Texas A&M takes one away from Lady Vols in final minute, 66-62

Tennessee's Taber Spani tries to get past Texas A&M's Courtney Williams, left, and Kristi Bellock in the SEC Tournament game at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA. on Saturday, March 9, 2013. 
  
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Tennessee's Taber Spani tries to get past Texas A&M's Courtney Williams, left, and Kristi Bellock in the SEC Tournament game at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA. on Saturday, March 9, 2013. (Saul Young/News Sentinel)

DULUTH, Ga. — Texas A&M flipped the script on Tennessee on Saturday.

The Aggies utilized the balanced scoring and potent rebounding that’s been so useful to the Lady Vols this season.

“That’s a good formula,” UT assistant coach Dean Lockwood conceded.

In this case, it was good enough to end Tennessee’s 10-game SEC women’s basketball tournament win streak. Courtney Williams’ baseline jumper with 35 seconds left was the difference in A&M’s 66-62 semifinal victory at Gwinnett Arena.

The fourth-seeded Aggies (23-9) had four double-figure scorers, led by Courtney Walker’s 18 points. The freshman guard capped a game featuring 11 ties and 11 lead changes by making two free throws with six seconds left. Texas A&M center Kelsey Bone bounced back from a knee injury on Thursday to score 15 points. Point guard Adrienne Pratcher also had 15.

Kristi Bellock scored 12 points. The senior forward’s 12 rebounds led a 42-31 advantage on the boards.

Despite a career-high 33 points from Taber Spani, top-seed Tennessee (24-7) lost for the first time in the tournament since 2009 and the first time this season when leading with 10 minutes left.

Texas A&M erased a 10-point deficit in the final 12½ minutes, scoring points on nine of its last 11 possessions.

“Our back was back against the wall down 10 in the second half,” Walker said. “Somebody just needed to turn it up until everybody got going. That’s what I was trying to do.”

Other than Spani, Tennessee’s only other double scorer was Meighan Simmons with 10 points. But the junior guard shot just 4-for-12 from the floor and committed a team-high four turnovers.

“My frustration showed a lot today,” Simmons said. “In games like this, I can’t get frustrated, I’ve got to move on to the next play.”

Tennessee had five double-figure scorers and a 44-27 rebounding edge in the teams’ regular-season meeting, which translated into an 82-72 victory that clinched the conference regular-season championship.

Texas A&M began the rematch with a concerted effort to reclaim the boards. The payoff not only was an early advantage but also first-half foul trouble for UT forwards Bashaara Graves and Cierra Burdick.

In particular, the Aggies’ 18 offensive rebounds galled Burdick.

“That can’t happen,” said Burdick, who had one rebound and no points in 14 minutes. “We have to rebound from all positions. We can’t rely on two or three players. That hurt us.”

Spani’s uncanny shooting saved the Lady Vols for a half. Her 3-pointer beat the buzzer and sent them to the locker room, trailing just 35-33.

The senior forward, who shot 11-for-13 from the floor, continued her Annie Oakley exhibition after the break. She surpassed the 1,000-point career milestone by beating the Aggies up the floor for a layup and converting a traditional 3-point play.

At that point, Tennessee led 48-40. A Jasmine Jones rainbow jumper a minute later pushed the lead to 50-40 with 12:48 left.

Thereafter, Spani attempted just two more shots. Her final four points came on two free throws and a rebound basket to tie the game at 62 with 54 seconds left.

“They applied hard denial,” Burdick said. “It was kind of hard to get it to Taber. But we kind of went away from her. That can’t happen. We have to get it to the hot hand.”

Tennessee’s final chance to tie was in the hands of Kamiko Williams. The senior guard missed a driving shot right at the rim with 11 seconds left.

“I guess it wasn’t meant to be,” she said. “It’s a shot I normally take. I got a step on (the defender). I went up. I don’t know what the ball did.”

It kissed off the glass and bounced off the front rim, leaving Tennessee with no shot.

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jt45 writes:

Good day for Spani, no one else showed up. Not having Izzy is killing this team on defense.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

A few keys:
-early on, over-passing caused turnovers
-Massengale's getting picked in open court was bad. You can always tell when a PG has too much confidence in their own skills
-awful day for all 3 guards.

Finally....I think Holly let the ladies slow down with the 10-pt lead. From there, they never got going again.

