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Old 02-21-2014, 10:21 AM   #126
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I hate knee injuries:

Everything changed 16 seconds into the third quarter.

The Grandview Prep girls basketball team lost star center Vionese Pierre-Louis when she landed wrong hurting her right knee. Even without one star, another stepped up.

Point guard Neydja Petithomme scored 20 points, along with eight rebounds, eight steals and five assists, helping Grandview win its first Class 2A state title with a 45-32 win over Sarasota Christian (23-8) on Thursday.

"Losing Vi-Vi is a big deal for us, a major loss for us," said Grandview coach Gary Downing, whose team had lost in the state semifinals the past two years. "But at the same time we've preached about being a team all year."

Losing Pierre-Louis, a 6-foot-4 Oklahoma signee, gave the initial appearance Grandview (25-2) would struggle inside. Downing moved sophomores Nadiah Isaac and Summer Burgess into the post supplementing Pierre-Louis's absence.

The move paid off with Isaac scoring 11 points and nine rebounds while the tireless Burgess scored eight points and 10 rebounds.

Still, the game and state tournament belonged to Petithomme. Petithomme, an Auburn commit, came up big in Grandview's 41-39 semifinal win over Tallahassee FAMU on Tuesday forcing two turnovers, setting up the go-ahead basket and hitting a free throw all in the last two minutes.

Petithomme turned it on by getting to the lane with ease working through double and triple teams to either score or set someone up.

When the final buzzer sounded, all of Grandview's players hugged and celebrated the victory. Pierre-Louis, who had four points, five rebounds and three blocks in eight minutes, was helped to center court by her teammates for the trophy presentation.

Pierre-Louis said she didn't know the extent of her injury.

"I remember looking down," she recalled, "and my knee was in two different directions and then I started screaming from there."
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:00 AM   #127
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:01 AM   #128
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I hate knee injuries:

Everything changed 16 seconds into the third quarter.

The Grandview Prep girls basketball team lost star center Vionese Pierre-Louis when she landed wrong hurting her right knee. Even without one star, another stepped up.

Point guard Neydja Petithomme scored 20 points, along with eight rebounds, eight steals and five assists, helping Grandview win its first Class 2A state title with a 45-32 win over Sarasota Christian (23-8) on Thursday.

"Losing Vi-Vi is a big deal for us, a major loss for us," said Grandview coach Gary Downing, whose team had lost in the state semifinals the past two years. "But at the same time we've preached about being a team all year."

Losing Pierre-Louis, a 6-foot-4 Oklahoma signee, gave the initial appearance Grandview (25-2) would struggle inside. Downing moved sophomores Nadiah Isaac and Summer Burgess into the post supplementing Pierre-Louis's absence.

The move paid off with Isaac scoring 11 points and nine rebounds while the tireless Burgess scored eight points and 10 rebounds.

Still, the game and state tournament belonged to Petithomme. Petithomme, an Auburn commit, came up big in Grandview's 41-39 semifinal win over Tallahassee FAMU on Tuesday forcing two turnovers, setting up the go-ahead basket and hitting a free throw all in the last two minutes.

Petithomme turned it on by getting to the lane with ease working through double and triple teams to either score or set someone up.

When the final buzzer sounded, all of Grandview's players hugged and celebrated the victory. Pierre-Louis, who had four points, five rebounds and three blocks in eight minutes, was helped to center court by her teammates for the trophy presentation.

Pierre-Louis said she didn't know the extent of her injury.

"I remember looking down," she recalled, "and my knee was in two different directions and then I started screaming from there."
Sure hope it's not ACL! Glad she got the State Championship though!
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:26 AM   #129
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If someone could figure out how to make a knee brace that would prevent ACLs, I think I know a university that would pay millions.
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:30 AM   #130
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NOOOOOOOOO! Please don't let it be an injury that keeps her out next year. We really need this kid. I hope and pray she is okay to go by summer workouts.
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:08 PM   #131
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Gabbi scored 29 pts today. Not bad but maybe not great until you consider that was in the first half.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:17 PM   #132
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Gabbi Ortiz truly saved her best for last Saturday.

