THIS YEAR OF 40 AGAINST HUMBOLDT. AND A TURNOVER. JOYCE. THEY DON’T LOOK LIKE FRESHMEN FOR SURE.>>THEY SURE DON’T. THEY’RE NOT PLAYING LIKE FRESHMEN, AND RIGHT NOW, NEWELL-FONDA GETTING A LITTLE BIT OF THEIR OWN MEDICINE. THIS IS WHAT THEY NORMALLY DO TO OPPONENTS. GET IN THE PASSING LANE, HARASS YOU DEFENSIVELY, GET THE STEALS, GET THE LAYUPS, AND THAT’S WHAT BISHOP GARRIGAN IS DOING RIGHT NOW.>>AVERAGE WIN MARGIN, WE TALKED ABOUT IT, NOW A CHARGE CALLED AGAINST MEYERS. SHE’LL PICK UP HER SECOND, OF 43 POINTS A GAME. HER CLOSEST GAME WAS THEIR OPENING GAME OF THE SEASON AGAINST WESTERN CHRISTIAN. AND THINGS ARE UNRAVELING HERE.>>WELL, AND SIEVERS JUST TOOK HER EYE OFF THE BALL. IT WENT OFF HER KNEE, WENT THROUGH HER HANDS, BUT HEY, THEY GET A STEAL AND A BUCKET.>>SIEVERS! AND THAT’S A FOUL ON JOYCE. THAT’S GOING TO BE HER THIRD.>>SO THEY HAVE THE MISTAKE EARLY ON. BUT THEN THEY GET THE STEAL. AND THEY’RE ABLE TO CASH IN ON THAT STEAL.>>CROOKS WITH ANOTHER REBOUND. 15 ON THE NIGHT. AND MEISTER CASHES IN ON THIS END WITH THE LAYUP.>>THEY’RE JUST BEATING THEM DOWN THE FLOOR RIGHT NOW AND DOING IT BY PASSING.>>CROOKS DISRUPTS. AND NOONAN CLEANS UP. AND MEISTER>>SHE WENT HARD OUT-OF-BOUNDS, AND HER HEAD CAME IN CONTACT WITH THE KNEE OF CAMERAMAN DOWN THERE.>>NOT OUR GUY MARLIN. BUT, MAN, SHE GOT KNOCKED AND KNOCKED HARD DID MEISTER. GONNA GET UP. AND I’M SURE THEY’RE GOING TO DO SOME TESTS.>>YEAH, THAT, SHE CAME IN CONTACT PRETTY HARD WITH HIS KNEE DOWN THERE ON THE OUT-OF-BOUNDS LINE. MIGHT HAVE, MIGHT HAVE HAD HER BELL RUNG JUST A LITTLE BIT. SO I’M SURE THEY’RE GOING TO CHECK HER OUT, MAKE SURE SHE’S OKAY, ABLE TO COME BACK IN TO A BALL GAME.>>SO COMING IN FOR HER IS GOING TO BE EMMA FOGARTY. LARSEN WILL WORK IT. SHE’LL TAKE THE THREE. JOYCE IS GONNA PULL UP HERE. AND A TURNOVER.>>THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A SITUATION WHERE SHE DIDN’T HAVE THE INITIAL BREAK, GO AHEAD AND PULL IT OUT AND THEN WAIT FOR EVERYBODY TO GET SET UP.>>AND THIS IS GOING TO BE OFF OF FOGARTY, NEWELL-FONDA WILL GET IT BACK HERE. 1:42, LAURA. HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS NEXT 1:42 FOR HONDA?>>I THINK IT’S HUGE FOR NEWELL-FONDA. THEY NEED TO COME UP WITH A COUPLE OF BASKETS, GET BACK TO DOING WHAT THEY DO AND WHAT HAS BROUGHT THEM TO THIS POINT AND WON THEM 54 STRAIGHT. THEY’VE GOT TO GET BACK TO THAT PRESSURE DEFENSE, GETTING THE STEALS AND CONVERTING THOSE STEALS. THEY JUST HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT IN THIS BALL GAME.>>AND A FOUL HERE AS GOING TO THE LINE WILL BE BAILEY SIEVERS.>>I THINK THERE’S SOME DISCUSSION ON WHO THAT FOUL MIGHT BE AGAINST.>>IT’S ON CROOKS. THAT’S GOING TO BE HER THIRD. SO THE TWO FRESHMEN FOR BISHOP GARRIGAN, CROOKS AND JOYCE, EACH NOW WITH THREE WITH 1:27 HERE TO PLAY IN THE THIRD. AND A FREE THROW BY BAILEY SIEVERS. THAT’S SEVEN POINTS IN THE SEMI-FINALS. JUST THREE HERE TONIGHT. AND KNOCKS THEM BOTH DOWN.>>DOIN’ A GOOD JOB OF KEEP BEING THE BALL IN THE MIDDLE AGAINST THIS PRESSURE.>>CROOKS, WHAT A GREAT FEED FROM JOYCE.>>JOYCE IS JUST TAKING HER TIME, WEAVING HER WAY THROUGH THE DEFENSE AND KEEPING IT IN THE MIDDLE, NOT ALLOWING HERSELF TO BE PUSHED TO ONE OF THE SIDELINES OR THE OTHER.>>LARSEN GETS HER OWN REBOUND. TRIES TO PASS OUT OF IT. AND SIEVERS’ THREE IS THERE, THAT’S A BIG SHOT FOR SIEVERS. 13-POINT GAME. THE THREE ON THIS END, NOONAN! AND A REBOUND TO MACY SIEVERS. SHE’LL ATTACK. MORENZ. AND SHE’LL SHOOT TWO AT THE LINE.>>ABLE TO GET THE RUNNING GAME GOING, NOBODY CAME UP AND STOPPED THE BALL FOR BISHOP GARRIGAN. THAT ALLOWED THEM TO GET THE BREAK GOING, AND THAT PUTS MORENZ ON THE LINE. YOU CAN TELL THAT THESE PLAYERS ARE TIRED. THE LEGS AREN’T THERE. THEY’VE BEEN WORKING HARD ON BOTH ENDS, AND BOTH THESE TEAMS HAVE BEEN WORKING HARD ON BOTH ENDS.>>CROOKS WILL CHECK OUT, AS WILL MEYERS FOR BISHOP GARRIGAN. AND MOLLY JOYCE, NOW WITH FOUR PERSONAL FOULS. SHE’S GOING TO REMAIN IN THE GAME. WITH THE BALL RIGHT NOW, UP 12, CLOSING SECONDS. AND A WHISTLE HERE. IT’S GOING TO BE AGAINST NEWELL-FONDA, AND JOYCE WILL GO TO THE LINE TO SHOOT TWO.>>JOYCE SHOWS YOU WHAT KIND OF BALL HANDLING SKILLS SHE HAS, OF ABLE TO TAKE IT IN. A LITTLE BIT OF A RISKY MOVE AS SHE HAS FOUR FOULS, GOES UP AND GETS CONTACT, BUT YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU GET IN THERE INTO THE PAINT, COULD THERE BE A CHARGE CALLED, AND SHE COULD HAVE BEEN OUT OF THIS BALL GAME.>>BOTH FREE THROWS, NOW WITH 12. AND COMING INTO THE GAME IS GRACE ELSBECKER FOR MOLLY JOYCE. ALSO COMING BACK IN IS AMANDA MILLER. MADISON MEISTER ALSO BACK INTO THE GAME, CHECKED OUT JUST A FEW MOMENTS AGO AS SHE TOOK THAT SHOT TO THE HEAD. CHECKED OUT AND CLEARED TO PLAY. 14-POINT LEAD FOR GARRIGAN. MUSTANGS, CLOSING SECONDS OF THE QUARTER. LAGO. AND IT’S GOING TO BE TOUCHED UP OUT-OF-BOUNDS BY SIEVERS WITH .7 OF A SECOND HERE IN THE QUARTER. AND HERE’S A STEAL. THAT’S GOING TO BE THE END OF THE QUARTER. SO, WOULD YOU BELIEVE BISHOP GARRIGAN, THE THREE-SEED, BESTING THE TOP SEED NEWELL-FONDA, BY 14, WITH EIGHT MINUTES TO PLAY, BUT IT’S BEEN THE AUDI CROOKS SHOW. AND NEWELL-FONDA TRYING TO HANG AROUND HERE, LAURA.>>WELL, THEY ARE. AND THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO DID THIS WAY, BY GETTING SHOTS BEYOND THE ARC IF THEY CAN, AND THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO ET THAT DEFENSE GOING FOR THEM AGAIN.>>LET’S HEAR WHAT BRANDON SCHWAB IS TELLING HIS TEAM.>>I WANT TO YOU TAKE IT OUT. YOU GOT THE SPLIT. YOU’RE WHERE MOLLY’S POSITION IS. RELAX, OKAY? HEY, RELAX, LISTEN. YOU KEEP ATTACKING THEM, BUT ATTACK UNDER CONTROL. SHE’S STILL ONE ON ONE ON THIS BACKSIDE. WE’VE GOT TO MAKE EYE CONTACT ON THE REVERSALS. YOU GOT TO MAKE EYE CONTACT IN TRANSITION. YEAH, WE CAN RUN A HALF-COURT OFFENSE. OKAY? YOU KNOW HOW TO RUN KANSAS FROM THE ONE. GET A TOUCH THERE. EIGHT MINUTES, BUT TAKE IT A MINUTE AT A TIME. IT’S GOING TO TAKE, YOU NEED TO GET OUT ON THE THREE AND MAKE THEM GO ONE AND DONE, OKAY? HANDLE THE BALL.>>ALL RIGHT, LAURA, BREAK THAT DOWN.>>THE THING THAT I LIKED ABOUT IT WAS TAKE IT ONE MINUTE AT A TIME. EIGHT MINUTES CAN SEEM LIKE A LONG TIME HERE IN THIS FOURTH QUARTER AND YOU’RE LEADING AND YOU HAVE THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN YOUR GRASP. SO TAKE IT ONE MINUTE AT A TIME. THEY’RE GOING TO RUN THEIR HALF-COURT OFFENSE TO RUN A LITTLE TIME OFF THE CLOCK.>>WHAT A WEEK IT’S BEEN HERE AT THE STATE TOURNAMENT, INCLUDING THIS 1A TOURNAMENT 31 OF 44 FROM THE FIELD. NEWELL-FONDA HAVE TAKEN 24.>>THAT’S PART OF THEIR GAME PLAN. THEY’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SHOOT THE THREE POINTERS. THEY’RE NOT GO TOK GO AWAY FROM THAT. THAT WILL GET THEM BACK INTO A BALL GAME A LOT QUICKER IF THEY CAN START CONNECTING ON THE THREE-POINT SHOTS. THEY NEED TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO SLOW DOWN THAT INTERIOR PASS TO CROOKS AND TRY TO KEEP HER AWAY FROM THE RIM.>>MEYERS FOR THREE, AND A FOUL GOING TO BE CALLED ON MEISTER. WELL, IT IS DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME EVE, AND WE’LL REMIND EVERYBODY TO TURN YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD COMING TOMORROW. BISHOP GARRIGAN REALLY WANTS TO CRANK UP THAT CLOCK. HOW CAN THEY EAT UP A LOT OF THAT CLOCK?>>THEY HAVE TO BE A LITTLE MORE PATIENT WITH OFFENSIVE SETS THAN THEY WERE ON THAT LAST POSSESSION. AND HAVE TO KEEP THAT CLOCK RUNNING, PLAY GOOD DEFENSE, MAKE NEWELL-FONDA WORK ON THE OFFENSIVE END, AND BOY, I’M TELLING YOU WHAT, THEY JUST MISSED BAILEY SIEVERS UNNOOETS. SHE WAS WIDE OPEN, BUT THEY HAD THEIR BACK TURNED. SEE, THEY’RE MAKING NEWELL-FONDA USE A LOT OF CLOCK HERE BY THE WAY THEY’RE PLAYING DEFENSE. SO THAT’S HELPING THEM OUT.>>AND THE THREE OFF THE MARK FOR MARY WALKER. LOT OF PRESSURE AND THE TURNOVER. SIEVERS WITH THE LEFT HAND.