Burrell's WPIAL-best defense holds A-R to 17 points in win
By Bill Beckner Jr.
Published: Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, 11:16 p.m.
Burrell girls basketball players aren't overly sensitive when it comes to constructive criticism from their coaches, but they tend to get defensive from time to time.
Especially when it comes to man-to-man defense.
“These girls love to play defense. You're not going to see them let up,” Burrell coach Meghan Ziemianski said. “If I asked them to run through that wall over there for me, they wouldn't hesitate.”
High-energy Burrell was at it again Monday night, using unrelenting pressure to slam Apollo-Ridge, 64-17, in a Section 1-AA game in Lower Burrell.
The Lady Bucs (7-1, 3-0), ranked No. 5 in Class AA by Trib Total Media, forced six turnovers in the first two minutes and held Apollo-Ridge (7-4, 1-3) scoreless for the first five minutes.
The game marked the sixth time Burrell has held an opponent to fewer than 25 points. The Bucs allowed a season-high 47 against Shaler in their only loss, but their defense is allowing a WPIAL-best 24 points per game.
Sophomore Sydney Bordonaro scored a game-high 21 points and registered nine steals, freshman forward Natalie Myers added 14 points and 10 rebounds and junior point guard Jaila Manga had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucs, who took a 32-8 lead into halftime.
Junior guard Kelsey Oddis notched 12 points.
“Our practices are like games,” Oddis said. “We go full-out all practice. Once we get locked in, we're in.”
Burrell has the personnel to execute a press against teams for 32 minutes, unlike many other teams.
Ziemianski, who used to coach at Highlands, got accustomed to seeing zones on a nightly basis. The defensive change of pace has been as refreshing as it's been rewarding for Ziemianski, in her third season at Burrell.
“I was coming from Class AAA where teams live and die with the 2-3 (zone),” Ziemianski said. “We want to pressure the ball. That's what we worked on all summer.
“We always work on our shell drill; two-pass, one-pass. And we're always working on face-cuts.”
Ashley Emminger led Apollo-Ridge with 10 points. The Vikings showed promise early on and should be a contender for one of the four playoff spots in the section.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or via Twitter @jdbbeck.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.