Janesville J-Hawks: 2009-10 Season News

Monday, December 14
Second place finish for the J-Hawks
The J-Hawks grabbed second place in the 2009 Wolverine Classic, held December 12, at Waukesha West High School.  It was the team's first tournament of the season.  The girls won their first two games before falling in the Championship, 37-22, to the host squad. 
    The J-Hawks opened the tournament with a 24-11 win over Arrowhead.  Kendyl  Richards sparked a 14-point first half with 10 points coming off the bench.  The girls fought their way through a very tall Sussex Hamilton team in the semi-finals to eek out a 19-17 victory.    Kendyl, once again, led the team in scoring with five points.  In the final contest of the day, host Waukesha West used a very aggressive press to jump out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back as they defeated the J-Hawks.  Brooke Nunn was the top scorer for the J-Hawks in that game with seven points.

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Sunday, January 3
A strong showing at the Rebel Tournament
The J-Hawks placed third in the 2010 Janesville Rebel Tournament, held at the Janesville YMCA, on Sunday, Jan. 3. 
The girls started the day in pool play with a 27-24 overtime victory against the Middleton Bluebirds.  Kendyl Richards seven points led a balanced scoring attack for Janesville.  The J-Hawks held a 14-8 halftime lead.  Middleton came back with 14 points of their own to tie the game at 22 at the end of regulation.  In overtime, a basket by Julia Whitcomb and free throws by Richards, Brooke Nunn and Kennedy Knopes were the difference.  In the second contest of the day, Janesville dominated Stoughton with a 39-22 win.  All but one player scored in this game, with Emily Behm and Brooke Nunn leading the way with eight points a piece.  The J-Hawks shooting went cold in the third game as Waunakee handed Janesville their only loss of the day, 30-11.  Annie Schumacher paced the team with five points. 
With a 2-1 mark in pool play, the J-Hawks were pitted against Milton in the third place game.  The J-Hawks came away with a 30-10 victory to finish the day with an overall record of 3-1.  With a 15-8 halftime lead, Janesville turned up the heat with a full-court press that held Milton to just two points in the second half.  Delaney Schoenenberger led the way for the J-Hawks with nine points.  Kayla Kaufman chipped in seven.
Tournament action continues next weekend at the MAC Center in Verona.

Sunday, January 10
J-Hawks Struggle
It was a rough start to the MLK Classic for the J-Hawks, held at the MAC Center in Verona on Saturday, Jan. 9.  They opened the tournament with a 29-12 loss the the Rockford Wildcats Blue squad.  The Wildcats center dominated the lane on offense, scoring as many points as the entire J-Hawk team, as well as on defense, altering Janesville's shots and limiting the J-Hawks to just two field goals for the game.  It was the J-Hawks free throws that kept them in the scoring column, sinking 8 of 12 free throws for the game.  Delaney Schoenenberger led the J-Hawks with six points, including 4 of 4 for her free throws.
The J_Hawks showed much better effort in the second round, but still ended up on the losing end of the scoreboard, falling 30-22 to Marshall.  Trailing by just three points mid-way through the first half, the J-Hawks allowed Marshall to go on an 11-2 run to end the half.  Janesville opened the second half with an 11-4 run of their own to close the gap to 25-20 with four minutes to play, but could manage only two points down the stretch.  Kendyl Richards led the J-Hawks in scoring with seven points, all in the second half.
The J-Hawks rounded out their three game tournament against the team from Madison West.  The J-Hawks led from the opening tip as every player scored en route to an easy 31-3 win.  Janesville used great defense that really flustered West, holding them to just one field goal.  Emily Behm led the J-Hawks with six points.

The J-Hawks now have a two week break before their next tournament in Pewaukee.

