Niki's Love For Basketball: News about Niki

Back to Back Champions!!
Lady Tigers Take Holiday Classic Championship
The Lady Tigers defeated the Van Buren Lady Pointers 45-34 in the Championship game of the Neosho Holiday Classic held in Neosho, MO, December 27th - 30th.

Vinita, OK Big Dawg Champions
Lady Tigers Take Big Dawg Championship

Jessica, Lydia, Sarah, Sarah Grace, Me
Tulsa Hardwood Finale Champions
The NWA Attitude, playing with only 5 players, won the Tulsa Hardwood Finale tournament held the weekend of July 23rd & 24th. The Attitude beat the Tulsa Jr. Hurricane 65-36, the Oklahoma And 1 52-19, the Oklahoma Lady Zebras 53-35 and the Owasso Lady Rams 40-32 in the finals to take the championship. Pictured above are from left to right: Jessica Olson, Lydia Wilkerson, Sarah Lowry, Sarah Grace Groves and Me.

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2010 State AAU 15U Champions
Wow, what a game. We beat the New Life Lady Hawks, 104-96 in double overtime to win the AAU State Tournament. The tournament lasted over two weekends and now we will be going to Orlando, Florida in late July for the National tournament.

Attitude Take Dallas Championship
The NWA Attitude brought home the gold from the All-American Shootout tournament held in Dallas, Texas over the weekend of May 15th & 16th. The Attitude went a perfect 5-0 and beat the North Texas Heat 53-31 in the finals. The Attitude will take a couple of weeks off and will again be in action the first weekend in June when they travel to Kansas City.

Attitude Settle For 4th In Classic Bracket at AAU Nationals!!
Another game of missed oppertunities is all you can say as the Attitude had to settle for 4th place in the Classic Bracket of this years AAU 15U National Tournament that was played in Orlando, FL. As good as we played to come back and beat the Lady Heat, we played as bad tonight and lost to the Comets 58-45. No defense and no hustle cost us this game. After trailing most of the game, we took our first lead at the 7 minute mark of the game, only to see the Comets rell of 14 straight points to pull away with the win. What can you say but thrilling. Down 15 points at half and taking our first lead of the game with about 2 minutes left, is all  you can say as the Attitude beat the Cincinnati Lady Heat 65-63 to make it into the Classic Bracket Final Four. We will play the another team from Massachusetts, the Philly Comets at 7pm tonight. Another game down and another win. Well it's the Classic Bracket, but we are still playing and still winning. We beat the D.E.B.O. Lady Express 69-41. Nothing like a bad team to cure what ailes you. That is just the case this afternoon as the Attitude beat the Florida Winning Ways Eagles 84-41 in their first game of this years Classic Bracket Play. Sometimes even when things go well and we play good, we lose. That was the case tonight playing against #8 seeded Orlando Comets Red. Playing for 1st in our pool, we played pretty close and only down 4 with about 6 minutes to play, but we could not get over the hump and lost 78-66. With that loss and a Fencor loss, we ended up 4th in our pool and will play tomorrow at 1pm in the Classic Bracket. Well, sometimes they say nothing takes out the bad taste of losing better than a win. That's just what the Attitude did this morning with a 58-55 win over Dayton Lady Metro Stars. Nothing went well this afternoon as we could not stop the Fencor team from Massachusetts. The first half was ok with us only trailing 21-18. The second half saw us completely fall apart and lose our opener 81-54. 

Lady Tigers Black/Gold

BENTONVILLE BASKETBALL: Wilson Divides, Conquers


By Henry Apple

Posted: November 10, 2010 at 3:28 a.m.

BENTONVILLE — Tom Halbmaier thought he had divided Bentonville’s girls fairly evenly for their intrasquad basketball scrimmage Tuesday night.

Niki Wilson’s early shooting proved otherwise.The junior guard scored all her team-high nine points during a 19-2 run in the early moments of the Lady Tigers’ 22-minute scrimmage, leading the White team to a convincing 33-14 victory over the Black team in Tiger Arena.

“Niki shot the ball well, and we need her to do that,” Halbmaier said. “I thought the two teams were evenly split, but the White team played much better and shot the ball much better.“I thought both squads need to improve some on their defense, but this was a good time for the girls to get the nervousness out of their system.

Montana Lewis scored the first points on a jumper, but it was the only points the Black team scored for more than 13 minutes. By the time Asia Patterson broke the dry spell on an inside bucket with 7 minutes, 29 seconds left, the White team’s domination was already in effect.

Wilson scored nine of the White team’s first 11 points, hitting a trio of 3-pointers in less than 3 minutes. Brittany Spychalski capped the run with her basket at the 10:12 mark, and the White team never got any closer than 15 points.

Junior guard Maddie Morton, who had only two practices since coming to basketball from cross country, led the Black team with nine points.Bentonville’s girls return to action next Tuesday when the

Lady Tigers open their regular season at home against Pea Ridge.