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home : val's sports extra : val's sports extra June 25, 2016

11/20/2010 8:00:00 AM
Today's games to watch: Lady Zs will try to control tempo, beat LaVille; winless Valley to play winless Warsaw; plus Rensselaer-Winamac, Oak Hill-North Miami previews
Sports Editor, The Sentinel

Rochester (0-1) at LaVille (0-2), 6 p.m./7:30 p.m. (JV/Varsity)

The Lady Zs have had over a week to correct their mistakes after a 61-33 loss to Twin Lakes in their opener.

It's also give them time to get used to playing without key contributors Kirsten Elliott (knee) and Rylee Holland (ankle).

Finding a comfortable tempo at which they can succeed will be key, according to coach Tony Stesiak.

"When we play the best, we tend to play a little bit more under control," Stesiak said. "The up-and-down tempo ... as you can see, we got some turnovers, but we also gave up way too many transition layups and easy scores on the other end as well."

LaVille is led by seniors Elaine Schmeltz and Kaitlyn Kopetski. Both are in their third year on coach Kevin McCullough's varsity. Stesiak said Schmeltz plays a similar ballhandling and scoring role on LaVille's team as Abbie Malchow plays on Rochester's.

Kopetski is a team leader and a player the Lady Zs must keep off the offensive boards.

"She's a good inside-outside player," Stesiak said. "She's been around varsity for it seems about three years now. So she's got a strong presence in the post, but she's also athletic. I've seen her knock down the 15-foot jumper. She'll take the ball out of bounds some on the press breaker. She also has some ballhandling ability. It's not a big part of what she does or what they need her to do, but she's a pretty good all-around player inside or outside."

Tippecanoe Valley (0-2) at Warsaw (0-2), 6:15 p.m./7:45 p.m.

Valley dropped their first two games to Bremen and Oregon-Davis while Warsaw fell to Huntington North and Class 2A runnerup Fort Wayne Luers in their first two.

Warsaw lost top player Kayla Stout to an ankle injury against Fort Wayne Luers, and her status for the Valley game is uncertain. After Stout's injury, Warsaw often had three freshmen on the court.

Valley's top weapons include Staci Groom, averaging 26 points per game thus far, and Brooke O'Connor, who recoreded her first career double-double (11 points, 12 rebounds) against Oregon-Davis Tuesday.

Warsaw has won the last three meetings.

Rensselaer (2-1) at Winamac (2-1), 6:30 p.m./8 p.m.

Winamac has won the last four meetings in the series, including a 52-43 win last year.

Rensselaer, coached by former Caston bench boss Jeff Marlow, is led by high-scoring guard Allie Mattocks.

Oak Hill (2-0) at North Miami (2-1), 6 p.m./7:30 p.m.

North Miami has their first winning streak during the Nathan Stauffer era as coach following a 59-47 win over Pioneer Tuesday. They also go into a game with a winning record for the first time since Stauffer became coach.

Keeping those streaks could be a challenge against Class 2A, No. 8 Oak Hill, who come off a 42-34 win over a Taylor team that beat North Miami in the season opener.

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