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PostSubject: Re: 2017-18 Varsity girls top 10   Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:30 pm

Lots to report after the Riverboat this weekend...

1.  Sussex (-) keeps a firm grip on top spot, beating KV by 10 at their home tournament in front of a  rowdy crowd.  Handled Miramichi easily on day 1, tougher go against SJHS.  Tough match vs FHS in the crossover but pulled out the W to reach KV in the Final.  Up and down game, lots of lead changes and big shots by playmakers on both squads.  To reach Harbour Station these girls have to stay hungry and embrace the target on their backs, taking no team for granted as others have proved they can play with them.

2. Riverview (+1) gets the bump up to 2 due to the exhibition win over KV a short time ago.  Well rounded, athletic squad.  League games reveal nothing as the NE is weaker than the South, other results versus top 5 teams would be a help to sort you out.  I hear they are in the DairyTown Classic in a few weeks with other top teams, should help figure out your standing...will very likely be hosting Sectionals, will be interesting to see who winds up in their gym that weekend.

3.  KV (-1) a solid 3, maybe even 2, but losing to Riverview.......  Rolled through their first 3 games at the Riverboat until they hit the Sonic Wall.  Dominated FHS by 23, pounded BMHS by a similar number, rolled over SJHS by 18 in the crossover.  Big, strong squad that can overpower a team inside.  But Jekyll and Hyde performances...losing at home to SJHS by 2 then beating them by 18?  Still, great showing at the Riverboat.

4.  SJHS (-) playing well, combination of Youth and veterans getting it done.  Good combination of guard play, outside shooting and post play have the Hounds firmly at 4. Question going forward is the health of their Senior starting point guard (Graham).  She played well enough at the Riverboat to earn an All Star award but rumour is that she was concussed (second of year) in the crossover game....if this info is correct, then get well soon Shania!

5.  FHS (-) loses to KV with ease, barely squeaks one out vs BMHS (59-56).....then takes #1 Sussex to 6 points (who just beat them at home by 20+ a couple of weeks ago).  Again, what gives?  Appears the potential is there, just not consistently this year.  Young and talented, this group will only get better with time.  Long road ahead through Regionals and Sectionals to reach Harbour Station, but nobody gave you a chance last year either and look what happened....would like to see the next SJHS/FHS rematch with everybody healthy....then there are no excuses from either side.

6.  Woodstock (-) debated on giving you the 5 spot, maybe should have it as you compete well with the Lady Kats...but not playing the top 3 much keeps you here overall...SJHS beat you in your gym recently, plus the Kats save their No 5 spot by taking Sussex to 6 points over the weekend. Still the class of AA, path ahead to Harbour Station looks relatively clear.

7.  St Macs (-) so badly want to bump you up further but again can NOT, until you play somebody.  Rolled through competition with relative ease at the RNS tournament this weekend, beating JMH by 40, St Stephen by 18, CNHS by 7, and Fundy by 51, yes...51 in the Final....CoachDJR is believing the hype, now.  You will make Regionals in Fredericton VERY interesting in a few weeks.

8.  Good news for the Highlanders (+1), you finally get the bump up instead of down.  Taking FHS to 3 points was huge for you, and beating MVHS was another shot in the arm.  Team is healthy again, finish your season strong...your ongoing rivalry with Riverview could again be meaningful with a few more good games and solid practices under your belt.  Stay focused and keep everybody pointed in the right direction, good things could happen...

9.  MVHS (-1):  trouble in the 'Chi.....having trouble getting it done vs rest of AAA field.  Loss to HTHS in league play a telling one. Although their starting point guard is out with an injury, the rest of the team should have been able to get it done.  Struggled at Riverboat against rest of field.  Time running out, will be very tough to challenge late without a healthy and very focused squad.

10. Like throwing a dart at a dartboard blindfolded....so many in and out of the 10/9 spot all year. A single A school finally gets a mention after JCS has a big win over CNHS at the Potato Barrel....other honourable mentions are Carleton North, St Stephen, Rothesay....Fundy makes a tournament Final (great!) but only to lose by 51 (not so great)...this last spot is open to interpretation, that's for sure.  Good possibility that many of these teams could give 8/9 on this list a run, but would only be a guess without results.

Looking forward to SxSw's reply as it seems he and I are the last two people left on this thread.

Good luck to everybody down the stretch.
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PostSubject: Re: 2017-18 Varsity girls top 10   Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:51 am

SSnead wrote:
Lots to report after the Riverboat this weekend...

1.  Sussex (-) keeps a firm grip on top spot, beating KV by 10 at their home tournament in front of a  rowdy crowd.  Handled Miramichi easily on day 1, tougher go against SJHS.  Tough match vs FHS in the crossover but pulled out the W to reach KV in the Final.  Up and down game, lots of lead changes and big shots by playmakers on both squads.  To reach Harbour Station these girls have to stay hungry and embrace the target on their backs, taking no team for granted as others have proved they can play with them.

