BOGOTA, NJ - Have not seen every team in the NVPL but it is hard to imagine the St. John's eighth grade girls are not the favorites for the upcoming playoffs.
St. John's 25, St. Joe's 19
Visitors lead 19-6 at the half then went into a prolonged second half scoring drought. Joe's got within four with just over a minute to go. A 12 foot corner jumper off a base line inbounds play pushed the lead back to six and ended the scoring.
All due respect to St. Joe';s who kept working, the St. John's girls got tentative with their lead, took a good deal of perimeter shots, maybe too many, and struggled to recapture that early momentum.
St. John's 51, St. Joe's 15
St. John's got out to a 26-9 halftime lead. League rules say there is no pressing if a team is ahead by 20. Well before they hit that margin, St. John's had the press off.
What is St. John's strength? Simply, size, a group that can get out and run, handle the ball and most important, plays well together.
Thought it was humorous, in the second half with a big lead the St. John's called a play, 'UCONN'. The St. John's team basically failed to execute and the result was a backcourt violation. Just wondering, what would Geno (Auriemma) feel about that one?
In retrospect, the dominance of the St. John's girls is something Geno could admire. And relate to.