There is an old Chinese proverb, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”
The last time the Pleasant Hill girls’ basketball team played Oak Grove, the Panthers nearly beat the Chicks using a new triangle-and two-defensive strategy. This time Pleasant Hill was ready.
“We went to Oak Grove and they played a triangle-and-two. It frustrated our girls,” head coach Josh Adamczyk said before the game.
On Feb. 10, Pleasant Hill was ready, defeating the Panthers 50-39, in a contest where once behind, Oak Grove could never catch up.
Maybe it was due to Adamczyk’s own defensive scheming. Pleasant Hill broke out in a one-three-one zone defense that stymied Oak Grove all night.
“Our defense helped us out tonight,” Adamczyk said. “We did a little one-three-one trap on them; it’s helped us win a couple ball games (this season).”
Of course, it also helped that Pleasant Hill was finding the basket. The Chicks trailed 10-9 at the end of the first quarter, but a 14-2 Pleasant Hill run during the next five minutes provided enough momentum to keep the Panthers on their heels. Oak Grove fought back several times during the next two and a half quarters but could never overcome the initial 11-point deficit.
“They still ran their triangle-and-two on us but we knocked down shots,” said junior Kai Wesemann, who finished with 12 points.
Junior Rachel Schick led Pleasant Hill with 14 points. In the third quarter, while the Panthers tried to mount a comeback, junior Susanna Goodell-Field extinguished the effort with back-to-back three point shots.
“Rachel and Kia lead us,” Adamczyk said. “Susanna Goodell-Field hit some big threes tonight. Lately someone has stepped up to help us win.”
It seems as if the Chicks are finally hit their stride.
“In the beginning we were kind of butting heads,” Adamczyk said. “Now they have jelled to where we play as a team, win as a team, and lose as a team. I am proud of the way we have come together and put the team before us.”
Wesemann can attest to that. “We have lots of inside jokes going on,” she said.
The humor seems to be working. Wesemann wouldn’t reveal any of those “inside jokes,” but whatever they are, they sure are working to help the Chicks finish this season strong.