All that said and done, Kamiko was an inch away from tying the game and maybe drawing a foul.

Basketball is like that sometimes.

dwolfcreek#397971 writes:

This was a tough loss , the seniors did great . Ariel Massengale is not a point guard , she can't handle the ball and makes bad decisions .

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

Stupid way to look at this, I know...

but three GOOD things:
-rest for the banged up
-no chances of even more injuries
-the guys won, which SHOULD give them a berth. Karma being what it is, I only hoped for a 50/50 split.

tonyvick#213307 writes:

See that is what happens when Meighan Simmons does not shoot the ball. Whether shooting good or bad...just shoot.

vol98champ writes:

Sorry to say that I was right about the physical play being too much for our finesse girls. Rough game was called loosely and the last 10 minutes we were throwing the ball toward the basket rather that shooting. Five girls need to apologize to Spani.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to tonyvick#213307:

See that is what happens when Meighan Simmons does not shoot the ball. Whether shooting good or bad...just shoot.

She's been "off" the last 3 games.

I know what you are saying, though, as her teammates are moving into rebounding position.

She had a really open 3 she turned down, drove, and got picked.

kazoo writes:

Absolutely pathetic offensive effort in the second half. You can't beat tough man defense by going one on one: four players standing around and hoping that the player with the ball scores. What was Warlick thinking? You have to set screens, move without the ball, pass the ball, get open shots. Simmons needs to move without ball, come off screens. We lost because the half-court offense in second half was stupid. We have shooters, but they should be running their defenders off screens, not going one on one.

It is true: we simply are not a physical team. It's one reason why we struggle against better teams. We have almost no one except Graves who can play hard-nosed man defense, and we have the same issue on offense. I wish Massengale were tougher and more passionate--and we need Harrison, badly.

ps11824 writes:

We had a hunch our lackadaisical D & turnovers would bite us in the butt sooner than later. Our Williams misses a layin and their Williams makes a jumper. Spani, bless her, did not get much help from her teammates in the scoring stat. Simmons had an awful day. Too careless with the ball. This is a hard pill to swallow letting these newbies take our shot at the cats and another clean sweep. We'll get em next season.

Time to start cleaning up the unforced turnovers and get more efficient on the glass. Hopefully Izzy will heal some and be able to give it a go by the start of NCAA play. From the 3-seeding we'll have to get tougher quickly.

JimmyJoe writes:

You just can't blow a 10 point second half lead... Not at this level. This team quit after the A&M game... Looked lost at KY... Was lackluster yesterday and today wasted a career performance by Spani. They have been pretty doggoned average since cutting those nets down last week.

ModelMaker writes:

I thought Spani was just fabulous. I thought Kamiko played a great game also. The two seniors almost pulled it off. I thought we really missed Ezzy which I thought we would and I also thought we missed Carter "big time". The girls really played hard the hole game.

johnlg00 writes:

Tough way for the gals to waste Spani's heroic effort. Especially without Izzy, we knew the LVs were weak inside. Too bad Meighan let her energy run away with her. It may be in part because of A&M's size, but she seemed not to have as much room for her mid-range shots after they ran her off the 3-point line, forcing her to jerk up shots she is usually smooth on, and she could never take it all the way to hoop without getting swallowed up. The early fouls against Graves and Burdick hampered the LVs' already limited ability to compete on the boards and defend inside. Just a couple of stops and/or buckets from advancing to defend their championship, but possibly indicative of their likely fate in the NCAAs if Izzy can't come back strong. Props to Jasmine Jones for a strong showing; she is going to be a great one.

oldster writes:

Massengale is a waste of a scholarship. She cannot guard a paraplegic. They have to play a zone because of her inadequacies. She supposedly is a good ball handler and is proficient at running the offense. Darn if she has been good at either in the last three games. They have to play her because of the short bench, but as soon as they get anyone who can dribble and walk at the same time, they need to revoke her scholarship, or, at least, just set her on the bench. Unfortunately, today Williams and Simmons stunk, too.

I would disagree with Nell Fortner about how to play offense against an overplaying defense like A&M. Neither one on one nor screens are particulary effective against such. Rather one clears out the lane and back door cuts them.

jt45 writes:

in response to kazoo:

Absolutely pathetic offensive effort in the second half. You can't beat tough man defense by going one on one: four players standing around and hoping that the player with the ball scores. What was Warlick thinking? You have to set screens, move without the ball, pass the ball, get open shots. Simmons needs to move without ball, come off screens. We lost because the half-court offense in second half was stupid. We have shooters, but they should be running their defenders off screens, not going one on one.

