One coach has his opponent well-scouted, while the other thinks detailed information won’t truly benefit his team.
Opelousas Catholic girls’ basketball coach Matt Citron and Mark Aune of the Academy of the Sacred Heart are taking different preparation approaches to their teams’ girls Class 1A bi-district playoff games Thursday night.
Citron said he’s compiled some helpful information on North Caddo, the team his Vikings meet in Vivian, near Shreveport.
Aune said he knows virtually nothing about French Settlement, the team that hosts ASH in another first-round contest.
Citron said the Vikings (13-9), which are seeded No. 26, are playing a talented North Caddo team that won a district title.
The strength for 7th-seeded North Caddo (19-11), seems to be along the perimeter, said Citron.
“North Caddo has two really good guards. From what I have been able to ascertain, they are not as tall as they were last year, but they are shorter and quicker this season,” Citron said.
Citron said North Caddo was the champion of its district and likes to play a form of pressure defenses.
The perceived pressure is something the Vikings haven’t seen from an opponent.
That may not be that much of a problem, said Citron, since the Vikings practice the style of halfcourt trapping defense for most of the season, said Citron.
Citron said his team, with one senior starter and four juniors, has gained momentum as the season progressed.
“We’ve won seven of the last eight games and we’ve been working on what North Caddo does for the past couple of days. I think we will be prepared for what we see,” Citron said.
The Vikings are led in scoring by junior guard Brittany Major, who is averaging more than 20 points a game.
Citron said the OC offense has picked up lately as senior Julia Larcade has increased her scoring average.
“Julia has really stepped up. In the last five or six games, she has scored in double figures. Ideally she’s a small forward, but (Larcade) is playing everywhere,” said Citron.
Other probable starters for the Vikings are juniors who include Hannah Johnson along with Abby Warren and Lindsey Warren.
“Hannah has been doing a great job of rebounding and she has been improving all season,” said Citron.
ASH, seeded No. 21, won the District 5-2A championship for the second straight season. The Saints (14-1) advanced to the Class 2A regional round last year before being eliminated by St. Thomas Aquinas.
Saints’ basketball coach Mark Aune said he won’t obsess on getting much pre-game information on French Settlement (18-11), the No. 12seed.
“We’ve put four starters in new positions since the Christmas Holidays. There’s really not a whole lot I can do (about scouting French Settlement).
“Since this lineup hasn’t been in place very long, I really don’t want to confuse them and make them think too much and worry about what the other team might be doing.
“We are just going to go to the game and play the way we have been playing. That’s the way we have approached the schedule since Christmas.
“The plan has worked for us so far, so I don’t want to change anything,” said Aune.
Senior guard Hailey Gauthier is the Saints’ leading scorer (22 points per game).
Gauthier has been the only starter that has played the same position since the season began.
Volleyball standout Jennifer Link came out for basketball in December and has been rotated into a starting position at forward, while Jenny Doucet has moved from the inside to more of a wing, while she is averaging 10.0 points.
Brittany Aune has moved down to point guard and is also averaging about 10.0 points, Aune said.
The Saints also start Chloe Frey, a defensive specialist,who has played against opponents’ best offensive producer.