|Lady Green facing mirror image|
|Thursday, March 14, 2013 12:33 PM|
The unbeaten (27-0) and AP poll-winning Lady Green battle the Lady Redskins (25-3; No. 7) in what Kleman views as almost a mirror-image of his own unit.
“Their pressure package forces you to be prepared for a lot: what form it takes, where they pick you up, how hard it is; whatever they feel is necessary at a given time to be successful. That is our game plan, too. You have to be ready for whatever they throw at you because they, like us, try to create offense off their defense.”
The Big Green did play the Redskins three seasons ago in the Regional semis — also unbeaten at 23-0 — but lost in that one 42-26.
Abby Siefker (6-2) was the starting center on that crew of Lady Green as a freshman. She is joined in this year’s starting five by seniors Rachel Beining (6-1), Nicole Vorst (5-6) and Rachel Turnwald (5-6) and junior Taylor Mangas (5-10). The main bench includes juniors Monica Sarka (5-7) and Kendra Eickholt (5-8) and sophomores Annie Lindeman (6-0) and Haley Landwehr (5-4).
“I don’t think any of their girls played on that team as freshmen but they have matured through the years. Their best player this year Darrion Rose,” Kleman added. “At this stage, you really have to prevent easy baskets, so you can’t have the turnovers that lead to those easy baskets. You have to play good defense and rebound — don’t give up second shots — and hope you can get enough offense off your defense. “Emotions are high at this stage. You have to use that energy and yet not let it get away. You can’t get outside of yourself and try to do too much. Basically you have to harness and control that energy and focus it in the right way.”
Tip off Friday is at 3 p.m. in Value City Arena inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center.