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Straughn’s Katelyn Kinsaul (5) drives to the bucket during the Class 3A South Sub Regional Tournament last week. The Lady Tigers will face Abbeville in the semifinals of the south regional Thursday. |  Andrew Garner/Star-News
Straughn’s Katelyn Kinsaul (5) drives to the bucket during the Class 3A South Sub Regional Tournament last week. The Lady Tigers will face Abbeville in the semifinals of the south regional Thursday. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

On to regionals

Published 12:02am Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Ten feet.

That’s the difference in length between a high school and college basketball court.

Where a high school court is just 84 feet long, a college court is 94 feet.

Straughn’s girls were going at it in LBWCC’s basketball gymnasium on Tuesday afternoon as the Lady Tigers get ready for tomorrow’s Class 3A South Regional Tournament game against Abbeville. Tip off is slated for 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Dothan Civic Center.

“Coach (Ricky) Knight at LBW was real gracious to let us use his gym,” SHS coach Scott Kinsaul said. “We appreciate it. I just wanted to get up here and run up and down the longer court to see what it felt like.”

SHS will be facing a quick Abbeville girls basketball team, who doesn’t have much height.

“Their speed concerns me,” Kinsaul said. “They like to press and play an up tempo game and we’ve got to handle their pressure.”

Kinsaul said from his scouting report, the Lady Yellow Jackets (20-6) like to insert a full-court press and half-court trap with a little zone defense.

“They like to get up and down the floor as fast as they can go,” he said.

Straughn (30-2) enters the south regional tournament for the first time since the 1995-96 season. AHS lost in the opening round the last two years at the tournament.

Having experience playing in the regional round goes a long way, Kinsaul said.

“They’ve been there and know what it’s like to play in this round,” he said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve been there. None of these girls have made it this far.

“That has a lot to do with it, but we’re confident in what we can do, too,” he said.

In 2000, Kinsaul had experience coaching in the Dothan Civic Center, as Samson’s head boys coach when his team played in the Dothan Progress Tournament.

The Lady Yellow Jackets have Shyanne Peterman, a senior forward, who averages 17.3 points and more than six steals per game. Jasmine Griffin, a freshman guard, averages 11.5 points per game.

For rebounds, Macayla Hill tops the Lady Yellow Jackets with just under eight per game, and Lesha Walker adds more than seven rebounds per game.

“Shyanne is a very good basketball player,” Kinsaul said. “She can shoot the three and she can penetrate. She’s a very good free-throw shooter. We’ve got to be able to ake her out of the game.

“(Jasmine is) very quick, a good guard,” he said. “She’s very quick on the outside and causes a lot of shots on the perimeter. She’s a very good defensive player.”

Other than rebounding, handling Abbeville’s pressure is a top key for the Lady Tigers tomorrow, the SHS coach said.

“We’ve got to be able to handle their pressure and score when we have the opportunity,” Kinsaul said.

The Lady Tigers are excited about tomorrow’s game and, along with their head coach, can’t wait to get out there and play, Kinsaul said.

“We just wish it wasn’t so long in between games,” he said. “We would’ve loved to play Tuesday, but that’s the way the schedule works out. When they tell us to play, we’ll be there.

“They can’t wait to play,” he said. “I can’t wait to play.”

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