>>AND THE ONE THING THAT BISHOP FWAR BEGAN CAN’T DO IS START TO PANIC WHEN THE PRESSURE COMES. YOU’VE GOT TO BE ABLE TO WANT THE BALL IN YOUR HANDS. AND MAKE SURE YOU GET THE BALL INTO THE FRONT COURT. SO THERE’S THE STEAL, THAT MAKES YOU HURRY UP WITH THE PRESSURE IN THE BACK COURT, YOU GET THE STEAL, YOU GET THE EASY BUCKET.>>THAT’S JUST THE FOURTH TEAM FOUL CALLED ON NEWELL-FONDA. THE MUSTANGS ARE IN THE BONUS THE REST OF THE WAY. EACH TEAM WITH THREE TIME OUTS REMAINING, POSSESSION ARROW IN FAVOR OF NEWELL-FONDA. GREAT HANDS BY MACY SIEVERS, DISRUPTING THAT PLAY. AND NOW, WITH FOUR FOULS COMING BACK INTO THE GAME IS GOING TO BE MOLLY JOYCE.>>WELL, YOU DO WANT THAT BALL-HANDLING ABILITY IN THERE. YOU WANT HER IN THERE TO TAKE CARE OF THIS PRESSURE. SHE HAS DONE A GOOD JOB ALL GAME LONG EXCEPT FOR THERE, A CROSS-COURT PASS. THAT IS JUST ONE THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO DO. AND YOU KNOW THAT THIS DEFENSE IS GOING TO BE READY TO POUNCE. AND THIS IS WHERE THEY’RE GOING TO MAKE THEIR COME BACK.>>AND A FOUL, AND THAT’S IT FOR JOYCE! LAURA, I DON’T KNOW ABOUT HAVING HER OUT THERE, BUT MOLLY JOYCE IS GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT THIS ONE OUT. THAT’S HER FIFTH PERSONAL FOUL.>>YOU SAW THE ILL-ADVISED HALF-COURT OR CROSS COURT PASS THAT LED TO THE STEAL AND THE BUCKET. AND THEN THEY GET ANOTHER STEAL. SO NOW, ALL OF A SUDDEN, THIS DEFENSE IS STARTING TO HEAT UP. AND THE PRESSURE IS STARTING TO GET TO BISHOP GARRIGAN.>>SO JOYCE IS GOING TO CHECK OUT, SCORING 12 POINTS, FIVE ASSISTS. AND THE FREE THROW IS GOOD BY MACY SIEVERS. IT’S NOW A NINE-POINT LEAD, WITH 6:33 TO PLAY. THIS ONE’S GOT SOME DRAMA BUILDING.>>YOU KNOW, AND THAT’S A LEARNING MOMENT, I THINK. FOR MOLLY JOYCE. UNDERSTANDING THE SITUATION OF THE GAME THAT THEY NEED YOU IN THERE AS A BALL HANDLER. AND YOU’VE GOT TO BE SMART WHEN YOU HAVE THREE FOULS, WHEN YOU HAVE FOUR FOULS.>>OFFICIALS TALKING OVER WITH ONE ANOTHER. THERE WAS A FOUL CALLED, BUT WAS THE TIMEOUT CALLED BEFORE THE FOUL? LET’S GO TO THE NEWELL-FONDA HUDDLE.>>THEY’RE GOING TO START THROWING THEM UP OVER THE TOP. WE WANT TO KEEP ATTACKING, OKAY? WE WANT TO KEEP ATTACKING THAT. NOW OFFENSIVELY, GET THAT BALL TO HIGH POST, OKAY? START SENDING THE CUTTERS THROUGH. OKAY? AND OTHERWISE, INSIDE-OUT, LOOKING FOR OPEN JUMP SHOTS, OKAY? LET’S GO GET THIS, OKAY?>>WELL, DEFENSIVELY THEY’RE GOING TO TRY TO DENY THE POST, WHICH IS VERY HARD TO DO, AND THEY HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO DO IT, BUT THEY WANT TO MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENTS. THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE SOMEBODY IN FRONT AND IN BACK AND MAKE THEM REALLY WORK TO GET THE GOOD ANGLE, TO GET THE BALL INTO THE POST.>>AT ONE POINT, GARRIGAN HAD A 16-POINT LEAD, A FEW MOMENTS AGO. NOW DOWN TO NINE. THEY GO TO CROOKS. MISSES THE FIRST. REBOUND TIPPED OUT AND THE GOLDEN BEARS GOT IT. LOOSE. AND MEYERS IS GOING TO BE FOULED HERE. BY MAGGIE WALKER. THE INTENSITY STARTING TO PICK UP FOR BOTH SIDES. ESPECIALLY FOR NEWELL-FONDA BEING RATTLED, BEING DOWN AS MANY AS 16.>>THEY HAVE GONE BACK TO WHAT HAS SERVED THEM SO WELL THIS SEASON, THAT IS PRESSURE DEFENSE, GETTING IN PASSING LANES, CAUSING PROBLEMS, EVEN GETTING THE BALL IN RIGHT THERE.>>MAGGIE WALKER OF NEWELL-FONDA JUST PICKED UP HER FOURTH. CROOKS! PUTS IT UP AND IN.>>I’M NOT EVEN SURE HOW SHE CAUGHT THAT PASS. THERE WERE THREE WHITE JERSEYS AROUND HER. SHE WENT UP AND WAS ABLE TO PULL THAT IN AND MAKE THE MOVE TO THE GLASS.>>MEYERS WITH THE REBOUND FOR GARRIGAN, AND NOW A FOUL CALLED ON LARSEN, AND THAT WILL BE THE SIXTH TEAM FOUL ON NEWELL-FONDA. FOR LARSEN, THAT’S GOING TO BE HER THIRD.>>SO YOU STILL HAVE TO INBOUND IN THE BACK COURT, YOU WANT SOME HELP IN THE FRONT COURT.>>WOULD YOU START BOWING CROOKS WHEN SHE HAS THE BALL ON THE BLOCK LIKE THAT? THIS ONE’S GOING TO BE TIED UP. POSSESSION ARROW IN FAVOR OF NEWELL-FONDA.>>YOU KNOW WHAT, THAT’S A GOOD POINT. IT’S STILL A LOT OF TIME IN THIS BALL GAME, BUT YOU HAVE ENOUGH BODIES OVER THERE ON THE BENCH THAT YOU COULD POSSIBLY DO THAT.>>FOGARTY, FLEXING HER RIGHT KNEE QUITE A BIT. AS NEWELL-FONDA WILL PUT IT IN PLAY. MORENZ. LEFT IT SHORT, AND THE REBOUND OF FOGARTY TO CROOKS.>>COUPLE OF DANGEROUS PASSES. GOT AWAY WITH IT.>>STAR GUARD FOR BISHOP GARRIGAN OUT OF THE GAME, FOULED OUT. AND THIS IS A STEAL BY SIEVERS. AND SHE’LL BE FOULED. SO THE MUSTANGS WILL COME DOWN TO THE OTHER END. THE CLOCK STOPPED WITH 5:18 TO PLAY, A NINE-POINT DEFICIT, AND TO THE LINE WITH MACY SIEVERS.>>I THINK NOONAN’S GOING TO PICK UP THAT FOUL, JUST TRYING TO SLOW THEM DOWN. AS THEY GOT THE STEAL, AND THINGS HAVE NOT FLOWED AS SMOOTHLY ON OFFENSE SINCE JOYCE HAS BEEN OUT OF THE LINEUP AND ON THE BENCH WITH THOSE FIVE FOULS.>>SIEVERS NOW FOUR OF SIX FROM THE LINE. 70% FREE THROW SHOOTER ON THE YEAR, AND THERE’S JOYCE. TERRIFIC GAME, BUT FOULED OUT, HAVING TO NERVOUSLY WATCH THIS ONE END. WILL IT GO IN HER TEAM’S FAVOR?>>THIS IS THE DIFFERENCE RIGHT HERE. THEY DON’T HAVE HER IN THE LINEUP. SHE WAS DOING SUCH A MARVELOUS JOB OF GETTING THE BALL IN THE MIDDLE, DRIBBLING THROUGH THE PRESSURE DEFENSE AND GETTING THE BALL TO THE FRONT COURT. NOW YOU HAVE PLAYERS IN THE GAME THAT AREN’T AS SURE-HANDED WITH THE DRIBBLE AND BRINGING THE BALL THROUGH THAT PRESSURE. SO THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO IT BY PASSING TO GET THE BALL INTO THE FRONT COURT.>>5:08 REMAINING. IN BACK COURT WITH MEISTER. THEY FIND CROOKS. WHAT GREAT HANDS! CAN’T GET IT TO FALL, AND A FOUL GOING TO BE CALLED HERE ON AUDI CROOKS, AND THAT’S GOING TO BE HER FOURTH. OH, MY, 4:57 TO PLAY. GARRIGAN LEADS IT BY NINE.>>AND NEWELL-FONDA GETS TO COME RIGHT BACK DOWN TO THE FREE-THROW LINE AND TRY TO SCORE WITHOUT THE CLOCK RUNNING. AUDI CROOKS GOING TO GO TO THE BENCH. GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE TIME. THEY’VE GOT A LITTLE BIT OF A LEAD HERE. WE’LL SEE HOW LONG SHE STAYS ON THE BENCH. WE’LL SEE WHAT NEWELL-FONDA DOES IF THEY TURN UP THE HEAT A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN WHAT THEY HAVE ALREADY.>>SO AT THE LINE WITH LARSEN. THIS ONE’S GETTING VERY INTERESTING. 4:57 TO PLAY. IT’S A SEVEN–POINT GAME. FOR THE CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. 5A WENT TO JOHNSTON. THE 4A WENT TO NORTH SCOTT. AND NOW THE OFFICIALS WILL TALK IT OVER. ROLLIE WIEBERS, AND IT’S GOING TO STAY WITH BISHOP GARRIGAN.>>BUT YOU NOTICE NOW THAT JOYCE IS OUT OF THE BALL GAME. THEY ARE BEING ALLOWED — THAT WAS VERY CLOSE TO, OVER-AND-BACK. THEY’RE GETTING PUSHED TO THE SIDELINES WHERE JOYCE WAS BRINGING THE BALL INTO THE MIDDLE. SO THAT ALLOWS THEM TO GET THAT TRAP SET.>>AND MEYERS WILL GO TO THE FREE THROW, A 54% FREE THROW SHOOTER ON THE YEAR. AS CROOKS, GETTING SOME TIME TO REST. AND THE REBOUND TO MORENZ. NEWELL-FONDA, DOWN, TRYING TO WIN THEIR 54th STRAIGHT GAME. AND WIN BACK TO BACK STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS.>>THEY REALLY WANT TO MAKE SURE ON THIS POSSESSION THAT THEY GET SOMETHING GOOD, GET A GOOD LOOK, GET A HIGH-PERCENTAGE SHOT.>>AND A FOUL CALLED AGAINST GARRIGAN. AND THE FOUL GOING AGAINST AMANDA MILLER. THAT WILL BE HER FIRST. TO THE LINE WITH MACY SIEVERS. NEWELL-FONDA, A VERY GOOD FREE THROW SHOOTING TEAM, RIGHT AT 70% ON THE SEASON. LARSEN WILL COME BACK IN TO THE CONTEST. COACH JUNGERS, SEEING HIS TEAM TRYING TO COME FROM 16 DOWN HERE IN THE SECOND HALF, AND THEY’VE MADE IT A FIVE-POINT GAME WITH 4:20 TO PLAY. BISHOP GARRIGAN, TRYING TO DO IT WITHOUT THEIR STAR GUARD AND THEIR STAR CENTER ON THE BENCH. STAR GUARD JOYCE OUT, FOULED OUT. AND SITTING ON THE BENCH IS CROOKS WITH FOUR FOULS. THIS THREE GOES THROUGH! BY LARSEN! WOW!>>GOT THE FRIENDLY ROLL, JUST STOPS AS A TRAILER ON THE PLAY, RIGHT AT THE THREE-POINT LINE, THE TOP OF THE KEY. GOT THE FRIENDLY BOUNCE AND A BIG BUCKET.