MERCERSBURG, Pa. -For a tactic that James Buchanan coach Becky Miller doesn't like to employ, the zone defense turned out to be the spark that lit the fuse for the Rockets on Friday night.
Scotland scorched JB on cuts through the lane for easy layups in an 18-point first quarter, which led Miller to resort to the zone - a defense she admitted she is not a proponent for.
While Miller isn't a fan of using the zone, it proved to be a valuable strategy as the Rockets held the Kaydettes to just 14 points over the final three quarters to notch a 59-32 Mid-Penn Capital victory. The Rockets sweep the season series.
"We went to a zone defense - something I don't like to do," Miller said. "That's typical of (Scotland) though. We usually have to go to a zone against them to prevent giving up easy baskets."
JB (12-4, 6-0) trailed 18-17 after the first quarter, but went on a 22-2 run spanning the second and third quarters to take a commanding 39-20 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the third. The cutting opportunities that Scotland had used to keep up with the Rockets had disappeared after the defensive switch.