I said a "good" team, not a "special" team. You will have to
earn that title this week-end.It is always frustrating for a solid
program with a great coach to lose whether it's 2A or 3A. We've
played some great teams and had our share of losses & successes. Actually
some years in 2A make it very difficult to keep our players in the entire game
so we know how that feels. Also whether or not you like to admit, there is a
balance between keeping your starters in a groove and keeping them healthy for
the next game. As far as your insinuation of having to deal with the
move up I would remind you that last time we moved up we won 3A in a year that
Morgan was rated #1 most of the season. In fact, in the last 10 seasons
we've won it three times with one being in 3A. You need to go back 11
season to find a title for the Trojans.Not whining; just saying.
You're right. Morgan does have a special team this year. The girls have
worked very hard... VERY hard... to get to this point. What you are suggesting
is that the girls' reward for that should be... sitting down, because other
teams aren't good enough to keep up with them. Punish them for being
"too good." That's absurd. Particularly heading into the
tournament. They need to keep momentum and chemistry, not sit down and watch.
As far as the "hurried" shot comment- all of Morgan's
shots are "hurried." They take the first best open shot. Again, why ask
the girls to change their offense so the other team's feel bads don't
get hurt? Morgan set a state record for 3-point shot attempts this season.
It's just what the do...Anyway, I am sure it's been
frustrating for you guys to take state last year then have to deal with the move
up to 3A. I wish you and your girls all the best in the future!
I guess we could discuss our difference of opinion and I don't
"begrudge" the girls because it was a coach decision. I will, however,
give you two points "why" ANY coach should take three seniors out in
their last home game:1) Injury2) ClassTeach the
right life lessons and keep them "in the game" for the rest of the
season. One bad step or fluke injury and your already 40 point lead just cost
you any shot at a title. It was just odd to see hurried three point shots by
starters that late in any 40+ point lead game. And by your definition
"several" is more than 2 (a couple) and less than four (because it
was).With a team as good as Morgan's, it's foolish to risk
an injury with that kind of lead; period.
You are slightly off on your comment- he called timeout to get his very last
freshman into a state playoff game. If you will recall, there were also three
Richfield girls at the scorer's table awaiting the same opportunity. The
starters had come out with several minutes remaining in the game... And why would you begrudge the three seniors the opportunity to stay in the
game, their very last on their own gym floor, as long as possible?
Kudo's to Morgan's coach calling timeout with a 40+ point lead with 19
seconds left in the game to take out his remaining starters.Looks
like a good recipe for a Stat Championship!!!