Janesville J-Hawks: 2010-11 Season News

Sunday, March 6
J- Hawks make it ten straight tourneys with top three finishes!
The Janesville J-Hawks played a 3-game tournament in Milton on Sunday, March 6.
    The J-Hawks faced the Madison Memorial Spartans in the opening round.  Janesville jumped out to an 8-0 lead on baskets by Kayla Kaufman, Brooke Nunn and 2 from Delaney Schoenenberger.  The defense stepped up as well, shutting down the Spartans for the first 13 minutes.  In fact, the only points the J-Hawks gave up in the first half were from the free throw line.  Nunn added 2 free throws and Kendyl Richards hit a jumper from the left baseline with 35 seconds left in the half to give the J-Hawks a 12-3 lead at the break.  They quickly pushed their lead to double digits, 17-3, when Brenna Steed hit from 15 feet and Schoenenberger added a floater plus a free throw less than one minute into the second half.   The J-Hawks failed to score over the next 11 minutes.  However, Memorial answered with just 3 points of their own, cutting the J-Hawk lead to 11, with just under 8 minutes to play.  Schoenenberger knocked down a free throw before Nunn drilled a long 2 and added 2 free throws of her own with 6 minutes to go.  The J-Hawks were just too much down the stretch, winning the game, 28-11.  Nunn and Schoenenberger led Janesville with 8 points a piece while Richards added 6.
    The semi-finals pitted Janesville against Marshall.  It was almost as if the J-Hawks were moving at half speed as the opponents jumped out to a 12-0 lead to start the game before Bree Porter knocked down a 3 pointer at the 13:20 mark.  Marshall pushed the ball and built their lead to 15 before the J-Hawks scored again on a turn around jumper by Julia Whitcomb making the score 18-5 with just under 6 to play in the half.  Marshall dominated Janesville in the first half, going up by as much as 19.  The J-Hawks trailed 24-9 at the break.  The J-Hawks were able to settle down in the second half, playing Marshall basket for basket, but were unable to overcome their deficit from the first half.  They lost the game by a final score of 44-28.  Sierra Gorman led the J-Hawks with 7 points, all coming in the second half  Brooke Nunn chipped in 5.
    Janesville moved on to the third place game against the host, Milton Pumas.  The J-Hawk scoring woes continued to start the game, as they went on an 8 minute stretch without a point, while allowing the Pumas to score 5.  Janesville shook of the drought and went on a 6-0 run of their own, to take the lead, 6-5, on a put back by Julia Whitcomb with just over 7 to go in the half.  Kendyl Richards added a jumper from the left wing and Brooke Nunn dumped in 4 more points, giving the J-Hawks a 12-7 advantage at halftime.  The Pumas opened the second half with 4 straight points, cutting the J-Hawks lead to 1, 12-11.  Both teams went the next 12 minutes answering each other scoring.  Milton, however, took the lead 24-23, at the 6:58 mark.  The Pumas increased the lead to 3 and held that lead until just 1 minute remaining.  Kendyl Richards scored a layup off a great pass from Brooke Nunn, cutting Milton's lead to 1 with 57 seconds left.  Delaney Schoenenberger scored the go ahead basket for the J-Hawks off an inbound pass with just 22 ticks left.  Janesville's defense was able to hold off the Pumas the rest of the way, winning 31-30, to capture the third place medal.  Nunn had 11 points for the J-Hawks.  Schoenenberger added 8.
    The J-Hawks close out their season on March 12-13 at a tournament in Wisconsin Dells.



Saturday, February 26
J-Hawks over come injuries to finish third in Rockford.
The Janesville J-Hawks played 5 games in the B division at the Rockford Wildcat Tournament on Feb. 26. 
    Janesville opened the tournament against the team from Yorkville.  The game was very physical, with a total of 30 fouls called.  With the J-Hawk post players in foul trouble, the guards stepped up their game.  Janesville managed 12 first half points, including 5 from Sierra Gorman, while holding the opponents to just 2 points from the free throw line.  Brooke Nunn led the J-Hawk charge in the second half, pouring in 6 points, to lead all scorers with 8 overall.  Even though Janesville was outscored 12-9 in the second half, they came away with their first win of the day, 21-14.  Gorman and Brenna Steed (4 points) were the other leading scorers for the J-Hawks. 