On Senior Night, The Prairie School senior guard scored a career-high 34 points, including 24 in the second quarter, and the Lady Hawks beat Metro Classic Conference foe St. Catherine’s 62-43 in Prairie’s final home game in the Johnson Athletic Center.

Gabbi was on fire offensively,” Prairie coach Melody Owsley said. “She was 5 for 6 behind the 3-point line and 8 for 10 (from the field) in the quarter. She was in a rhythm I haven’t seen her in in a long time.
“It was exciting to see her level of play — that’s the best I’ve seen Gabbi play since she’s been in a Prairie uniform.”

St. Catherine’s coach Sean Brady was also impressed by Ortiz’s play in the second quarter.

With Gabbi, if you don’t get a hand in her face, that’s an open look for her,” Brady said. “No coach wants to go against a kid like that, but she’s a great kid and it’s been a pleasure to watch her play.”

The Lady Hawks (21-0, 15-0 MCC), ranked No. 1 among Division 4 teams in the Associated Press state poll, played good team defense, Owsley said. Behind Ortiz and the defense, Prairie led 44-18 at halftime.

“Their size was a problem and I thought we defended very well,” Owsley said. “We had a lot of transition baskets in the second quarter.”

Ortiz also had 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Senior center Kate Andreucci had 14 points, nine rebounds and two steals.

Owsley praised her seniors and said this is a special group.

“They continue to impress me,” Owsley said. “I’m extremely proud of what the seniors represent on the court and represent as young women.”

Senior guard Sabrina Stulo led the Angels (13-8, 8-7), who had won five of their last seven games, with 14 points, and junior forward Chenedy Wiles had 13 points and eight rebounds.
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Old 02-25-2014, 12:22 PM   #133
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http://prospectsnation.com/story/eva...te-gabbi-ortiz
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Old 02-26-2014, 06:06 PM   #134
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Has there been any updates on the knee injury to Pierre-Louis? Anyone know anything since her injury?
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:44 PM   #135
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Has there been any updates on the knee injury to Pierre-Louis? Anyone know anything since her injury?
Yeah, ttt.

Someone should know something by now, it has been over a week since it happened...
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:39 AM   #136
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Nothing I could find in the South Florida newspaper that covered Grandview Prep.
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:14 AM   #137
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She had an MRI yesterday, and will have the results on Monday. I just called the school.
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:34 AM   #138
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syb,
that sounds bad.
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:38 AM   #139
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Well, our experience is negative. But, it could be less than what we anticipate. They did wait a week. I guess that is for the swelling to recede.
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:14 AM   #140
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She had an MRI yesterday, and will have the results on Monday. I just called the school.
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:54 PM   #141
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Many thanks, Sybarite, for the info.
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:22 PM   #142
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Thank you Syb. I'll keep hoping for the best.
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Old 03-03-2014, 11:05 AM   #143
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Article from Racine newspaper as Gabbi's Prairie School starts the Wisconsin state tourney:

http://journaltimes.com/sports/high-...9bb2963f4.html
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:07 AM   #144
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Article from the Oklahoman on LaNesia's Northeast team:

http://newsok.com/class-2a-basketbal...rticle/3939845
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Old 03-08-2014, 06:05 AM   #145
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WIND POINT — As Sammie Woodward went to the free-throw line with the weight of the world on her shoulders Friday night, she transported herself into another place.

This wasn’t the packed Johnson Athletic Center and a season wasn’t on the line. This was just a casual practice and Woodward was in her own world.

Placing herself in that environment, the sophomore guard for The Prairie School girls basketball team made two crucial throws to help give the Lady Hawks a 52-45 victory over a determined St. Catherine’s in a WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal.

Prairie (23-0), the top-ranked Division 4 team in the state, advances to the regional championship at 7 tonight against Shoreland Lutheran in the Johnson Athletic Center. Shoreland Lutheran (17-7) advanced with a 43-42 victory over Kenosha St. Joseph.

Without Woodward, Prairie might not have been in that position.

Prairie was leading 46-43 with 27 seconds left when Woodward was intentionally fouled by Sabrina Stulo. If Woodward missed the front end of a one-and-one, St. Catherine’s coach Sean Brady was prepared to set up either Stulo or Sydney Smith — both deadly 3-point specialists — for the potential game-tying shot.