It is true: we simply are not a physical team. It's one reason why we struggle against better teams. We have almost no one except Graves who can play hard-nosed man defense, and we have the same issue on offense. I wish Massengale were tougher and more passionate--and we need Harrison, badly.

Never much thought of graves as a defensive player, it seems like she has pulled back all season on defense to avoid fouls. I dont know why
some teams post players can get away with bulldozing everyone around them while others like Graves draw fouls everytime they look at a player. Allowances for roughhousing in the paint has gotten out of hand over the last few years and now your starting to see fights in the pros because the officials have loosened the inside game calling. It seems like that probably makes for better drama on the networks.

Without a shot blocking threat like Izzy in the paint, the Lady Vols just dont have much defense inside.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to jt45:

Never much thought of graves as a defensive player, it seems like she has pulled back all season on defense to avoid fouls. I dont know why
some teams post players can get away with bulldozing everyone around them while others like Graves draw fouls everytime they look at a player. Allowances for roughhousing in the paint has gotten out of hand over the last few years and now your starting to see fights in the pros because the officials have loosened the inside game calling. It seems like that probably makes for better drama on the networks.

Without a shot blocking threat like Izzy in the paint, the Lady Vols just dont have much defense inside.

The lead (baseline) officials often ref poorly...and I don't know why.

It seems simple: if a defensive player hampers a shot, it's a foul. If an offensive player gets an advantage with a pushoff or shoulder, it's a foul.

Yet....

jt45 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Tough way for the gals to waste Spani's heroic effort. Especially without Izzy, we knew the LVs were weak inside. Too bad Meighan let her energy run away with her. It may be in part because of A&M's size, but she seemed not to have as much room for her mid-range shots after they ran her off the 3-point line, forcing her to jerk up shots she is usually smooth on, and she could never take it all the way to hoop without getting swallowed up. The early fouls against Graves and Burdick hampered the LVs' already limited ability to compete on the boards and defend inside. Just a couple of stops and/or buckets from advancing to defend their championship, but possibly indicative of their likely fate in the NCAAs if Izzy can't come back strong. Props to Jasmine Jones for a strong showing; she is going to be a great one.

A&Ms defense was the difference in this game to me. I felt like they covered Simmons every move and pretty much shut down any chance she had to create some space. I think Spani probably wasnt even considered a serious threat by coach Blair. Wich almost cost him the game.

To me it looked like Blair had the better game plan over Holly and once she saw her post not getting many touches she could have moved Kamiko to the point and tried to get Graves more touches. I like Massengale but there are times when she is just too small to get those passes over defenders to graves and she telegraphs her passes alot, leading to turnovers.

coffy73 writes:

in response to emailnodata:

A few keys:
-early on, over-passing caused turnovers
-Massengale's getting picked in open court was bad. You can always tell when a PG has too much confidence in their own skills
-awful day for all 3 guards.

Finally....I think Holly let the ladies slow down with the 10-pt lead. From there, they never got going again.

All that said and done, Kamiko was an inch away from tying the game and maybe drawing a foul.

Basketball is like that sometimes.

See, that part about slowing down with a 10 pt. lead is the difference between great teams and mediocre ones. Even when they're up by 20, the best teams keep fighting, not letting up. This Tenn. team will have a little lead and bam, they go into cruise control; TAMU is not the team to do that with. The LV players were too comfortable letting Spani score all the points. They just needed one other player to step up and help, but nobody did. Taber was tearful in the handshake line and I don't blame her; talk about being let down by your teammates!

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to NEVERBECONSERVATIVEWITHKNS:

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They (awards) mean a team that over-achieved with the talent on hand, and that those players put it all out there all season long.

Period.

BxVol writes:

This game may have been the cumlative result of a tough season playing shorthanded.Our defensive effort late in the game was not there as too many wide open looks for Texas A&M.Many times we have toughed games out but turnovers and rebounding along with the late collapse on D caught up with us,it was not to be today.
Hope Izzy is well enough to come back this season because with her we are alot stronger.Congratulations on winning the regular season Championship, and hope with Izzy back our Lady Vols return to the final 4.

