Scouting Report: East Valley vs. Jacks
Who: Quincy High School boys basketball team.
East Valley’s record: 2-0 in conference and 3-1 overall. The Red Devils lost their season-opener to Sunnyside by a score of 63-51. Since then they’ve won three in a row – 52-32 over Chelan on Dec. 5, 68-47 over Othello on Friday, and 71-58 over Grandview on Saturday.
What East Valley coach Steve Elder says: “We graduated some pretty good players last year, but this league is so crazy you never know what’s going to happen. On any night, you have to be ready to go. There are so many good teams and good coaches in this league. I think Wade (Petersen) is one of the best.
“Quincy plays that zone and you’ll be lucky to get 12 shots in a quarter. They rebound well and limit you to one shot. On offense they are so patient. Each possession is really crucial against them. You have to make sure you’re getting good looks because if you don’t you can be in a world of hurt against Wade’s team. The Quincy kids are so defensive minded, and they’re so patient running their sets.”
A look at East Valley: The Red Devils have a 6-foot-2 player and two others who are 6-foot-1. Elder says all three could be starters.
Conditioning has been an issue, according to the coach. “We came in not in very good shape,” he said. “Guys weren’t ready as far as conditioning to start the season, but they’ve picked it up. We’re not in game shape yet. That’s a ways away. But their attitude is really good, their willingness to learn and willingness to be coached.
“We are a work in progress. We’re trying to figure out what we’re good at and what we need to work on. Rebounding is probably our biggest need. That is going to be an issue for us because of our size. We’re not big.”
— By Steve Kadel, firstname.lastname@example.org