Lady Dragons diversify on offense to coach’s delight

12/16/2013 3:03 PM

12/16/2013 3:05 PM

Teri Morrison became nearly giddy when talking about her offense. Oh, it’s not the run and gun you’ve been used to seeing with the Carroll girls basketball program over the last three seasons.

There’s diversity. Not only can the Lady Dragons run in transition, Morrison can drop them into a double post set between 6-2 sophomore Anna Hulburt and 6-2 junior Madison Drescher. The two have become the low post combination Morrison has craved.

Now that they are here, the message is that she wants defenses distracted and point where she goes perimeter between guards Kennedy Leonard (a junior) and senior Gretchen Morrison and to the block with Hulburt and Drescher.

Each game, the goal is for the duos to combine for 16-20 points and 16-20 rebounds. Should the Lady Dragons get that kind of production, they will be really difficult to stop.

The beauty of a double post offense is threefold. First, the offense is going to get high percentage shots from within seven feet of the goal. Second, the team height will allow for more offensive rebounds, creating second-shot opportunities. Third, fouls will create more free throw attempts.

“I absolutely dig it because this is close to what we had here my first year,” Morrison said. “We’re at a point with this team where we have about an 8-9-player rotation and everybody knows their roles. It’s going well so far.”

Morrison, however, is working through Drescher’s hectic schedule. Since Drescher is an accomplished volleyball player, she’s also spending two days a week at club practice.

“Anytime a kid can compete at high levels, that’s a great thing,” Morrison said. “It’s a crazy time for Madison, but she’s handling it. All she has to do is making sure she’s changing into the right shoes.”

District play starts strong

As expected, the Lady Dragons (12-3, 2-0) got off to quick start in District 4-5A play with blowout wins over Keller Central and Keller Timber Creek. Against the Lady Falcons, they shot 45 percent from two-point range, 50 percent on 3-point range and 90 percent at the free-throw line. Leonard hit six 3-point baskets.

A bit of a spark has come from true 5-10 freshman post Priscilla Smeenge, who is playing some power forward and small forward. She’s averaging 7.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Smeenge has earned some starting time.

It’s also been a bit of transition for her, because she was previously homeschooled and played with Grapevine Faith Christian middle school basketball.

“I like her game and she’s the real deal,” Morrison said. “She’s definitely doing some great things for us.”

Carroll continued district play Tuesday against Richland and will play host to Justin Northwest on Friday.

Notable

This talented team has produced some college-bound players. Gretchen Morrison signed her national letter of intent to play at Jacksonville State in Jacksonville, Ala., back in November. Meanwhile, Leonard has given a verbal commitment to Colorado. Being a 2015 recruit, Leonard cannot sign her National Letter of Intent until November 2014 at the earliest.

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