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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 18, 2017

Van Buren beats Twin Cedars 36-3

By Justin Webster | Nov 15, 2017
Photo by: Justin Webster/Ledger photo Van Buren’s No. 22 Lexi Jirak plays tough defense against Twin Cedars in the Pekin jamboree.

The first game of the night was the ugliest to watch, unless you were rooting for Van Buren, in which case it was a thing of beauty.

Head Coach Matt Zeitler led his Warriors to a 36-3 victory over Twin Cedars, but I don’t think it ever got that close.

Coach Z explained his team’s succes right out of the gate.

“Defense. Quickness. Our guards are really fast, we get points off turnovers and I think we had four three-pointers in the half,” said the coach in his ninth year at Van Buren. “They just get the ball down the court and we’ve got a 6’4 girl who can make three’s, it’s pretty hard to guard that.”

Zeitler said that although his team did not accelerate on their opponent like they may have in a regular game, they were able to maintain their gameplan during the second quarter while rotating all of the girls in.

“We played 12 tonight, but we’ll normally have about an eight-man rotation, maybe nine.” said Zeitler. “At least we got to see some of the younger kids play, so we have an idea of who can come in if we get into foul trouble.”

Coach also pointed out Grace Davidson had several steals to lead the team defense, while Madison Bartholomew lead the offense as she should being a first-team all SEISC point guard.

Taryn Scheuermann is expected to contribute double-digit scoring for Van Buren this season, something she did Tuesday and Chloe Davidson was also a spark both offensively and defensively as a back-up for her twin sister Grace.

Coach Z says the Warriors will be working on their seven defenses they use as the season nears.

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