    After a 3 hour break, Janesville matched up with the Illinois Hoopla.  The J-Hawks looked as if they had no break at all, sinking shots from all over the court and opening up a 14-2 lead mid-way through the first half.  The long range shooting by Janesville forced the Hoopla to step out, opening up the middle and creating easy points in the paint.  The J-Hawks led 27-10 at intermission.  The J-Hawks maintained their point margin, trading baskets with the team from Illinois.  With 10 minutes remaining in the contest and holding an 18 point lead, 37-19, the J-Hawks seemed to get fatigued.  They were unable to score over the next 8 minutes, allowing the Hoopla to close the deficit to 9 points with 2 minutes to go.  Delaney Schoenenberger was finally able to score for Janesville at the 1:36 mark on an inbound pass.  She added another layup a minute later.  Brooke Nunn added 2 more baskets in the closing seconds, giving the J-Hawks a 45-29 win.  Nunn led all scorers for the second straight game with 14 points.  Schoenenberger chipped in 12 for the J-Hawks.
    The third game of the day pitted the J-Hawks against the South Suburban Wildcats.  Janesville went into the game with just 7 players after losing Brenna Steed to a stinger against the Hoopla.  The game was very evenly matched, with 4 ties in the first 10 minutes of the game.  Annie Schumacher's jumper gave the J-Hawks their first lead of the game with 8:29 remaining in the first half.  A layup by Schoenenberger and a free throw by Gorman gave the J-Hawks a 5 point advantage with 5 minutes to go until the break.  The Wildcats responded to the challenge, tying the game for the 5th time at 15 each.  Schoenenberger scored the final 4 points of the half for Janesville, including 2 free throws for the injured Schumacher, who went to the floor with an ankle sprain.  The Wildcats knotted the game up at 19 heading into the break.  With just one substitute for Janesville in the second half, the Wildcats began to run and increase their pressure on defense.  The J-Hawks trailed 24-19 before scoring on a 10 foot jumper by Kennedy Knopes.  South Suburban pushed their lead to seven before Bree Porter hit 1-2 free throws with 10 minutes to go.  The Wildcats responded with baskets in the paint and built their advantage to 34-24.  Schoenenberger stepped up and scored 5 straight points for the J-Hawks, closing the gap to 5 with just under 6 minutes to play.  But as fatigue set in, the J-Hawks could get no closer.  The fell to the Wildcats, 40-32.  All 7 J-Hawks that started the game scored, with Schoenenberger leading the way with 17 points.  Knopes and Kendyl Richards each added 4.
    Heading into the consolation bracket, the J-Hawks were once again pitted against the Illinois Hoopla.  Still tired from the last game, the J-Hawks failed to score for the first 10 minutes, allowing the Hoopla to jump out to an 8-0 lead.  Schumacher and Steed returned to the lineup at the midway point, and Schumacher immediately nailed a 15 foot jumper to stop the skid.  Janesville chipped away at the Hoopla lead and eventually tied the game at 12 with 2 minutes left in the first half.  Both teams scored only free throws the rest of the half, with Illinois taking a 16-13 advantage.  They opened that lead to 7 before Kendyl Richards knocked down 2 free throws, stopping Janesville's drought.  The J-Hawks cut the Hoopla lead to 3 with 16:10 to go, but just couldn't gain the advantage.  The game went back and forth for a while before Sierra Gorman tied the game at 29 with 8 minutes to go.  Schumacher gave the J-Hawks their first lead of the game with a short jumper at the 6:10 mark.  The Hoopla tied the game at 31, but Gorman answered for the J-Hawks with a 12 foot jumper from the right baseline.  Steed came up with a steal and basket to push Janesville's lead to 4.  They increased the lead to 7 with a layup and free throw by Schoenenberger with 1 minute to go.  Illinois hit a 3-point shot, but were forced to foul.  Schumacher made 1 of 2 free throws with 3.9 seconds left to give the J-Hawks the win 39-34.  She and Schoenenberger led the J-Hawks with 8 points a piece, Gorman added 7.
    Janesville's final game of the day, and their 3rd in 4 hours, was against the Lady Renegades from Illinois.  Bree Porter started the scoring early and often for the J-Hawks, scoring 4 points in the first minute with a long jumper from the left corner followed by a steal and layup.  Three other J-Hawks scored before the Lady Renegades got on the board.  Janesville's defense was too much for the team from Illinois, as the J-Hawks held their opponents to just 2 points over the first 15 minutes, enabling them to build a 17-2 advantage.  Six J-Hawks scored in the first half, jumping out to a 24-9 lead at halftime.  It was more of the same in the second half, as Janesville scored with a combination of inside and outside shots, pouring in 18 second-half points.  The J-Hawks coasted to the tournament's third place finish, winning 42-19.  Porter led all scorers with 10 points.  Kendyl Richards and Sierra Gorman each chipped in 8.



Monday, February 21
J-Hawks battle to second place finish!
The Janesville J-Hawks were runners-up at the Greenfield Sweetheart Classic, held on Saturday, Feb. 12, at Greenfield High School.  They went 2-1 on the day, falling to the Franklin Sabers in the championship game of the 10 team tourney. 
