Plainfield girls open season with resounding win

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Plainfield - posted Mon., Dec. 12, 2011
Morgan Griffin stays close to Tourtellotte's Deanna Lazzara. Photos by D. Coffey.
Morgan Griffin stays close to Tourtellotte's Deanna Lazzara. Photos by D. Coffey.

The Plainfield High School girls’ basketball team opened its season with a resounding 71-19 win over Tourtellotte Memorial High School on Dec. 8. The Panthers scored early and often. They were up 21-6 at the end of the first quarter; 39-9 at the end of the second; and 55-12 at the end of the third. They dominated from one end of the court to the other, pressing the Tigers, stealing balls and hitting inside and outside shots almost at will.

Plainfield has a well-balanced team, according to coach Jason Greene. “It's a great mix of seniors, juniors, sophomores, freshmen,” he said. “We've got talent at every grade level.” That talents was on display in the game. “We got a chance to get out and run,” Greene said. “We got a couple of steals – when we start running, we're pretty effective. We're a pretty good shooting team.”

The seniors are all versatile, according to Greene. “Kim Bouten has a lot of speed. She's able to really push the pace. Hailey Griffin is an inside/outside threat. She can score inside. She can score outside. She can hit the three. Heather Evans is just an absolute defensive stopper. She really helps us with our fast break. Ali Williams is back playing after missing last year. She's just great on the inside.”

There were also things Greene saw that his team could improve upon. “You're always going to see stuff that you need to work on and improve,” he said. “We need to not reach. We need to not foul. We need to move our feet. We need to square up and shoot – that's just stuff we have to work on.”

The Panthers have the advantage of being led by three captains: Kim Bouten, Heather Evans and Hailey Griffin. Bouten and Griffin were ECC All-Stars last year and Evans was an ECC Honorable Mention.

“The senior captains are just huge,” Greene said. “They epitomize what we're all about. They lead the team. They're battling out there every day, pushing everyone in practice to work harder, and they play in the off season. They are dedicated year round. Hopefully the younger kids are going to see that and pick up on it.”

Greene said his team will take it one game, one practice at a time. “We're not looking down the road,” he said. “We're just trying to look around the corner. That's pretty much it.”

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