Lindsey Green isn't a typical girls' basketball center.
She's got the height. At 5-foot-11, she's the tallest player on the Lake Region Christian School Hornets and hasn't played against anyone taller.
Like many centers, she's the focal point of the Hornets' offense. Through 12 games, Green is averaging 15.8 points a game.
What separates Green from many centers is her athletic ability and versatility.
Green is the front player on the Hornets' full-court press. The 1-2-2 press is an attacking, pressure defense looking to cause turnovers. In a 66-46 victory over Owatonna Christian Jan. 27, the Hornets forced 46 turnovers mainly because of their press.
"We thought she could handle it because she's quick enough to get over to the trap and get a good tight trap on," said LRCS coach Steve Ogren. "The real reason is she's tough to pass over. Once she gets to the trap and gets her hands up it's about impossible to pass over the top of her. Another reason for putting her up there is because it saves her having to run all the way down the court. Any time we can save her legs that's a good thing."
Green likes the move to the front of the press, but admitted she was nervous.
"I've been playing basketball since I was 8 and I've always been told to get back down the court," said Green. "The hardest part was just remembering to stay up. I would get halfway down the court and my coaches would yell at me to stay up."
Offense is Green's strength. Lake Region's offensive philosophy is to get the ball to Green and let her shoot or find the open teammate.
"She is the catalyst of this team," said Ogren. "We noticed it a lot when she was out sick a couple of days last week with the flu. Practices were totally different. The offense was totally different. We do miss her when she's out of the lineup."
While Green is the center of Lake Region's offense, she has confidence in her teammates. That confidence has helped the Hornets to a 9-3 record.
"A lot of plays revolve around me getting down low and posting up," said Green. "We actually do a lot of give and goes with Ashley (Kientzle) and Leah (Green).
"I have confidence in my teammates. It's happened before where the other team will shut me down and we've still won the game. I definitely have confidence in my teammates."
Entering her fourth varsity season, Green wanted to concentrate on becoming a better free throw shooter. She accomplished that and has become a complete basketball player.
"I really appreciate how good she is lately," said Ogren. "I've been scrimmaging against her in practice and it's just impossible to get a shot off against her. It doesn't have to be a block, just her defensive presence down there makes it pretty tough for opposing teams."
Other notable performances:
Basketball -- Becky Korf, Pierz, had 20 points and nine rebounds against Holdingford.
Mel Waytashek, Pierz, had 16 points, seven assists, five rebounds and five assists against Holdingford.
Sarah Kallis, Little Falls, scored 18 points against St. Cloud Apollo and 10 against Pequot Lakes.
Flecia Foster, Pequot Lakes, had 21 points against Little Falls.
Ashley Kientzle, LRCS, scored 16 points against Owatonna Christian.
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