Luers enters semistate play with a 14-11 record. The Knights’ top six scorers all have at least one year of eligibility left, including three freshmen.
“We know that we’ll be facing a lot of athletes, [but] maybe not the best basketball players,” Brittany Neeley said. “But, they’ll be athletic, so we have to be on our toes at all times. Practicing against the boys has really helped us prepare. We have to sprint back in transition. You can’t get beat on those kinds of buckets.”
One common ingredient in this Luers team, when compared to teams of the past, is their ability to dictate a fast pace, led by twin junior guards Allison and Emily Butler.
Allison ranks second for the Knights in scoring at 11.0 points per game. She adds a team-high 5.9 assists per outing. Erin adds 7.4 ppg and 3.0 apg.
Luers is led by 5-11 freshman post player Tashayla Sutorius, who averages 12.5 ppg and 5.7 rebounds per night. Junior forward Addie Rembold adds 9.6 ppg and a team-best 7.6 rpg. Freshmen Emma Wolfe (8.2 ppg) and Taya Andrews (5.5 ppg) add scoring depth.
“Both teams have some athletes, which leads me to think that, in opportunities, we can get up and down,” Dexter said. “Tempo at times will play a major role as far as us needing to get out in transition and push the tempo. They like to get out and push the tempo too. We like to get the ball out quick, but we’ve also talked in the last few days about being able to probe and be patient, where you’re not settling for 50-50 shots. We want to be executing and getting high-percentage shots. If that leads to a slower paced game, I think we’ve proven to ourselves that we can win that type of game, too.”