It is basketball season at City and Country, by far the most popular sport here at C&C. So far, both 12s/13s girls and boys teams are off to a good start, each with winning records. The girl's team is 5-2 and the boy's team is 5-3 this season. Despite the amount of losses on each team, the good news is that none of the games that C&C has lost have been major blow-outs.
For the 12s/13s boy's team, an element that contributes to their success is the choice of playing zone defense this year, as opposed to man to man defense. Zone defense is a type of defense where each player is responsible for a section of the court that they must defend, and man to man defense is a defense where each player guards another player on the opposing team. Man defense has traditionally been used at C&C, and while we have had success with it against some teams, playing other teams with stronger offensive threats is more tiring and sometimes the matchups are not favorable in stopping the team from scoring. Zone defense has allowed for C&C to control the game more, and usually always have the matchup we want. It also allows for more room to help out one another. “The girl's team has played some zone and man to man as well, but man to man works better for us,” said Hanna Kenyata of the 12s/13s girls team.
The 12s/13s boy's basketball coach, Cliff, has also implemented three offensive plays that the boys use when they are in need of scoring. Two of them are just regular plays for when the ball is in play, Double-High and Open, and the other play is for when the boys are inbounding the ball from out of bounds, which is called Out.
Unfortunately, there will be a problem for both teams next week. Both the 13s boys and girls will be on a class trip to Chicago for the entire week. This leaves only the 12s to lead the team, which mean there will be only 6 players on the boys team compared to the usual 10, and 7 compared to the usual 11 on the girls team. With minimal players on both team, there will be less subs which means players may grow more tired. Also, with the 13s boys and girls gone, both teams will be without some of their key players. Despite the heavy loses to both teams, the 12s on both teams will be playing 2 games next week. The girls have a game at home on Tuesday, and a game away on Thursday while the boys have a game at home on Wednesday and also have a game away on Thursday. Even though the 12s will be short-handed, we are confident that they will take care of business.
All of these practices, drills, and games are helping each team train for what is coming up in February and March, the DISC and MSAL tournament. Last year, the 12s/13s girls and boys teams both came out on top in hard-earned MSAL tournament victories. The 12s/13s girl's team also managed to get an undefeated banner as well as a DISC championship to add on to their very triumphant season. While an undefeated season banner is out of the picture for both C&C teams, they are planning to both come out on top again this season in the MSAL tournaments. As for the DISC tournaments, the competition is looking fierce, but beatable. Two out of the three losses from the boy's team have come from teams in the DISC league, and one loss for the girls. However, if both 12s/13s teams play well on both ends of the courts and execute situations properly, the DISC championship, and the MSAL championship, should be theirs for the taking.
Overall, the C&C basketball season has been going well for both the older 12s/13s girls and boys teams, and come tournament time in late February, we expect success because of the hard work both the coaches and players have put into this years teams, by practicing crucial fundamentals, keeping opponents on their toes with elements of trickeration, and making necessary adjustments.