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

Excellent effort, Taber Spani. It's a shame you didn't get enough help.

AlpharettaVol writes:

I would think this loss dropped them from a #2 seed to a #3 seed. Still have to beat some good teams ahead of them if they want to make any kind of impact at the Big Dance.

underthehill writes:

Lot of over reaction here..this is the same team that over achieved and won the SEC regular season championship Trophy..no team in the SEC appears likely to make it to the final four..so anything this team does in the big show is gravy..Simmons just had a bad day..UT would not have been in this game w/o Simmons..lighten up a bit and be reasonable..this Lady Vols team has had a very good year..congratulations to them all..next year looks to be a possible return to the top tier..

SevenT writes:

I was hoping the Vols would win so I could watch Kentucky beat them again.

Just Sayin

underthehill writes:

in response to SevenT:

I was hoping the Vols would win so I could watch Kentucky beat them again.

Just Sayin

I was hoping the refs wouldn't help UK against Fla ..but that didn't happen..Archie Goodwin..the most over rated player ever to play at UK..was bailed out by bad calls numerous times when he was out of control and could have been called for charging..insead he was given charity free throws..typical UK win at home..they will not get these calls away from Rupp...

Millisa writes:

Taber and Kamiko played their hearts out The others did not help them They have Got To Take Ownership and Step UP NOW.

coffy73 writes:

in response to underthehill:

I was hoping the refs wouldn't help UK against Fla ..but that didn't happen..Archie Goodwin..the most over rated player ever to play at UK..was bailed out by bad calls numerous times when he was out of control and could have been called for charging..insead he was given charity free throws..typical UK win at home..they will not get these calls away from Rupp...

What does this have to do with what everyone else is talking about? I could care less about any mens team, we're talking about the womens game; try another board!

xvolx writes:

Hate that they lost, but it doesn't matter. A two still plays a three and a three plays a two. So, unless a biased committee makes us a four, we're ok.

huntined#565710 writes:

A&M has a good coach hard to beat him two times Our team just did not have the hot hand like they did in the last game. Heck man our Baseball team won our Softball team won and our Men won good day to be a VOL..

dwolfcreek#397971 writes:

in response to oldster:

Massengale is a waste of a scholarship. She cannot guard a paraplegic. They have to play a zone because of her inadequacies. She supposedly is a good ball handler and is proficient at running the offense. Darn if she has been good at either in the last three games. They have to play her because of the short bench, but as soon as they get anyone who can dribble and walk at the same time, they need to revoke her scholarship, or, at least, just set her on the bench. Unfortunately, today Williams and Simmons stunk, too.

I would disagree with Nell Fortner about how to play offense against an overplaying defense like A&M. Neither one on one nor screens are particulary effective against such. Rather one clears out the lane and back door cuts them.

You are exactly right .

rabblerowser writes:

in response to xvolx:

Hate that they lost, but it doesn't matter. A two still plays a three and a three plays a two. So, unless a biased committee makes us a four, we're ok.

OK...OK? A loss is OK ? You gotta be a UK fan!!!

dwolfcreek#397971 writes:

in response to NEVERBECONSERVATIVEWITHKNS:

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BULLSHAT

underthehill writes:

in response to coffy73:

What does this have to do with what everyone else is talking about? I could care less about any mens team, we're talking about the womens game; try another board!

I was responding to Seven T..Ky fan ..stay out of it..

Roxie writes:

We got out-coached.
Congrats to Spani! Awesome game. But be careful, coach likes all players to score the same. Why is Massengale there?Everyone else gets yanked out with one bad shot/decision.

oldster writes:

in response to Roxie:

We got out-coached.
Congrats to Spani! Awesome game. But be careful, coach likes all players to score the same. Why is Massengale there?Everyone else gets yanked out with one bad shot/decision.

I do not know if I agree with you. I do not think Holly had many choices. She has to have a point guard and all three were having bad games. Simmons was really frustrated and, as usually happens when she gets frustrated was taking stupid shots and playing reckless defense. Kamiko was doing lots of other stuff, but could not shoot at all - still, if Holly made a bad decision it was to play Massengale at all except maybe to rest Kamiko. The zone defense gave A&M too many open shots (if they had hit even a decent percentage of the open shots they got they would have beaten the LVs by 30), but when Massengale plays they cannot play man because she simply cannot guard any uncrippled human being. She may be the single worst man to man defender I have seen in my over 50 years of watching basketball at levels from 10 year olds through pros (both genders). This is not recent. This has been the way she has been since she got here. It just was not so noticable with Johnson last year and Harrison last year covering for her.

