Okay - I run the clock during our home games. So I have some "splainin'" to do.
The clock is stopped when the official blows the whistle - I heard the NA-J coach calling for timeout - but flipped the switch when the whistle blew. The ref instructed me to add time to the clock to reflect when the coach actually made his call. IMHO - the coach was wrong to ask for it (though it was his right to do so) - the ref was wrong to allow the switch- but I wasn't thinking sharp enough to call over the JCS coach and have him contest the officials decision - so I was wrong, too. I added time back to the clock to 7.5 secs - not 7.2 secs as the article states. The last shot was made with 0.1 secs showing on the clock - a clock that should have stopped 1.2 secs before the shot could have been made. Next time - the clock will not be reset without confirmation from both coaches.
Sour grapes - maybe. But NA-J is not a team we enjoy losing to. There were other areas where both teams could have sealed the deal more definitely. On the books JCS has an L and NA-J has a W - in my mind there will always be an (*) asterisk.
Extra time helpful as N.A.-Jerome wins
Friday, September 30, 2005
Citizen Patriot staff reports
A little time added to the clock made all the difference Thursday night for the North Adams-Jerome High School girls basketball team.
After Andrea Richardson hit a jump shot to give Jackson Christian a one-point lead, the clock showed there were 6.3 seconds to play. But North Adams-Jerome coach Gary VanCamp suggested more time should be on the clock.
The referees met and set the clock at 7.2 seconds, which gave the Rams just enough time to win.
After a 3-point heave hit nothing but the backboard, Whitney VanCamp buried a putback with no time remaining to give the Rams a 41-40 victory.
"The game was crazy back-and-forth the whole game," Gary VanCamp said.
Jackson Christian coach Pattie Schryer gave credit to North Adams-Jerome. "We got outworked," she said. "They played good basketball and, in my opinion, they deserved to win."
Amy Beach had 11 points, 14 rebounds and four assists to lead North Adams-Jerome (4-4, 4-2 SCAA). Kristi Halliwell added 10 points for the Rams.
Richardson scored a game-high 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Jessica Tong scored 11 for the Royals (6-4, 4-3).
BTW - Lyndsey played very well - had a couple steals that lead to breakaway layups - one which scored. Her defense was excellent, too.
Someone needs to comment here and leave some "hurrahs!" for me to share with her. That is, if this is being read by anyone besides myself.
Just throwing this out here quickly – I might comment on it later.
· Jackson Christian 62, Burr Oak 36: Lauren Lee scored 15 points and had seven assists as Jackson Christian overcame a slow start. The Royals (6-3, 4-2 in the SCAA) trailed 18-14 after the first quarter but clamped down on defense by allowing seven points combined in the second and third quarters.
Kaitlin Callahan, Andrea Richardson and Mary Robey scored eight points apiece for Jackson Christian. Richardson added a game-high 10 rebounds.
The girls lost their basketball game last night – but they shouldn’t feel real bad – this team has whomped us by 40 points before. The tactics that were tried in the 1st half didn’t work – and caused some confusion in the plays they were trying to make. Returning to our familiar program in the 2nd half – we tied in point accumulation – 23 pts for each team.
Climax-Scotts 54, Jackson Christian 36: The Royals struggled early offensively and fell behind 31-13 to No. 5-ranked Climax-Scotts before playing even in the second half.
"We were a little more composed in the second half," Jackson Christian coach Pattie Schryer said.
Lauren Lee scored 19 points, and Andrea Richardson scored nine points and had eight rebounds for Jackson Christian (5-3, 3-2 SCAA).
Tara Burgett scored 32 points for Climax-Scotts.
Tara Burgett is an excellent player – probably the best we will see this year. Though we got the “L” – you have to give her credit for having ball handling skills and a great presence of mind where the ball and her teammates were.
Royals wake up in second half
Wednesday, September 21, 2005 - Citizen Patriot staff reports
At halftime, Jackson Christian High School girls basketball coach Pattie Schryer told her players she didn't care whether they won or lost, under one condition: They didn't get outplayed.
Her team decided outplaying the opponent wouldn't be worthwhile unless it came away with a victory.
Jackson Christian rallied from a four-point halftime deficit to defeat North Adams-Jerome 47-42.
