UConn women basketball play Baylor in Texas – WTNH.com

For Geno Auriemma and the UConn women, the 11-0 Huskies still have 3 more out of the last conference games left.

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Nebraska basketball team will tour Washington D.C. with Sen. Ben Sasse – Omaha World-Herald

The team is leaving a day earlier than usual for its Jan. 2 game against Maryland to get a personalized tour of the U.S. Capitol building with Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse. Sasse reached out to the program about the possibility of the tour not long after the season’s schedule came out.

“There might not be fog machines or Runzas, but the U.S. Capitol building is a special part of America’s history. We love sharing it with Nebraskans.” Sasse said in a statement. “Plus, I’m always looking for excuses to wear Husker red at work.”

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The team will visit the Senate, the Capitol Rotunda, the Statuary Hall and the Senate Subway.

“Coach Miles and this year’s team have a chance to make some of their own history. Nebraskans can’t wait to see what they can do,” Sasse said.

Miles joked that he didn’t want any girls chasing his guys on New Year’s Eve, so that’s why the team was getting out of town.

“Senator Sasse is going to show us around the Capitol, which I’m guessing is going to be flowing with lawmakers ready to go for the new term,” said Miles, referring to the current government shutdown.

Nebraska forward Isaac Copeland smiled when asked about heading out early for the tour.

“I mean, I ain’t gonna lie, we don’t care for it,” Copeland said, laughing. “But, I mean, it’ll be nice to do something as a team and be out there a little bit. Have some down time. Hopefully we’ll be able to walk around and shop and spend a little bit of this Christmas money.”

Top 10 boys basketball performances last week in Greater Cincinnati, Dec. 31 – Cincinnati.com

Top 10 performances for both boys and girls basketball will be published each Monday. To nominate a deserving athlete, report scores to prepsports@enquirer.com or contact prep writers John Snodgrass (jsnodgrass@enquirer.com) or Shelby Dermer (sdermer@enquirer.com). The same athletes will not be highlighted in consecutive weeks.

Here’s our final rundown of top 10 individual boys basketball performances from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for 2018. This list is based on games played during the week of Dec. 24 to Dec. 30. 

10. Ross’ Cooper Shields vs. Northwest 

Led by Shields, the Rams got a big early-season road conference win over Northwest Dec. 28 to improve to 7-2. The senior guard tallied a game-high 18 points, making 6-of-9 shots including a pair of three-pointers to help Ross turn a six-point halftime deficit into a 52-51 victory. 

9. New Miami’s Deanza Duncan vs. Hillcrest 

The sophomore guard continued a string of big-time performances with a 26-point outing in New Miami’s 71-46 victory over Hillcrest Dec. 28. Duncan has scored 20-plus points in three of the last four games, helping anchor the Vikings to a 6-2 record. 

8. Hamilton’s Jaylen Robinson vs. Lebanon

In a low-scoring, non-conference affair with Lebanon, Robinson was the game’s top scorer. The senior guard totaled 22 points and added five steals and five assists in the Big Blue’s 48-47 win. At 16.4 points per game, Robinson is the fourth leading scorer in the Greater Miami Conference, with teammate D’Marco Howard occupying the top spot at 20 points per clip. 

7. Western Hills’ Montev Ware vs. Riverview East

The sophomore helped Western Hills snap a four-game losing streak Dec. 28 with a game-high 25 points in the Mustangs’ dominating 72-32 triumph over Riverview East. One day later, Ware had 18 points and five boards in a loss to Fairfield. 

6. Fairfield’s Steven Taylor vs. Western Hills

Fairfield snapped a five-game skid with an 80-67 win over Western Hills Dec. 29. Taylor, a senior forward, led the Indians with 24 points and was a flawless 8-for-8 from the field, only misfiring from the charity stripe, where he went 8-for-12.

5. Beechwood’s Scotty Draud vs. Wayne County and Somerset 

Draud had 27 points and six rebounds as the Tigers outlasted Wayne County 67-62 in the opening round of the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic Dec. 27. One day later, Draud had 21 points in an 81-74 victory over Somerset. 