2. Riverview (+1) gets the bump up to 2 due to the exhibition win over KV a short time ago.  Well rounded, athletic squad.  League games reveal nothing as the NE is weaker than the South, other results versus top 5 teams would be a help to sort you out.  I hear they are in the DairyTown Classic in a few weeks with other top teams, should help figure out your standing...will very likely be hosting Sectionals, will be interesting to see who winds up in their gym that weekend.

3.  KV (-1) a solid 3, maybe even 2, but losing to Riverview.......  Rolled through their first 3 games at the Riverboat until they hit the Sonic Wall.  Dominated FHS by 23, pounded BMHS by a similar number, rolled over SJHS by 18 in the crossover.  Big, strong squad that can overpower a team inside.  But Jekyll and Hyde performances...losing at home to SJHS by 2 then beating them by 18?  Still, great showing at the Riverboat.

4.  SJHS (-) playing well, combination of Youth and veterans getting it done.  Good combination of guard play, outside shooting and post play have the Hounds firmly at 4. Question going forward is the health of their Senior starting point guard (Graham).  She played well enough at the Riverboat to earn an All Star award but rumour is that she was concussed (second of year) in the crossover game....if this info is correct, then get well soon Shania!

5.  FHS (-) loses to KV with ease, barely squeaks one out vs BMHS (59-56).....then takes #1 Sussex to 6 points (who just beat them at home by 20+ a couple of weeks ago).  Again, what gives?  Appears the potential is there, just not consistently this year.  Young and talented, this group will only get better with time.  Long road ahead through Regionals and Sectionals to reach Harbour Station, but nobody gave you a chance last year either and look what happened....would like to see the next SJHS/FHS rematch with everybody healthy....then there are no excuses from either side.

6.  Woodstock (-) debated on giving you the 5 spot, maybe should have it as you compete well with the Lady Kats...but not playing the top 3 much keeps you here overall...SJHS beat you in your gym recently, plus the Kats save their No 5 spot by taking Sussex to 6 points over the weekend. Still the class of AA, path ahead to Harbour Station looks relatively clear.

7.  St Macs (-) so badly want to bump you up further but again can NOT, until you play somebody.  Rolled through competition with relative ease at the RNS tournament this weekend, beating JMH by 40, St Stephen by 18, CNHS by 7, and Fundy by 51, yes...51 in the Final....CoachDJR is believing the hype, now.  You will make Regionals in Fredericton VERY interesting in a few weeks.

8.  Good news for the Highlanders (+1), you finally get the bump up instead of down.  Taking FHS to 3 points was huge for you, and beating MVHS was another shot in the arm.  Team is healthy again, finish your season strong...your ongoing rivalry with Riverview could again be meaningful with a few more good games and solid practices under your belt.  Stay focused and keep everybody pointed in the right direction, good things could happen...

9.  MVHS (-1):  trouble in the 'Chi.....having trouble getting it done vs rest of AAA field.  Loss to HTHS in league play a telling one. Although their starting point guard is out with an injury, the rest of the team should have been able to get it done.  Struggled at Riverboat against rest of field.  Time running out, will be very tough to challenge late without a healthy and very focused squad.

10. Like throwing a dart at a dartboard blindfolded....so many in and out of the 10/9 spot all year. A single A school finally gets a mention after JCS has a big win over CNHS at the Potato Barrel....other honourable mentions are Carleton North, St Stephen, Rothesay....Fundy makes a tournament Final (great!) but only to lose by 51 (not so great)...this last spot is open to interpretation, that's for sure.  Good possibility that many of these teams could give 8/9 on this list a run, but would only be a guess without results.

Looking forward to SxSw's reply as it seems he and I are the last two people left on this thread.

Good luck to everybody down the stretch.

No disagreement. That order seems fine. As you said it would be more interesting if some of the bottom teams mixed it up more. St. Macs vs some eastern squads or even Woodstock would be telling.

In terms of the 10 spot. I think you would have to put St. Stephen or Rothesay in at this time. Rothesay has the league win over St. Stephen and only loss to AA team was to Woodstock at TVC. St. Stephen has beaten CNHS 4 times and has beaten St Macs in exhibition. CNHS and St. Stephen gave St. Macs all they could handle at RNS tourney and SMMHS pulled away late in the 4th in both. Only other team you might want to throw in could Harrison Trimble. Win over MVHS and beating everyone they are supposed to. Again without more head to heads it is hard to tell.

Don't worry about putting us in the 10 spot yet. St. Macs will continue to be a tough matchup for anyone in NB with their ability to rebound and the problems their length causes. I'm proud of our kids effort this weekend. Played hard missing our only provincial team player all weekend. Down 16 at recess of the final. Cut it to 12 early in second half before St Macs made a great push. Once down 25+ we just rolled in ALL our kids. Without a JV and carrying 16 including (9 9th graders) means all things & experiences are not equal . . .

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