    The first game had the J-Hawks matched up against Union Grove.  Bree Porter opened the scoring for the J-Hawks, on a nice post move.  Kendyl Richards dropped in 7 first half points, mostly off of steals, to lead Janesville to a 17-7 advantage at halftime.  The J-Hawks turned up the press in the second half, outscoring Union Grove by 7 to win the game, 34-17.  Delaney Schoenenberger and Richards led all scorers with 11 points a piece. 
    The J-Hawks faced the Hale Huskies in the semi-finals.  Janesville opened up an 8 point lead before Hale answered with 5 points of their own.  Sierra Gorman hit a nice lay-up and a free throw to push the J-Hawk lead to 7 at 11-5.  Kennedy Knopes added a lay-up for an 8 point advantage before Hale scored another 5 straight points.  Brenna Steed hit a runner with 6 seconds left in the half to give Janesville an 18-12 lead at the break.  Janesville started the second half giving up a number of fouls, putting the Huskies at the line 9 times.  The J-Hawks went without a point until Annie Schumacher made a free throw atih 12:38 remaining, yet led 19-16.  Kayla Kaufman's rebound and pass to Delaney Schoenenberger off a missed free throw gave Janesville a 5 point lead with 7 minutes to go.  The J-Hawk defense held the Huskies to just 1 basket the rest of the way to win the game, 28-18.  Schoenenberger and Knopes led a very balanced scoring attack for Janesville with 6 points each.
    Janesville was matched up against the Franklin Sabers in the championship game.  Franklin jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Delaney Schoenenberger hit a lay up to put Janesville in the scoring column.  At, 7-4, Kennedy Knopes hit a 15 footer to cut the Sabers lead to 1.  That was as close as the J-Hawks would get the rest of the game, as Franklin's size wore down the J-Hawks.  They used a 10-2 run following Knopes jumper to put the game away.  Janesville trailed 25-16 at the half.  They could just not find a rhythm in the second half, making just one shot in the second half, a 3 point shot by Kendyl Richards with 14:20 left in the game.  Franklin won by a final score of 39-19.  The J-Hawks, however, had nothing to hang their heads about, since Franklin was 3rd in last year's state tournament.  Schoenenberger scored 6 for Janesville and Richards added 5.


Monday, February 7
J-Hawks coast to Championship!
Watertown Shootout
The Janesville J-Hawks captured the tournament crown at the Great Gosling Shootout, held at Watertown High School on Sunday, Feb. 6th. 
    They opened tourney play against the host Goslings.  Delaney Schoenenberger opened the scoring after a steal and great pass by Julia Whitcomb one minute into the game.  The J-Hawks went the next 3 minutes without a point before Bree Porter hit an 8-foot jumpshot from the left wing.  Annie Schumacher and Sierra Gorman added buckets as well before the Goslings managed to get into the scoring column at the 10:23 mark.  Watertown added a free throw before J-Hawk Kennedy Knopes added 2 from the charity stripe.  Brooke Nunn and Kendyl Richards added layups to push the Janesville lead back to 11 at 14-3.  Nunn added another layup and Gorman knocked in a 3-pointer to take a 19-3 advantage before Watertown made a basket with 5 seconds remaining in the first half, cutting the J-Hawks lead to 14 (19-5).  Both teams struggled to get the ball into the basket in the second half, going just over 7 minutes before the Goslings hit a short jumper, making it 19-7.  The J-Hawks went another 3 minutes before Schoenenberger scored.  Schumacher drained a 3 from the left side at the 6:02 mark, giving Janesville a 24-7 advantage.  Watertown put up 4 more points before Gorman answered for the J-Hawks with 4 points of her own.  Janesville led at that point 28-11.  Neither team scored down the stretch, giving the J-Hawks the win.  Gorman led all scorers with 9 points while Schumacher added 5 for Janesville.
    The second game pitted the J-Hawks against the Kettle Moraine Lasers.  Julia Whitcomb scored off the opening tip, allowing the J-Hawks to set up their press.  The defensive pressure proved to be too much for Kettle Moraine to handle as the J-Hawks jumped out to a 14 point lead before giving up any Laser points - the only basket the J-Hawks gave up in the game. Janesville removed their press, but kept up the defensive intensity, wreaking havoc on Kettle Moraine and forcing them into a number of turnovers and poor shots.  Janesville took advantage, going on a 13-0 run, including a 3-point play from Kendyl Richards and 2 layups for Kennedy Knopes.  Kettle Moraine made 1 of 2 free throws just before intermission to cut Janesville's lead to 27-3.  The J-Hawks eased up in the second half, running off a lot of time before taking shots.  They went 8 minutes into the second half before Sierra Gorman hit a 10-footer in the lane.  However, during that span, they gave up just 1 point to the Lasers.  Knopes drained a sweet hook shot with 15 seconds left to give Janesville a win by a final of 35-5.  Gorman and Richards paced the J-Hawks with 7 points each, while Knopes chipped in 6.
