DANVILLE — It’s a pretty simple concept — good ball movement leads to good shots.
On Monday night at the Vermilion County Tournament, the Salt Fork Storm executed their offense very efficiently with 10 assists on 19 baskets as they defeated the Oakwood Comets 46-22
Salt Fork sophomore Jenny Kimbro finished with a game-high 18 points, but she also contributed a game-high three assists as well.
“We’ve been focusing on ball movement to get some easier shots for the post players,’’ said Kimbro, who is averaging 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and 2.5 steals per game in the Vermilion County Tournament. “We are trying to get as many layups as we can get.’’
Salt Fork coach Jeff Carleton acknowledges that every offense would like to have an assist on every basket.
“We want to share the ball and play as a team,’’ he said.
But, he points out that good ball movement does take its toll on a defensive team.
“We like to play defense, but when you make a team play defense for 30 seconds or more, they can get a little bored,’’ he said. “That’s when you get the best shots for your offense.’’
Oakwood coach Jeff Ford admitted that Salt Fork’s ability to make shots from the perimeter with Kimbro was a big difference in the contest.
“The last couple of times that we’ve played them, they have struggled from the outside,’’ Ford said. “(Kimbro) was lighting it up tonight and there was nothing we could do about that.’’
But, the biggest problem for the Comets (2-18) on Monday night was their own inability to shoot the basketball.
Oakwood was a dismal 1-of-13 from the field in the first half, and the Comets didn’t shoot much better at the free-throw line, going just 4-of-11 in the first half as the Storm held a 26-7 lead.