>>MEYERS CAN’T HIT THE SHOT AND THE REBOUND LOST OUT OF BOUNDS, IT WILL BELONG TO BISHOP GARRIGAN. AUDI CROOKS READY TO COME BACK INTO THE GAME WITH FOUR FOULS. HER TEAM WITH A TWO-POINT LEAD ON A 18-4 RUN BY NEWELL-FONDA. MAGGIE WALKER WILL COME BACK IN FOR THE MUSTANGS. SHE CHECKS IN FOR MACY SIEVERS. MARY WALKER WILL CHECK OUT. ALSO BACK INTO THE GAME IS GOING TO BE MIA WALKER, AS MEYERS HITS A BIG THREE FROM THE WING!>>THAT IS A HUGE BUCKET. AND SHE HAD MAGGIE WALKER RIGHT IN HER FACE. THEY FAKED THE HANDOFF, COUPLE OF DRIBBLES, PULLED IT OUT AND THEN TURNED AROUND AND NAILED IT. AND NOW THEY FORCE A TURNOVER.>>BACK TO BACK THREES HERE. NEWELL-FONDA WITH THE BIG THREE FROM LARSEN, ONLY TO SEE GARRIGAN ANSWER IT ON THE OTHER END.>>A LITTLE KICKBACK, TOE UP AT THE THREE-POINT LINE. LITTLE BOUNCE OFF THE FRONT OF THE RIM, NOTHING BUT NET.>>MEISTER WILL TRACK IT DOWN, NOW WILL ATTACK. LARSEN LOST IT OFF OF HER FINGER TIPS, GARRIGAN WILL HOLD ONTO IT, 3:06 REMAINING. IT’S A FIVE-POINT GAME. IF YOU’RE JUST JOINING US NOW, SHAME ON YOU. THIS HAS BEEN A CLASSIC IN THE 1A TITLE GAME. ON IOWA PBS STATEWIDE, ALL 99 COUNTIES GETTING A CHANCE TO WITNESS THIS ONE. IT’S TIED UP, POSSESSION ARROW. IN FAVOR OF NEWELL-FONDA, WITH LAURA LEONARD, I AM BJ SHAVEN, SITTING HERE COURT SIDE FOR THE 1A TITLE GAME. MACY SIEVERS WILL CHECK BACK IN. SHE’S BEEN THE SPARKPLUG WHEN THEY WERE DOWN BY 16 AND UNRAVELING, THE SOPHOMORE REALLY STEPPED IT UP. HERE’S MORENZ. SIEVERS TO WORK.>>SIEVERS SAW CROOKS COMING UP TO DEFEND, PULLS UP AND HITS THE MID-RANGE JUMPER.>>MEYERS GOING TO BE FOULED BY BAILEY SIEVERS.>>THE IN BOUND, AND THEN YOU SEE COMING UP GOING STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN, KNOWING SHE HAS THOSE FOUR FOULS CAN’T GO ANY FURTHER AND WHAT A GOOD JOB OF SEEING WHAT THE DEFENSE WAS DOING PULLING UP AND KNOCKING DOWN THAT SHOT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LANE.>>MEYERS TWO OF THREE FROM THE LINE HERE IN THE TITLE GAME. LAST YEAR, WE MENTIONED SHE AVERAGED OVER 20 POINTS PER GAME. HER ROLE CHANGED. SHE WAS OKAY WITH IT. AND NOW, HAVING A CHANCE TO PUSH HER TEAM TO A TITLE.>>SHE’S PERFORMED VERY WELL HERE IN THE STATE TOURNAMENT. 12 POINTS IN THE QUARTER FINALS, 13 IN THE SEMI-FINALS. AND IS HAVING TO STEP UP BIG IN THIS BALL GAME.>>LAGO’S THREE OFF THE MARK. MORENZ GETS THE STEAL AND MEYERS WITH THE FOUL, WHO’S SLOW TO GET UP.>>EVERYBODY GOING AFTER THE LOOSE BALL. BODIES ON THE FLOOR. AND LOOKS LIKE MEYERS CAME DOWN HARD, MAYBE ON MORENZ’ FOOT.>>AND MORENZ, ABLE TO HIT THE FIRST FREE THROW, AND A TIMEOUT GOING TO BE TAKEN HERE BY BISHOP FWAR BEGAN. THEY’LL HAVE TWO REMAINING. EACH TEAM INTO THE BONUS. 61-57 OUR SCORE, GARRIGAN WITH THE LEAD. LET’S HEAR WHAT NEWELL-FONDA HEAD COACH DICK JUNGERS IS SAYING.>>WE DON’T WANT TO FOUL. WE JUST WANT TO PLAY GOOD DEFENSE, OKAY? BRING THE JUMPS, OKAY? BRING THE JUMPS. SO FEELING LIKE 12-9. WE WANT TO COMMUNICATE. EVERYBODY UNDERSTAND THAT? NOW OFFENSIVELY, OKAY, NEXT TIME DOWN, I WANT ONE GAME, ELLA, ELLA, FLOAT INTO THE HIGH POST AREA. OKAY, PUMP FAKE. HERE WE GO. HERE WE GO, GET THIS, LET’S FINISH THIS ONE, TEAM ON THREE, ONE, TWO, THREE.>>NEWELL-FONDA, TRYING TO WIN THEIR THIRD STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN SCHOOL HISTORY. BISHOP GARRIGAN GOING FOR THEIR FIRST-EVER TITLE. IT’S A FOUR-POINT GAME. WHAT DO YOU THINK DOWN THE STRETCH HERE WHAT COACH WAS RELAYING TO THEIR TEAM.>>THEY’RE GOING TO STAY INA PRESSURE DEFENSE. THEY BRING THAT EXTRA DEFENDER, THEY JUMP AT THEM. FORCE SOME BAD PASSES. THEY WANT TO FORCE THEM INTO TURN OVERS.>>SOME FOUL TROUBLE, THOUGH, BIG TIME, MOUNTING FOR GARRIGAN. MORENZ HITS THE FREE THROW. MEYERS AND CROOKS HAVE FOUR FOULS. NEWELL-FONDA WITH ONE PLAYER IN FOUL TROUBLE, THAT WOULD BE MAGGIE WALKER WITH FOUR. AND SHE’S GOING TO TAKE A STEP. THAT’S GOING TO COST HER TEAM A POSSESSION, A THREE-POINT GAME WITH 2:25 TO PLAY. THE MUSTANGS TRYING TO ERASE A 16-POINT DEFICIT.>>YOU COULD SEE ON THAT POSSESSION HOW BAILEY SIEVERS TURNED AND FORCED MEISTER TO THE SIDELINES, AND THEN THAT’S WHERE THE TRAP CAME.>>THAT WAS NOT A MAST MISPRINT. MORENZ FOR THREE. AND THE PUT BACK IS THERE, IT’S A ONE-POINT GAME AS MAGGIE WALKER NAILS THE JUMPER. MEYERS’ PASS THROWN AWAY, THE MUSTANGS ARE GOING GO FOR THE LEAD, SIEVERS!>>ABLE TO CLIMB ALL THE WAY BACK IN. DID NOT PANIC, MAYBE DID NOT HAVE THEIR BEST OFFENSIVE GAME IN THE FIRST HALF. THEY HAVE HAD THEIR DEFENSE TURN THEIR OFFENSE AND TURN UP POINTS.>>HOW ABOUT THE GO-AHEAD BUCKET BY THE SIEVERS SISTERS.>>A GOOD LEAD PASS. THE NICE BOUNCE PASS THAT LED TO THE GO-AHEAD BUCKET. AND SOMETHING THAT THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR FOR THE ENTIRE GAME. THEY HAVE PLAYED FROM BEHIND FROM ALMOST THE OPENING TIP.>>MAGGIE WALKER JUST PICKED UP THE FOUL. THAT’S HER FIFTH. SHE’LL CHECK OUT OF THE GAME. TO THE LINE. WITH KAYLYN MEYERS. THE JUNIOR WILL TOE IT. BIG FREE THROWS DOWN THE STRETCH. WE’RE TIED UP AT 62.>>SEE IF BISHOP GARRIGAN PUTS ON ANY KIND OF PRESSURE.>>ONE-POINT LEAD HERE FOR GARRIGAN. IN THE PAINT THEY TRY TO ATTACK CROOKS, AND I BELIEVE THAT’S GOING TO BE A FOUL. WE’LL WAIT AND SEE.>>I THINK THAT WILL BE ON MEYERS REACHING IN. YOU’RE RIGHT, THEY WENT RIGHT AT CROOKS, TRYING TO GET HER OUT OF THE BALL GAME.>>WAIT A SECOND, IF IT’S ON MEYERS. THAT’S GOING TO BE HER FIFTH. WHOA, TWO OF THE THREE STARS THAT GARRIGAN HAS, MEYER AND JOYCE OUT OF GAME, FOULING OUT, CROOKS ON THE FLOOR WITH FIVE. AND TO THE LINE WITH BAILEY SIEVERS.>>WELL, WHEN JOYCE WENT OUT OF BALL GAME, MEYERS WAS THE ONE THAT WAS THE PRIMARY BALL HANDLER, NOW SHE’S OUT OF BALL GAME, SO THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO THIS BY COMMITTEE AGAINST THIS NEWELL-FONDA FULL-COURT PRESSURE. THAT’S A TALL ASK FOR PLAYERS THAT DON’T GET A LOT OF MINUTES, AND DON’T SEE A LOT OF FULL-COURT PRESSURE LIKE THIS ALL SEASON LONG.>>90 SECONDS REMAIN. FOR THE TIE, BAILEY SIEVERS. MEISTER GOING TO HAVE TO HANDLE IT. DOWN TO THE CORNER. THEY ATTACK WITH ELSBECKER. CROOKS HAD IT LOST. STILL TIED. NOW ELSBECKER FOR THREE, CAN’T GET THE SHOT TO FALL. AND THE REBOUND TO WALKER. AND NEWELL-FONDA WILL TURN IT OVER. MACY SIEVERS COULD NOT HANDLE THAT PASS. AND YOU SEE THE SOPHOMORE SAY “MY BAD.” WHAT A STRETCH. TIED UP AT 63. NOONAN WILL PUT IT IN PLAY.>>ONLY ONE TIME OUT LEFT FOR BISHOP GARRIGAN. THEY WERE ABLE TO GET IT IN THERE, IF YOU GET TRAPPED YOU DON’T REALLY WANT TO USE THAT LAST TIME OUT, BUT IF YOU’RE GOING TO SAVE THE POSSESSION YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO USE IT.>>WHAT A CHAMPIONSHIP. INSIDE OF 55 SECONDS TO PLAY, AND MEISTER GOING TO BE CALLED FOR A TRAVEL. 32 TURNOVERS BY BISHOP GARRIGAN.>>BRANDON SCHWAB IS ARGUING THAT SHE KEPT HER PIVOT FOOT BUT JUST DRUG THE OTHER FOOT, HAD A LITTLE STUTTER STEP WITH THE OTHER FOOT. NOT GOING TO WIN THAT ARGUMENT. NOW DO YOU HOLD FOR ONE?>>I DON’T KNOW. MACY SIEVERS, LET’S SEE WHAT SHE DOES. CROOKS, PATROLLING THE INTERIOR. MORENZ FOR THREE! IT’S OFF THE MARK, AND THE REBOUND TO LARSEN. AND A STEAL HERE BY FOGARTY. CAUGHT UP IN BACK COURT. FOGARTY WILL GET IT TO MEISTER. HAVE TO HURRY IT ACROSS THE TIMELINE, AND A TIMEOUT GOING TO BE TAKEN HERE BY BISHOP GARRIGAN. 22 SECONDS REMAIN. LET’S HEAR WHAT THE GOLDEN BEARS ARE TALKIN’ ABOUT.>>SIT DOWN, RELAX. IT’S A FULL TIMEOUT, LISTEN, 21 SECONDS, EVERYBODY TAKE A BREATH RIGHT NOW, OKAY? THIS IS WHAT WE ASKED FOR. YOU HAVE A SHOT FOR 21 SECONDS LEFT. WE NEED A BUCKET. WE NEED TO BE STRONG WITH THE BALL AND RELAX, OKAY? ON THE SIDE HERE, STAFF ON THE SIDE, LET, LET KATIE TAKE IT OUT, STAFF WITH YOU TWO ON THE SIDE, STRONG. AUDI, YOU’RE RIGHT HERE IN THE CORNER, OR ON THE BLOCK HERE. OKAY? ELSBECKER, YOU’RE RUNNING ACROSS AUDI’S SCREEN TO THE CORNER. YOU LOOK TO SEE IF ELSBECKER’S OPEN. OTHERWISE, IF THEY’RE BEHIND, WE CAN MAKE PASS TO AUDI, LOOK AT BOTH OF THEM, KATIE. ELSBECKER, AUDI OR BACK, ALL RIGHT?