    Janesville's most evenly matched contest was their final against the Middleton Bluebirds.  Middleton opened the scoring before Delaney Schoenenberger and Annie Schumacher each made 1 of 2 free throws to tie the game.  Bree Porter's layup gave Janesville the 4-2 lead.  The Bluebirds answered with 2 free throws of their own before Sierra Gorman knocked down a 15-foot jump shot.  Middleton's press forced the J-Hawks into 2 straight turnovers and easy points, once again gaining the lead, 10-6.  Schoenenberger's layup off an inbound pass at the 7:06 mark tied the game up once again at 10.  Middleton took their third lead of the game before Kendyl Richards responded with 2 baskets to put the J-Hawks up 14-12.  Kennedy Knopes broke the Bluebird press with an easy layup to push the J-Hawk lead to 4 with 4:30 left in the first half.  Janesville failed to score the rest of the half, allowing Middleton to tie the game up by halftime, 16-16.  Scoring woes continued for the J-Hawks, going almost 9 minutes before Schoenenberger tied the game at 18 with 13:48 left in the game.  That started a flurry of points for the J-Hawks as she scored once again less than 10 seconds later.  Knopes added a short jumper and Bree Porter sank 2 free throws, pushing Janesville's lead to 26-18 with 10 minutes left in the game.  The J-Hawks went into a stall offense, forcing the Bluebirds to foul and putting Janesville at the line for 14 free throw attempts.  Porter sank 5 of 8 and Schoenenberger added one to hold off Middleton by a final of 36-30, giving them the Championship title.  Porter led all scorers with 11.  Schoenenberger added 10 for the J-Hawks.


Monday, January 31
J-Hawks Place in top three again!
The Janesville J-Hawks opened the 2011 Cougar Invitational against the Jefferson Eagles.  The J-Hawks opened with a 4-0 run with baskets by Delaney Schoenenberger and Brooke Nunn before Jefferson answered with a 3-pointer at the 18 minute mark.  Janesville came out as the aggressors, creating a number of Eagle turnovers, but failed to convert many opportunities into points.  With the J-Hawks up, 10-7, Jefferson rattled off 7 straight points to push their lead to 4, 14-10.  This forced the J-Hawks to take a timeout to settle things down.  Kennedy Knopes tied up the game with 2 layups off of put-back rebounds.  The J-Hawks took the lead for good at the 5:09 mark of the first half, 16-15 on a layup by Annie Schumacher.  Schoenenberger added another basket to push the Janesville lead to 3.  The J-Hawks scored 2 more baskets, including a layup by Schoenenberger off an inbound pass with 5 seconds to go in the first half, to take a 22-17 advantage at the break.  After a few baskets by the Eagles to open the second half, Kendyl Richards scored 5 straight points and Nunn added a runner in the lane for a 6 point advantage, 29-23.  The J-Hawks aggressive play resulted in a number of fouls and they put Jefferson into a bonus with 8 minutes remaining in the game.  The Eagles made 5 free throws to cut the J-Hawk lead to just 1 with 4 minutes to play.  Schoenenberger scored once again to give Janesville a 3 point lead.  The Eagles would just not go away however, sinking 3 more free throws to tie the game at 33 a piece with 1:41 left in the contest.  Schoenenberger had a put-back bucket with 1:05, forcing Jefferson to foul the remainder of the way.  Nunn sank 1 of 2 free throws while Schoenenberger sank 2 of 4 to seal the win, 38-33.  Schoenenberger led all scorers with 16 points while Richards chipped in 7 for the J-Hawks.  The semifinals pitted Mukwonago against the J-Hawks.  Mukwanago's height and aggressiveness were almost too much for Janesville to handle almost right from the start.  The game was tied at 4 before the Indians took an 8-4 lead.  Kendyl Richards knocked down a 3-point shot for the J-Hawks with 14:20 remaining, cutting the J-Hawk deficit to 1, 8-7.  Mukwonago then ripped off a 10-0 run to lead 18-7, before Delaney Schoenenberger scored a 3 point play with 8:27 to go in the first half.  The J-Hawks then went just over 8 minutes before scoring another point.  Mukwonago took a 25-13 advantage into halftime.  After a Kennedy Knopes lay-up to open up the second half, only one other J-Hawk managed to score after intermission.  