Season over for Wisconsin


first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoEVANSTON, Ill.–The season is over for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team. Following a devastating 3-0 loss to Northwestern, Wisconsin has been eliminated from Big Ten tournament consideration.Coming into Friday’s matchup, Wisconsin needed a win to keep its postseason hopes alive. Northwestern, on the other hand, had already secured a tournament berth with a 3-0 victory over Iowa.It was the Wildcats who came out looking like the team that was facing a must-win situation. In contrast, the Badgers played like a team that had run out of gas after beating the Iowa Hawkeyes 2-0 a week ago.“For me, [the loss] is extremely disappointing,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “I think your entire season is based on what you do in the postseason — not to make the Big Ten tournament is a major wake-up call to myself and to the players.“There are a lot of things that this program needs to do better,” Wilkins added. “We cannot leave it down to one game like this.”Offensively for Northwestern, senior Shannon Schneeman netted her team-leading ninth goal of the season and eventual game-winner in the 31st minute.The Wildcats kept the pressure on the Badgers late in the first half as freshman Sam Greene tallied her first goal of the season in the 41st minute.Northwestern’s other senior offensive leader — Kelsey Hans — would not be outdone by Schneeman.Hans added the Wildcats’ third and final goal in the 52nd minute — her ninth goal of the season — with a spectacular shot off the crossbar.“[Northwestern] had three great finishes. The third goal, that was a great shot,” Wilkins said. “They were dynamic, and they brought a lot of emotion; they looked like one of the best teams I have seen in recent years.”Despite allowing three goals, Wilkins praised senior goalkeeper Lynn Murray for her play Friday night.“[Lynn] played quite well; I think she did everything she could,” Wilkins said. “Even with the three goals, I was impressed. With the shots that they had, I don’t think many people could have gotten to those.”Wisconsin never seemed to get in rhythm offensively as the team once again struggled to create scoring opportunities. Overall, the Badgers were outshot 16-7 by the Wildcats. Further, they only managed to post three shots on goal while the Wildcats tallied eight.“I think we worry too much about playing defense and trying to have people back there so that the other team does not create opportunities,” junior forward Taylor Walsh said. “When we do get chances to go forward there are not enough people going forward to make anything happen.”Senior Shannon Terry also noted that Wisconsin’s inability to create scoring opportunities often stems from its concentration on defensive play.“I think our forwards need to have more confidence in our defense rather than thinking ‘I have to go back and help,’” Terry said. “We should remember that Birdie [Leibham] or [Lauren] Rud[zinski] or whoever, can take care of themselves and they don’t need us to come back and help.”Friday’s loss was an emotional and shocking one for Terry and her fellow seniors as it marked the end of their careers in the cardinal and white.The Badgers graduate six seniors — Madison natives Ann Eshun and Katy Meuer, goalkeeper Lynn Murray, defender Lauren Rudzinski, midfielder Marissa Sarkesian and Terry, a forward.“I am really upset,” an emotional Terry said of the loss. “I am kind of in between crying and shock right now. I am really shocked; I cannot believe it is over — I have to be a real person now.”Walsh, who took a medical redshirt her freshman season, started her career with Eshun, Meuer, Murray and Terry. After the loss, Walsh will no longer share the field with her fellow classmates.“I will cry for like 30 seconds and then it will go away and then I will cry again,” Walsh said. “I don’t know what I am going to do without these girls. I cannot imagine playing without them.”As the Badgers transition into the offseason, the team will continue to focus on details as it has the entire season. Additionally, Wilkins plans to put the team through an extensive conditioning program.“We are going to start back with the basics,” Wilkins said. “We need to pick up the tempo and demand more out of players. I think we need to get better with fitness and with the whole spring ahead of us that is going to be our complete and utter focus.”last_img read more

LeBron James, Lakers outmuscle Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks


first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt was a win that clinched the Lakers’ first playoff berth since 2013, ending an unprecedented run of futility for a franchise that had mostly known success. But the result was a reminder of the potential that they still can reach.“I came here to put this team and put this franchise back where they needed to be,” James said. “The league is not what it is if the Lakers are not winning.”The evening unfolded entirely in James’ comfort zone. The possessions slowed, allowing him to work the half-court offense methodically. The whistles were blown freely, giving James another weapon on his drives as he drew contact time after time – and he even converted the free-throw attempts he got (12 for 15). He finished with 37 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.While James is likely too far behind in key statistics and wins to catch Antetokounmpo for the actual award, throughout the stellar second half, he was bathed by the reverberating cheers in Staples Center: “M-V-P! M-V-P!”James has been here before. And Antetokounmpo still looks up to him. “Whenever you bring the ball down, whenever you go against him, you can feel greatness,” he said. “I’ve said it in the past: that’s what I want to be.”Antetokounmpo got numbers with 32 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, but his night wasn’t efficient, shooting 10 for 21. Whereas in December, he stroked 3-pointers with ease, he was 1 for 6 from deep – a key change in the rematch.Several Lakers pointed to James taking on his MVP counterpart as a turning point in the game. When Anthony Davis racked up three fouls in the first half, leading to a tedious 19-point first quarter, the Lakers realized a change was necessary. James told Davis to take Wes Matthews to start the half – he would take Antetokounmpo.James wound up with three steals. His energy had a trickle-down effect on the Lakers’ roster.