Woodward never let it get to that point, calmly making both of her attempts. Ortiz and Woodward went on to make four more free throws in the final 17 seconds to finally secure this game.

“I just pretended that we were up by 30 and I was shooting a free throw in practice,” said Woodward, who scored seven of her nine points in the second half and also grabbed a team-high six rebounds. “In practice, we shoot 25 and I try to make 20 to 25 every day.”

St. Catherine’s (15-9), which lost to Prairie 63-49 and 62-43 during the regular season, came at Prairie with everything it had. Stulo hit three 3-pointers and scored 16 points in her final high school game. Chenedy Wiles scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half. Natalia Iruegas grabbed 12 boards to help St. Catherine’s to a 36-26 rebounding advantage.

As late as 4:36 left in the third quarter, St. Catherine’s led 28-27 after Stulo made a 3-pointer. And the Angels simply would not go away.

With 36 seconds left, Megan Wolf fouled Stulo during a 3-point attempt and Stulo made all three attempts to pull to within 46-43. But Prairie, told a cautionary tale by coach Melody Owsley, took care of business on the free-throw line behind Woodward and Ortiz.

Referencing the Catholic Central boys’ 53-46 sectional loss to Central Wisconsin Christian Thursday night, Owsley underscored the value of free throws. And Prairie responded by going 14 for 16 from the line.

“I actually had on the board tonight that the BCC boys were up seven field goals, but lost the game on the free-throw line,” Owsley said.

For Ortiz, who finished with 19 points, four assists and four steals, Friday’s hard-fought victory was all part of being a high-profile team.

“We have a big target on our back,” the University of Oklahoma recruit said. “We knew it was going to be closer. They fought well and they played us tough.”

For Brady, it was an effort that made him proud.

“They fought extremely hard from the tip-off to the final buzzer,” Brady said.

“It was like a prize fight where whoever was going to withstand the final punch was going to win.”
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:48 AM   #146
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Sammie Woodward kept a good thing going Saturday for The Prairie School girls basketball team.

A night after making two free throws with the game on the line, the sophomore guard went 7 of 8 from the field and scored 23 points as the Lady Hawks beat Somers Shoreland Lutheran 48-32 in a WIAA Division 4 regional championship game at Prairie’s Johnson Athletic Center.

Prairie (24-0) will play Whitefish Bay Dominican at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a Division 4 sectional semifinal at Horlick High School. Dominican, a member of the Metro Classic Conference with the Lady Hawks, beat Greendale Martin Luther 50-34 Saturday in another regional final. Prairie swept the Knights during the regular season (48-32 at Dominican Dec. 17, 51-32 at Prairie Jan. 31).

Woodward went 4 for 5 from 3-point range, making two 3s in the first quarter and two more in the second half. She went 5 for 5 at the free-throw line, all in the fourth, and had 10 points in the fourth.

“She was on fire,” Prairie coach Melody Owsley said. “I told her during a walk-through (before the game) that she has ice water in her veins. She was unconscious and she had no hesitation (to shoot) and that’s nice to see from a sophomore.”

Woodward wasn’t the only highlight for the Lady Hawks. Senior center Kate Andreucci, in her final game in the Johnson Athletic Center, made a 12-foot jump shot off a pass from senior guard Gabbi Ortiz in the fourth quarter to give her 1,000 points for her career. Coming into the game, Andreucci needed four points to hit the milestone, and that’s what she did.

“It was sweet for Kate to finish her last home game like that,” Owsley said.

Megan Wolf was a “monster” on the boards, Owsley said, grabbing eight rebounds to go with her four points, four assists and two steals. She helped hold two of Shoreland’s top scorers, sisters Ellie and Hannah Harmeyer, to nine points each, well under their scoring averages.

Ortiz finished with 10 points and four assists.

“They picked up Gabbi full-court man-to-man,” Owsley said. “She did a great job of distributing the ball and she had a different role tonight. I though she did a nice job taking control late in the game.”


Lauren Stanich led the Lady Pacers (17-8) with 10 points.
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:51 PM   #147
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RACINE — As the big scoreboard clock ticked down with a gasping crowd looking on in disbelief, a game, season and era came to an end Wednesday night.

