MANALAPAN – Holmdel head coach Don Hampton knew coming into their nondivisional meeting against Manalapan it was going to be a high-tempo fast-paced game that would be difficult to prepare for. Manalapan head coach Scott Horton continues to feature the rapid shooting five in five out constant substitutions that drive opposing coaches crazy.
However on Tuesday afternoon, the Hornets were up to the test, thanks to big contributions from Mia Ehling, Jen Inman, Sam Schultz, and Sydney Coffaro. All four players scored in double digits leading Holmdel to a 86-56 victory over the Braves.
“Your offense and your press breakers that you prepare for other teams don’t exist when you play against this style of play,” Hampton said. “For us today it was just pass and move, we were trying to keep spacing and advance the ball with the quick pass.”
Although it was a slow start for the Hornets, they seemed to get things going in the second quarter taking a 48-33 lead into halftime. Ehling finished with a team-high 23 points, but more importantly for the Hornets also contributed five assists for Holmdel in the first half.
The St. Francis (NY) bound senior has showed several improvements in her game according to her head coach.
“Her shot has improved, and we worked on her footwork a little last season,” Hampton said. “She has great vision and his probably one of the best guards when she is around the basket, she has great dexterity with both of her hands and his able to get her shot off quick.”
Her vision and dexterity were on full display Tuesday, feeding off the up and down transition play of her teammates.
“We just had to really look up the court in this type of game,” Ehling said. “It seemed like we always had someone getting by their defender in transition, and that was key for us today.”
Things will get a little more difficult for the Hornets with Manasquan on Thursday and St. Rose on Saturday.
As far as preparation, the Hornets are still trying to get some players healthy, both from injury and sickness this week. Morgan Graziano is battling knee problems according to Hampton along with some other players battling fever like symptoms from last week.
“We have been trying to get threw a sickness that has been going through our team,” Hampton said. “As far as going up against some of those teams we are just trying to do what we do best, limit our turnovers and try and not give the ball back to some of those great scorers.”
Along with Manasquan, St. Rose, St. John Vianney, and Rumson, Holmdel has also scheduled a nondivisional game with Middletown South on Janaury 31st.
Staff Writer: Chris Parker firstname.lastname@example.org