LM Lions 2014: 7th Grade Season Stats

LM Tourney Champs and Coaches
LM Tournament 7th Grade Champions!
Sunday, October 26
Amerifest Champions 2008
Amerifest Tournament 7th Grade Champions!
LM Lions 7th Grade Season Highlights!
This was the year that we competed as an "All Tournament Team" participating in 9 Tournaments.  Our overall record was 22-11 playing in a total of 33 games.  The girls played alot of competitive basketball along with their 7th grade middle school basketball program.
In regards to our Tournament Results we competed very well when we had our full team.  When we did not have all 8 girls the results were less than desired.
We were crowned Tournament Champions at the LM Tournament, Amerifest Tournament and Iowa Valley Tournament.  It was great to finally win the LM Tournament.  Below is a summary of our tournament results;
October 25-26-     LM Lions Tournament-  "Champions!"  
                   Went 4-0! -Won the Championship Game by 4 points!
November 8-    Marion Tournament- "7th Grade Runners-Up!"  
                          Went 1-2! -Played in the 8th Grade Bracket!
November 15-      Amerifest Tournament-   "Champions!"
                           Went 3-1! -Overtime Win in Championship Finals!
December 6-7-      Bound 4 Glory Tournament-  "Third Place!"
                                  Went 2-2! Round Robin Play!
December 20-21- Holiday Hoops Tournament-   "Runners-Up"
                            Tied for Second Place!
January 10-           Iowa Valley Tournament-    "Champions!"
                           Went 3-0! Round Robin Play!
January 24-           Washington, IA Tournament   "Third Place!"
                            Went 2-1 Bracket Play!
February 7-8-       Jr. Warriors Tournament-  "Did Not Advance!"
                            Went 2-1! only loss was by one point!
February 15-        Marion Tournament-           "Third Place!"
                            Went 2-1!- only loss was by two points!

Marion Tournament- Another Close One!

For the second tournament in a row we went 2-1 with the only loss being by less than two points.  Again, it happened in our first game.

This tournament we had a guest player and only 5 regular Lion players, so we definitely were called upon to play different roles.

Our three games were as follows:

LM Lions- 18   Warriors- 20    two point loss!

LM Lions- 33   Lynx- 24

LM Lions- 37   CPU- 23

We fell short in the Warrior game,  which left us out of the finals game.  By winning the CPU game, this gave us clain to 3rd place in the Marion Tournament.

Congrats Lions!!


Washington Tournament- Oh So Close!

The LM Lions played in the Warrior two day tournament at Washington High School and were close to making it to the finals.  Our three games were as follows:

LM Lions- 26   Bulldogs- 27    one point loss!

LM Lions- 16   LM Mystics- 14

LM Lions- 28   Panthers- 23

The one point loss to the Bulldogs was the difference and final determination in who advanced to the finals.  We will get them next time!!

Go Lions!!


LM Lions Take 3rd Place! 

The Lions ventured to play in the Washington Iowa Tournament.

We competed very well in 4 of the 6 halves of basketball that we played in.  Our first opponent versus the Iowa Valley Tigers we won from start to finish winning this game 24-15.  They brought their better players to this tournament, but did not matter as our defense was superior.

Our second game the "wheels fell off".  Not sure why, but we did not play or compete well from the opening tip to the final whistle.  We lost the game 23-8 scoring only two baskets each half.  I do not feel they are a superior team, but rather we were out hustled.  Sometimes teams have a bad game and this may have been the case.

We rebounded from the loss competing versus the CR Rush for third place.  We came out strong leading the game by a whopping 11-0 lead before they scored.  We excuted strong winning 31-20.

We tried a new 1-2-1-1 full court press that they learned in middle school basketball and it really worked great.  It is something we can continue to use.

Great job Lions placing 3rd in the Washington Iowa Tournament!!


Iowa Valley Champions!!

The Lions started off the year with a Tournament Championship!!  Going 3-0 at the Iowa Valley Tournament.

We definitely found our "hustle" as I felt everyone played hard and to their full potential. It was great to be leading at half time during all three games.

Our first opponent was versus the Iowa Valley Tigers whom we lost to last year in this same tournament.  With tough defense and alot of heart we continued our half time lead of 16-6 and finished stong winning 26-13.  THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE EVER BEATEN A TEAM WHOM HAD BEATEN US IN THE PAST.

Our second game was versus the Mystics.  At halftime we were leading 10-2, but the Mystics came out in the second half and nearly beat us.  We narrowly won 15-13.

Our final and third game was versus the Solon Spartans.  We took ownership of this game from start to finish winning decisively 37-20.  Great hustle and press!!

Congratulations Lions as you really played hard and hustled at your fullest potential.  You deserved to win this tournament!!

Congrats!!  Iowa Valley Champions!!



Holiday Hoops- 4th Place !!! 

This past weekend we traveled back to North Liberty for the Holiday Hoops Tournament.  If you look at the history of our success versus the tournament opponents we were clearly the favorite. 

Unfortunately, we forgot to tell our opponents this and our hustle and defensive effort lacked as it did in the Bound 4 Glory Tournament.

We won by two points versus the Washington Demons 26-24.  As for our next game it was versus the PV Sparks.  They came out with a lot of "spark" and ran away with the game from start to finish.  We closed out the game with a few baskets losing the game 31-27.

Our final third game was versus the Cedar Falls Starlets who came into this game with only 5 players (No Subs).  We played them a few weeks ago and had won by 8 points.  They simply out hustled us and at halftime we were down 19-6.  They easily won 24-16.

