Glenn girls basketball head coach Kyle Amor isn’t about to fall into the trap of looking ahead to a possible matchup with Oregon-Davis Thursday night in the Bi-County semi-finals.
The fourth-year Lady Falcons’ boss knows his team won’t have an easy time getting past the opening round of the tournament, which is something his senior class has never done.
Glenn, now ranked sixth in Class 3A with a 15-1 record, will host Bremen tonight, just four days removed from squaring off against the Lions in the regular season.
And if Friday’s first meeting between the two teams was any indication, we’re in for another dogfight in a few hours.
Sure, Bremen’s 6-9 record doesn’t jump out at you, but it’s deceiving. The Lions have won six of their last eight games after getting Chelsea Huppert back from a knee injury.
Huppert has improved the Lions significantly and so, too, has their active two-three zone.
“We started the season in man defense, I’m a man guy,” said Bremen head coach Shaun Hill, whose team lost to Glenn 38-35 on Friday night.
“Then we switched to zone as I thought it fit our personnel well. I’m not abandoning our man defense, but we’ll probably roll with the zone until teams figure it out.”
Interestingly enough, the Bremen coaching staff had talked about playing man against Glenn the first time the two teams met, but Hill thought zone was the way to go.
The strategy worked, nearly to perfection.
Because of that zone, Bremen was able to cause Glenn’s guards to hit only 2-of-13 three-pointers, something it must do if its to have a chance in the rematch. It also must rebound well and try to generate more offense.
Amor has studied tape of his team’s game against Bremen and knows his Falcons must be much more active this time around.
“We have to attack the zone off the dribble and find Loren (Vukovits) touches,” he said. “We got too passive (on Friday night). We thought it was going to be another Jimtown (a team Glenn beat 94-32 earlier in the season) where we could just catch and shoot and make threes all night.”
That was far from the case, and had it not been for Vukovits’ game-high 15 points, eight of which came to start the fourth quarter, Bremen would’ve pulled off the upset.
Even with Vukovits’ success, the Lions were right there at the end and had two good looks at three-pointers that would’ve sent the game into overtime.
Bremen’s No. 1 concern is Vukovits as it just doesn’t have anyone that can match up with her on the interior. That’s why you’ll see the Lions collapse their zone as much as possible to limit her space in the paint.
Hill says Vukovits really causes fits.
“She’s a tough player, very talented,” he said.
Hill credited Glenn’s guards for reading the zone correctly during crunch time a few days ago.
“They did the right thing on the lobs,” Hill explained. “They were reading our bottom girl. When she went up, they lobbed it. When she stayed, they kicked it out. That was the right read and that was my fear.”
And if Glenn is fortunate enough to survive and advance and 12-4 Oregon-Davis takes care of 5-11 New Prairie, as expected, we’ll be in for another treat come Thursday night at LaVille as the Lady Falcons and Lady Cats will collide in the semis.
First things first, however.