Schoenenberger scored on a layup with 15:13 to go in the game, cutting into the Indians' lead, 30-17.  However, the Indians proved to be just too much for the J-Hawks.  They held Janesville to just 5 more points the rest of the game, rolling to a 41-22 win, and sending the J-Hawks to the 3rd place game.  Adding to Janesville's woes, the team was just 3 of 16 from the free throw line for the game.  Schoenenberger once again led all scorers with 14 points.  Richards and Knopes added 3 points each for the J-Hawks.  The third place game pitted the J-Hawks against the Milton Pumas, a familiar foe for the J-Hawks.  Milton jumped out to an early 3-0 lead before Sierra Gorman put the J-Hawks on the board with a short jumper.  The scoring went back and forth as there were 5 lead changes and 4 ties in the first half.  Julia Whitcomb hit a layup with 1:10 to go in the half to give the J-Hawks a 13-11 lead at halftime.  Both teams went scoreless for almost 4 minutes into the second half before Milton tied the game at 13 with a layup.  Milton scored again to lead 15-13 before free throws by Gorman, Bree Porter and Delaney Schoenenberger, along with a 3-point shot by Kendyl Richards and layup by Kennedy Knopes gave Janesville what they thought was a comfortable 21-15 lead with 6 minutes to go.  The Pumas, however, scored 3 more points while holding the J-Hawks scoreless over a 5 minute stretch to cut into Janesville's lead.  Brooke Nunn hit a runner from the left baseline to push the J-Hawk lead back to 5, 23-18, with a minute to go.  Janesville's poor free throw shooting continued as the team hit just 6 of 17 attempts in the contest.  They managed to hold off Milton, however, to finish third in the tournament with a 25-20 victory.  Janesville had a much more balanced scoring attack, seeing all but 2 players score.  Schoenenberger led all scorers for the third straight game with 5 points.  Three other J-Hawks chipped in 4 points each.



Saturday, January 22
Nice showing for J-Hawks in Pewaukee
The Janesville J-Hawks placed 3rd of 12 teams at the Pewaukee HoopsFest on Sat., Jan. 22.  They went 3-1 on the day.  Janesville began the day against Oconomowoc.  The team had 5 players score in the first half, paced by Delaney Schoenenberger with 7, to take a 19-10 lead into the break.  The J-Hawk defense took over in the second half, holding Oconomowoc to just 6 points.  The J-Hawks dropped in 14 points of their own, including 5 by Kendyl Richards.  Kennedy Knopes led all scorers with 8 points, leading the J-Hawks to a 33-16 win.  Janesville's second game was a very evenly matched contest against Wisconsin Lutheran.  The J-Hawks used a balanced scoring attack in the first half to lead by 2, 12-10, at the break.  Schoenenberger took over in the second half, almost outscoring the opponent all by herself.  She had 9 points, including 3 straight baskets, forcing Wisconsin Lutheran into a timeout.  Janesville won the game by a final score of 25-21.  Annie Schumacher and Brooke Nunn added 4 points a piece for the J-Hawks.  Janesville was pitted against the host, Pewaukee, in the semi-finals.  Nunn pumped in 7 points in the first half, however, Janesville trailed at the break, 16-14.  Pewaukee attempted more than twice the free throws of the J-Hawks (16-7) and scored more points from the free throw line (8) than the J-Hawks attempted as well.  Nunn continued her scoring in the second half, finishing with 14 for the game to lead all scorers.  However the Pirates took over in the second half, outscoring the J-Hawks by 10, to win by a final of 36-24.  Schoenenberger added 4 for the J-Hawks.  The third place game had Janesville facing Waukesha South.  The J-Hawks took a one point lead into half-time, 10-9. They then put on the defensive clamps, holding South to just three points in the second half.  The J-Hawks however added just 8 points, taking an 18-12 victory.  Richards paced the J-Hawks with 6 points, while Bree Porter added 5.

Wednesday, January 12
J-Hawks improve to 14-4 with second place finish.
J- Hawks
The Janesville J-Hawks finished second in the 8-team Rebel Basketball Tournament, held at the Janesville YMCA. 