SummittsCourt writes:

Perspective - despite the loss the Lady Vols have over achieved this year. You start with a young team, throw in some injuries and depth issues and they are a lay up away from tying this game and sending it into overtime.

Yeah, I wish they had won, but the season is not over yet, so keep the faith.

oldster writes:

in response to underthehill:

Lot of over reaction here..this is the same team that over achieved and won the SEC regular season championship Trophy..no team in the SEC appears likely to make it to the final four..so anything this team does in the big show is gravy..Simmons just had a bad day..UT would not have been in this game w/o Simmons..lighten up a bit and be reasonable..this Lady Vols team has had a very good year..congratulations to them all..next year looks to be a possible return to the top tier..

You are right and wrong, Under. You are right that this team overachieved and that no team in the SEC is likely to make it to the Final Four - certainly not the Lady Vols. You are wrong about the over reactions, though. By overachieving the Lady Vols raised expectations which have been dashed by their reverting to their true nature. They overachieved by smoke, mirrors, great coaching (hiding the team's glaring deficiencies on defense - particulary by their guards), and great, great effort. Today only one or two girls gave great effort and the coaching was not great in that Holly could not find a way to hide Ariel Massengale. Therefore, they lost. Further, I doubt that they will beat any decent team again this year (i.e. they might - might - make it to the Sweet Sixteen, but certainly no further). Moreover, the team will never raise to its previous high levels as long as Ariel Massengale plays a prominent part unless she discovers some quickness and how to quit being faked out by the slightest fakes in the history of the game.

SoddyVol writes:

Instead of Spani getting a lot of credit for a Vol win, Simmons, great at times, couldn't hit and at least twice had the ball flicked away and stolen during a drive towards the basket. Ariel having the ball taken away by a single defender in open court hurt. This team is just not mature and tough nor do they have enough killer instinct to win like they should.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to dwolfcreek#397971:

This was a tough loss , the seniors did great . Ariel Massengale is not a point guard , she can't handle the ball and makes bad decisions .

You are right about Massengale. However she was designated our starting point guard by Pat before Massengale even signed her letter of intent. That designation ran a very good starting point guard off.Massengale can not handle the ball very well. Neither can anyone else most of the time.Tennessee will win no more than two games in the NCAA. Next year should be our year.

massvolfan writes:

I would never minimize what Simmons has done for this team this year. However, when your best player, league co-player of the year, league leading scorer, simply fails to show up in the biggest game of the year (to date), it is simply sad. She was simply stripped of the ball three consecutive possessions, resulting in 6 A&M points...they lost by 4. Very disappointing.

underthehill writes:

in response to oldster:

You are right and wrong, Under. You are right that this team overachieved and that no team in the SEC is likely to make it to the Final Four - certainly not the Lady Vols. You are wrong about the over reactions, though. By overachieving the Lady Vols raised expectations which have been dashed by their reverting to their true nature. They overachieved by smoke, mirrors, great coaching (hiding the team's glaring deficiencies on defense - particulary by their guards), and great, great effort. Today only one or two girls gave great effort and the coaching was not great in that Holly could not find a way to hide Ariel Massengale. Therefore, they lost. Further, I doubt that they will beat any decent team again this year (i.e. they might - might - make it to the Sweet Sixteen, but certainly no further). Moreover, the team will never raise to its previous high levels as long as Ariel Massengale plays a prominent part unless she discovers some quickness and how to quit being faked out by the slightest fakes in the history of the game.

I didn't see Carter play that much before her injury ..but apparently Holly thought she was going to be better than Massengale..I think about the same as you on ..may make it to the Sweet Sixteen..even so..they have had a good year..

LVFL90 writes:

in response to NEVERBECONSERVATIVEWITHKNS:

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Do not criticize Simmons. She was really well covered all day and they didn't expect the shooting skill of Spani. Frankly, I've never seen her like that. Everyone gave it their all this season and I'm very proud of them. Simmons is just great and is such a competitor. We really needed a big, true post player as Kelsey Bone is BIG. Injuries, Freshmen, and everything, it's been a great season and now onto the NCAA tournament. Can't wait to see how this terrific group of young ladies will entertain us next. Go Lady Vols!!

