Saturday, January 19, 2013

LIVESTREAM LINK-MBB Kaskaskia v Lake Land

MATTOON--LAKER FIELD HOUSE--The link to the livestream for MBB-Kaskaskia College Blue Devils vs. Lake Land College Lakers can be found on the sidebar. Game date: Jan. 19, 2013. Game time: 7:30 p.m. CST. (Note: Livestream usually "goes hot" up to 15 minutes prior to tip-off time.)

If it is 7:15 p.m. CST or later and the media player is not loading a live broadcast, you may need to refresh the page. If archives show for selection on the screen, the game is not yet live; clicking on an archived version will take you off-site to ihigh, where archives can be viewed.

Alternatively, you can access this livestream by clicking on the link below, which should open in a new window.

MBB-GRAC-KC Blue Devils vs LLC Lakers, livestream, Jan. 19, 2013, 7:30 p.m. CST

LIVESTREAM LINK-WBB Kaskaskia v Lake Land

MATTOON--LAKER FIELD HOUSE--The link to the livestream (audio only) for WBB-Kaskaskia College Blue Angels vs. Lake Land College Lady Lakers can be found on the sidebar. Game date: Jan. 19, 2013. Game time: 5:30 p.m. CST. (Note: Livestream usually "goes hot" up to 15 minutes prior to tip-off time.)

If it is 5:15 p.m. CST or later and the media player is not loading a live broadcast, you may need to refresh the page. If archives show for selection on the screen, the game is not yet live; clicking on an archived version will take you off-site to ihigh, where archives can be viewed.

Alternatively, you can access this livestream by clicking on the link below, which should open in a new window.

WBB-GRAC-KC Blue Angels v LLC Lady Lakers, livestream (audio only) Jan. 19, 2013, 5:30 p.m. CST


NOTE: A link to the Kaskaskia/Lake Land men's basketball game played after the women's game will post about 5:00 p.m. today.

Lady Laker national rank an individual and team accomplishment


Yeah, this post will include a pile of individual Lady Lakers ranking in the nation’s Top-50 NJCAA statistics for Division II, but what you need to keep in mind is that for—not all—but the most part, these types of accomplishments are not possible without a pretty good team around the high-achieving player.

The bulk of these stats “of rank” are offensive, and those points are going to help most teams gather up the Ws. Yet one of the players stands out for defense, and that takes a boatload of pressure off the shooter’s end of the court.

Averaging in double-digit points per game (PPG), Shelby Kohrmann currently leads the Lady Lakers with 16.1 PPG. That PPG ranks Kohrmann 41st in the nation. As a freshman, Kohrmann showed her potential from the arc, and has only improved since then.

Kohrmann’s 3-point shooting is spot-on, her success rate from beyond the arc a deadly 46.4%, ranking her eighth in the country.

However, there are more rankings for Kohrmann, including a ranking of second in the nation in free throw percentage. At 90.9%, Kohrmann’s charity toss average is higher than plenty of NCAA, WNBA, and NBA players.

In addition, as for pouring in the hoop, Kohrmann has canned 241 points total to rank 44th in the country.

Teammate Lauren Bogle was probably the best open court player in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference as a freshman, and as a sophomore, once she gets her mitts on the ball, she zigzags the court like a hockey player who has just stolen a puck between the blue lines. Bogle had plenty of buckets last season, and nothing has changed, except that this year, she seems to have much better court vision, meaning she sees teammates better, making her an extreme generator of conversion baskets on the fast break. All the aforementioned qualities give Bogle a 15.4 PPG, helping her break the nation’s Top-50. Don’t be surprised if she moves up the rankings with the strong team surrounding her.

Bogle can pour in the hoops as well as teammate Kohrmann, gathering 246 points so far, and earning her a to-date ranking of 38th in the country. Having two players on the same squad in the nation’s Top-50 is unique. There usually just aren’t enough chances for more than one player to rack up that many points. This gives the Lady Lakers a one-two punch, making it a big challenge for opponents to defend both with special defenses. Smart teammates who understand this principle make the team offense potent.

Another unique national ranking for Bogle also speaks of her team-oriented offensive mindset. Averaging 4.5 assists-per-game ranks Bogle 28th in the nation, and proves that although she is one to the squad’s leading scorers, she does not have to be a ball hog to accomplish her offensive scoring feats. A winning team records is more proof. A fair share of Bogle’s assists come on the fast break, where she spontaneously reads the defense and works her dribble drives to either set up a teammate for a fast break layup or uses one or more teammates to open up a lane for herself.

