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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Tough First Week

Streaks went 1-3 during the first week of our tourney. We lost close games to Illini West and to East Peoria, beat Metamora, and then were blasted by state-power Springfield.

Vs. East Peoria, we were led by Shayli Florine who had 18 points and 16 rebounds. Casey Williams had 12 points and 7 rebounds, while Lexi Daniels added 8 points and 8 rebounds. We were down 16 points and came back to within 3 points but could not get the job done.

The game involved 55 fouls called, 5 players on both teams fouling out, 72 free throws shot, and a game that took over two hours to complete. The game also had technicals called on each coach for "being out of the box." The calls were by an official 60 feet from the coach. One coach while instructing his players had the toes of one foot over the coaching line- good vision from 60 feet. The most bizarre call was when the E. Peoria coach got a technical because "he left the box before another official had finished calling a time out." In other words a time out was being administered but evidently the 60 feet away thought he was a second too early getting ready for the time out.

The obvious is that as a coach you need to teach players not to foul. The frustration for a coach right now is trying to figure out what a foul is. Early season action is marked not only by inconsistency of teams in their play but in officials in their calls.

- We shot 31 free throws on Friday night and 2 free throws on Saturday night.
- We committed 32 fouls on Friday night and 11 fouls on Saturday night.
- The crew that called 55 fouls on Friday night, called under 20 fouls the next day in a game.

Obviously fouls go up and down from game to game based on the style and execution of the players. But consider in our 55 foul game that 23 were on E. Peoria as they played nothing but a 2-3 zone.

Inexperienced teams as they adjust to the speed of varsity basketball tend to foul more. As a coach, you try to help them "learn" what is a foul and what is not a foul. Hopefully over the next couple weeks, we  (myself and our players) will develop a better understanding of what a foul is and isn't.

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