score: Storm 84 Monarchs 66 (W) (2-1 preseason)
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Sue, no LJ, no problem. We had Betty and Izi. On the defesive
end we also had A-Rob and Tanisha.
Janell played only the first half minute in the game. I hope
she is not injured and AD just wanted to rest her.
Most impressive player: A-Rob
She is a blocking machine. With long arms of hers, she blocks
like a 6'6" or 6'7" player. She was blocking, hustling,
sweeping up the rebounds after our missed shots, tying the
ball up if she missed a rebound, working hard and making things
happen in the paint for us. She is going to replace Wendy
as the first post off the bench. She should get the MIP award
Second most impressive: Izi.
Well we all know what she does when she turns on the after
burners and gets busy on the offensive end. But she was also
very active on the defensive end in this game. Stealing, diving
for the balls, disrupting the Monarchs' defense... Sacto had
a lot of trouble running their offense when Izi and T were
both on the floor. Izi had with 17pts in this game.
Then of course we had Betty. Same old Betty. She missed a
bunch in the first half and then shot the daylights out in
the second half. She is the top scorer with 25 pts.
Tanisha was terrific defensively. She harrassed and disrupted
the Monarchs guards all the time, the same guards well known
for their own defense. Tanisha was dishing out just as much
as she was getting and then some more. However I am still
uncomfortable with her running the offense.
Gearlds is a great pick. She is going to be an imapct player
in a year or two. She missed a lot early during the game and
then her shots started falling. She finished with 15 points.
As a rookie she is making a lot of mistakes, losing the ball
when pressed, etc... But she is an offensive weapon and has
the potential to be a significant contributor.
Not impressed: Ely.
There is no way she is a better player than Turner. The only
reason she is here is because Turner is absent. If she is
kept over Turner, it will be because the coach is mad at Turner
for missing the training camp.
I have a good feeling about this team. Unlike last year, we
have good scorers and good defenders in our bench. WE HAVE
A BENCH! Barring major injuries, this team can make another
run for a championship.