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PURDUE WOMENS BASKETBALL RECRUITING:
Best of the Midwest: North Tartan 16s


A look at the 16-under North Tartan AAU squad


Date: 5/16/2005
Author: Bob_Richards
© Old Gold Free Press Columnists

    Roster: North Tartan 16s

    Amy Beggin, G, 5'6, 2006, Roseville High School
    Jennny Van Kirk, G, 5'5, 2006, Waconia High School
    Tara Steinbauer, F, 6'1, 2007, Beck High School
    Zoraa Quoia, G, 5'6, 2006, Woodbury High School
    Laura Nielson, F, 6'2, 2006, Willmar High School
    Krista Opheim, G, 5'5, 2006, Eden Valley-Watkins High School
    Alison Nash-Gerlach, F, 6'1, 2006, Roseville High School
    Lindsay Lauer, F, 6'0, 2006, Cretin-Derham Hall High School
    Jossy Bergen, G, 5'4, 2006, Valley City High School
    Kelsie Kruger, F, 5'11, 2007, Marshall High School
    Alyssa Karel, G, 5'7, 2007, Cretin-Derham Hall High School

    Jenny Von Kirk (6'1, 2006, North Tartan 16) - Nice inside-outside forward that adds to the rounded athleticism of the North Tartan 16 team. Can defend out on the perimeter against small forwards and set shooters, blocks them out well and keeps them from following their shots. Has a very effective mid-range, and likes to come off a curl around a high post screen to hit it. Good handle in the open court, enough to not make you nervous if she's out there against single pressure.

    Amy Beggin (5'7, 2006, North Tartan 16) - Tough, scrappy player who is a difference-maker on this team. She can put some heavy pressure on the ball fullcourt and picks up lots of steals through anticipation. If you bring the ball down where she can get to it, she will lock it up for a jump ball. Offensively, she can slash but is more effective using screens and pulling up off mid-range. Nearly flawless freethrow form and shot, hitting 7-of-9 attempts in Saturday's two games. Last year Beggin's advantage over her peers was an ability to finish when she drove on the basket. Still has the same offensive charm. Fills the stat sheet in every column during a game. Seemed a little more human against tight man-to-man when she had someone assigned to chase her, but by the middle of the first half her defenders were beginning to tire and she again went into her offensive game. Her defenders have to have some endurance to keep her in check. She's fast on her feet. Put her on a college team with a good point guard and a post who can pass and lookout -- she will get open.

    Kelsie Kruger (5'11, 2007, North Tartan 16s) - Strong forward with not much of a perimeter game but good around the basket. She has very quick hands and has good ball focus in a crowd. Good jumper, and can power up shots through the arms of defenders and finish strong. Good upper body strength. One of three sophomores playing up on this junior dominated squad, and one of two to get significant minutes.

    Jossy Bergan (5'4, 2006, North Tartan 16s) - Ask me after the first game of the tournament and I would have said Bergan is a solid point guard. After game two, she's more than solid. Offensively, she will take the shot if open but does not look to score on this team. She an out front, control-tempo type of point guard who is very speedy and rather tireless. I can honestly remember her only scoring on a couple jumpers the entire weekend, but was the key to North Tartan's Saturday afternoon win over Full Package Silver. She hit one three-pointer and hit all six of her freethrows in that game, but was the key in bringing the ball up the court under pressure. Spreads the ball around with surprisingly few turnovers considering the amount of passing she does. Absolutely comfortable with the ball in her hands when bringing the ball up under pressure, and will fit that role on a college team nicely. Keeps the offense moving, and visually checks off her offensive passing options quickly. Game one Saturday, she was consistent. She was a warrior in game two.


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