4. Newport’s Makhi McGuire vs. Simon Kenton

The senior forward came up big in the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic, scoring 27 points as Newport outlasted Simon Kenton 84-71. One day later, McGuire had 18 points in a 54-51 victory over Lexington Catholic. Over the first three days of the tournament, McGuire shot 50 percent from the field (22-for-44). 

3. Campbell County’s Reid Jolly vs. Oldham County, Lexington Christian and West Jessamine

Jolly led the Camels to a pair of wins in the Central Bank Classic. Jolly had a 24-point, 11-rebound double-double in Campbell County’s 72-48 first-round win over Oldham County, then went for 28 and 14 boards in a 53-51 loss to the Lexington Christian. In the tournament finale, the senior forward had 32 in a 72-50 handling of West Jessamine. 

2. D’arris Dean vs. Madison County and Beechwood

The senior was named the Most Valuable Player of the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic last week. Dean had 33 points and 10 rebounds as the Falcons’ edged Madison County in overtime, 94-66. In the tournament championship, Dean had 14 points and six boards to lead Aiken past Beechwood, 63-59. The Falcons are 9-1 and tied atop the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference. 

1. Hughes’ Paul McMillan IV in Nature Coast Holiday Tournament

The standout freshman lit up the Sunshine State last week and was named to the all-tournament team in the Clearwater, Florida event. McMillan scored 28 and 21 points in respective victories over host Clearwater and Alonso, then dropped a tournament-high 40 in the Big Red’s 88-77 loss to Wesley Christian in the championship game. Winners of five of its last six, Hughes opens the 2019 portion of its schedule with three consecutive CMAC clashes. 




Rossville boys basketball claims Indiana Kitchen Holiday Classic title – Journal & Courier

Staff reports
Published 10:50 a.m. ET Dec. 30, 2018

Dirk Shaw’s 15 points led a balanced offense that carried Rossville to the Indiana Kitchen Holiday Classic championship Saturday night with a 54-46 boys basketball victory at Delphi.

Bryce Oliver added 12 points and Dawson Jacoby had 11 for the Hornets (7-2).

Zach Townsend led the Oracles (6-4) with 13 points. Garrett Tomson and Blake Carroll added 12 points apiece.

Delphi won’t have to wait long to get a rematch with Rossville, as it hosts the Hornets on Saturday.

Bi-County Tournament

Caleb Elmore scored 16 of his game-high 25 points in the first half, helping Covington grab an insurmountable lead on its way to a 57-40 victory over Seeger in the championship game.

Elmore missed just one of his 13 field goal attempts and nearly completed a double-double with a team-high nine rebounds.

Joseph Waling led Seeger with 18 points.

Clinton Central Tournament

Grant McGraw found the range from behind the 3-point arc, making 4 of 8 on his way to a team-high 13 points as Clinton Prairie captured the championship with a 51-34 victory over the host Bulldogs.

Haden Sorrell’s 13 points led Carroll past Tri-Central 43-37 in the third place game.

Girls basketball

Bismark-Henning Tournament

Benton Central rolled to the championship, getting 22 points and nine rebounds from Audrey Strawsma in a 57-37 victory against Bismarck-Henning.

Emma Fisher added 14 points and Kelsey Coffman had 13 for the Lady Bison. Kennedy Tolen matched Strawsma with nine rebounds, as BC held a 40-19 edge on the boards.

Bi-County Tournament

Attica’s 58-32 victory over Fountain Central in the third place game was marred by injuries on both sides.

Mackenzy Linville, Fountain Central’s leading scorer and rebounder, left the game with a dislocated elbow. Attica’s Charlie Martin was injured when she fell on her back. Although she was taken off the court on a stretcher, an exam at a local hospital found no fracture.

Dakota Borman led the Mustangs with seven points. Freshman Jerzi Hershberger grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Indiana Kitchen Holiday Classic

Jamie Will’s game-high 17 points and a big third quarter helped North Newton top host Delphi 53-39 in the championship game.

Lillie Smith had 11 points for Delphi, which led 23-20 at halftime but managed just three points in the third quarter to fall behind 11 points. 