Tuesday, January 26
J-Hawks "D" Wins Championship
The Janesville J-Hawks captured the 6th grade girls title at the 2010 Pewaukee Pirates Hoops Festival.  The tournament was held in Pewaukee, WI the weekend of January 23-24.  Defense was definitely the key to the wins as the J-Hawks allowed just 10 second half points in all their tournament games combined.
The J-Hawks opened tournament play against Greendale.  Janesville's full-court pressure wreaked havoc on Greendale, with Kendyl Richards tallying at least five steals.  Those turnovers created easy scoring opportunities, as the J-Hawks jumped out to a comfortable 16-5 half-time lead.  The J-Hawks turned up the heat in the second half, allowing just two points by Greendale, en route to a 35-7 victory.  Kennedy Knopes led all scorers with 11 points, including seven straight in the second half.
The semi-finals pitted Janesville against the Milton Pumas.  It was the third meeting between the two teams this year, with each team capturing a victory.  The first half was evenly matched as both teams scored points off of transition baskets.  Milton jumped out to a 17-15 halftime lead.  With the Pumas leading 19-18, the J-Hawks closed the game out with an 8-2 run to win by a final margin of 26-20.  Once again, Janesville's defense came up big in the second half as they allowed just three points.  Kennedy Knopes once again led the J-Hawks in scoring with eight points, while Delaney Schoenenberger chipped in six.
Janesville used a balanced scoring attack to capture the championship game against Waukesha South by a final score of 38-14.  Kennedy Knopes scored six of her game-high eight points in the first half to help Janesville take a 14-9 lead at the half.  Kendyl Richards added seven points while Annie Schumacher and Brenna Steed each poured in six.  The J-Hawk defensive pressure once again was key as they held South to just five points in the second half.

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Friday, February 5
J-Hawks have another top three finish!
The Janesville J-Hawks placed third in the inaugural  Cougar Mid Winter  Invitational, held at Craig High School in Janesville on Saturday, Jan. 30.
Janesville opened play against  Byron, IL.  The J-Hawks won 44-7.  Annie Schumacher led all scorers with 11 points.  Kennedy Knopes added 8.
The J-Hawks semi-final pitted them against Marshall.  Janesville was looking to avenge a loss to the Cardinals earlier this year in Verona, but Marshall was too much for the J-Hawks, winning 46-32.  Delaney Schoenenberger led Janesville with 8 points.
In the third place game, the J-Hawks faced Waukesha Catholic Memorial.  Janesville took a quick lead and never looked back, winning by a score of 38-6.  Annie Schumacher matched her point total from the first game of the day, pouring in 11 points.  Kendyl Richards added 9 for the J-Hawks.
Next up for Janesville is a tournament in Columbus on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Monday, February 15
J-Hawks win consolation championship!
The Janesville J-Hawks participated in the 2010 Columbus Classic on Saturday, Feb. 6, held at Columbus High School.  They opened play with a hotly contested game against the Verona Wildcats.  Janesville scored off the opening tip on a basket by Brooke Nunn.  The Wildcats then ripped off a quick 8 points off of transition baskets.  Trailing 8-2, the J-Hawks worked their way back into the game to take a 16-15 half-time lead.  Turnovers hurt the J-Hawks in the second half as they managed to scored only 2 points in the first 17 minutes of the second half.  However, their defense kept them in the game as they trailed by only 4.  The J-Hawks managed to take the lead once again, 24-23, with 1:30 remaining in the game.  Verona scored the final 4 points of the game to take a 27-24 victory, placing the J-Hawks in the consolation bracket.  Brooke Nunn led Janesville in scoring with 8 points.
The second game pitted the J-Hawks against the host Columbus Lady Cards.  Janesville calmed down after their opening game and got into a rhythm right from the start.  Their press got them going in this game as they scored a number of easy transition baskets off of Columbus turnovers.  Brooke Nunn poured in 6 first half points to help the J-Hawks take a 19-7 halftime lead.  The second half was more of the same, as the steals and fast break points came easily for the J-Hawks.  Janesville came away with the victory, 41-17.  Kendyl Richards led all scorers with 8 points and Brenna Steed chipped in 7 for the J-Hawks.
Janesville played their final contest of the afternoon against Cambridge, winning by a score of 27-6, to capture fifth place in the tournament.  The J-Hawks jumped all over Cambridge right from the start to take a 15-2 halftime lead.  Janesville was too much for Cambridge to handle as they allowed just two baskets in the second half.  Kennedy Knopes paced the J-Hawks with 8 points, including six in the second session.  Annie Schumacher added 5.
The J-Hawks will take their talents to Iowa next weekend.  They are participating in the Valentine's Day Bash, held in Davenport, IA, next Saturday and Sunday.