>>THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE, FIRST OF ALL, YOU’VE GOT TO GET THE BALL IN BOUNDS. YOU DON’T HAVE ANY TIMEOUTS LEFT. SO YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE STEPPING TO THE PASS. IF YOU ARE SETTING A SCREEN, SET A GOOD, HARD SCREEN SO YOU CAN GET THE BALL IN, AND THEN THEY’RE GOING TO GET CROOKS ON THE BLOCK, THEY’RE GOING TO RUN A CUTTER. SOUNDED LIKE IT WAS GOING TO BE ELSBECKER THERE GOING TO RUN THE CUTTER AND TRY TO GET THE SHOT.>>CROOKS WILL HANDLE IT. NOW TO FOGARTY. THEY’LL GET IT IN TO CROOKS, HAS IT DEFLECTED AWAY. LARSEN UP WITH IT. HERE’S SIEVERS. TO MORENZ. AND THE LEAD AND THE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR NEWELL-FONDA!>>WHAT A GAME. WHAT A GAME. BISHOP GARRIGAN HAD THE BIG LEAD. THEY GOT INTO FOUL TROUBLE. NEWELL-FONDA KEPT CHIPPING AWAY, CHIPPING AWAY. BISHOP GARRIGAN HAD THE BALL WITH 21 SECONDS LEFT. THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET THE LAST SHOT, TURN THE IT OVER AND NEWELL-FONDA ABLE TO GET THE BUCKET WITH ABOUT TWO SECONDS LEFT TO GO IN THE BALL GAME.>>HOW FITTING FOR THE SENIOR, MEAGAN MORENZ TO HIT THE GAME WINNER, THEIR SECOND STRAIGHT STATE TITLE ENDING ON A 25-9 RUN.>>THAT IS A COMEBACK FOR THE AGES, AND CONGRATULATIONS TO MEGAN MORENZ. YOU’RE RIGHT, THE ONLY SENIOR ON THIS TEAM. AND SHE COMES UP BIG. SHE JUST HAS BEEN STEADY ALL GAME LONG AND HITS A HUGE, HUGE BUCKET AT THE END OF THE BALL GAME. YOU CAN SEE THE DRIVE DOWN AND A NICE LITTLE DRIVE PULLUP. WENT RIGHT AT CROOKS, CROOKS WENT STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN, BUT SHE WENT OVER THE TOP AND ABLE TO GET THE BANK SHOT TO GO. AS TIME WINDS DOWN.>>MACY SIEVERS LEADS THE WAY FOR NEWELL-FONDA WITH 25. AUDI CROOKS, CHAMPIONSHIP GAME HIGH 34. LET’S GO TO THE P.A. ANNOUNCER.>>CLASS 1A ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM, PRESENTING THE AWARDS IS CRAIG HILL, PRESIDENT OF THE IOWA FARM BUREAU, JOINING HIM ARE MEMBERS OF THE IGHSAU BOARD OF DIRECTORS, GREG EVE LING AND JIM DAFOE. ON YOUR CLASS 1A ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM FROM NEWELL-FONDA, MAGGIE WALKER! FROM BISHOP GARRIGAN, MOLLY JOYCE! FROM NEWELL-FONDA, ELLA LARSEN! FROM ST. ANN’S GAR, HAILEY ANDERSON. FROM NEWELL-FONDA, MACY SIEVERS. AND YOUR 1A ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM CAPTAIN WHO SET A NEW STATE RECORD FOR MOST POINTS SCORED IN A SINGLE SEASON BY A FRESHMAN, BREAK BEING THE OLD MARK OF 612 SET BY POCAHONTAS AREA’S ELLIE RUTRIDGE IN 2017, BISHOP GARRIGAN’S AUDI CROOKS!>>WHAT AN ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM, NO QUESTION. AS YOU SEE THEM LINED UP RIGHT NOW. AUDI CROOKS BEING NAMED THE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM CAPTAIN. NEWELL-FONDA A WINNER, 65-63. CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE NOT GIVEN. THEY ARE EARNED. AND NEWELL-FONDA EARNED THEIRS TONIGHT AFTER BEING DOWN BY AS MANY AS 16, TO CLOSE IT OUT THE WAY THAT THEY DID AGAINST A GARRIGAN TEAM THAT HAD FOUGHT THEM TOOTH AND NAIL ALL THE WAY. WHAT A CHAMPIONSHIP.>>IT WAS AN AMAZING CHAMPIONSHIP, AND THE WAY THAT NEWELL-FONDA FOUGHT BACK, THAT IS A TRUE SIGN OF A CHAMPION.>>SO PLEASE, HELP US RECOGNIZE YOUR 2020 CLASS 1A RUNNER-UP, THE BISHOP GARRIGAN GOLDEN BEARS AND HEAD COACH BRANDON SCHWAB. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, LET’S HEAR IT FOR YOUR 2020 CLASS 1A CHAMPION, THE NEWELL-FONDA MUSTANGS AND HEAD COACH DICK JUNGERS!>>NEWELL-FONDA, YOUR CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPION AFTER LAST NIGHT’S GAME, YOU WERE ASKED, I WAS ASKED A NUMBER OF TIMES, WAS THAT THE BEST CHAMPIONSHIP GAME YOU’VE SEEN. WELL,>>WELL, IT WAS MAYBE UNTIL THE ONE WE JUST WITNESSED HERE TONIGHT. WHAT A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, AND IT WAS A GAME THAT BISHOP GARRIGAN DOMINATED FOR MOST OF THE GAME, AND THEN NEWELL-FONDA, ABLE TO KIND OF RIGHT THE SHIP. GOT THEIR DEFENSE GOING. BISHOP GARRIGAN HAD A LITTLE FOUL TROUBLE. THAT HURT THEM DOWN THE STRETCH, AND NEWELL-FONDA FOUGHT ALL THE WAY BACK, AND THAT’S THREE STATE TITLES FOR NEWELL-FONDA, 11 STATE TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES. WHAT A DYNASTY. I’M GOING TO SAY IT, A DYNASTY FOR NEWELL-FONDA.>>WHAT A WEEKEND HERE ON IOWA PBS. LET’S GO TO PAUL JAEGER, WHO IS STANDING BY.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, BJ. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, LAURA. AND YOU ARE RIGHT, WHEN YOU SAY COULD WE HAVE TOPPED LAST NIGHT’S 5A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. I THINK WE MIGHT HAVE JUST DONE THAT. COUPLE OF NOTES HERE. GARRIGAN WAS UP 16, NEWELL-FONDA COMES BACK IN THE THIRD QUARTER, NEWELL-FONDA’S BIGGEST LEAD OF THE GAME WAS FIVE BACK IN THE FIRST QUARTER. AND AUDI CROOKS, THAT’S A NAME, AS YOU HEARD JEAN BERGER SAY AT HALFTIME, SHE LOVES TO WATCH HER PLAY. I GET THE SNEAKY SUSPICION THAT WON’T BE THE LAST TIME WE SEE GARRIGAN AGAINST NEWELL IN THE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON. WE CROWNED CHAMPIONS. NORTH LYNN, NORTH SCOTT, NEWELL-FONDA. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING IOWA PBS SPORTS FOR ANOTHER PHENOMENAL YEAR OF GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT COVERAGE RIGHT HERE ON IOWA PBS. WE ARE PROUD TO BRING YOU BROADCAST COVERAGE TO OUR THE ENSTIER STATE WITH SOCCER, SOFTBALL AND VOLLEYBALL. FOR OUR ENTIRE CREW HERE, INCLUDING DIRECTOR ANDREA COYLE, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO SPEND YOUR WEEKEND WITH US. WE LEAVE BUT ANOTHER TRADITION, THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF ANOTHER CLASSIC TOURNAMENT ON THAT OTHER CLASSIC TUNE THAT WE SHOWCASED HERE FOR DECADES RIGHT HERE IN DOWNTOWN DES MOINES. WELLS FARGO ARENA AND THE REST OF US AT IOWA PBS SAY GOODNIGHT. ♪ ♪ ♪ ONE SINGULAR SENSATION ♪ ♪ EVERY LITTLE STEP SHE TAKES ♪ ♪ ONE COMBINATION ♪ ♪ EVERY MOVE THAT SHE MAKES ♪ ♪ ONE MILE AND SUDDENLY NOBODY ELSE WILL DO ♪ ♪ YOU KNOW YOU’LL NEVER BE LONELY ♪ ♪ WITH YOU KNOW WHO ♪ ♪ ONE ♪ ♪ YOU CAN FORGET THE ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ DO I REALLY HAVE TO MENTION ♪ ♪ SHE’S THE ONE ♪>>>FUNDING PROVIDED BY FAIR WAY MEAT AND GROCERY, AS A PROUD SPONSOR OF THE IOWA CHAMPIONSHIPS. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE SCHOOLS AND STUDENT ATHLETES IN THIS YEAR’S GAMES. BY MOSCOW LIGHTING, THE SPORTS LIGHTING SPECIALIST, PROVIDING LIGHTING SYSTEMS FOR YOU, YOUR PROJECT AND YOUR COMMUNITY.

Shateah Wetering and the Montezuma Bravettes | 2020 IGHSAU Girls Basketball


♪♪ The potential for
greatness lies in every child. For some it might be
academics, computer programming or
performing arts. But for Montezuma’s
Shateah Wetering, it’s clear to see she is
great at basketball. ♪♪ ♪♪ Basketball
has paved a path to many accomplishments for
Shateah, including a Junior National
Championship in Club Ball, signing as a recruit to
play at the University of Iowa, and leading the
Bravettes back to 1A prominence with
back-to-back appearances in the state tournament. And all of this started
with a grade school activity in a
community gym. I was 9 years old. It actually happened
in this gym. They started an Upward
basketball program here. It was actually
pretty fun. I mean, my dad is huge
with basketball and he kind of got me
started into it. That’s how we basically
have a basketball family. I think it was about 2010
when the Upward program started here. They would wear the
wristbands so that they would know who to guard. From the sidelines I would
always encourage her to steal the pass. It’s things like that,
that she picked up on and that she thought, wow,
I can really do this. So that was kind of
exciting to see her grow that way. You could see the love of
the game more and more through time. And then with friends in
the community, they would call each other and say
hey, let’s all go to the family center and we can
put a game together. Actually in this gym one
time my dad would not let me leave until I had
the correct form on my free-throw. It was just, I remember
it, it was even through tears and I finally did
it and it was just a breakthrough and
