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Prep basketball: Hart staves off Knights

Rebounding and defense help Indians beat Notre Dame

Posted: December 8, 2010 10:47 p.m.
Updated: December 9, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Hart girls basketball doesn’t want to settle for mediocre this season.

And even after a 52-40 victory over Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks Wednesday night at Hart High School, the team is still critical of itself.

“They want to be great, and with that comes great individual responsibility,” said Hart head coach Zach Koebel of his players.

After last week’s fourth-place finish at the Valencia High-Five Classic, Koebel said the team was capable of better.

“We talked about being great on defense and great on the glass,” he said. “We came out 2-2 and yes, that was against some quality teams, but we knew we had a quality team again tonight.”

Hart (3-2) took care of both issues in Wednesday night’s win, limiting Notre Dame to 28 percent shooting and dominating the rebounding battle throughout the night.

“We’ve got a smaller lineup and that’s always an issue for us,” said Knights head coach Paul Gross. “They just outplayed us. I’ve got no problems saying that.”

The Indians scored the first eight points of the game and never gave up the lead.

After an 8-of-14 start from the field, Hart’s offense cooled down and scored only four points in the second quarter.

Fortunately, the defense held and allowed the Knights (3-3) just four points in the second, giving Hart a 25-19 halftime lead.
“They were running that stuff and we got open looks,” Gross said. “We just didn’t knock down shots.”

Hart was balanced on offense, scoring from both the inside and the outside.

Most of the long-range points came from the hands of guard Madyson Stately, who scored a game-high 16 points, eight of which came in a 90-second span to open the third quarter.

“I just build up confidence and get going,” Stately said. “We’ve had a different leading scorer every night so different people are stepping up.”

Fellow senior guard Mariah Glasshoff did most of her damage in the paint, totaling 11 points on the night. Junior Melissa Boscarino also had 11.

“We’re all relying on each other,” Stately said. “We all just trust each other and we’re all playing together, especially with five seniors.”

For Hart, the non-league schedule will continue at the Santa Barbara Tournament beginning Dec. 20. In the meantime, the defense will be the focal point in practice.

“We’re getting there. We’re doing some good stuff,” Koebel said. “There are just some sharpness and fluidity things we need to work on.”


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