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

I've not been looking for much out of this team come the NCAA's.

If, IF they get a decent draw, maybe Round of 8....
but I won't be that disappointed regardless.

They need depth everywhere.

LVFL90 writes:

Boy, I hate all the negative comments. We lost our starting five, we have two new coaches and a new head coach. We played a lot of freshmen and we had a lot of injuries and we still won the SEC. What a terrific year. Enjoyed almost every minute. The glass is far more than half full. Holly, you and your staff did a great job.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to LVFL90:

Boy, I hate all the negative comments. We lost our starting five, we have two new coaches and a new head coach. We played a lot of freshmen and we had a lot of injuries and we still won the SEC. What a terrific year. Enjoyed almost every minute. The glass is far more than half full. Holly, you and your staff did a great job.

I honestly don't see many of the old-timers being too negative.

Some are kind of disappointed, sure.

This team has done great. Today, with Harrison, we probably win going away. It's just not a real deep bunch.

Tell the truth, though, more fun that the last 3-4 season, IMO.

richvol writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

You are right about Massengale. However she was designated our starting point guard by Pat before Massengale even signed her letter of intent. That designation ran a very good starting point guard off.Massengale can not handle the ball very well. Neither can anyone else most of the time.Tennessee will win no more than two games in the NCAA. Next year should be our year.

This is so true...Massingale being designated the starting point by Pat while still in High School was not a good decision. Massingale is too overconfident and sloppy with her passes AND is a terrible defender. It's like playing four on five. Honestly I don't see what Holly sees in her as Kamiko should have been the starter all season. Turnovers,turnovers,turnovers...

cdtnladyvols931#663910 writes:

in response to oldster:

Massengale is a waste of a scholarship. She cannot guard a paraplegic. They have to play a zone because of her inadequacies. She supposedly is a good ball handler and is proficient at running the offense. Darn if she has been good at either in the last three games. They have to play her because of the short bench, but as soon as they get anyone who can dribble and walk at the same time, they need to revoke her scholarship, or, at least, just set her on the bench. Unfortunately, today Williams and Simmons stunk, too.

I would disagree with Nell Fortner about how to play offense against an overplaying defense like A&M. Neither one on one nor screens are particulary effective against such. Rather one clears out the lane and back door cuts them.

Nell Fartner is a Ding-Bat anyway! What does she know! Is that why she gave up coaching, to go from station to station thinking she knows everything!!!!!!! I wished she would go off somewhere and flea herself!!!!

TheEffect writes:

in response to underthehill:

Lot of over reaction here..this is the same team that over achieved and won the SEC regular season championship Trophy..no team in the SEC appears likely to make it to the final four..so anything this team does in the big show is gravy..Simmons just had a bad day..UT would not have been in this game w/o Simmons..lighten up a bit and be reasonable..this Lady Vols team has had a very good year..congratulations to them all..next year looks to be a possible return to the top tier..

So much for getting a rematch of Kentucky vs the Lady Vols in the SEC Tournament....too bad you couldn't "Make it".

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to richvol:

This is so true...Massingale being designated the starting point by Pat while still in High School was not a good decision. Massingale is too overconfident and sloppy with her passes AND is a terrible defender. It's like playing four on five. Honestly I don't see what Holly sees in her as Kamiko should have been the starter all season. Turnovers,turnovers,turnovers...

I groused heavily about that at the time.

You simply do not know until a player hits the college floor.

What's more...the team with Massengale and Tuck played my daughter's team...and my daughter's team BEAT them in AAU play. Massengale was eaten up by a girl who later went on to play softball.

Coaches.....screw up.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

...and, no, I did not go up to CPS and say "don't recruit her". She was also recruiting a kid from our team, too, who she did not get.

reg_mza#219136 writes:

in response to richvol:

This is so true...Massingale being designated the starting point by Pat while still in High School was not a good decision. Massingale is too overconfident and sloppy with her passes AND is a terrible defender. It's like playing four on five. Honestly I don't see what Holly sees in her as Kamiko should have been the starter all season. Turnovers,turnovers,turnovers...

On the fortunate side, Reynolds and Carter both get to handle the ball next year so we don't have to depend on Massengale if she gets into one of those ruts. As surprising a spot up three point shooter she is, just so many intangibles she needs to get better at and quickly.

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