it was amazing. I mean, I honestly don’t
know if I’d even be in this situation
without them. As great as Shateah is on
the court, she is actually the latest in a long line
of Montezuma standout players, going as far back
as 50 years ago when the Bravettes won back-to-back
state championships. But Shateah doesn’t need
to look nearly that far to find local inspiration. Her closest parallel is
coincidentally drawing up plays on the sideline. I came in ’92 and played
’92 to ’94 here because my school closed and I chose
to come to Montezuma and just loved what this
school brought for myself, for my family. I played the game of
six-on-six the last year and then played
five-on-five and this place allowed me,
Montezuma allowed me the opportunity to go on and
play college athletics as well, coach collegiately
and then come back home, which is what is awesome. She was a post obviously
at Iowa State. I was obviously a post. But in 1A I don’t have
that opportunity to be a post as much because they
need me as a guard and it really helped me be more
versatile as a basketball player. During her time as a
Bravette, Coach Burgess left her mark by pushing
school records so out of reach that they are still
standing decades later. With Shateah’s final
season rounding out, her play is becoming
equally as memorable. But seeing as basketball
is a team sport, her supporting cast is
incredibly important. We have Elise Boulton, who
is a tremendous shooter and really took over the
point guard role for us. Maddy McKeag and Shelby
Conger have come in and just played and had a
tremendous senior year. And we’ve just got a good
core of kids from top to bottom. And Shateah is a great
player, there is no doubt about it, she is 5’11”
and she is a lefty. My position
kind of varies. I play the 1 through 5,
whatever she needs me to do I will do for her
obviously on the team. A senior, number 13,
Shateah Wetering! She leads us in points,
she leads us in three-point successes, she
leads us in rebounds, she leads us in assists,
she leads us in steals. But ultimately she leads
us with her selflessness and her ability to make
sure that everyone plays to the fullest potential
because she sets them up extremely well. While not all players are
destined for collegiate play, the game provides
a similar rush for practically all who
put on the jersey. I play basketball because
I love the energy and the environment and just being
able to compete every day is so much fun. My teammates just make it
feel like that’s the only thing happening right now,
it’s just basketball. I play basketball because
I love my teammates and we play for each other
and it’s just a blast. Have fun, compete and I
like to win too, so that’s always a plus. Montezuma is a
really small town. The support we have is
a big reason we’re so successful. It feels really special to
play on this team because the older ladies that come
to our games and watch us, they played, they had
these uniforms on. I hope we’re making them
proud and I just want to follow along in
their footsteps. There’s no doubt that
we’re obviously a basketball school. Having all those
championships and all those things to look at
really just helps set the stage for us and gives us
that mentality that if we work hard enough
we can get there. Bravettes on 3! One, two, three,
Bravettes! Knowing her play will
leave a lasting mark on Montezuma, Shateah makes
sure to balance enjoying the moment while
considering her local legacy. Honestly I think it’s the
friendships you make and leaving an impact on other
people to basically strive to be kind of like you. And those people are
likely already in the stands, as Shateah
discovered her passion for basketball young, well
before anyone knew what she would accomplish. This last year we’ve kind
of been going through some things and getting things
together for graduation and we found some really
neat things that she wrote, it really made me
think about how long she has actually had a
desire for the sport. I am a basketball player. I wonder if I’m going
to win all the games. I pretend I make lots
and lots of baskets. I feel so rich
when I play. I can touch the
basket with my hand. I worry if
someone gets hurt. I cry when I’m done
with basketball. I cry when we win. I understand that it
doesn’t matter how wins or loses — (laughs) — I say I
can win, so I win. I dream I’m dribbling
down the court and shoot. I try to do my
best in basketball. I hope I can win the
last basketball game on Saturday. (basketball dribbling)


>>>FUNDING PROVIDED BY FAREWAY GROCERY. BELIEVING IN SUPPORTING THE PLACES IOWANS LIVE, WORK AND PLAY. S SPORTS LIGHTING SPECIALISTS.>>THERE IS AN IOWA BANKER READY TO HELP YOU WHERE YOU NEED TO GO. READY TO HELP YOU DISCOVER THE AGAIN WIN DIFFERENCE OF IOWA BANKS.>>WELCOME TO DOWNTOWN DES MOINES WHERE IT FEELS LIKE SPRING OUTSIDE. A BUSY EVENING OF GIRLS HOOPS. NIGHT NUMBER UNO OF OUR 2020 CHAMPIONSHIP COVERAGE. WE ARE HERE AND READY TO GO. I’M PAUL YEAGER, HIGH ABOVE THE ACTION. A REMINDER YOU CAN WATCH ANYWHERE ON LINE OR HERE TONIGHT. WE ARE GOING TO BRING YOU THE TROPHY, THE HIGHLIGHTS, THE FEATURES AND ANALYSIS OF THE HALLMARK, LET’S JUMP INTO TONIGHT’S MATCHUP AND SHOW YOU HOW THOSE TEAMS MAETD THEIR WAY OUT OF THE SEMIFINAL. HERE IS CITY HIGH FROM IOWA CITY. THEY BEAT PRAIRE. THAT’S JOHNSTON IN THE BLOCK. ELLA ON, THAT IS ELLA COOK. SHE HAD 10. JOHNSTON. COACHES TOLD HER TO STEP UP THE GAME AND SHE ABSOLUTELY HAS. LOOK AT THAT MOVE. SHOWING YOU THE RANGE FROM OUTSIDE. SHARP SHOOTER AGAIN. AUBREY JONES. WOULD NOT GO DOWN TO THE LEFT AND THE REBOUND TO 16 BOARDS. JOHNSTON MADE PLAYS LIKE THAT IN THE SECOND HALF. AND FINDING AGAIN ON THE LEFT. NAED FINISHED WITH 13 WHO WOULD JOHNSON PLAY? THE WINNER OF THIS ONE, WAUKEE AND WARRIORS WEST. CHECK OUT THE FOOT WORK ON THIS ONE. WILLIAMS WOULD HAVE 23. THAT’S A WHOLE LOT OF NAMES BECAUSE THEY DO A LOT OF STUFF. KATIE FOR ONE. SHE GETS THE LUCKY ROLL. 25 POINTS. ANOTHER THREE. THIS TIME A PERFECT WISH. AND NOW DINNEBIE CAN DRIVE IT. WITH THE STANDOUT GETTING TO THE FINISH. MAKE THAT 30 FOR WAUKEE. AND HERE AGAIN, IT IS NOT ALL ABOUT RIGHT SIDE SHOOTING AT THE SHOT. WAUEE MOVES ON TO THE FINAL WITH AN 88-65 WIN AGAINST WATERLOO WEST. NOW LET’S GET TO THE GREAT ANALYSIS. LAURA IS WITH US TONIGHT. ONE GAME TONIGHT AND TWO TOMORROW. JOHNSTON AND WAUKEE. THEY ARE ONLY 20 MILES APART. THEIR SCHOOL DISTRICTS TOUCH EACH OTHER. THEY KNOW EACH OTHER. THESE KIDS ARE IN THE SAME METRO. BACK ON SEPTEMBER 10, THAT DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING. THAT WASN’T THE USUAL SUSPECT THAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE.>>NO, REAGAN THAT CAME OFF THE BENCH. THE USUAL PLAYERS THAT REALLY LIGHT IT UP WERE NOT ABLE TO DO IT AGAINST THE DEFENSE. SHE CAME OFF WITH THOSE 16 POINTS. THAT TELLS YOU HOW DEEP THIS TEAM IS. EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A LOSS. NOT THE USUAL PRODUCTION. THEY ALSO GOT 10 POINTS A PIECE.>>PRETTY EASY THERE, THE TWINS. THEY ARE FUN TO CHAT WITH. YOU CAN TELL THE DIFFERENCE. ONE IS A LITTLE TALLER.>>THEN YOU HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE. NO TALKING ABOUT YOU AND I.>>THE KELDERMAN TWINS. THEY ARE POE TANT FROM BEYOND THE ARC. WHERE THEY WEREN’T AS POTENT. SEPARATION.>>I AM ONE 5A COACH WHO ISN’T PLAYING TONIGHT.>>WHEN YOU ARE ON A STREAK LIKE THAT AND YOU STARTED HITTING. THEY WILL WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP.>>LET’S TALK JOHNSTON. THEY ARE BACK IN THE GAME. IN THE STARTING LINEUP. COMING OFF THE BENCH TOO REALLY HELPS. THAT NICKNAME IS WELL EARNED FOR THOSE THREE BECAUSE THEY COME OFF THE BENCH. ONE OF THEM COMES OFF THE BENCH, THEY HOLD THEIR TEAM TOGETHER. ANNA GOSSLING WITH 15 POINTS. THE BIGGEST SURPRISE WAS THE FRESHMAN THAT PUT THAT IN. THE LOOK WAS PRICELESS.>>WITH NOT AS MUCH TIME, WE HAVE TWO PLAYERS WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THAT ARE MAYA McDERMOTT.