Recap from 5 State Hoops - PC vs Elk River
February 19, 2014Park Center Girls Basketball
Written by Chuck Thompson and published on www.5statehoops.com
This one was typical of what you’ll see in a Northwest Suburban game most nights, two tough teams who are talented and play a good, physical style of ball, and Friday nights game was as advertised.
Out of the gates it looked like Park Center, who came in at 14-3 and 10-2 in the Conference was going to be able to use their perimeter depth and speed to pull away from the Elks, who entered the contest at 7-10, 4-9 in the Northwest Suburban. Ann Simonet got off to a quick start for Park Center with 9 early points, and the constant Park Center pressure created a lot of turnovers and easy opportunities for the Pirates. Elk River Head Coach Reed Caouette had to use a couple early time outs to stem the tide, and the Elks were able to chip away at a double digit lead and work back into the game. Abi Scheid established herself on the block and Shelby Gracik and Gabi Haack started knocking down some jumpers as Elk River rallied. The Park Center perimeter combo of Simonet, All-Stater Cayla McMorris, Hannah Schaub and McKenna DuBois were able to keep their lead, though it was decreasing at 32-27 at the break, with Simonet’s 9 points and McMorris’ 7 leading the way.
The second half saw Elk River constantly trying to gain the lead, but Park Center hanging on to a lead that went from 1-5 the majority of the half. Elk River got stronger defensively as the game went on, allowing them to compete with the favored Pirates, but each time they charged, Park Center would answer. The Elks were eventually able to pull even on a three from Gabi Haack, only to see McMorris quickly answer for Park Center. Tied at 55-55, Hannah Schaub took control of the game for Park Center. Her two free throws recaptured the lead 57-55 with 2:46 to play. An Elk River turnover was followed by a nice drive by McMorris for a 59-55 lead with 2:22 to play. Empty possessions and turnovers forced Elk River to foul, and McMorris and Hannah Schaub each knocked down a pair of free throws for a 63-55 lead with just 1:19 left. Abi Scheid countered with a bucket cutting it to 63-57, but Hannah Schaub again hit a pair of free throws for a 65-57 lead. Gabi Haack’s layup with 32.0 left was Elk River’s final score, before Schaub calmly knocked down 4 more free throws for the final points and a 69-59 victory. 10 consecutive made free throws for Park Center down the stretch were the key, not allowing Elk River the chance to make that final push, including 8-8 from Danielle Schaub.
Park Center Leading Scorers: McMorris 18, H. Schaub 17, Simonet 15
Elk River Leading Scorers: Gracik 12, Scheid 12, Haack 8, Jayme Langbehn 8
Hannah Schaub, Park Center 5 State Hoops Player of the Game
Abi Scheid, Elk River
Cayla McMorris, Park Center
Hannah Schaub, Park Center: Very strong with the ball, and knocked down the free throws that iced away the game. Can handle the ball, create, and score when needed from the point.
Cayla McMorris, Park Center: Best athlete on the floor nearly every time she plays. Has great hands and leaping ability which allows her to make athletic plays at times that very few players are capable of.
Ann Simonet, Park Center: Has a nice feel for the game. Knocked down mid-range jumpers and took the shots that were there, always playing under control, can handle the ball as a point, or knock down shots as a wing.
McKenna DuBois, Park Center: Another “combo” guard at Park Center who can handle the ball and play on the perimeter. Can defend bigger players and is a smooth offensive player.
Abi Scheid, Elk River: Physical presence who is one of top post prospects in Minnesota. Adjusted well as game went on and was very strong on the block as a scorer, passing out of doubles, and especially on the glass.
Shelby Gracik, Elk River: One of the keys as Elk River worked back into game with some clutch shooting and strong perimeter game. A nice veteran leader on a very young team who stabilized the wing players.
Gabi Haack, Elk River: Youngster is a very heady player who can score off drives or from the perimeter, and did a nice job of handling the Park Center perimeter quickness defensively.