DUBOIS — Northeast Dubois coach Michael Cave knows how far his daughters want the net down in the Sectional 64.
Jeep came very close to doing so last year, but only took the lead late over Tecumseh. Tecumseh won in overtime to start the Class 1A State Championship.
“This year, these girls are determined. They want to come back and prove they can win in that division. We don’t want to stop there,” Cave said. We want to see what we can do, but we have to prepare for each game we play in that tournament.”
Cave is in his first season as coach of the Jeep Girls, leading them to the final section in 2018 and replacing Andy Chin, who nearly netted last year. But the coaching changes didn’t mean a step back for the team. Because they are in a position to try to achieve his section championship again, following his eighth straight win earlier this season.
“It’s a very good group of girls,” Cave said. They all want to win, they want to give 100%, that’s all I can ask for.”
He considers the teams in this year’s section to be fairly even, with a 40-33 win over Wood Memorial on November 21 and a 66-31 win over Evansville Christian on December 21. Already has several victories against section opponents. 13, and a lot can change when it comes to section time, but Jeep showed with its aforementioned victory that they can beat their opponents again because they’ve already done so. We believe that a win like this will give us confidence when the tournament begins.
Record-wise, the Braves have been down since last year, and Cannelton don’t have the best record either, but the Jeep has taken some challenges from teams that don’t always have the best records. .Anyone in the tournament. The Jeep drew Evansville Christian in the Tecumseh district, with the winner facing Wood Memorial in the semi-finals.
The first-year coach told The Herald on Jan. 4 that Northeast DuBois is having trouble shooting and needs to cut down on turnovers.
But he liked what Jeep showed on the defensive side of basketball and noted that they were beginning to understand how he wanted him to play man-to-man defense and were pursuing it. ing.
“I think we’ve really improved in our one-on-one defense. I think we’ve also improved in defense playing as a team,” he said. “Just like in the Forest Park game (January 3), the score was just 8-6 at half-time and a lot of it was due to playing pretty good defense. We had a few breakdowns in , but for the most part we played pretty good — I thought the basic man-on-man defense was good.”
He played for the Jeep Boys team in 1990-91 and made it to the section championship, but listened to his memories of losing to Southridge. Therefore, a championship win would mean a lot to the player and to himself.
“I know what it feels like to be hit, and I want girls to experience the good part of it,” Cave said. “Because you will remember it for the rest of your life. I think, because if we can get to that point, they’ll feel like they’ll never have it again.”