Other than Madison Miller with 20 points, Rossville mustered little offense in its 45-35 loss to North Montgomery in the third place game.

Emily Sennett’s 19 points led North Montgomery.

Holiday Hoopfest: Stoneman Douglas playing with big hearts after school shooting – Naples Daily News


The tragedy of Feb. 14, 2018, when a gunman killed 17 people at the school, happened a day after the basketball team ended its season. Now the Eagles are happy to be back on the court and playing to help heal their community.

When the Marjory Stoneman Douglas boys basketball players started the season, it had been more than nine months since a gunman walked into their high school and murdered 17 of classmates and teachers.

While the school and the Parkland community are trying to move past the tragedy, they don’t want to forget the victims. That’s why, although Stoneman Douglas coach Orlando McCorvey has been asked about the events of Feb. 14 many times, he doesn’t shy away from talking about it.

Reliving the painful memories is a sort of catharsis. So is basketball.

“For me, (talking about the tragedy) has helped me kind of get over it the more I talk about it,” McCorvey said. “Initially, if you’d asked me a month after, I’d have been a mess. Every time I’ve had the opportunity to talk about it and share my experience, it’s helped heal that open wound.”

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Stoneman Douglas is in Naples this week playing in the Kelleher Firm Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest at Golden Gate High School. Even though the national media left Parkland long ago, the players still are healing, and basketball helps.

Stoneman Douglas High School head basketball coach Orlando McCorvey during their game with Golden Gate High School in the Kelleher Firm Gulfshore Holiday Hoopfest on Thursday. (Photo: Chris Tilley/Special to USA TODAY NETWORK-FLORIDA)

When a former student opened fire in the school on Feb. 14, killing 17 and wounding 17 more, it was one day after the boys basketball season ended with a loss in the district tournament. The 2017-18 season tipped off Nov. 19, and the players couldn’t wait to get back.

“It means a lot,” senior Robert Lamour said of returning to the court. “I was really eager (to play) after the tragedy. The first things that came to mind (after the shooting) was coming back and being back on the court with my brothers.

“We lost a lot. I lost one of my friends. I was hurt. Now that I’m back on the court, I feel good.”


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Abilene Cooper boys basketball gets offense going in first FiberMax Caprock Classic win – ReporterNews.com

The Cooper boys basketball team bounced back from a tough loss to open the FiberMax Caprock Classic KTBlack bracket on Thursday with a big win on Friday morning.

Four different Cougars (10-8) scored in double figures as they pulled away in the second half to beat Australian all-star team Frankston Blue 70-56. Deven Bailey led with a game-high 22 points and Josh Henry added 20 with Noah Garcia chipping in 16 in the victory at Lubbock Christian High School.

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Cooper led by four after the first quarter, but trailed 36-35 at halftime. That all changed in the third quarter as the Cougars put up 20 points, including nine from Bailey, and the defense allowed just four to turn the game around.

The victory moves the Cougars into the consolation semifinal Friday at 9 p.m. against Richland.


COOPER 70, Frankston 56

Frankston    17    19     4    16—    56

Cooper        21    14    20   15—    70

FRANKSTON — Blake Jackson 2 0-0 4, Saxon Preston 3 2-4 8, Ellis Pugh 4 2-6 11, Bryce Philippe 3 0-0 7, Tyson Carr 5 2-2 13, Tim Wells 4 0-1 8, Kurt Alaimo 2 0-0 5. Totals 23 6-13 56.

COOPER (10-8) — Josh Henry 8 0-0 20, Deven Bailey 10 1-3 22, Noah Garcia 6 1-1 16, Aeneas Favors 2 0-1 4, Ben Thompson 2 2-2 6, Deshawn McDonald 1 0-2 2. Totals 29 4-9 70.

3-Point Goals — Frankston 4 (Pugh 1, Philippe 1, Carr 1, Alaimo 1); Cooper 8 (Henry 4, Bailey 1, Garcia 3). Fouled Out — None. Technical Fouls — None. Total Fouls — Frankston 8, Cooper 16.