Each week, the Tribune Chronicle collects statistics from the area high school basketball teams and publishes them in the Sunday paper. You can find this week's installment on page 3D.
As the weeks goes on, I gather the statistics and place the players in ranking order. I don't get to go out and see much basketball these days, but looking at the statistics I can really get a feel for the players and teams in the area.
And one thing has stuck out to me - the Newton Falls girls are good this year, and will be very good next season.
Just on a numbers basis, an outsider can tell what the Tigers bring to the court, and how they compiled their 12-1 record.
Two players average double digits as junior Brooke Barreca leads the team with 16.3 points and junior Hannah Zelle chips in 10. Four other players average in the six- to seven-point range. Freshman Gabrielle Kline leads the team and the All-American Conference, National Division, with a 57.4 field-goal percentage. Senior Danielle King shoots a team-high 42.3 percent from 3-point range.
As a team, the Tigers average 59.1 points per game, which leads the AAC National. They also allow 34.6 points per game, again a best in the conference.
Just out of the names mentioned above, only King graduates this year. Victoria Workman, who averages 6.3 points and 4.8 rebounds, is the other graduating senior.
This team will likely battle with Pymatuning Valley for the top seed in the Mineral Ridge district of the Division III tournament. The Tigers have the talent to make a nice run this year, and with so many returners coming back for the 2013-14 season, they will undoubtedly be one of the best teams in the area next season.
On the boys side, has anyone else noticed that the Brookfield Warriors are tearing through opponents this year on the court just like they did on the football field?
The names aren't much different on the basketball team than you heard during football - two twin brothers named Jeremy and Jimmy Quinlan, Ryan Mosora and Collin Harkulich. The quartet also gets a hand from Jamar Tarver, Derrick Dickson and Seth Wallace.
The Warriors are now 10-1 and have picked up impressive wins over Niles, McDonald, Newton Falls and LaBrae. The team is averaging 64.5 points per game while allowing 46.2. That's a big differential.
It's very similar to the spread the Warriors were putting up during football season. After 10 games, Brookfield was outscoring opponents 464-118. On average, that was a 46.4 to 11.8 score.
To have the kind of success the Warriors are having during two different seasons doesn't happen much. These players are shear athletes and are a group of players that is a rarity these days. To have a multitude of success on the football field, then bring it to the basketball court, beating some of the best teams in the area, isn't easy to do. But the Warriors make it seem like it's all in a day's work.
With the success of Brookfield this year, the Howland district of the Division III tournament is going to be the best tournament in the area hands down. Brookfield will be a higher seed based on record as will the LaBrae Vikings - who the Warriors beat this past week. Then there is Berkshire, the defending district title winners. Throw into the mix the up-start Girard Indians, Pymatuning Valley, Ursuline and Newton Falls, and you have a very exciting sectional and district tournament.