Hats off to the Starlets and Sparks as they hustled us from both ends of the court and truly played with alot of "heart". 

Hopefully, we can regain our "heart" and "hustle" and play the way that we are capable of.  Win or lose does not matter if we are giving it our best effort!!

Go Lions!!


Bound 4 Glory Tournament "Third Place!"

 The LM Lions traveled to North Liberty to play in the Bound 4 Glory Tournament against some real fierce competition.

Our first opponent was versus the Washington Warriors.  We jumped out to a quick lead and easily won 26-15.  Our press and hustle was all of the difference in the outcome.

As for our second game it was versus the Bulldogs.  For some reason, we just can't seem to execute well versus this team  At halftime, we were behind 21-3.  We re-grouped and played a more commendable second half losing the game by a more respectable score 36-23.

Our third game was versus the "select" team- the Panthers.  Its been some time since we've last played them.  Again---- we had a poor first half trailing 21-13.  This time we came out in the second half real strong and with 9 minutes left in the game it was tied 25-25.  We went on a 12-4 scoring rally.  Unfortunately the next 9 minutes were not so kind as the Panthers scored 15 points and we scored two losing the game 40-27.

Our final game was versus the CCA Clippers whom we had not played in the past.  We lead from start to finish, but never really pulled away during the game.  We won by just 4 points 35-31.

Going 2-2 gives us a Third Place finish.  Surprising was the fact that we had 122 points scored against us which equates to giving up 30 points a game.  We need to focus on our "hustle" and play the kind of defense that we are capable of!!

Amerifest Tournament "Champions!"

Never Give Up!!

This past weekend our theme for our team was to "Never Give Up!" as we never did and we believed in our teammates.

 Our first opponent for the Amerifest Tournament was versus a very tall Cedar Falls team that packed in a tough zone against us during the entire game.  We held our own and proved to be superior shooters winning the game 27-18!  Our experience was the deciding factor in the game.

As for our second game it was versus a very pesky Davenport Lady Knights team.  We simply never found our rhythm and lost by 6 points 23-17.

All three teams in our pool had lost one game.  Fortunately, we had the lowest defensive total in the pool giving us the #1 seed going into the semi-finals.

As for our Semi-Final game it was versus Mt. Pleasant who finished second in their pool.  It really was a see-saw battle and with about 1 1/2 minutes left in the game we found ourselves down by 4 points.  A couple of good passes, a well executed play and a three point shot lifted us back in the lead.  We hit our free throws in the end and won the Semi-Final game by just 4 points-- 29-25!

The Championship Finals was versus the Rush!  They had gone 3-0 and were looking to sweep the tournament.  In fact, they came out real strong. made some key freethrows and before we knew it we were down by 5 points at halftime.

As for the second half, we made some key adjustments, played tough full court press and battled hard.  At the end of regulation it was tied 26-26!!  It was down to a one minute overtime.  We kept our composure executed our "tip-off" play and was up by 2 points.  The Rush came back with a couple of points of their own, but we kept up our defensive pressure and came back with another score.   With 4.6 seconds left in the game, we called a time-out to execute an inbounds play.  We ran it to perfection and as time expired, we scored a convincing lay-up winning the Championship in overtime 32-28!!!

We never gave up  and with that kind of determination you deserved to be crowned the Amerifest Tournament "Champions"!!

Great job and you should be proud!!


Marion Tournament "Runners-Up" !!

Due to the circumstances of the Tournament, we finished as the 7th Grade Marion Tournament "Runners-Up" going 1-2 in tournament play.

Our first opponenet was versus the LM Lions 8th grade team who is one of the best 8th grade teams in the area.  We came out strong, implemented our press breaker to perfection and were close at half trailing by just 6 points- 16-10.  The second half was a different story as we gave up 29 points losing the game 45-16!

The second game in the Tournament was versus the Marion Indians 8th grade.  It was a battle in the first half as the game was tied 11-11.  They certainly had a height advantage, but we implemented well in the second outscoring them 19-7, winning the game 29-18.

Our final game was the "psuedo" 7th Grade Championship game versus the Bulldogs Blue 7th.  We never found our game as they beat us from start to finish winning 28-13.

This was a very challenging weekend and shows what we need to work and practice on. 

Great effort!


LM 7th GradeTournament Champions!!!

"2 Practices- 4 Games- Tournament Championship!"

Last week we had our first season practice and went into the LM Tournament this past weekend with the expectation that we would face competition that has been playing a great deal over the past couple of months.  We certainly were challenged!!!!

Our first game was versus the LM Fusion.  The first half was a battle, but the second half turned to our favor.  We held them to just two free throws in the second half and over came their game long 2-3 zone defense winning the game 24-12.

As for our second game, it was versus the IC Thunder whom we have not faced before in the past.  We really ran away in the second half winning the game 43-18. 

Our semi-final game was versus the Bulldogs Silver.  The Bulldogs really came out strong and determined as they challenged us on every inch of the floor.  In the end we played smart, kept our composure and pulled away with a 25-18 victory.

The Championship Finals versus the LM Mystics!!!  This was a very tough game as I believe we were down by one point at half.  The Mystics simply out hustled us and played with a ton of heart in the first half.  We battled back, made some key free throws in the end and again kept our composure winning the tournament championship game 16-12 despite facing another game long 2-3 zone defense.

We will work on our offense versus zone defenses and improve as we begin our season practice schedule during the upcoming months,

Great team championship ! Great to finally win the LM Tournament !


Iowa Valley Champions 2009
Iowa Valley Tournament 7th Grade Champions!

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