It's hard to beat any team 3 times, especially a very good team such as C-FC. Mel-Min is unbelievable considering they are all Freshmen and Sophomores. Their problem is/will be is depth. They go about 7 deep but there is considerable drop off when players #6 and #7 are on the floor. Foul trouble could be the death of them. But those girls can run with anyone. They also have some very impressive wins on the season.
C-FC is the opposite...very deep. I believe Mel-Min is more talented in their starting 5, but C-FC is considerably deeper. CFC literally plays 9-10 players a lot of minutes. They have the speed and size to be able to match up with Mel-Min, but have been unsuccessful so far. Very bright future for both teams considering CFC only graduates one starter and Mel-Min won't graduate a starter for a few years!
Both teams are very well coached and have a lot of talent. C-FC probably deserves to be ranked, their that good. Their schedule just isn't the toughest out there though. A very fun team to watch. They also play 2 freshmen significant minutes.
Aquinas just being in D4 is another topic for another day. I'd love nothing more than to see the farm school kids take them down. Aquinas has their weaknesses too. Their fast and shot the ball well, but lack the size of a CFC or Mel-Min. Sorry, maybe my hatred for privates playing big schools all season, then going DOWN to D4 is showing. Go CFC and MEL-MIN!
What do you think?
This is unfortunate that you have "hatred" for something like high school sports. Perhaps you saw the Mustang boys get crushed last year by a private, thus the anger. Look back at Mel-Min boys schedule last season and tell me they did anything in the non-conference (6 games) to push themselves. Who's fault is that?
Let's get past the negativity and look at facts.
Mel-Min is a very good team and so young. Aquinas is similar, very good and very young, should be a good rivalry for a few years to come. This year Aquinas I believe will simply be too much for Mel-Min, the pressure defense will be like nothing Mel-Min has encountered this year, and no way they can prep for what will happen, just don't have the athletes to simulate it in practice and the choices they made for their 6 non-conf opponents may not have helped.
As to conference, don't hate on Aquinas b/c they play in a larger conference, nobody's fault. The truth is the MVC for girls is pretty terrible after Aquinas and Onalaska. Games against Sparta, Tomah, Logan, Central are not tougher than what the Dairyland can provide night in and night out. Mel-Min would crush those "big school" teams every night.
The non-Conf choices (key word, choices) that each team plays is up to them. Mel-Min stepped it up somewhat this year with non-conf games against GET, WS, Bangor and Luther. Mostly good, small school teams. Then they played Wrightstown, a very good non-conf opponent and won. Cashton and Luther maybe shouldn't have been on their schedule. So stepped up from D4 to D3 for 66% their non-conf games. Choices.
Aquinas chose to schedule Waunakee, Hayward, Bangor, Assumption among others, 2 state champs and 1 state team, some from "large" (D2) schools, others from small (D5). Aquinas doesn't seek out "big schools" to play, that doesn't make any sense. They seek out good teams that can expose weaknesses and get them better and ready for the playoffs. I think Mel-Min took a nice step in that direction this year, and hopefully will step up the non-conf schedule further next year to continue to improve on what is already a very good team.