The next time that the Elizabethtown girls basketball team takes the floor against an opponent, the games will start to count.
Elizabethtown hosted Dallastown on Monday, Dec. 4. in its final tune-up for the regular season opener against Donegal on Friday, Dec. 8.
The two teams did not keep score, but coach John Myers said that Dallastown was an opponent that provided a good test for the Bears.
“Dallastown is a really good team. They’re going to have a really good season so it was great competion. It was a great warm-up for us to get started on Friday. We saw a lot of good stuff. For the most part, I mean, they’re doing everything that we’re asking them to,” Myers said.
Autumn Royer, Amber Orban, Marena Lonardi, Macy Seaman and Syd Pierson started the game for Elizabethtown. Those five played man-to-man defense for the first quarter before Myers switched to a full-court press to start the second quarter.
Dallastown’s first possession against the press resulted a turnover and layup for Orban. After experimenting with the press for part of the second quarter, Myers eventually switched to a zone defense against the Wildcats as well.
Myers seemed to be pleased with the half-court defense, but said that both the press defense and zone defense could be improved.
“You liked to change things up. You don’t want to let the other team get comfortable with whatever they’re doing and get in rhythm. You mix in the press and you mix in the zones to throw them off a little bit. We definitely still need to work on both of those, but the effort is great so, from this point on, it’s on the coaching staff to get the kids ready because their effort is fantastic,” Myers said.
The defensive stops that the Bears got were key to sparking their offense. Myers has said that he wants the team to get up and down the floor and play an up-tempo style of offense. Lonardi was often looking to run and, if she couldn’t get a shot off at the rim, she was looking to distribute from the paint.
“I thought that was great. We’re going to get half of our buckets out of running and in transition. The kids enjoy it so we’re encouraging that and I thought they did well with that tonight,” Myers said.
Leading into the Tip-Off Tournament on Friday, Dec. 8, Myers said that rest was going to be the main focus in the coming days.
“Rest and having their legs ready. They’ve been working hard. Rest and probably some execution so that we can run our plays a little better, but they’re ready,” Myers said.