Another Lady Laker with a national rank is sophomore Whitney Godden, who currently ranks 30th in 3-point percentage. Godden’s 39.2% means she makes nearly four of every ten shots from 20.9 feet or farther. With one teammate a few percentage points higher and several a few percentage points lower, Godden becomes another weapon in an offensive arsenal that has traditionally been “bombing away” season after season.

The importance of Godden shooting so well from the arc is that defenses must pay attention to her court position, which can loosen things up for teammates hanging around the same line but around the curve, so to speak. So the better Godden shoots, the more space she creates for fellow snipers like Kohrmann, as well as several other Lady Lakers who’ve been known to drain a few three’s.

As for the other side of the court, the side without the same flash, but just as important as the gunner’s side, sophomore Lorraine Pitchford has staked a claim to almost anything that falls in her yard, better known as the paint. Not all fans will notice Pitchford’s contribution, but her 11.6 rebounds per game (RPG) is one of the reasons there are more chances for teammates to collect buckets on the opposite end of the court. Those 11.2 RPG ranks Pitchford 26th in the nation.

Pitchford’s rebounds are heavy on the defensive side, but imagine the added pressure she puts on opponents, who must come down the court thinking: “Cripes, better get a good shot, because we’re only getting one.”

In total rebounds, Pitchford ranks 17th in the country with 177 pull-downs, and as a defensive specialist, 119 of that total are defensive, ranking 18th in the country in total defensive rebounds. Pitchford’s average per game in defensive rebound, as one might expect, is high as well at 7.4 defensive rebounds per game, which ranks her 18th in the country in that category.

So if you look toward Pitchford’s neighborhood during a game, don’t be surprised if you see her looking out the window that overlooks her yard, just waiting to swoop down on yet another rebound.

And as for all those dead-eye shooter teammates and the posse that sets them up so well, the important thing might be to let us fans enjoy these rankings of success, because the way for them to continue their on-court success, is not to think stats, at least not for 40 minutes at a time.

Today's hoops slate in the GRAC

In Great Rivers Athletic Conference action today, Saturday, January 19, 2013...

MBB-GRAC
  • Rend Lake @ Wabash Valley
  • Southeastern IL @ Lincoln Trail
  • Kaskaskia @ Lake Land

In MBB non-conference action...
  • Southwestern IL @ Shawnee
  • Olney Central @ Lewis & Clakr
  • John A. Logan @ Vincennes

WBB-GRAC
  • Kaskaskia @ Lake Land
  • Southeastern IL @ Lincoln Trail
  • Rend Lake @ Wabash Valley

In WBB non-conference action...
  • Southwestern IL @ Shawnee

Friday, January 18, 2013

McBride canning doubles lately

Hot-handed Harold McBride Jr. of the Lake Land College Lakers basketball team has the stats in case anyone should ask: "Whatcha done for me lately?"

Over the course of the last four games (two home and two away), McBride has reached double-figures in scoring, canning no less than 17 points in any one game. His four-game total is 87 points, averaging 22.8 PPG.

Here's the rundown:
  • Jan.7  Lincoln Trail College...17 points
  • Jan. 9 @ Shawnee Community College...32 points
  • Jan. 12 Southwestern Illinois College... 20 points
  • Jan. 16 @ Southeastern Illinois College...18 points

Here's why McBride's increasing point totals are helpful:
  • Spreads the scoring around; makes it harder for defenses to specialize against one player
  • Takes pressure off other big LLC scorers, like Devin Carter and Logan Carson
  • Scores home or road, doesn't matter where
  • Adds a scoring threat from the guard position, spreading defenses thin
  • Has not necessarily decreased the scoring output of teammates
  • Gives head coach, Cedric Brown, more options in play design, both pre-game and in-game

McBride isn't always this hot, but he's had a similar run of four games rife with double-digit scoring, back in late November, early December. He doesn't have to double up every game for the Lakers to be effective, offensively. Just the threat of a net-scorching run is enough to keep defenses honest.

McBride hasn't gone five consecutive games worth of double-digit scoring yet, but he'll have his chance Saturday night at Laker Field House when the Lakers put their perfect Great Rivers Athletic Conference record on the line against the Blue Devils of Kaskaskia College. Tip:off time is 7:30 p.m. The game scheduled for simulcast on WLKL 89.9 FM/899themax.com (radio/audio livestream), and Lakers All-Access on ihigh.com/lakers or BoothGuy (livestream).

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