"I told them not to let them outwork you," Schryer said of her speech at halftime. "I thought we played pretty soft in the first half. They really responded after halftime. They just fought."
Lauren Lee led the fight for the Royals (5-2, 3-1 SCAA), scoring a season-high 22 points and adding four assists. Abby Cartwright added a presence down low in the second half, scoring all eight of her points after halftime. She also grabbed six rebounds.
Amy Beach's nine points led North Adams-Jerome. Kelsey Cortright grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for the Rams (3-3, 3-2 SCAA).
North Adams-Jerome led 22-18 at halftime, but the Royals outscored the Rams 17-6 in the third quarter and had a comfortable lead the rest of the way.
Tonja and Lyndsey went with some friends to a Bridal Show for her daughter. I didn’t.
I was able to present some material to my Pastor tonight. I have been looking for some good teaching material (couldn’t decide if it was curricula or curriculum) for our Junior High group. I wanted it to encourage the continuation of memorizing verses – and give them richer understanding (the theology behind the verses) of what God was communicating. I found it in the material from Kids4Truth. Check them out.
Happy Birthday to Lyndsey!! 17 years old. She had a couple of friends spend the night. No time for family celebration today, though – she has a b-ball game tonight. She did get her presents though – the big gift is her new Kodak digital camera. Poppa and Grandma and Dave and we all pitched in to get her the camera, camera bag, batteries and recharger and 512mb memory card. She really likes it.
We switched from dial-up to broadband internet connection today. I installed our cable modem, wireless router and wireless card – and !boom! we were on the internet at high speed. We will be turning off our SBC phone service – we use our cell phones for all of our calls – we had kept the phone because Tonja had to download some of her dictation from the internet. Cost of Comcast (after initial intro period of 19.95/mo) will be 42.50/mo. Cost of SBC was 47.70/mo + 9.95 for NetZero + about $3/mo for CallWave answering service. So we are going to be saving almost $20/mo to have much faster service. WOO HOO!!
Saturday night the Lady Royals played a make-up game against Litchfield. They did well and walked away with a win. The Cit-Pat didn’t put the article online – and I don’t remember the points – I will update this when I find out. Jackson Christian 35, Litchfield 18
At least, that was my assessment. JCS ladies basketball started out spectacularly and Tekonsha looked lost on the floor. Woo-hoo...until the second half when the roles were reversed. The story below tells part of the tale.
Lauren Lee led the Royals (3-2, 1-1) with 13 points and four assists, while Jessica Tong added 11 points.
"We came out with a lot of fire," Jackson Christian coach Pattie Schryer said. "In the fourth quarter, as the game started to wind down, you could see the look in our faces. Sometimes, the girls play not to lose."
Jackson Christian made more 3-pointers (eight) than two-pointers (six). Schryer said Tekonsha packed the lane with defenders, and the outside shots weren't contested.
"Live by the 3-pointer, die by the 3-pointer."
What worked for us in the first half was our downfall in the 2nd. JCS kept attempting 3-pointers - and had lots of bricks - with Tekonsha gathering most of the rebounds they were able to convert many of our misfires into buckets - and 2-pts by 2-pts they gained on us and eventually caught up.
It was an exciting game - even with a disappointing outcome. All the parents who rode home with Tonja and I love having Pattie as coach for their girls. She expects from the girls exactly what she gives - ALL. She knows how to get the girls to perform. Last night wasn't a setback - we will do well in our conference. BUT, I don't think I would want to be at today's practice.
Quick update on last nights game
· Jackson Christian 43, Pittsford 26: Kaitlin Callahan scored nine of her game-high 14 points in the first half, and Lauren Lee scored 10 points for Jackson Christian (3-1) to open Southern Central Athletic Association action. Andrea Richardson grabbed 10 rebounds for Jackson Christian, which led 27-17 at halftime.
The ladies played very well. Pittsford let us run around the perimeter – we must have had 5 3-pointers. Pittsford is always fun to play – and more fun to beat. It is especially enjoyable when their coach is trying to work the referee’s – and gets a warning from them. We have watched them before – and they always work to see what they can get away with [which is what I would do, too].