    Janesville opened pool play against the Middleton Bluebirds.  The J-Hawks had 4 different players score to take an 8-0 lead to start the game.  Middleton then scored 4 points before Bree Porter's driving lay-up with 5 minutes left in the half stopped the Bluebird run.  The basket then got a lid on it as Janesville failed to score for the remainder of the half.  They took a 10-6 lead into the break.  Delaney Schoenenberger scored a bucket on a short jumper and Annie Schumacher added a steal and a lay-up to give the J-Hawks a 6 point cushion mid-way thru the second half.  Julia Whitcomb chipped in a nice lay-up after an inbound at the the 10:36 mark.  Schoenenberger added 2 free throws with 3:21 remaining to give the J-Hawks an 18-13 lead.  The Bluebirds cut it to 3 with less than 15 seconds, but Porter sank 2 free throws with 11.4 left on the clock to give Janesville what they thought was the winning margin, 20-15.  Middleton threw up a quick 3-pointer that swished and called a time out, however, they had none remaining, so the J-Hawks were awarded 2 points and the ball with just a few ticks left on the clock.  Janesville walked away with a 22-18 victory.  Porter, Schumacher and Schoenenberger each had 4 points to lead the J-Hawks, while 4 others added a basket.
    The second game of pool play pitted the J-Hawks against the Stoughton Vikings.  The J-Hawks once again jumped out to a quick lead, 8-1, after 2 buckets by Schoenenberger and lay-ups from Sierra Gorman and Brooke Nunn.  Janesville's pressure was too much for the Vikings to handle as they scored a number of baskets off of their press.  Kennedy Knopes added 6 points mid-way through the first half to give the J-Hawks a 16-5 advantage with 5 minutes remaining.  Janesville backed off a bit, giving up 10 more points, before closing out the half with 5 points from Porter and a layup just before the buzzer by Kayla Kaufman.  They went into the break with a 25-15 lead.  The second half started with more of the same with a jumper by Nunn and a Knopes layup, pushing the J-Hawk lead to 14.  The J-Hawks switched to a 2-3 zone midway through the second half and the Vikings really struggled to get points.  Janesville held Stoughton to just 5 second-half points, while pouring in 20 of their own, to claim a 45-20 victory.  Schoenenberger led all scorers with 10, as all but one of the J-Hawks scored.  Knopes chipped in 8 for Janesville.
    The final game of pool play was against Monona Grove.  This game pitted 2 very evenly matched teams.  Schoenenberger started the scoring once again for the J-Hawks with 2 baskets.  Kaufman and Brenna Steed added short jumpers to give the J-Hawks an 8-2 advantage midway through the first half.  The following few minutes saw a number of fouls on both teams, as the intensity of the game began to pick up.  Each team scored an additional 6 points before the Monona Grove bench was whistled for a technical foul, awarding the J-Hawks 2 points and the ball for the second time on the day, and giving them a 16-8 lead.  Kendyl Richards then made 3-4 free throws in the last 2 minutes of the half to give Janesville a 19-13 lead at the break.  Neither team was able to score for the first 4 minutes of the second half.  Monona Grove hit a free throw, cutting the J-Hawk lead to 5.  Richards answered with an 8-foot jump shot to push the lead back to 7, 21-14.  MG hit a bucket and added 3 free throws cutting the Janesville lead to 2.  The J-Hawks answered with a Nunn basket and a Porter free throw.  MG once again made a run at Janesville, cutting lead to 2, 24-22 with 5:30 remaining in the contest.  However, Nunn added another basket and Schoenenberger scored on a lay-up, giving Janesville a 28-25 lead with one minute remaining.  Richards scored on the front end of a bonus to push the lead to 4 with 28 seconds left.  Nunn added another front end free throw with a few seconds to go to give the J-Hawks a 30-25 victory, putting them in the championship game against Waunakee.
    In the championship, the Warriors jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Schoenenberger made a lay-up off a great assist from Richards at the 17 minute mark.  Waunakee then added to their lead, making almost every shot they put up, taking a 13-6 advantage.  The J-Hawks, meanwhile, struggled to put many points on the board, scoring just one basket, a lay-up by Richards, in the final 8 minutes of the half.  Waunakee took a 21-13 lead into the break.  Janesville just simply looked tired in the second half, getting out-hustled to loose balls and not making the shots they were putting up.  Nunn scored a basket a minute into the second half, cutting the Warrior lead to 6, but it was all Waunakee in the second half.   The J-Hawks were out-rebounded and out-scored in the second half, 16-9.  The scoring woes continued for Janesville as they scored just 3 points in the final 9 minutes of the game.  Waunakee came out on top by a final score of 37-22.



Sunday, November 14
J-Hawks Champions of Lake Geneva Turkey JAM 2010
Lake Geneva
The Janesville J-Hawks went 3-0 in the Lake Geneva Turkey JAM 2010, upping their overall mark to 8-2 on the season.  They opened the tourney with a victory against Waukesha North, 28-17.  The J-Hawks attacked the basket in the first half, as North was whistled for 7 first half fouls.  Janesville went to the free throw line 10 times in the first half, but converted just 3 times.  The game was knotted at 11 at the break.  The J-Hawks turned up the intensity in the second half, holding Waukesha North to just 6 points, while posting 17 of their own, including 4 of 4 from the charity stripe.  Bree Porter led all scorers with 8 points.  Kendyl Richards added 6 for the J-Hawks, including 4 free throws.
