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5 keys to Angola's victory over Garrett

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Hornet win was built on a foundation of defense

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 3:18 am

Angola easily dismantled Garrett in the semi-final of the IHSAA Class 3A Girl's Basketball Sectional at Bishop Dwenger on Friday.

Here are five keys to the Hornet victory:

1. Defense

Garrett players barely had a possession without an Angola defender in their face, losing the ball 23 times. The Hornets got in the passing lanes and used quick hands to notch steal after steal and not let the Railroaders any sort of comfort offensively.

2. Finding the open girl

Angola was able to convert several easy layups by making the extra pass in the lane. The Hornets finished with 14 assists on 19 baskets. That is big time.

3. Not allowing Taylor Smith to do much

The freshman for Garrett went for 17 rebounds in Tuesday's victory over Woodlan, but a combination of foul trouble and defensive pressure around the basket limited Smith to just three rebounds and one basket. She was the tallest girl on the floor all night and was not a factor through the course of the game.

4. Did not shy away from shooting

The shots were not falling early for Angola, hitting just 6-of-24 shots in the first half. But the Hornets did not stop throwing up shots from the outside, eventually hitting four 3-pointers after halftime to help put the game away.

5. Not putting Garrett at foul line

The worst thing you can do while leading by a substantial margin is allow the opponent to cut into that lead without the clock moving. Angola did not of that on Friday, allowing just four free throw attempts on the night. Part of that was due to Garrett's inability to drive to the basket.