Pray for Tonja’s dad – he has been in the hospital the last 2 days with some sort of infection in his arm. Test results are supposed to be in today. I will update this as I am able.
Just a quick update.
Saturday was a nice day of relaxing – I finally got a little more sleep. Spent the afternoon walking through the Okemos mall with Tonja. Bought a few things, but mostly just spent time talking as we browsed. I am one of those rare guys who enjoys going to the store with his wife.
Sunday was interesting – in a different kind of way. No focus at our church on the anniversary of 9/11 and the savage attack on America. One of our deacons has just received his Doctorate in Nuclear Astrophysics. He will be leaving soon to go to North Carolina as an Ensign in the Navy. So the a.m. and p.m. services were sort of a send off to him and celebration of his growing up in the church. It was moving and enjoyable. I thought it was a bit odd to take a morning service to focus on this [I am not casting stones] but God was given the glory for His working through Paul Hosmer and He was recognized as the source of any success in his life – past, present, and future.
Had some fun shopping for Lyndsey’s upcoming 17th birthday. But I can’t tell you what we got her. In case she happens to come out here. Hard to shop for a girl who has a champagne wishlist and we have a beer budget. She will be pleased though.
Monday was a Monday. ‘nuf said.
Tonight the girls are playing Pittsford at home. Watch for an update tomorrow for how it goes.
Lyndsey and the JCS Royal ladies b-ball team delivered a nice gift - just for me - last night:
- Jackson Christian 42, Springport 19: Lauren Lee scored 14 points, including two 3-pointers, and added six assists to lead the Royals. Jackson Christian (2-1) used a full-court press for much of the game and didn't allow Springport many good opportunities."The girls played phenomenal defense," Jackson Christian coach Pattie Schryer said. "They smothered Springport and didn't give them anything. They were getting one shot at the basket, and it was a bad look.”Danielle Pombier and Ellie Mulnix scored five points each for Springport.
It was an exciting game – I think our girls play hard and clean – and we don’t always see that last adjective from our opponents. Last night wasn’t too bad – Springport did like to pass the ball away and then run into the girl guarding them – maybe that is acceptable [refs appeared to think so] – and I don’t mind standing your ground – but ramming into the other player seems overly aggressive. It is great to see our girls stand in the mix and take the hits – and come out on top. Only three games into the season – but it feels pretty good so far. The girls are giving all they have to the game. That should get them far – and if they are defeated now and then – they will know they have nothing about to be ashamed.
Tonja and I were just talking about G.I. - we've probably seen every episode - at least twice (some even more times). Bob Denver is gone - the island is more empty. So long little buddy!
September seems to be zipping by – it is already the evening of the 5th.
So, let me do some catching up on recent events.
Thursday, September 1st, Lyndsey had her second basketball game. It was another local team that is not part of our conference – and I think they are also a different class school, too. It was another tough game. Our girls fought real hard – and my girl scored 7 pts – including the last 2 pts by freethrow. It was nice to see her keep her composure under pressure.
· [Jackson Cit-Pat] Jackson Christian 33, East Jackson 31: The Royals overcame a six-point-halftime deficit behind 15 points from Lauren Lee for their first win, despite shooting just 15-for-29 from the free throw line. Jessica Owen led East Jackson (1-1) with seven points.
That was a nice win.
Saturday we went down to the Toledo Zoo with some friends – walked around for the most of 7 hours. Lots of fun. I haven’t grown tired of zooing – I hope I never do.
Sunday started out with Tonja waking up and hardly being able to move – so we skipped church and spent our morning in the ER in Chelsea. Muscle cramping was the possible culprit – got some fun meds and went home – she seemed to do better – just getting the knots to relax.
Monday – Labor Day – BBQ of course. Cooked out with Tonja’s parents and g-parents. Went for a walk later (Tonja is doing better – just a little tender still). I got an early birthday present – a CD player that will play MP3 audio. This is great – I have downloaded some great bible lessons from The Theology Program at bible.org – and now I can listen to them without having to be at my computer. A lot of ministers and bible teachers are making their sermons and lessons available in MP3 format. The beauty of MP3’s is that I can get 10 hours on 1 CD instead of about 1 hour. Very cool – very happy.