Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 16, 2012

Lady Mavericks execute their way to championship of Narrows tournament

By BRIAN WOODSON
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

NARROWS, Va. — Coaches always talk about execution. When it actually happens, no one is happier.

Kelsie Mann and Jordan Page scored 15 points apiece, and James Monroe dominated the boards and forced turnovers to defeat George Wythe 53-42 to capture the championship of the Narrows Athletic Fund Christmas Classic on Saturday afternoon at Narrows High School.

James Monroe improved to 3-2, having beaten Narrows 44-32 on Thursday to advance to the title game.

“It is a major confidence booster for the girls and the whole team, it was definitely a positive experience,” James Monroe head coach Malory McPherson said.

Despite the presence of George Wythe’s 1,000-plus scorer Kristen Atwell — who finished with a game-high 26 points — the Mavericks crashed the boards from the start, and never trailed after overcoming an early 2-0 deficit.

No other member of the Maroons (1-4) scored more than five points.

“We watched them play the other day against Giles and we knew she would be a threat inside,” McPherson said. “We knew to emphrasize rebounding and they executed just like I asked them to do.”

Mann, who had 12 rebounds to go with her 15 points, was selected as the tourney most valuable player. She also had 14 points in the Thursday win over Narrows.

“We knew we were going to have a good year from Kelsie Mann, and she has been there every game,” McPherson said.

Page was also instrumental in the victory, returning from a concussion to direct the offense while scoring 15 points, including the only 3 in the game. She was also 8-of-14 from the free throw line, while Mann was 7-14. The rest of the Mavericks were 3-11 from the charity stripe.

“Jordan was out for an entire week with a concussion,” McPherson said. “She actually just joined us again on Friday so she is a tremendous asset to have back with us, we missed her.”

James Monroe was able to hit the glass and force 13 first half turnovers, leading to a 28-19 lead at the break. The Maroons hung around, closing within five at 47-42 with 1:45 left in the game, but the Mavericks finished 6-11 from the charity stripe to finish off the win.

Emily McKinney, who was also selected to the all-tournament team, had six points and eight rebounds. Laine Shiflett had five steals and nine boards.

“We have got some speed and we have got the aggressiveness,” McPherson said. “We have been trying to emphasize full court defense and the girls did a good job of that today and forced a lot of turnovers.”

Atwell, who scored 22 in a 50-30 semifinal win over Giles, was also selected to the all-tournament team.

McPherson, who was pleased to get contributions from all 11 players, will direct her Mavericks on Monday against Giles.

“There is nothing more then a coach could ask for than to be able to clear the bench, and for everyone to contribute is phenomenal,” McPherson said.



at Narrows High School

GEORGE WYTHE (1-4)

Willis 2 0-0 4, Williams 2 0-1 4, Coulson 2 1-2 5, Kristen Atwell 5 16-20 26, Ransome 0 0-0 0, Cregger 1 1-2 3, Mabe 0 0-0 0, M.Johnson 0 0-0 0, K.Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 18-25 42

JAMES MONROE (4-2)

C.Shiflet 2 1-3 5, McKinney 3 0-0 6, Jordan Page 3 8-14 15, Kelsie Mann 4 7-12 15, Gillespie 2 1-6 5, Sparks 1 0-0 2, L.Shiflett 1 0-2 2, Throckmorton 1 1-2 3, Via 0 0-0 0, Sams 0 0-0 0, Ogle 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 18-39 53.

George Wythe.....................11    8   9  14  —  42

James Monroe....................14  14  11  14  —  53

3-point goals: GW 0; JM 1 (Page 1). Total fouls: GW 25; JM 19. Fouled out: Willis, Williams, Coulson. Technicals: none.

All-Tournament Team: Emily McKinney, James Monroe; Kristen Atwell, George Wythe; Tiffany Perdue, Narrows; Karli Beechler, Giles. MVP: Kelsie Mann, James Monroe.



Narrows 49, Giles 47

NARROWS, Va. — The third time was a charm, thanks to Tiffany Perdue.

Having already lost to their archrival twice and trailing by a point with seconds on the clock, Perdue fired up a 3-point attempt with 5 seconds left and connected, leading the Green Wave to a consolation game win over the Spartans.

Perdue, who led all scorers with 20 points, was able to answer a Giles 3 with her third successful 3 of the game. Perdue was selected to the all-tournament team.

“It was a close game throughout, we were back and forth there,” Narrows head coach Wayne Gautier said. “They hit a 3 with about 12 seconds left and we got the ball down the floor.

“I was trying to call a timeout and Tiffany come down and got a shot off from about 25 feet and the ball went in for the win and we held on from there.”

Peyton Carter added 10 points for Narrows (2-7), which had lost by 5 and 17 points earlier against the Spartans. The Green Wave outscored Giles 26-20 in the second half, and were 20-35 from the free throw line, while the Spartans were 7-14.

Shana Davis had seven points, five assists and four steals for Narrows.

“It was big ball game, it was a rivalry game,” Gautier said. “It is hard to play somebody three times and it was close throughout. It was a fun game to coach, it was exciting today.

“We just need to win, get back on track a little bit and hopefully that will give us some momentum when we get into the regular season.”

Giles (2-6) had three players in double figures, including all-tournament team member Karli Beechler (15). Tiffany Flinchum tallied 12 and Courtney Estep had 11. Flinchum had two of the Spartans’ four 3s.

—Contact Brian Woodson

at bwoodson@bdtonline.com



at Narrows High School

GILES (2-6)

Dowdy 1 0-0 2, Tiffany Flinchum 4 2-4 12, Courtney Estep 5 0-1 11, Karli Beechler 5 4-7 15, A.Bradley 2 0-0 4, Mosley 1 1-2 3, Meadows 0 0-0 0, Harless 0 0-0 0, C.Flinchum 0 0-0 0, J.Bradley 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 7-14 47.

NARROWS (2-7)

S.Weatherly 2 1-3 5, Peyton Carter 2 6-8 10, Shana Davis 1 5-10 7, Tiffany Perdue 6 5-8 20, Taylor 2 0-0 4, M.Weatherly 0 2-4 2, Smith 0 1-2 1, Wade 0 0-0 0, Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 20-35 49.

Giles...................................13  14  10  10  —  47

Narrows.............................11  12  12  14 —  49

3-point goals: GL 4 (T.Flinchum 2, Estep 1, Beechler 1); NR 3 (Perdue 3). Total fouls: GL 25. NR 13. Fouled out: none. Technicals: none.