Girls Basketball: Coal City offense to be tested
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media December 24, 2012 5:34PM
Updated: January 26, 2013 6:13AM
With his team at 10-2, Coal City coach Brad Schmitt has a lot to be happy about.
The Coalers defense has been solid, but as the team heads to the Lisle Holiday Tournament, Schmitt is focusing on the offensive side.
“Defense has been the key ... it’s what we rely on,” Schmitt said. “Right now, it’s a matter of getting ready for those four games over the holidays. The tempo will step up to another level, so we’ll see where we’re at.”
Coal City opens the Lisle Tournament on Wednesday vs. Timothy Christian. Tested by a faster tempo, the best thing going for the Coalers is their balance.
Junior Emily Halliday averages a team-high 12.8 points per game, with sophomore Nicole Borgetti (10 points), senior Donjeta Shabani (8.4 points) and junior Britta Spelde (7 points) not far behind. Junior Brittany Jezik is averaging nearly four assists per game.
Six players from the sophomore team come off the bench for the varsity squad each game for Schmitt’s numbers-challenged team.
“We try to give our starters those 90 seconds, two-minute breathers with our subs,” Schmitt said. “The sophomores have done a great job keeping us in games and playing good defense.”
Transfer of power for Porters
Transfers Naomi Mayes (Joliet Catholic) and Anna Novak (Providence) have made immediate impacts for Lockport.
Mayes is averaging a team-high 12.8 points per game while Novak is second on the team at 8.3 points per game.
“They’ve raised our level of play and changed our style of play,” Lockport coach Krista Peterson. “They are both great basketball players. They make good decisions. It’s a lot of factors of the game that they’re both strong at.”
The Porters are 4-5 heading into the Hillcrest Holiday Tournament and are near last season’s win total. Lockport finished just 5-22 in 2011-12.
Five other players are averaging at least three points per game this season for the Porters.
“It helps when you’re quick and make plays on defense,” Peterson said. “It helps us all because we practice with (Naomi and Anna) and against them every day.”