The second game pitted the J-Hawks versus the Grayslake Knights from Illinois.  The J-Hawks returned the favor from the first game, getting whisted for 17 fouls, including 11 in the first half.  The Knights stepped up to shoot 18 free throws in the game to just 5 for the J-Hawks.  Annie Schumacher chipped in 7 first half points to provide the J-Hawks a spark as well as a 10 point half-time lead, 18-8.  In the second half, the J-Hawks executed their offense well and had lots of open looks for easy lay-ups.  Schumacher, playing with a broken finger, led all scorers with 9 points.  Kennedy Knopes and Delaney Schoenenberger each chipped in 6 for Janesville, as they won the game 32-18.
Janesville played their final game of the tournament against Twin Lakes.  Delaney Schoenenberger opened the scoring for the J-Hawks with a put back one minute into the game.  Janesville then ripped off 6 more points before Twin Lakes dribbled through the J-Hawk's press to score their first points.  The Stingrays then went on an 8-2 run of their own, closing the game to 10-8, before Kendyl Richards hit a jumper to push the lead back to 4.  A free throw by Kennedy Knopes and a lay-up by Brooke Nunn gave the J-Hawks a 15-8 advantage.  Twin Lakes held the J-Hawks scoreless over the last 10 minutes of the half, but failed to take the lead.  Janesville led 15-11 at the break.  Schoenenberger stopped the scoring drought in the second half with a bucket at the 18 minute mark.  The J-Hawks then held the Stingrays to just 1 point over the next 7 minutes, however they managed just 3 points of their own.  The Stingrays 3-1-1 half-court trap caused Janesville problems and forced them into 7 straight turnovers.  Janesville was finally able to figure out how to beat it when Nunn nailed 2 straight 10-foot jumpers. A lay up by Julia Whitcomb late in the game gave the J-Hawks a 34-24 advantage allowing them to milk the clock for the last 2 minutes and seal the victory.  Nunn poured in 8 points for the J-Hawks and Schoenenberger added 7.



Friday, December 10
J-Hawks go 3-1 at Rockford Heat Classic
   The Janesville J-Hawks placed third in the 2010 Winter Heat Classic, held Dec. 4, in Rockford, IL.  The J-Hawks faced just 2 opponents in the tourney, yet finished with a mark of 3-1. 
    Janesville opened the day against the Illinois Lady Raptors from Chicago.  Janesville started out quite slowly against the very quick Lady Raptors.  Kendyl Richards got the J-Hawks going in the first half, pacing the team with 6 points.  Janesville upped their intensity in the second half and played much more aggressively.  Delaney Schoenenberger had 2 hoops, while Brooke Nunn added a lay-up to give the J-Hawks an 10 point advantage, 20-10, mid-way through the second half.  Annie Schumacher poured in 7 straight points, including a lay-up off an inbounds play and a 3-point shot at the 4:45 mark to up the J-Hawks' lead to 17.  Janesville failed to score the rest of the way, yet had a large enough cushion to hold off the Lady Raptors, 30-17.  Schoenenberger paced the J-Hawks with 8 points, while Schumacher finished with 7.
    In the second game of the day, the J-Hawks debuted their white uniforms, while facing the Byron (IL) Tigers.  The game was scoreless for the first 4:45, before Bree Porter stole the ball and passed ahead to Delaney Schoenenberger for an easy layup.  Porter then ripped off 6 straight points in just over a minute with a driving layup down the lane and 2 layups off of steals.  Sierra Gorman and Kayla Kaufman added baskets to give the J-Hawks a 12-0 lead before Byron hit a bucket at the 5:54 mark in the first half.  Schoenenberger was fouled on a put-back at the buzzer to give Janesville a 16-2 advantage at the break.  That lead increased to 21 points before Byron was able to score their second basket of the contest with 10 minutes to play.  Janesville allowed just one more basket by the Tigers the rest of the way, yet gave up 4 points, after the bench was called for a technical for questioning the officials.  The J-Hawks won the game by a final score of 32-8.  Schoenenberger and Porter paced the J-Hawks with 8 points each.