>>14 POINTS IN THE SECOND GAME BUT SHE DOES MORE THAN SCORE. SHE DISHES OUT SIX ASSISTS. SHE GETS HER SET UP. SHE GOT INTO FOUL TROUBLE YESTERDAY AND DIDN’T HAVE HER USUAL PLAY PRODUCTION. I ASKED HER WHAT WAS IT LIKE SITTING ON THE BENCH, SHE SAID I DIDN’T LIKE IT AT ALL. SHE CAME BACK IN THE SECOND HALF TO HELP THEM IN THIS GAME.>>ONE STARTER WE HAVEN’T TALKED ABOUT. SHE’S BEEN IN A WALKING BOOT. THAT’S MADDIE MOCK.>>SHE’S KIND OF FLOWN UNDER THE RADAR THIS SEASON. SHE’S BEEN DOING ALL THE DIRTY WORK THEN SHE HAD A DOUBLE DOUBLE IN THE REBOUND.>>LAURA WILL HAVE THE CALL OF THE CLASS 5A GAME IN A FEW MINUTES. LET’S TALK ABOUT OUR NIGHT CAP TONIGHT, OUR 3A GAME. LOOKING TO GET BACK IN. KATIE DISHES IN. WE HAVE 12 IN THIS CONTEST. THROUGH MURPHY AT THE RAMP. FOSTER THIS TIME. THE FOURTH MURPHY TO PLAY FOR NORTH POLK. THE FUTURE KNIGHT HAD 15 POINTS AND LED BY THREE. IN THE SECOND HALF, NUMBER ONE SHOWING WHY THEY WERE AT THE TOP OF THE RANKINGS FOR MOST OF THE SEASON. FOSTER TO KNOX TO FINISH AND ONE. THAT WAS TWO. FORWARD FOR MOST OF THE GAME COMES ALIVE FOR THREE. THE STOP AND POP WITH 13 POINTS FOR THE FUTURE. NORTH POLK ADVANCES WITH A TWO-POINT WIN. 46-44. SENDING THEM HOME. RIGHT OFF THE GLASS AND WON. SHE WOULD HAVE 24. TRYING TO POP THE TRANSITION. THAT JUMPER GETS BUSY. A HALF TIME LEAD. AGAIN ON THE NICE BOUNCE PASS AHEAD AND ONE. A CALL ON CAITLYN WITH THE STOP AND POP FOR TWO THERE. WITH ONE. SHE HAS 18 POINTS TO GO ALONG WITH FOUR STEELS. WINNING 61-57 TO ADVANCE TO TONIGHT’S 3A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. ON THE CALL, JACKIE WHO IS A NEW MEMBER OF THE TEAM. A HALL OF FAMER FOR IOWA STATE. BECAUSE OF HER CAREER AT SIOUX CITY NORTH. GLAD TO HAVE YOU ON BOARD HERE. YOU READY?>>I’M READY.>>LET’S TALK SIOUX CITY. KEEP IT IN THE METRO. HEELAN, SEMISWEET FOR THEM. THEY GET TO THE SEMIFINALS BUT BITTER SWEET. A REALLY SIMPLE NUMBER. IT IS FIVE.>>IT IS. ALL ABOUT THEIR FIVE SENIORS. STANLEY, COOK, AND THEY ARE THE CORE NEW CLEEOUS. THEY ARE BEST FRIENDS ON AND OFF THE COURT. THEY’VE HAD THEIR EYE ON THE PRIZE. THEY DON’T JUST WANT THE CHAMPIONSHIP JERSEY. THEY ARE TALKING ALL ABOUT THE PINK T-SHIRTS.>>THAT IS GOOD MOTIVATION, RIGHT. IN ORDER TO WIN FROM ALL FIVE.>>WE TALKED ABOUT THEM THEY ARE REALLY THE LEADERS OF THE LEADERS. ELLA IS SUCH A STRONG PLAYER. SHE JOINED THE OTHER FOUR STARTERS. SHE WAS THAT MISSING PIECE. CONTROLS HER BODY SO WELL WHEN SHE TAKES IT AT THE RIM. I EXPECT ANOTHER BIG GAME FROM HER TODAY.>>SIOUX CITY, A LONG WAY FROM DES MOINES. NORTH POLK HAD TO GO TO SCHOOL. THEY ARE IN THE SHADOW OF DES MOINES. A REGULAR SCHOOL DAY FOR THEM. IS THAT A GOOD THING.>>I THINK SCHOOL IS A GOOD THING. WHEN YOU HAVE YOURSELF AND THE CHAMPIONSHIP. THAT TAKES A LONG TIME. THEY GOT TO GO TO CLASS. HAVE THEIR REGULAR GAME DAY ROUTINE.>>LET’S HOPE THEY DIDN’T HAVE TOO MANY TESTS. MURPHY. WE TALK ABOUT FOUR MURPHYS THAT WOULD COME THROUGH. BOTH OF THEM HAVE IMPRESSED YOU.>>ABSOLUTELY. JADEN MURPHY IS SO EFFICIENT. SHE BRINGS IT EVERY NIGHT. YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO GET AS A COACH. AND MAGGIE, SHE IS SUCH A VERSATILE PLAYER. SHE HAS BEEN 8 FROM 11 FOR THREE IN THIS TOURNAMENT. BOTH OF THOSE LEAD THE WAY. JACQI AND LAURA.>>ROUGH RIDERS THE YEAR THEY WON STATE. I’M GOING TO REFER TO THAT.>>IT IS EVERYTHING THAT YOU HAVE HOPED FOR IN YOUR HIGH SCHOOL CAREER. IT IS THE BIGGEST STAGE. THE NERVES COME OUT AS POSITIVE ENERGY AND THEY ARE JUST EXCITED TO BE HERE. WE’LL HAVE BRAD WELLS AT THE CALL. AND ON EVERYTHING GAME SHOW. BOTH OF YOU HAVE PLACES TO BE.>>THANK YOU. EARLIER TONIGHT, WE HAD OTHER CONVERSATION FROM THE IOWA BANKER’S ASSOCIATION. TARA, WHY ARE THE IOWA BANKERS INVOLVED WITH THIS TOURNAMENT?>>WE’VE BEEN DOING IT FOR 30 YEARS NOW. WE WANT TO GIVE BACK TO THE YOUTH AND PROVIDING SCHOLARSHIPS AND RECOGNIZING THEM THIS WAY NOT ONLY FOR ACHIEVEMENTS ON THE COURT AND IN THE COMMUNITY. THESE GIRLS ARE INCREDIBLE. IF THEY GET THE FINANCE, THEY GET THE FINANCE. THAT IS PRETTY ACCURATE.>>REALLY WE WANT TO GIVE THEM THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT SO THAT THEY CAN GO TO SCHOOL AND WORK IN THEIR COMMUNITIES.>>FROM MEMBERS ALL OVER. YOU GET THAT GOOD BOOST ON THE GROUND WITH THAT TYPE OF INTERACTION WITH THE KIDS. OUR BANKERS ARE REALLY LOOKING FOR QUALITY TALENT. RIGHT HERE AT THESE HIGH SCHOOLS. THESE LEADERS ARE NOT ONLY LEADERS BECAUSE YOU TAKE THE STEPS IN SECONDARY EDUCATION.>>THEY GET THE IOWA FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO BETTER THEIR LIVES.>>THANK YOU.>>ALL OF THE POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCES. YOU CAN SEE THE FOLKS BEHIND ME. HERE TO TELL US MORE.>>>PLEASE WELCOME THE ALL HONOR IOWA DANCE TEAM UNDER THE DIRECTION OF KATHY. THEY’LL PERFORM FOR YOUR PREGAME INTERer ENTERTAINMENT. 52 DANCERS WILL PERFORM A BANNER ROUTINE TO CHECK IT OUT. LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, THE ALL IOWA HONORS DANCE TEAM. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪>>NOW PERFORMING A PATRIOTIC FINALE FEATURING ALL OF THE STATES OF OUR GREAT NATION.>>PLEASE STAND TO HONOR AMERICA, OUR MILITARY AND THEIR FAMILIES. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ WHOSE BROAD STRIPES ♪ ♪ AND BRIGHT STARS ♪ ♪ THROUGH THE PER I LUIS ♪ ♪ FIGHT. SO GALENTLY STREAMING ♪ ♪ AND THE ROCKETS RED GLARE ♪ ♪ THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR ♪ ♪ GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT ♪ ♪ THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE ♪ ♪ O SAY DOES THAT STAR SPANGLED ♪ ♪ BANNER YET WAVE ♪ ♪ O’ER THE LAND OF THE FREE ♪ ♪ AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE ♪>>THANK YOU. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH A FULL NIGHT OF BASKETBALL. THE 5A CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE UP NEXT.

SPORTS in the US vs. Germany + Giveaway!!! | German Girl in America


More People in Germany know the Name of the Coach of the German national Soccer team then of the President of Germany, who is our Head of State. Hallo, Servus, and welcome back to my Youtube channel. My Name is Felicia, I’m originally from Munich Germany, but I’m currently in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I’ve been living for about three Years now. So today I’m going to be talking about a Topic, that a lot of my Friends and Family will probably find funny, because I’m not exactly known for being an expert in this Field, and that is Sports and it’s not that I’m not athletic or anything like that, it’s just that I don’t really enjoy watching Sports, and I’m not a competitive Person. So I never played any Team sports, and whenever I had to in Gym class, I always hated it, which doesn’t mean that I look down on Sports at all. I still totally understand their Significance and I know that for a lot of People and, probably for many many of you guys, Sports play a really big role in Life, and Sports are also a Topic that comes up pretty early usually in the list of Differences between Germany and the U.S. So it’s definitely Time to make a Video about it, because the Sports culture in Germany is very different from the one here in the U.S and to all the Soccer and especially Bundesliga fans among you; make sure to definitely stay tuned until the very End of this Video, because the German Bundesliga club, I don’t know how you guys would say it vee-eff-ell wolfsburg maybe [with an English w]… They sent me a pretty cool Gift to give away to one of my Viewers. So stay tuned for that, and since this is a pretty big Topic, I thought I’d structure this Video a little bit. So I’m going to be talking about which Sports are popular in the two Countries, then about the Differences in the Sports culture, and how Sports are organized in the two Countries, and of course the Giveaway in the end, and I also talked to two german Friends of mine who are much bigger Sports fans than me, and who came to the U.S from Germany, and experienced the Sports culture in Germany and here and one of them even came to the U.S to play College football. Okay, so let’s get started with the most obvious Difference, and that is which Sports are popular in the Two countries: In America, the most popular Sports are american Football, Baseball and Basketball and then maybe Hockey after that. In Germany, you guys all know this, the most popular Sport, by far is Soccer and I know a lot of you guys are going to say ‘Wait, I thought you guys called it Football’ and let me clarify something; We speak German in Germany, so we neither call it ‘Football’ nor ‘Soccer.’ We call it Fußball in Germany the, german Term, and yes, a lot of Germans do learn British English in school initially. So, in that case, we would call it Football but Germany is also a very americanized Country, and american Football has become more and more popular. So I personally feel a lot more comfortable calling it ‘Soccer’ in English oh, and by the way, what you guys call ‘Foosball’, we call that ‘Kicker’ in German. According to a Statistic that I found, more than 50% of all Germans are Soccer fans, which means that they follow at least one Bundesliga club. Bundesliga is the german Soccer league. So like the German Premier League, which if you haven’t heard of the Bundesliga, then you’ve definitely heard of the British Premier League. So that’s the League where all the big Clubs compete in within Germany, and apparently, it’s also the soccer league with the highest average stadium attendance worldwide, which I didn’t know before either. There are 18 Clubs playing in the first Bundesliga and then there’s also the second and the third Bundesliga which are the Leagues below, and then the Teams from all Bundesliga play each other in the DFB-pokal (the DFB Cup, the German Cup), and the top three Clubs of the first Bundesliga, also qualify for the U.E.F.A Champions League, where they compete with the best Teams from all over Europe. A lot of Germans follow all three of those Competitions, and, just to give you an Idea, the Champions League Final in 2012 between the F.C Chelsea and the F.C Bayern Munich had over 16 million Viewers in Germany alone, which is 19% of the Population, and I mentioned that Game, because that’s one, that almost everyone in Germany remembers to this Day even me. So Soccer is definitely the number one Sport in Germany, and I even read about a Survey, that showed, that more People in Germany know the name of the Coach of the german national Soccer team, then of the President of Germany, who is our Head of State, and then, after Soccer, I would say that some other Sports that are fairly popular are probably handball, volleyball, ice hockey Tennis, Winter sports, Motor sports, Basketball and Track-and-Field but there’s really not a big second most popular Sport. So whenever there is no Soccer season, there’s really not a lot of Sports to watch in Germany. Whereas in the U.S, once football season is over in February, there’s still Basketball going on until June and then Baseball starts in March and goes all the Way through September which is when Football season starts again. There are different Statistics out there but, from what I have found more than 50% of all Americans consider themselves NFL Fans so Fans of Pro-football, which is about the same Number as Soccer fans in Germany, except that there are so many other major Sports in the u.s. Two Things that are changing in both Countries are that Soccer is becoming more and more popular in the U.S and american Football has become a Thing in Germany in the last few Decades. There are more and more Football clubs in Germany, more and more Germans follow the NFL, and a German TV Channel has started to cover NFL Games every Sunday and even some College games, and the Super Bowel has become a pretty big Thing in Germany, too. It’s like a Trend to organize Super Bowl parties, and the crazy Thing is that, in Germany, you have to stay up all Night to watch the Super Bowl, but people do that. The German Football League, however, is still an amateur League. So most of the Players don’t make any Money and if they do they don’t make a Lot and at the same Time, Soccer too has become more popular in the States the professional League… was founded in the 1990s and Soccer is officially the fourth most Sport in the U.S. Here in Cincinnati, for example, they founded a Soccer club in 2015, so only five Years ago, F.C Cincinnati is what it’s called, but they’re already playing in the M.L.S and they’re in the Process of building their own Stadium in the City. So let’s talk about Sports culture: Sports are a huge part of american Life not only are more than 50% of all Americans are N.F.L Fans, but 75% of all Americans consider themselves a Sport fan. Sports are basically everywhere here; a lot of Bars and Restaurants have TVs hung up and they’re showing the different Games that are happening so that People don’t have to miss out on them when they’re out and this is not only professional Sports but College sports, too! In Germany, we do have Sports bars, but a regular Bar or Restaurant usually doesn’t have TVs. In general a lot of People get together with their Families or their Friends to watch the Games together at a Bar or at someone’s Home, especially on Sundays for Football, of course, and when you attend a Sports event, it’s oftentimes not only about the Sports and the Game but about the whole Experience surrounding it. So at a Football game, for example, there’s usually a big opening Ceremony, then there is a Mascot running around there are Cheerleaders, there’s a big Marching band there are Games and Giveaways during Halftime, and, especially at Baseball games, they also often have Fireworks, for example. Personally, I’ve never actually been to an NFL Game only to College football games because they’re usually free for Students and not a Sports fan, but that’s still a crazy Experience and an amazing Experience. I wouldn’t do it otherwise, and for those of you who haven’t watched my Video on College in the U.S and who aren’t familiar with College sports here, just to give you an Idea, the University of Cincinnati’s Football stadium holds 40,000 People, and has basically everything that a professional stadium has too. So Sports events are oftentimes like a huge Party, and that even starts before the actual Game starts with something that we don’t have at all in Germany, Tailgate parties. Tailgates are Gatherings before a Game where People share Drinks and Food, and they usually take place in the parking Lot off the Stadium, but they can also take place on a University’s Campus or all around Campus at Fraternity places or People’s Homes and the main part is that People have their Cars there and so, out of there open Trunks, their open Tailgates they give out the Food and the Drinks or they have set up a Grill or an extra Table with Food and then there’s also often Speakers for Music or even live Music. In Germany, Sports events are oftentimes more about the Game itself, and, in general, Germans aren’t as enthusiastic when it comes to showing their Affiliation with something whether that be a School or University or even a Sports club or a Band that they like. People in Germany buy and wear a lot less Merchandise than they do here, but of course that kind of changes when it comes to Soccer. Soccer fans oftentimes already sing and drink on their way to the Game, which in Germany often takes place by public Transportation. So on a Game day, it’s common that you’ll see Soccer fans walk through the City, sing on the Subway, and, of course, even more so after a Win. In the Stadium of course, the Drinking continues a lot of Fans do Choreographies in the Audience and unfortunately, there’s also a negative Part to Soccer culture, Hooligans. Hooligans are violent Fans