“I felt like the way he played tonight, it was like Defensive Player of the Year type of defense,” veteran guard Avery Bradley said. “And whenever he plays with that intensity, I feel like it gets everyone going. We’ve been saying it all year, it’s contagious. When our leaders are able to play at that level, man, it raises everybody’s intensity.”On a night when their 3-point shots were not falling (6 for 32), the Lakers (48-13) made it a fight in a phonebooth, their superior physicality winning out. The Lakers won the rebounding battle (52-46) and had more points in the paint (50-46).It felt very much like a classic playoff game that James, even at 35, still has the power to take over. In the same game he became the third man ever to score at least 34,000 points, he also hammered a dunk onto the face of Brook Lopez, an all-defensive team candidate.James broke his team out of a halftime deadlock with nine points in the first four minutes, then fanned that spark into a control-clinching 18-0 run. While he led his team in scoring, it was his ability to uncork Anthony Davis (30 points) in a blistering two-man game that showcased how dangerous their pick-and-roll will be even against the NBA’s best.Davis closed with a flourish, scoring 25 points in the second half (as did James). After a foul-plagued first half, Davis said the big difference was simply “being in the game.”Four other Bucks (53-10) scored in double figures, notably Donte DiVincenzo with 17. But Milwaukee’s 3-point-centric scheme faltered, as they too shot a subpar 28 percent from deep.Related Articles .@AntDavis23 spoke postgame with @LakersReporter about trusting in his game after getting in early foul trouble to finish with 30 PTS & 9 REB. #Lakers pic.twitter.com/r0MxX3obUL— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) March 7, 2020 How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs The air in Staples Center crackled with electricity on the possessions when James and Antetokounmpo were matched up one-on-one. Among the more memorable sequences came one in the third quarter: James backed down the Greek Freak, scoring on a goaltending call when Antetokounmpo reached a gigantic hand through the net. The Bucks star knocked down a 3-pointer on the other end, momentarily quieting the chants starting to circulate Staples Center. But they only grew again, as James drove in for a tough layup against Antetokounmpo and Middleton.James got the last laugh, a dunk in the game’s final 30 seconds before subbing out.It will be the final word between these teams until at least June, the earliest time they could meet in the NBA Finals. Evening the series offered a look at what the Lakers would bring to the table in that tantalizing hypothetical.“A lot of times in the playoffs, that’s what the playoff games feel like: You’re exerting so much energy on the defensive end, that it’s not just a track meet, and you don’t get as many easy buckets in transition,” Coach Frank Vogel said. “But down the stretch, you have to control the pace and make sure you get a good shot every time down. And our guys were great at just executing at crunch time while they made their runs.””I came here to put this franchise back where they needed to be. The league is not what it is if the Lakers are not winning.” @KingJames postgame with @LakersReporter on the #Lakers clinching a playoff spot. pic.twitter.com/vn4EcNUQbq— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) March 7, 2020 LeBron ⚔️ Giannis @KingJames (37 PTS) & The Greek Freak (32 PTS) DUEL as the @Lakers prevail in the battle of conference No. 1’s! pic.twitter.com/PQdghAhJ8A— NBA (@NBA) March 7, 2020 PreviousMilwaukee Bucks center Robin Lopez, left, and Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee greet each other after an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers forward Anthony Davis is defended by Bucks center Brook Lopez during Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 brings the ball up the court at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 is defended by Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton #22 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee #7 as he tried to drive the ball between McGee and LeBron James, left, at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green #14 and Milwaukee Bucks guard Wesley Matthews #9 wrestle for a loose ball resulting in a jump ball at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 brings the ball up the court at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Milwaukee Bucks center Robin Lopez #42 commits an offensive foul on Los Angeles Lakers forward Markieff Morris #88 as he dunks at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis #3 tries to find a way around Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma #0 shoots over Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez #11 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 scores a 3-pointer over Milwaukee Bucks guard Wesley Matthews #9 at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, knocks down Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, knocks the ball from the hands of Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, as center JaVale McGee defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, tries to pass as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo guards him during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, shoots as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, shoots as Milwaukee Bucks center Robin Lopez, left, and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, left, shoots as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, knocks the ball from the hands of Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Rapper Jay-Z, left, looks over at soccer player Chicharito during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 celebrates a 3-pointer at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 scores on a fadeaway jumper at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 winces as he grabs his hip after getting fouled at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel and assistant Jason Kidd watch the action at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 scores as he drives into the lane at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis #3 moves to the basket at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 looks up at the scoreboard during a free throw at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo #9 scores on a layup at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket between Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 and Wesley Matthews #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket between Donte DiVincenzo #0, Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 Robin Lopez #42, and Wesley Matthews #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Brook Lopez #11 and Wesley Matthews #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts to an offensive foul of LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers is guarded by Wesley Matthews #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles around the screen of Danny Green #14 as Wesley Matthews #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks chases during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Mike Budenholzer of the Milwaukee Bucks argues for a foul during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers backs in on Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers grabs a rebound in front of Brook Lopez #11 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Donte DiVincenzo #0 of the Milwaukee Bucks looks over his shoulder for the ball during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers posts up Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a shot over Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks fouls Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers is guarded by Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 and forward Anthony Davis #3 questions a foul with a referee at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Eric Bledsoe #6 of the Milwaukee Bucks is is called for a charge on Avery Bradley #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers behind Anthony Davis #3 at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel signals to his players at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers backs in on Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks attempts to get open as LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers defends during the third quarter at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores over Brook Lopez #11 and Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during a 113-103 Laker win at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Director Malcolm Washington reacts after a basket by LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his basket with Danny Green #14 during a 113-103 Laker win over the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks attempts a layup in front of LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 113-103 Laker win at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to Avery Bradley #11 after an injury during a 113-103 Laker win over the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: Eric Bledsoe #6 of the Milwaukee Bucks is fouled by Avery Bradley #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 113-103 Laker win at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, looks as Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James as he runs up court during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, tries to get past Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, tries to get past Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 and Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers react after a James score, in front of Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during a 113-103 Laker win at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Milwaukee Bucks guard Donte DiVincenzo, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Dion Waiters defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, knocks down Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo as he tries to shoot during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, shoots as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after his basket in front of Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center on March 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James #23 questions a called foul with a referee at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, Mar. 6, 2020. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)Milwaukee Bucks center Robin Lopez, left, and Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee greet each other after an NBA basketball game Friday, March 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers forward Anthony Davis is defended by Bucks center Brook Lopez during Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 63Lakers forward Anthony Davis is defended by Bucks center Brook Lopez during Friday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Perhaps it should have been taken as an omen when, on his very first drive, Giannis Antetokounmpo realized he had broken the skin of his lip.NBA teams have spent the season so far searching for any small sign of weakness and have found precious few in the 6-foot-11, muscle-bound forward’s game. They’ve had an even harder time cracking his Milwaukee Bucks, who entered Staples Center on Friday night with the best record in the league and a budding reputation as the title favorite.That still might be the case. But at the very least, for one night. LeBron James made the Bucks – and their star – bleed.A hotly anticipated battle of the top teams in the Eastern and Western conferences ended in a 113-103 Lakers win, as James and Anthony Davis combined for 67 points in a slow-paced, possession-by-possession game that mirrored the feel of the postseason. And while the regular-season series ended with a 1-1 split with each team successfully defending its home court, the final meeting surely felt like a counterpoint to the case that’s been building in Milwaukee for a historically great title-contender. Frank Vogel reflects on a back-and-forth first half and the key players down the stretch for the #Lakers in a 113-103 win. pic.twitter.com/oopZ7NrL1M— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) March 7, 2020 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Wellington captures consolation title in buzzer beating fashion (updated with stats)


first_imgMitchell8134644244 Zimmerman11000031 Wilson11001231 Helwig00000000 Snipes6122327168 Team total224871814236530 T. French24002269 Labette County Hentzen25000042 Dean14001233 Wellington Adams12120021 Team Total16455157106233 Shayland French is defending Erica Gartner in defensive sequence in 4th quarter, the more memorable sequence would come later.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was a crazy ending to an amazing season. It was an exclamation point to a wonderfully written novel. It was simply… stunning.A written description won’t do it justice. The video of the buzzer beater is below. Wellington had blown a seven point lead in less than a minute and had missed six consecutive free throws down the stretch. Labette County had the ball with less than 15 seconds tied 62-all in the third place game of the Class 4A Div. 1 game.Labette’s Erica Gartner was shooting from the right wing looking for the win. Shayland French would make a block, take the ball up court and lob it off to Lauryn Snipes, who would drive it down the north sidelines, and shoot an NBA style 3-pointer from the right side. It fell into the basket as the buzzer sounded. Wellington won a stunning 65-62 victory over Labette County for the state’s consolation prize.The Crusaders ended the season at 24-1 with a state trophy and a ton of memories too numerous to mention. The 2015-16 Lady Crusaders were history makers.“I’ve never been a part of something like that,” said Wellington head girls basketball coach Eric Adams.Snipes was asked to describe the last shot. Her response:It was just karma.While third-place state tournament games have been a source of debate whether or not if they should even be played, Lady Crusader fans and players are most certainly converts – especially after what transpired.The Crusaders state title aspirations ended Friday night with a 64-51 loss to Paola. But Saturday afternoon’s game more than made up for any sorrowful feelings. Keep the game!It was a wild affair against a very scrappy and disciplined Labette County team from southeast Kansas. Tristan Gegg, a 5-5 sophomore, is crazy good. Having scored 1,000 points already in her high school career so far, she scored 30 points against the Wellington defense including five 3-pointers.And in a crazy game of momentum changes, Labette had erased a 62-55 lead with 1:20 to play. Wellington went to the line and missed free throw after free throw, shooting 3 of 10 in the fourth quarter. The Grizzlies had used a Gegg 3-pointer and had scored on an errant Wellington inbounds pass thereafter.When Avery Rusk missed her second free throw, it was Labette looking for the last shot.But Wellington’s late collapse only came after a sensational comeback. It was Labette which looked as if it was going onto victory, leading 55-47 after Gegg made a steal and layup as Mitchell was called for her fourth foul. Both her and Snipes played their final quarter throughout with four fouls.But two Rusk free throws, a Snipes layup and a Rusk layup would narrow the margin to 55-53. Mitchell then hit a trey to give the Dukes their first lead in over 10 minutes. Snipes would hit a trey to make it 60-55. Then T. French nailed a deuce to make it 62-55.This game had more peaks and valleys than the Rocky Mountains. Both teams traded baskets in the first quarter as Mitchell scored 10 of the team’s first 14 points. Wellington would up the lead to 26-19 on a MeKenna Adams 3-pointer.But then Labette came back with nine straight and took a 28-27 lead into halftime.In the third quarter, the Grizzlies athleticism would take Wellington by surprise and Labette would build its lead to 49-41. Mitchell hit a trey to pull the Dukes within five. A Grizzly free throw made it 50-44 at the end of the third.This game was just getting started.State Tournament 3rd Place game: Scoring: FGMFGA3FGM3FGAFTMFTAPointsReb. Burk15001234 State Tournament 3rd Place game:  Gegg112251133309 Wellington1413201865 S. French36002284 Rusk110074760 Sorrell A.780011155 Follow us on Twitter. Labette County1216241062 Moore00000000 Gartner111040025 Sorrell C.14000023last_img read more