    The semi-finals pitted the J-Hawks against the IL Lady Raptors once again.  Annie Schumacher hit the first bucket of the game to give the J-Hawks their only lead of the game, 2-0.  The Lady Raptors overcame their deficit from the first meeting with Janesville and scored the next 13 points as the J-Hawks went ice cold from the floor.  It was as if their was a lid on the basket.  Brooke Nunn hit a short jumper at the 9 minute mark to break the streak.  Kennedy Knopes added another 2 points for Janesville with a 6-foot jumper with 4:13 remaining in the first half.  The ladies from Illinois took an18-6 lead into the break.  Janesville made some adjustments at the half.  Schumacher opened the half with a 3.  Bree Porter added a free throw and Brooke Nunn poured in another 3, forcing the Lady Raptors to take a time out as the J-Hawks closed the gap to 5 after scoring 7 straight points.  After the TO, the Lady Raptors added a lay-up and a traditional 3-point play to push their lead back to 10.  Janesville then answered with 2 more 3-point shots by Schumacher and Nunn as well as a basket by Knopes to cut Illinois' advantage to 3, 23-20, with just 3:30 to play.   The Lady Raptors made 4-5 free throws down the stretch to hold off Janesville.  The J-Hawks lost the game by a final score of 30-25.  Schumacher and Nunn each had 8 points a piece, while Knopes added 7.
    The final game had the J-Hawks once again facing off against the Tigers from Byron, IL.  Janesville opened with a 7 point run, including 5 points from Kennedy Knopes, before Byron scored with 8:30 left in the first half.  The Tigers then posted a 5-2 run of their own to close the gap to 2 before Brooke Nunn hit a runner down the lane with 1 second left to push the J-Hawk lead to 11-7 at the half.  Bree Porter, Kayla Kaufman and Annie Schumacher led an 8 point run to open the second half and stretch the Janesville lead to 14.  The J-Hawks didn't look back as they captured the third place game by a final margin of 26-10.  Porter led all scorers with 6, while Knopes added 5, all in the first half.


Thursday, November 11
J-Hawks place third in Appleton North Classic
Appleton North
The Janesville J-Hawks opened pool play of the Appleton North Youth Basketball Classic against the Appleton East Patriots. The J-Hawks went scoreless for the first 13 minutes as East opened up a 6 point lead. Brenna Steed got Janesville on the board with a 12-foot jumper. The J-Hawks settled down and used their press to force a number of Patriot turnovers. Steed as well as 3 other J-Hawks used those turnovers to their advantage to convert easy layups to force a 10-10 tie at the break. Brooke Nunn broke the tie at the 13:20 mark allowing Janesville to once again use their press. That allowed the J-Hawks to push their lead to 8 off of easy transition baskets. The J-Hawks then milked the clock to take the first win in pool play, 24-16. Kendyl Richards led the J-Hawks with 6 points, all on steals and layups, while 3 others had 4 points each.
The second game of pool play pitted the J-Hawks against the host Appleton North Lightning. Sierra Gorman got things rolling for Janesville with a quick jumper off the tip. The next stretch was a bit sloppy by both teams as there were a number of turnovers. Kendyl Richards got back into the groove from the first game, stealing the ball twice, once for an easy lay-up and another for 2 free throws, giving the J-Hawks an 8-4 advantage. Annie Schumacher added 4 more off of lay-ups, while Richards added a short jumper. Janesville took an 18-8 lead at the half. The J-Hawk defense was too much for the Lightning as Janesville held North to just 4 second half points. Janesville posted a 38-12 win, moving them into the championship bracket. Richards led the attack for the J-Hawks, pouring in 14 points as all but one player scored.
The semi-finals proved to be a more difficult task for the J-Hawks. The Hortonville Polar Bears used their smothering press and height to their advantage, winning the game 35-23. Hortonville built a 15 point lead before the J-Hawks were able to score. Sierra Gorman stole the ball and drove in for a layup. Gorman and Kennedy Knopes added 2 more buckets to cut the lead to 9. The J-Hawks couldn't stop the Polar Bears' 6-footer, as she poured in 9 first half points and led Hortonville to a 22-14 halftime lead. The Polar Bears added to their lead, opening with an 11-2 run to start the second half, putting the game out of reach for the J-Hawks. Janesville made a run late in the game, outscoring Hortonville 9-2, but it was too late. Gorman led the J-Hawks with 9 points. Brooke Nunn added 8, all in the first half.
The final match up of the day pitted the J-Hawks against the Neenah Red Rockets for third place. Janesville opened the game with 4 points from Brooke Nunn. Neenah came back to tie the game at 4. Neither team was able to score for the next 5 minutes. Kendyl Richards broke the drought with a lay-up off an assist from Kennedy Knopes. The rest of the half was back and forth, however Neenah took their first lead with 45 seconds to go in the half, 12-10. Nunn tied the game at 12 at the 17 minute mark on a short jumper in the lane. That bucket sparked a 10-0 run for the J-Hawks. Janesville held the Rockets to just 6 points in the second half, posting a 24-18 win for the third place medals. Nunn led all scorers with 12 points.