And there were no words to describe the agony for The Prairie School girls basketball team.

The previously undefeated and top-ranked Lady Hawks were stunned 35-34 by Whitefish Bay Dominican in a WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal in Horlick’s John R. Belden Fieldhouse.

All-State guard Gabbi Ortiz, doubled up as time ran down to six seconds, fired a pass to Sammie Woodward in the corner. But Woodward’s shot was off the mark and Ortiz’s desperate attempt at a putback under the basket wouldn’t drop as time expired.

It was the first loss for Prairie (24-1) since last March 14, when it also lost by a point in a semifinal. Only that was to Colfax in the state tournament at Green Bay — a road trip the Lady Hawks lost out on Wednesday night.

“It’s very painful,” said Ortiz, who finished with 13 points and nine rebounds in her final high school game. “It’s sticking us in the heart, but I can’t thank my team and our coaches enough. We weren’t looking to go down like this, but I’m just proud of how our team fought.”

Why did Prairie lose for the first time this season? And against a team it defeated by 16 and 19 points during the regular season? The biggest reason was Allazia Blockton, a 5-foot-10 junior forward for Dominican who averages 24 points per game.

In addition to scoring all but 12 of her team’s points, Blockton was a force defensively. Playing what Prairie assistant coach Steve Shaffer described as, “a one-man zone,” in the man-to-man defense Dominican showed the Lady Hawks for the first time this season, Blockton drifted under the basket and doubled up on Prairie players.

With Blockton so consistently disruptive, Prairie went just 14 for 50 from the floor en route to a season-low point total. In the second half, when the Lady Hawks were held to 10 points, they were 5 for 28 from the floor, including 0 for 6 from 3-point range after halftime.

“We gave great help on both of their scorers — Woodward and Ortiz,” Dominican coach Kevin Schramka said. “It was defense that won the game tonight.”

For only the final few minutes of the first half did the Prairie team that went 48-4 the last two seasons seem to be on the floor. Dominican led 13-12 with 2:48 left in the second quarter before Prairie went on a 12-2 run behind Ortiz to take a 24-15 halftime lead.

Ortiz capped the run by taking the inbounds from Megan Wolf and swishing a long 3-pointer as the horn sounded.

The invigorated Lady Hawks charged into their locker room and it appeared that the tide of his game was changing for good.

But it was not to be. Dominican (16-9) went on a 10-2 run to open the second half, pulling to within 26-25 with 2:36 left in the third quarter. From that point, the slow-paced Knights kept this game a chess match.

“Our shots weren’t dropping and, sometimes, we were taking a few steps back on defense,” said Megan Wolf, one of six Prairie seniors. “We didn’t really come out as hard in the second half as we should have.”

As sluggish as the Lady Hawks were in their 10-point second half, they still had their chances.

With Dominican leading 35-34 and 1:40 left, Kate Andreucci missed inside after taking a pass from Ortiz. Five seconds later, Blockton was called for an offensive foul, giving Prairie another chance.

With 46 seconds left, Ortiz again set up Andreucci with an inside pass, but her shot wouldn’t fall and Blockton was fouled on the rebound. Her first free-throw attempt in the bonus situation missed and Prairie got another chance to pull this one out at the end.

Ortiz desperately tried to create something for herself against extreme pressure, but finally fired a pass to Woodward, who had scored 23 points in Prairie’s regional championship victory over Somers Shoreland Lutheran last Saturday. Woodward had a clean look, but it was not to be.

“Gabbi had a nice opportunity for a putback at the end,” Prairie coach Melody Owsley said. “We had opportunities, but it just didn’t fall. Sometimes that basket is huge and sometimes it’s small.”

And now the Ortiz Era has concluded at Prairie without that grand finale.

“I’m very disappointed, but I’m very, very proud of my team,” Owsley said. “All of the Racine community was here tonight and, offensively, we just didn’t tick like we have the whole season. But I love every one of these seniors.”
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Old 04-26-2014, 07:25 PM   #148
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Old 04-30-2014, 05:37 PM   #149
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Top heavy for 2016 at SB Blueprint: Joyner Holmes, Kalani Brown, Amber Ramirez, Chelsea Dungee, Suge Sutton, Jada Underwood, Natasha Mack...

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