The initial game from this season from a team I regularly follow (for now) comes from the women's squad at Jackson (Mich.) Community College, where the Jets traveled all the way to South Bend, Ind., to play the junior varsity team from Indiana Tech on Tuesday night.
Jackson CC, coached by Andy Hoaglin pulled away in the second half to win 98-71, a great start to the season. The score was tied at 40 at the break, so it's easy to see how well the Jets played in the final 20 minutes. Not bad for a team with 16 freshmen!
Unfortunately, no stats are available from this one, but Coach Hoaglin was kind enough to post an update on the Yahoo! message board for The System. Here is part of his message:
"I see the team learning each time they're on the floor and they're making progress in understanding the dynamics of System basketball. It's a hard thing for freshman who come out of traditional programs, but they're exorcising some of those traditional demons and becoming more System-like.Congrats to Jackson CC and Coach Hoaglin, and we'll stay on top of their schedule the rest of the way. The Jets host Henry Ford Community College on Saturday in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. Best of luck to them.
We only had two players in double figures, but I believe 17 players scored in the contest. We'll continue coaching transition after a missed or a live turnover, and get them to be more efficient. We're still very much in the 'rushing' stage after a turnover. This will come with more and more experience in 5-5 practice and game situations.
Our enthusiasm was good and our energy was consistent, especially for opening up on the road 2 hours away."