It's time for 3 on 3 basketball! We are excited to partner with Midwest 3 on 3 again for our 11th Annual Stillwater 3 on 3 league. This league is a big fundraiser for our program and a great way to extend the season and continue to develop skills, all while having a great time! Form teams of 3-6 players and get registered or, you can sign up as an individual looking for a team to join. The league runs five Sundays starting March 28th. Each team plays two 20-minute games each week against other teams from around the area. 3 on 3 is a great way for kids to sharpen their skills in a competitive setting. Midwest 3 on 3 emphasizes fun in their leagues by encouraging good sportsmanship, friendly staff, playing music and more! This is for boys and girls with graduation years 2021-2030. Early bird registration ends at midnight on March 4th, final registration ends at midnight on March 17th. More information can be found here or feel free to reach out to StillwaterGirlsBasketball@gmail.com.
File this one under "Character Building." Stillwater made it to the championship game at the MYAS Grade State Tournament with some great wins over some talented teams. They first beat Andover and then New Prague on Saturday to set them up in the semi-finals. On Sunday, they went in to face Anoka and held them off, 35-32, for the right to take on Dover Eyota for the title. Now this was a battle with both teams playing tough all the way down to the wire. Late in the game, one of our girls hit a 3 to take a 2 point lead. With just over a second left, a player from the other team heaved the ball from about mid court and the "Hail Mary" shot dropped, giving Dover the win, 31-30. Our Ponies take home 2nd place and the pride knowing it took a miracle to beat them. Great run, Ladies!
After losing their opening game of the Wayzata tournament to the eventual champs, our girls rallied to win their next two games to take home 3rd place honors. Wayzata won the opening game, 21-14, but that didn't make our team give up. Instead, the defense held Rosmount to a mere 11 points and securing the win. In the third place game, our Ponies faced a determined St. Michael-Albertville squad and the two battled it down to the wire with the Red and Black winning by one point. Way to go, Ladies!
This past weekend, 5 Black went undefeated for the third time this season, taking home the gold in Woodbury. Our Ponies weren't very neighborly, turning back Hudson, 19-14 in the opening game. They next took down St. Paul in a slightly easier game, 20-12. East Ridge proved to be the biggest challenge, but our girls prevailed 16-14. Three wins and a trophy, all before lunch. Great job, Ponies!!
What an exciting weekend of play for 7th grade Red in Woodbury! In the 8:00 AM game, Stillwater held off a determined Eagan team, winning 29-27. However, Centennial proved to be too much in the next game, knocking off our Ponies, 32-21. Never ones to say die, Red came back in the 3rd place game, taking care of business against Chanhassen, 42-35. Each game, our girls scored more points than the previous game with 42 points being the most scored by any team in their bracket. Great work, Ladies!!
In a complete reversal of the previous week's outing, 5th Red came out swinging and dominated the competition to capture 1st place. It was a strong defensive effort from the entire team as they outscored their opponents by a combined 42 points. As a team, they got 43 steals, 10 blocks and nabbed 81 rebounds - 5 of the 8 girls had double digits in rebounds. Even with the strong defense, they only got called for 8 fouls in 3 games. Erin MacLennan led the team in rebounding, pulling in 22 for the day to go along with her 9 steals and 2 blocks; Karley Stead came alive and was seemingly everywhere on the court, taking in 12 rebounds, 9 steals and 2 blocks; Johanna "Jo Jo" Nickleby grabbed 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocks; and Julia Giel was the first player to hit the "quintuple" in a game, notching stats in rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and points in her performance against host White Bear. OUTSTANDING, LADIES!!
4th Red had a strong showing this weekend, taking 2nd place in the Silver division. They came out strong and dominated host White Bear in the first game, 20-6. They dropped their second game to eventual champion St. Michael-Albertville by a score of 12-20. Not to be deterred, they held off Cottage Grove initially before pulling away for the win, 22-13. Way to go, Ladies!
January 16th saw our 5th grade Black team dominate their bracket in Coon Rapids. Our Ponies started the tourney with a 32-point win over nearby Hudson in the 8:00 AM game, followed right after with a 23-point win over Anoka Ramsey. After a break our girls were back at it, this time topping Delano, 30-11. For the weekend, they outscored their opponents 99-25! Outstanding!! Congratulations, Ladies!
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During this crazy COVID season, 6 White has had a tough time against some of their opponents. This past weekend, they decided to do something about it and took care of business to bring home the championship. In the first game, our Ponies knocked off Chanhassen White for the third time this season by a convincing 13 points. That was followed by what would be their "closest" game of the weekend, an 11-point win over CCA. In their final game, Stillwater wrecked Farmington, outscoring the Tigers by 20 points! While their almost 15 point average margin of victory was good, the really impressive thing is they held every opponent to single digits in scoring. Now THAT'S Pony defense! Way to go, Ladies!!
7th Red finishes the season in a big way by taking home 1st place honors. The setting was there for a big showdown between our Ponies and the host Trojans from Wayzata. Stillwater cruised in with an 18-point win over Chanhassen and a 23-point win over Edina. Wayzata, meanwhile beat Chaska by 13 and Orono by 25. Both teams could score and both could play defense so this looked like it could be a great contest. However, our girls proved to be too much for Wayzata as they walked away with a 14-point win, 43-29. It was a great outing and even greater way to end the season. Congratulations, Ladies!