"Full Court Press" w/ Coach K
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Hello everyone.  Our first game is getting closer and closer.  We had another scrimmage on Saturday to get us prepared.  We again had to play without everyone.  Sarah, one of our seniors, injured her back in practice.  Not having Sarah is a big loss for us.  Sarah is a big post that not only gets it done in the paint, but passes well and consistently steps out and hits open jumpers for us.  With this scrimmage, I was looking to see improvement and corrections from our Northwestern State scrimmage. 

The first 20 minutes of Saturday's scrimmage were terrible.  We had no intensity on defense and were not clicking at all on offense.  The players seemed to be in a rush to score and make things happen instead of simply reading the defense.  We all agreed, those first 20 minutes did not reflect the type of basketball we wanted and are capable of playing.  Thankfully, the second half was a completely different team.  We started playing with energy and enthusiasm.  Our communication increased and our defense started getting solid stops which transitioned to some good fast break opportunities.

On Sunday, coach Fontenot and myself had individual meetings with each player to discuss academics and basketball.  The seniors organized shooting drills for the team to do while everyone was rotating meeting times.  When all the meetings were over, coach Fontenot and I walked into the gym and saw a very competitive game of knock-out taking place.  Based on everyone's reaction, it seemed Anne was the player to beat.

Monday we were back to work and we had a really great practice.  It's always interesting and frustrating practicing in the Fit.  I was really pleased to see the players stay focused on basketball and not every crazy distraction going on in the gym.  Tuesday, we added more break down 3-on-3 drills in practice to focus on our rotations and making good transition decisions.

Today is another scheduled off day for us and one week from now we'll tip off at Sam Houston State.  This week's quote to think about is the one I used on Monday's practice plan. 

"The man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it."