5 Keys to Garrett's victory over Woodlan
1. The triangle-and-two defense
Garrett coach Bob Lapadot called it his “go-to defense” in big games, and it worked again on Tuesday night. By utilizing the triangle-and-two, the Railroaders limited Woodlan's ability to penetrate and dish, something the Warriors had been doing with great effectiveness while winning four of five heading into Tuesday. The Railroaders shut down Brooke Gerbers and made Lauren Ehle work hard for her 14 points. Nothing was easy for the Warriors for all four quarters.
The Railroaders outrebounded Woodlan 44-22 in the victory, several of which came on the offensive end that resulted in second-chance baskets. It also limited the Warriors' chances of second-chance baskets of their own. Woodlan was one-and-done on the majority of its possessions.
3. Taylor Smith
The freshman sure didn't play like one against the Warriors, finishing with 13 points and 17 rebounds, very nearly outrebounding Woodlan on her own. Garrett has not had very many true centers over the past 15-plus years, so it can take some getting used to out of the Railroaders fans to see things being done on the inside that they have not seen in awhile.
4. Matching Woodlan's tempo
The Warriors like to break out offensively as soon as they get a rebound on the defensive end, and they did just that against Garrett. But Coach Lapadot was ready for it and had worked with his team on getting back and defending. It worked, with Woodlan not catching the opposition napping too often.
5. The quick start
Some players can swallow the butterflies prior to a postseason game, but there is no doubt that they are there in some capacity. Jumping out to an 11-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game can make that queasiness go away in a hurry. While the Railroaders relaxed with a sizable lead midway through the first, Woodlan felt the pressure magnified falling down by so much so quick.