Tuesday, February 16
J-Hawks represent Wisconsin well in Iowa!!!
The J-Hawks headed to Davenport, Iowa, to compete in the 2010 Valentine's Day Bash.  It was an opportunity for the girls to compete against out-of-state teams.  They opened play against the Thunder from Iowa City.  Janesville struggled to start the game, missing many scoring chances.  Trailing 4-1, the J-Hawks composed themselves, and closed the first half on a 12-1 run to take a 7 point lead at the break.  Janesville's defensive pressure in the second half wreaked havoc on the Thunder, as the J-Hawks allowed just 1 point.  Janesville won by a final score of 22-6.  Delaney Schoenenberger all scorers with five points, while Annie Schumacher and Kennedy Knopes each chipped in four.
The second game of the tournament had the J-Hawks playing against the Future Lady Knights from Davenport (Assumption HS).  The point guard for the FLK scored four points before Bree Porter put Janesville in the scoring column.  The FLK guard scored once more before the J-Hawks ripped off five straight points to close the half with a 7-6 lead.  They opened the second half with a quick 7-point spurt in the first two minutes to take a 14-6 advantage.  After a few defensive adjustments at the half, Janeville used a number of girls to prevent FLK's guard to score any more.  The J-Hawks then cruised to a 29-11 victory, behind 7 points from Brooke Nunn.  Emily Behm added 6 for Janesville.
The J-Hawks final game of the tournament pitted them against the host IAI Stunners, a team is comprised of top talent from the Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities area.  It was a very evenly matched game with both defenses preventing much scoring early.  Annie Schumacher dropped in 2 first-half shots from long range, yet the J-Hawks trailed 5-4 at the half.  The second half became very physical, yet Janesville only got to the free throw line once, with Emily Behm sinking both shots, while the Stunners piled up 13 opportunities from the charity stripe.  With 4 minutes to play, the J-Hawks trailed 13-10 when Coach Gorman was whistled for a technical foul for questioning the officials.  The Stunners were awarded 2 points, and the ball.  They scored on that possession, pushing their lead to 7.  With the running clock, Janesville simply ran out of time, as they were only able to get one more basket.  The Stunners dribbled out the clock and came away with the 17-12 win.  Schumacher led the J-Hawks with 4 points, while four others each had 2 points for Janesville.
The J-Hawks finished the tournament with a 2-1 record.  Their next tournamet will be in Rockford on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Monday, March 8
J-Hawks take third place in Mid-West Hoops Fest!
The Janesville J-Hawks finished third of 10 teams at the 2010 Midwest Hoop Fest, held in Rockford, IL on Sunday, Feb. 28.  The J-Hawks played five games, finishing with a mark of 3-2, against teams from the Rockford and Chicago suburb areas.
Janesville opened the tournament against the South Suburban Wildcats from Mokena, IL.  It was a sloppy first half by both teams as the struggled to wake up with the early start time.  Using a balanced scoring attack, South Suburban took a 12-10 halftime lead.  They broke the game open in the second half when the J-Hawks committed a number of unforced turnovers.  The Wildcats came away with the victory, 30-22.  Delaney Schoenenberger led the J-Hawks in scoring with five second half points.  Kennedy Knopes chipped in four with a basket in each half.
The second game of the day pitted the J-Hawks against the Naperville Rockets.  The J-Hawks saw five players score in the first half, yet still trailed by two at the half, 14-12.  They turned up the defensive pressure in the second half, holding the Rockets to just 4 points.  With one minute remaining in the game and the J-Hawks leading by just one point, the Rockets had an opportunity to win the game.  The J-Hawks played solid defense for almost the full minute before Kendyl Richards stole the ball to seal the win.  Delaney Schoenenberger once again led Janesville in the scoring column with four points.  Richards, Kennedy Knopes and Brooke Nunn each added three points for the J-Hawks.
With a 1-1 record heading into the afternoon games, Janesville was matched up against host Rockford Wildcats White.  Coach Porter believes this game was the best he's seen the J-Hawks play all year.  Although Janesville trailed by one at the half, 17-16, they saw an increased offensive output in the second half, as all but one of the J-Hawks scored.  Janesville was victorious, winning 36-30.  Kendyl Richards once again took charge for the J-Hawks, pouring in 6 points in the first half, and finishing with 8 overall to lead the team.  Emily Behm added 6 points for Janesville.
The J-Hawks posted a 32-10 win over the LW Xplosion White team from New Lenox, IL, in their final pool play game.  Janesville dominated from start to finish in the victory.  Their press was simply too much for the Xplosion to handle, as the J-Hawks had a number of easy fast break buckets.  Janesville llimited their opponent to just five points in each half.  Each of the J-Hawks scored in the contest, including six points from Annie Schumacher and Kendyl Richards with five.
In the final contest of the day, Janesville went up against the Rockford Wildcats Blue squad.  The fatigue of five games in one day caught up with the J-Hawks at the wrong time as the Wildcats jumped all over the J-Hawks right from the opening tip.  Rockford forced Janesville into numerous forced and unforced turnovers with their press as the J-Hawks struggled to even get the ball across the mid-court line for almost the entire first half.  Janesville trailed 17-0 before Brooke Nunn's 8-foot jumper went in with 3:45 remaining in the first half.  Nunn added a free throw as did Kendyl Richards to trail 18-4 at the half.  The J-Hawks settled down in the second half and actually outplayed the Wildcats.  Unfortunately, the final score didn't show that as the Blue team won the game 31-19.  Nunn tossed in seven more points to lead the team with 10, while Annie Schumacher added five second half points.

