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Lady Griz get first commit

I have heard from a couple sources that Robin Selvig and his Lady Griz coaching staff have gotten an oral commitment from Haley Vining from CMR high school in Great Falls Montana.

Vining is a 5-7 (although I have seen her occasionally listed at 5-8) point guard who was an all State selection this past year as well as a Great Falls tribune Super State selection. She was also an All State Soccer selection this past year.

This past season she averaged 15 points and 6 assists a game this past season. Her assists totals lead the AA this past season. She also second in the AA in three point shots with 39.

Vining is a true point guard, who can shoot the three ball or drive the lane and dish or score the ball. She also is an excellent defender.

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MT / WY All-Star Girls (Round 2)

The second game of this years Montana / Wyoming Girls all star game was not quite the nail biter as the first. In Saturdays night game in Billings the Montana girls forged an early lead and never allowed the Wyoming Girls to get back in it. The Montana Girls rode a dynamite 14 point first half performance by Jordan Sullivan to forge a 49 to 27 point lead and cruised to a second half victory. The final score Montana 95 Wyoming 73.

Sullivan cooled off a little in the second half and finished with 21 points, but girls like Jordan Bagley -who 12 of her 14 points in the 3rd quarter- stepped up to provide a scoring spark.

The Wyoming girls made some runs in the 3rd and 4th quarters but the lead was too big and they were not able to sustain a run for any significant amount of time. Still the Wyoming group was scrappy and great shooters. If they had had any height at all to match up with Montana big girls they might have been able to control the tempo a little more.

Montana’s Lexi Nelson did not score the ball like she had done the previous game (23 points). She took a only 3 shots but was intent on running the show while she was in. She did though provide a great defense effort and her over all scrappy play did impress me.

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MT / WY All-Star Boys (Round 2)

The odds were really against the Wyoming boy’s All-Stars last night. They had lost to the Montana boy’s Friday by 61 points, they now moved to the Montana home floor in Billing. To make things more difficult their roster was reduced to only eight players when they lost Cameron Jackson when he went down to illness, they had previously lost another player when he simply decided not to show up. Still though they gave the heavily favored Montana boy’s a real contest.

Montana lead for most of the game but the Wyoming boys would not go away, and even lead a handful of times. It was not until a late 4th quarter push by Montana lead by Josh Huestis that Montana was able to put Wyoming behind them for good. Huestis who had a pretty quiet night for the first three quarters before scoring 12 points in the final quarter and finishing with 19 points, 11 rebounds, 4 blocked shots on the night.

Wyoming stayed close most of the night with some great perimeter shooting and great leadership by Gillette’s Daniel Estes who finished with 19 points as well as Slade Spoonhunter with 13 points. In the end though I really thing the short bench for Wyoming hurt them in the forth quarter.  In the end the Montana Boy’s pulled out a 91 to 75 point win.

One down side to the evening came very late in the 4th quarter when Wyoming’s 6-5 Matt Mordecai “hard fouled” Montana’s 5-11 Brian Muller and sent him sprawling. Mordecai had been playing a rather physical brand of defense the in both games so was not in good favor with most of Montana big guy’s and a nanosecond after the “hard foul” on the Montana’s 6-5 Pearson and 6-5 Stulc got real up and personal with Mordecai and expressed their displeasure with his play. The refs interceded and escorted Mordecai to the bench.

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MT / WY All-Star Girls (Round 1)

The first game of the Montana / Wyoming All-star series was doozy. Unlike the Boy’s game that took place later in the night, the girls was one of the best games in the 35 year history of the series.

First though I want to apologize for not doing a preview for the girls games. Believe it or not I had one almost complete but I got side tracked and could not get it up before the game.

The Wyoming team did not have a single player who topped 5-11, and I do not believe even a single player who signed with a division 1 team. Montana on the other hand had 3 players 6-1 or taller and 5 player who will be playing D-1 ball next year. Wyoming wanted to push the ball and shoot it, and that is what they wanted.

It was a back and forth with the Montana team forging a double digit lead and Wyoming answer it with remarkable display of shooting. My over all take on the game was it was clear that Montana had the most over all basketball talent but at time Wyoming could not miss. Wyoming put up and hit some shots that were amazing.

