PLYMOUTH — Plymouth girls basketball head coach Dave Cox has been stressing the inside game to his players.
On Wednesday, the Lady Pilgrims made it clear they got the message as Plymouth’s bigs paid big dividends in the paint in a 48-39 win over visiting South Bend Washington at The Rock.
Pilgrims frontcourters Amber Redinger and Marisa Green accounted for the bulk of Plymouth’s scoring with a combined 36 points between them. Sophomore Redinger scored a career-high 26, while Green finished with 10 points in her third straight double digit outing as Plymouth’s guards picked apart Washington’s leaky 2-3 zone for some high-percentage shots in the lane.
“There are a lot of gaps, and we noticed that scouting them,” said Cox. “They’re guarding perimeters harder than maybe they are inside, so we really wanted the ball to go inside. Amber can finish, but I’ll tell you what, it was a credit to the other kids. Haley and Lauren and Meagan and Erin and Chelsea made some awesome passes in to her so she’s got to recognize that. It definitely was a team win, she just played her role.”
“I thought Marisa again maybe had her third game in a row where she’s just gotten better and went in and really played well,” he said. “She’s a good offensive player, and so that really helps us and defensively in a game like this she matches up pretty well... She did just exactly what we needed her to do.”