Monday, March 8
Third place finish in Season ending tourney.
The Janesville J-Hawks completed their spring travel season this past weekend in Milton, WI.  They finished third in the eight-team Milton Youth Basketball Tournament.  They finished the year with a 20-12 record.
Janesville opened the tournament against Hartland Arrowhead.  It was the second meeting this year between the two squads.  The J-Hawks dominated the glass in the first half, but just couldn't get any putbacks to fall through the basket.  They also struggled from the free throw line, connecting on just one try in six attempts from the stripe.  However, they went into the break with a 9-7 lead.  The second half opened much the same as the first.  With the game knotted at 13, Bree Porter poured in a quick four points for the J-Hawks with a short jumper and a lay-up off of a steal and quick pass by Emily Behm.  Annie Schumacher added a free throw before Behm added another bucket to push Janesville's lead to 7 at 20-13.  The J-Hawks pressure then began to truly fluster Arrowhead.  The J-Hawks won the game by a final of 30-23, as Arrowhead sank free throws late in the contest to keep the game close.  Porter and Kennedy Knopes each poured in eight second-half points, while Behm added six for the J-Hawks.
The semi-finals pitted the J-Hawks against the squad from Waukesha North.  It was a very physical, yet evenly matched contest.  With the game tied at 7, 11 minutes in, North scored twice to push their lead to 10-7.  There were buckets by both teams before Kendyl Richards made a free throw then a 15-foot jumper to give the J-Hawks a 14-12 lead with 2:13 left in the half.  That basket would be the J-Hawks final lead of the game.  Waukesha then came back with four points of their own to take a 16-14 halftime lead.  North scored four more points to open the second half before Brooke Nunn and Delaney Schoenenberger added baskets of their own for Janesville.  The J-Hawks then went stone cold from the floor, as they failed to score for more than 14 minutes.  North struggled from the field as well, but managed to push their lead to 8 during the J-Hawks scoring drought.  Annie Schumacher drained a 3-pointer at the 2:11 mark to give the J-Hawks their final points of the game as both teams then failed to score for the remainder of the contest.  North won the game by a final of 26-21.  Schoenenberger led the J-Hawks with six points.  Richards and Schumacher added five each for Janesville.
Janesville closed out their season with a 22-10 win over the Middleton Cardinals in the third place game.  There wasn't much scoring early for either team; however, Brooke Nunn broke a 4-4 tie with a 12-foot jump shot at the 6:15 mark.  She added another tie-breaking shot with a short jumper with 1:30 left in the first half.  Emily Behm tossed in a short hook at the buzzer to give the J-Hawks a 10-6 halftime lead.  Middleton opened the second half with two easy baskets after breaking the J-Hawk press.  Janesville stuggled from the free throw line, missing all 8 of their attempts.  They composed themselves, prevented the Cardinals from scoring another point the rest of the game, and rattled off 12 second half points to seal the win.  Nunn led all scorers with 10 points, while six other J-Hawks managed to score a basket.