who use the Game as an Excuse to vent their Aggressions mostly against the Fans of the other Team, of course. So unfortunately violence, destruction and sometimes even fireworks can take Part on the Sidelines of a Soccer game too. The Fans at Home either pay to watch the Bundesliga games on Saturdays because they’re not on free TV, they listen to them on the radio, or they just watch the Summaries on TV Saturday night in a very Popular show called Sportpschau, and during a World Cup or a European Cup, it almost seems like the whole Country goes crazy and enters a parallel Universe. Almost everyone watches the Games then, and there are huge public viewing Events at big Places in the city or big Stadiums, Restaurants Beer gardens. It’s really insane, and it was especially insane, when we hosted the World Cup in 2006, and when we won it in 2014. In 2014, I watched the Final at a big public Viewing at the Munich Olympic Stadium, and after we won everyone went into the City to celebrate mostly to the Munich Street Leopoldstraße, but also all around it. All the Streets were blocked, People were going crazy, drinking, celebrating, singing and there were so many People out that the public Transportation of this 1.5 million people City was overloaded. So you couldn’t get around anymore, really, and so I remember that I walked through half the City just to get Home and I didn’t get home until the Morning but it was an amazing Experience. Now talking about Sports culture, I talked to two german Friends who were already huge Sports fans before they came to the U.S and I asked them how they experienced the Differences. I came to Duke as a Sports fan, but then when I moved to the U.S from Germany, Athletics and like Sports, Fanatism was taken to a whole new Level. Even if you’re not a Sports fan and you mainly choose Duke for its top 10 Academics in the Country, you don’t have a Chance. Eventually you will get sucked into the whole Duke Basketball cult. There in this huge Game once a Year, Duke U and C. It’s considered to be the biggest Rivalry in all of College sports. It’s so hyped up that Duke students even tent outside of our Basketball stadium. For up to eight Weeks depending on how long the Season lasts. Yes we we all do have very nice cozy Dorm rooms for which our Parents or ourselves are paying and yes, those Games tend to take place in either February or March, which, during that Time, it’s still pretty cold in, North Carolina. So occasionally it does snow who during that Time so it’s just crazy what we’re willing to do like we sleep in those Tents I’ve done it and I’ve been to a lot of like sporting Events throughout my entire life, but the Duke UNC Game was probably the best sporting Event I’ve ever been to, and then you don’t have to forget these Athletes were competing in these High-stake Gamesters. Actually our Classmates either live in the same Dorm with them, we have class with them. I had class with Grayson Allen who is one of the most known College basketball players of all time arguably, and he’s now in the NBA so it’s just a different Level of Fandom and Loyalty, it’s definitely something that is very unique to american Culture, to american College culture, but also kind of like a different Subset of US Sports culture, which I think it’s just so much fun. And yeah, really enjoyed it. I played in the German Football League and we played in front of like a lot of People. In Stuttgart, there’s a big Stadium that we played and that was my first Game and like my nerves are like, oh my goodness, this is crazy but just the hype is not there. It’s just treated like another sport in Germany and here’s almost like a religion. As a Football athlete, it’s a it’s a very different lifestyle than it would be if you play football in Germany because when I was doing my high School graduation like my Abitur in Germany, it was a lot of focus on that and in the United States if you play Football even at high School School ends at the same Time for everybody. So People just go straight to practice and we have practiced for like two to three Hours and we have a lifting Session for another Hour, then on the Weekends, we have lifting sessions, Film sessions. It’s just a whole day thing a whole life commitment really and even for people who are Younger, they will commit so much out of their Day to a Sport and you have practice every single Day, while, in Germany, it’s usually just like once or twice a week, because people just have vastly different schedules. It’s just the Priority is like right after School, while Germany, it’s just like a Club sport. Now how our sports organized in the two countries? As I’ve already mentioned, there are pro-Leagues and both Countries, but then below that it varies a little Bit. In Germany, we have amateur Leagues, and in the U.S, there’s College sports. College sports are a huge Deal and a big part of the Universities. Being a Student athlete is a big Honor and they usually get amazing Scholarships, and it’s the main Way into the pro-Leagues. American Universities usually put a lot of Money into Athletics but they also make a whole lot of Money with it usually millions of Dollars through Ticket sales, Meteorites, Merchandise and Donations, and, before College, younger Students usually play Sports in middle and in high School and compete with other School teams, and then later for Adults, there’s always Hobby leagues after-work Leagues, and the most popular Sports to play by the way is not Football but baseball, which I thought was interesting, and, for Kids and Teens, Soccer is also very popular to play. In Germany, College sports aren’t a Thing at all and neither are school Sports in secondary Schools. I think some Schools do have School teams. I think my Gymnasiums my secondary school had a Soccer and a Field hockey team if I remember correctly but, if Schools do have a Team, it’s not a huge Deal, and I’ve personally never watched a School game in Germany. Sports in Germany are organized outside of School in Clubs. ‘Vereinsport’ what we call it. So when a Child wants to play Soccer they can just join the Neighborhood club or they can try out for the Youth team of like a Bundesliga club. So a lot of Children do this. They play Sports and Clubs, and the Clubs have different Leagues to compete with each other. A Downside of this is definitely that a lot of Clubs don’t have a lot of Money to invest, like some american Schools do, but then one Thing that I think is really cool is, that a lot of People play for their Clubs way into Adulthood, because they don’t have to switch Teams or quit when they graduate. And since we’ve talked so much about Soccer today, I’m happy to announce that I partnered with the German Bundesliga club, VfL Wolfsburg, and they sent me this amazing Jersey signed by the whole Team and I’m going to give this to one of you guys. This is what it looks like, It’s a Size medium, has like a nice little Bundesliga logo on the side, and this is what you have to do; you need to be a subscriber of my channel, which I hope you already are, of course, give this Video a thumbs up, and then since I’m picking the Winner together with the club go to the VfL Wolfsburg U.S Twitter page, I’m linking this in the Description below, go to their Twitter page and then like and retweet the Tweet that they just posted about this Video. So four easy Steps to win this amazing Bundesliga Jersey, and I’m going to announce the winner in my Video description of my next Video next Sunday. So good Luck everyone! I hope you guys enjoyed this video on Sports. I would definitely love to hear your Experiences with Sports in the U.S, Sports in Germany, or Sports in another country. So if you have anything to share, feel free to do so in the Comments below if you like what I do, don’t forget to subscribe to my Channel for free. 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