In the last minutes of the game in regulation Wyoming forged their biggest lead of 6 points and look to be in control, but Montana gutted out a small come back to tie the game by the end of the forth and then took control of the game in over time for the win.

Butte’s Lexi Nelson was the star for Montana. The frenetic pace that Wyoming was trying to establish, perfectly suited her game and took advantage of it while players like Selvig and Sullivan struggled at times. Nelson ended up with 23 points to lead all scorers. In a side note at the very end of the 4th quarter with no time left, Lexi was fouled and sent to the line with the game tied. Nelson who is one of the State of Montana’s all time best free throw shooters in history with a +90% average was sent to the line for two shots. She missed both and the game went to over time.

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MT / WY All-Star Boys (Round 1)

Last night the Wyoming and Montana All-Start laced it up it their first games. In the boy’s game it really was not much of a game. The game started out a little slow at the beginning of the first quarter but then the Montana boy’s got it going. the Montana coaches went with a troupe substitution pattern, subbing in five players at a time. The starting line up (Brumwell, Pierson, Stulc, Miller and Overstreet) seemed to be the more effective line up the first half playing better as a unit and letting the game come to them. the second unit (if you can call it that) seemed to be trying to hard to pound the ball into Huestis and Muller really seemed to be hoisting up a lot of forced shots.

By the second half though both units were playing much better all around ball, and the coaches seem to switch up the line up much better. With Brumwell, Huestis and Pierson shutting down the interior Wyoming went to the perimeter hoisting up a load of 3 point range shots but simply could not hit them.

It was a dominating performance by the Montana boy’s, and by late in the third quarter it really got to be rat ball. The team also started to get a little chippy and there were a few “hard fouls” that really hurt the enjoyment of the game at least by me.

The teams now return to Billing tonight for the second game in the serious, and it should be interesting to see how both teams react to Friday’s blow out. In the early 1990’s a Montana team routed Wyoming by 66 points in Casper only to lose to Wyoming in Billings. Word on the street back then was that the Montana boys got too confident, and the Wyoming boy’s got pissed. This is actually a pretty talented Wyoming team with some great shooters, and if they shoot the ball better in Billings it they could turn the tables.

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MT / WY All-Star Game Preview (Boys)

The Annual Montana / Wyoming Basketball games are tonight in Sheridan Wyoming. The Girls play first and the Boys are the night cap. This is a look at the Boy’s game. I am going to spend a little more space here on the Wyoming teams assuming that most of the readers of my Blog might be more familiar with the Montana players.

In years past the general rule of thumb has been that the Wyoming will bring the more physical team to the game while Montana may have the better overall talent. This year maybe a little bit of a departure from years past because the smaller Wyoming team will certainly this year look to push the ball up the court and stay away from an half court game. Montana will feature 4 players listed at 6-5 or better on its roster including D-1 player 6-8 Josh Huestis ( Stanford) and 6-7 Blake Brumwell (Montana State), while Wyoming will have only two players over that height in 6-7 Kolton Irbyand 6-5 Matt Mordercia. As I understand it though Mordercia is more of a perimeter player than a true banger. Still though I am told that despite their lack of height this Wyoming team will still play quite physical.

As last year, Wyoming also played an All-Star game last week-end against South Dakota all star team, but this year only 4 of the same players will be on this years Montana / Wyoming team.

I think this is one of the most balanced and deep teams that Montana has fielded in years. While Montana should have a definate advantage in the half court game I also believe they can run with Wyoming, with the right line up on the court. Especially Montana big man Huestis who can run with anyone. I hope, though, we get the chance to see Huestis play the 4 spot for Montana and let him flex his scoring ability.

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We have a winner in the Kirsten Tilleman Sweepstakes

I have heard from three sources that former Bozeman Hawk high school standout as well as current Oregon State power forward Kirsten Tilleman has decided to transfer to Cal. State Santa Barbara. Tilleman will continue with her education at Oregon State for the 2010-11 while she finishes up her degree and then transfer to Santa Barbara for the 2011-12 season. Tilleman will have two years of eligibility at Cal State Santa Barbara.

One thing to keep in mind, though, is that Tilleman’s commitment is non-binding until she signs a finical Aid agreement. Since she will not play for Cal State Santa Barbara until 2011-12 she will not be able to sign with them until mid November at the earliest. Tilleman could change revise her plans at any point.

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