WPIAL Playoffs: Ellwood girls set to face Ford City
Feb 13, 2015
By Andrew Koob
New Castle News

The Ford City High girls basketball team is content with keeping things nice and simple.

A change of scenery, with a little bit of chaos thrown in, has Ellwood City Lincoln hoping for an advantage at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at North Allegheny.

The Lady Wolverines (12-10) plan on throwing multiple defenses at Ford City in their WPIAL Class AAA matchup, a team that almost strictly has seen and plays half-court, man-to-man defense.

A full-court 1-3-1 zone to start off postseason play may just be the change of pace that Ellwood City will be looking for.

“The games I’ve watched, I’m hoping a 1-3-1 zone will get them out of their rhythm,” Ellwood City coach Jolene Servick said. “They pretty much play five girls, so hopefully we can get them in foul trouble and pressure them in the full court.”

On the defensive end, the Lady Wolverines are looking to exploit the one-on-one coverage to their advantage.

Having a leg up in terms of size helps. Ellwood City’s top scorer in Karington Ketterer is 6-feet tall, while Bailey McKinney is 5-11.

The tallest player on Ford City (17-3), with over two games of action, is Tyree Freeman, who is listed at 5-8.

“They only play man, I think Ket’s going to be the biggest factor in this game,” Servick said. “I don’t think they have anyone that can do anything against Ket man-to-man. They don’t have anyone that can match up size-wise. If they do, we have Bailey.”

Ketterer averages 12.4 points per game and McKinney follows with 9.3 markers per contest.

Ellwood City is averaging 43.8 points per game, while allowing opponents to score 49.8 points.

The Lady Sabers are allowing only 35 points per game, second-best in Class AAA, and scoring 46.5 points per contest.

The focus of Ford City’s defense will certainly turn toward Ketterer, but Servick is confident that the junior will be able to hit open guards on the wing for high-percentage looks at the basket.

“That’s what we worked on (yesterday),” Servick said. “They like to leave and double-down on the post, she has to kick it out and our guards have to hit the shots. I think it’ll be an inside-out type game. She’ll be the biggest factor.”

Ellwood City doesn’t match Ford City in terms of section and overall record. But, after being battle tested in a section that includes Class AAA top seed Blackhawk, the Lady Wolverines are excited to see what other sections have to offer.

“The teams are different, 17-3 in another section is different in our section,” Servick said. “Those teams just make you better. Playing against better competition makes you better and it’ll show.”

Attempts to reach Ford City coach Al Davis were unsuccessful.

(Email: A_Koob@ncnewsonline.com)
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