After starting with 4 wins and 14 losses, the team has worked very hard and the results are very impressive. They have gone 9 and 2 with a first, a second, and a third place finish. They are not a team with a star, but a group of girls that play great defense. They have given up over 30 points in only 6 games all year and only once in the last 14 games.
They finished first in the STMA tournament with 3 straight wins and giving up only 49 points. Next they traveled to Woodbury and took 3rd place by going 3 and 1 with 3 double digit wins. The only loss was to Lakeville South (22-29). Lakeville was a combined 21-1 on the year (8-1 in B and 13-0 in C) and won their other 3 games by 20+ points.
Finally, they traveled to Edina and were able to take 2nd place. They are becoming the Kardiac Kids with no lead safe and no deficit to large. In game one, after jumping out to an early lead, they withstood a furious Rosemount comeback to hold on by one point. In game two, they again jumped out to an early lead to survive another comeback to once again survive by one as St Paul missed a one and one with just 1 second left!!!!!
In game three, they matched up against a very very good OMGBA team. Though the outcome looked bleak at half, they roared back to complete the upset and win 20-17. The first three games took a toll on the coaches. Now came the championship game against yet another B team in Minnetonka Gray who had dominated their first three teams.
The girls were getting beat up by a much physically stronger team and trailed at half time 24-9. In the second half, they came out battling. They began to dominate the boards and dive on the floor for every loose ball. The defense was unbelievable and they allowed 1 POINT in the first 10 minutes of the second half. With 4 minutes left the lead was down to 5. They eventually lost 31-23, but the effort was incredible!!!
As coaches we could not be more proud of the improvement we have seen from each and every player. So, this one is for the girls. P-P-P-O-N-I-I-I-E-S GOOOOOOOOO Ponies!!!!!!!!
The red squad battled three tough teams this past weekend and came away with second place honors. The first game was a tight defensive battle against a quick Eastview team with our girls gaining the upper hand towards the end with a 31-28 win. In the second game, the Ponies found themselves down by 10 early to Prior Lake and trailing by 5 at the half. A strong aggressive Pony defense that capitalized on the Lakers mistakes resulted in a 14 point victory. Our girls luck ran out, however, against a talented and well-coached Jefferson team. The Jaguars shot extremely well and quickly jumped out 20-0, but our team never gave up, closing within 5 at point. The margin was too great to overcome this game and Jefferson topped Stillwater, 40-30.
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