Updated Sun, Feb 10, 2013 2:10 pm
On Feb. 11, the playoffs start at Jackson High and the Nelsonville-York Lady Buckeyes will take on the Alexander Lady Spartans. The two teams have faced off twice this season and the Lady Bucks have topped the Lady Spartans both times. Alexander is now looking for redemption during the post season.
The last time these two teams went head to head was on Jan. 17, where Nelsonville-York defeated Alexander, 47-41. The huge problem for both teams that game was turnovers, N-Y with 22 and Alexander with 24.
Nelsonville-York, since the victory of Alexander, has been having some trouble. The Lady Bucks have lost their last four games. Their shots have not been falling, shooting either at or below 50 percent.
Their defense has been a bit slow, and they have had more turnovers since the Alexander game compared to the beginning of the season. Amanda Dalton is expecting a tough match up against Alexander but said “when we play all four quarters, I think were going to be real tough to beat.”
Alexander, as well, has had some trouble since the loss to N-Y, having lost their last three games. However, they have not been allowing their opponents any second shots, averaging over 10 defensive rebounds per game. With the loss of their star senior and center, Kaylee Koker, Alexander will need to step up in the paint and get some boards. Coach Scott Hinton is very excited about the challenge and said: “if we bring the effort on defense and have some intensity, it will be a good game.”
With just one day until game time, the Lady Spartans and the Lady Buckeyes are ready to bring the intensity that both have been lacking in their past few games. Both are expecting fewer turnovers and more buckets on the board. One will advance as the victor, and the other will end their 2012-2013 season.