Tolsia boys and girls basketball in preseason action over the break
GLENHAYES — While many students were enjoying the week away from school, the Tolsia High School boys and girls basketball teams were putting work in the gym to get ready for the upcoming season.
After over two weeks of practice, the Tolsia Lady Rebels laced up for their first bit of competition in the 2018-19 season with a scrimmage against the Chesapeake Panthers on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at Tolsia High School. The boys team, who started opened practice just eight days before their first scrimmage, played two games over the holiday break, hitting the road to play Calvary Baptist and Chesapeake.
Ric Morrone’s Lady Rebel squad ran into a few minor injuries during the second week of practice, but showed a strong effort in their first in-game action. Of course there are a few kinks to work out for Morrone’s team but he said he feels like the Lady Rebels took a large step forward as a group in the Wednesday scrimmage.
“We set out to show our three ’E’s and I think we did that today,” Tolsia Girls Basketball Coach Ric Morrone said after the scrimmage. “We wanted energy, effort, and enthusiasm out there on the court. We saw some good things and also things we need to improve on but that’s what these scrimmages are for.”
Though it was not the typically game format - the game clock and score reset after each period - the Lady Rebels debuted a new-look defense that led to a slew of turnovers for the Panthers. Morrone said the full-court press has been a focus in practice and he’s got the talent to run it.
“That’s the way we’re going to play this year, the kids have bought into it and even though it’s still a work in progress I know we have some good athletic kids and we’re comfortable running that way,” Morrone said. “We’ve got the depth to do it.”
The Lady Rebels had their final scrimmage of the preseason on Tuesday at Wahama.
The Tolsia boys basketball team competed in two scrimmages over the Thanksgiving break as Head Coach Todd Maynard looks to trim his roster down just a bit more before the start of the season.
Tolsia competed in a combined scrimmage at Chesapeake High School with the host Panthers and Wheelersburg Pirates.
“I think we ran the floor pretty well today and got out in transition. I liked the ball movement and floor spacing and thought we executed well today,” Maynard said, “better than some of what we’ve seen over the last week or so.”
Maynard also got a look at his squad against a variety of defensive looks thanks to the structure of the Friday morning scrimmage. Each team played a ten-minute quarter against the other two schools three times, meaning Tolsia got to play thirty total minutes against Wheelersburg and Chesapeake - two teams they won’t meet in this upcoming season.
“It’s good to get a couple different looks. Not only for our junior varsity and varsity teams, but especially here across the river to see what they like to do, they tend to press and it’s good to play situational ball like that because we might run into that at some point in our schedule this year.”