LAKEVILLE, IN. – It’s a basketball night in Lakeville!
The LaVille High School girl’s basketball team will play host to Class 1A #5 Oregon-Davis at 8 p.m. as the 55th Annual TCU Bi-County Basketball Tournament continues.
The Lancers and Bobcats met earlier this season, with OD coming away with an 85-28 victory in Hamlet, IN., on November 15.
Oregon-Davis is coming off a narrow 65-62 loss to John Glenn in the first round of the TCU Bi-County Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, January 21. LaVille, meanwhile, dropped a 33-23 decision to Triton in the tournament opener.
“OD is a really athletic team,” explained LaVille coach Daniel Pleninger. “They are tall players. They like to run the floor, get quick shots, good shots, both inside and outside. We expect a high tempo game today.”
Pleninger and the Lancers know that OD brings a 32-minute, 84-feet game to the floor and expect more of the same again.
“We’ve gotten better at facing presses all year,” said Pleninger. “Something that we practice almost routinely. We know ODs press; we know they run things a little differently. We’re confident in our press break. We’ve just got to execute.”
LaVille has had several individual players that have had fine overall performances here and there throughout the season. Pleninger continues to instill in his players that have to believe they are knocking on the door.
“Medors is right on the door step,” said Pleninger. “I also think Lucy Sherk and Kassi Watts are right there on the door step, too. We’ve just got to believe that game is coming and we can do that not just one game, but also every game. We need everyone to show up mentally and emotionally for every game that we play. We got to believe that that game is coming.”
According to Pleninger, keys against OD include, “We can’t get pushed around. We’ve got to be tougher … Tougher inside and tougher outside. Just don’t let people step in front of us, we have to make an effort to get open and look to score.”
The Bobcats lead the series 13-1 since 2000-01, including 7-0 in games played LaVille. Oregon-Davis also owns a 6-0 advantage in games played during the TCU Bi-County Basketball Tournament since 2000-01.
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G A M E D A Y
Teams: Oregon-Davis (15-4) at LaVille (1-18)
Site: Auxiliary Gym, LaVille Jr.-Sr. High School
Game Time: 8 p.m.
Coaches: Terry Minix (412-205 in 27th year at Oregon-Davis). Daniel Pleninger (1-18 in first year at LaVille)
Last Outing: Oregon-Davis lost to John Glenn, 65-62. LaVille lost Triton, 33-23.
Series Since 2000-01: Oregon-Davis leads LaVille, 13-1.
Last Meeting: Oregon-Davis defeated LaVille, 85-28, November 15, 2019.