The Orem girls basketball season looked as if it were over by halftime Tuesday night in the first round of the 5A state tournament. The Tigers seemed to have no answer for a sharp shooting Box Elder squad that drilled five 3-point shots in the first quarter on Orem’s home floor. The Bees flew out of the gates, quickly stunning their hosts and humming their way to a 12-point lead by quarter’s end.
Box Elder extended that lead in the second quarter as the Tigers continued to struggle to put points on the board. Orem’s familiar baskets seemed small and unforgiving to a Tiger team that averages over 43 points a game. Box Elder led 15-29 at the half.
Orem head coach Kristy Pack explained her approach in the locker room at halftime. “I erased our game plan on the board, and I wrote ‘one basket at a time,’” she said.
The newly hired head coach knew what it was like to face adversity after taking the reins when second year head coach Nick Taylor abruptly quit before season’s end. “I feel like we just needed to focus on what was important in the moment. That was one play at a time. We were too worried about the big picture.”
That was exactly what Orem needed to hear. The Tigers battle with the Bees had a completely different second act following intermission. The Bees were swarmed by Orem defenders as Pack changed her defensive strategy and implemented full court pressure throughout the second half.
“That was a hard decision,” Pack said of her choice to go to the full court press. “I didn’t want to tire the girls out too much because I knew that we needed them on the offensive and defensive side. But we felt like we could get in Box …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News