|Kiara Brown (Schlagle)|
|Samia Roark (Sumner Academy)|
Mya Allen of Sumner Academy was very good to me last night. Jump shot goes from mid range out to the three point line and fearless in taking the shot. Obviously a strong basketball background as her older brother was a state champion at Sumner Academy. She can handle the basketball and has a high IQ on the court.
Head back over to Schlagle and we witnessed the coming out party for Ishante Suttington. The legend of the 40 points she dropped in a middle school game shined last night. Fearless driving to the basket and confident handling and shooting the ball. She stepped back and hit a 3 one time that made heads snap back in my section including my own. Special talent!
I don’t have my program but Sumner had a freshman as well that was very good #22. She played in the JV game and made a nice play and I immediately thought why on earth is she playing in this game. It translated well last night in the varsity game as well.
I am not going to go down the entire roster of both teams but these thoughts were going through my head as I watched this battle. Ali vs Frazier type slug fest as neither team wanted to lose.
If you watched the first quarter you would have thought Sumner Academy was stuck in the mud. Schlagle turned them over and got to the rim with ease. I had ran off at the mouth calling for a blow out and I looked like a genius as the Stallions compiled a 10+ point lead in the first quarter. The Sabres were shell shocked and Schlagle perhaps relaxed for a minute.
The Sabres answered in the second quarter and started to chip away. It became very clear in the second quarter that Schlagle had some issues on clearing the defensive glass. I don’t have numbers but Sumner had to be +20 on the offensive glass. Rebounding overall was a huge challenge for Schlagle and interesting they seemed to concede them on Schlagle free throw attempts. I didn’t follow that strategy from Coach Western. He survived foul trouble last year and Kiara Brown after dominating the first quarter faced some foul trouble and Sumner was able to take advantage and eliminate the early Schlagle advantage.
The second half was simply high school competition at its best. There were plenty of mistakes made but also plenty of good and clutch plays that helped drive the game into OT. I thought Elizabeth Vaughn was very good in the second half. She made some clutch free throws down the stretch that again got the game into OT. Schlagle in the end just made a few more plays.
I don’t know what it is about this game and coaching moments but they seem to come to mind.
First it is simply not good for Sumner to not shoot a 3 at the end of the second OT. The ball can not be passed into the post and certainly can’t entertain shooting a 2 point shot in that situation.
Second and this honestly takes an incredibly high level of experience and understanding of the rules. With 17 second remaining in the second OT Sumner Academy made a shot to get the game to 1. They however failed to call time out to stop the clock. Literally I think Schlagle could have gone a long way of ending the game without even taking the ball out. In that scenario I would love to see a player just let the ball sit there on the ground while the clock rolls. The ref would then be forced to get to the ball and hand it to you. If the ref is not on his toes we literally could have seen the rest of the clock run out. Once the ball is handed to the player you have 5 seconds to inbound the ball so again essentially ending the game. This is why high school coaches keep their timeouts. The problem is you rarely see a situation where the opposing team takes advantage.
Great game and environment. I am really glad I was able to make it.