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Defense is the name of the game for N-P

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL: DENVER, DON BOSCO AND RICEVILLE AT NASHUA-PLAINFIELD, 6:30 P.M.

Defense is the name of the game for N-P

Jamboree will provide a jumping-off point for 2015-16 Huskies

By the time the Huskies have started stretching for basketball practice, the sun has long set across the now vacant corn fields in Nashua. The wind bites and the rain falls, but it only means one thing: basketball season has arrived.

The Huskies will host Denver, Don Bosco Catholic and Riceville tonight in a jamboree scrimmage.

It will be light, with nothing on the line (wins and losses will not count against records).

Head coach Erik Smith hopes the scrimmage will give him an idea of where his team is defensively, something the Huskies will rely heavily on throughout the season.

“We work on it in practice, and the girls know what they’re doing,” Smith said. “It’s just going to be a little bit different. It’s going to be a good opportunity to find those top five, six or seven players.”

Smith said he’ll look for things they need to tweak during the rest of the week of practice.

The first game of the season is right around the corner with a trip to New Hampton on Nov. 23.

Although it’s very early in the season, Smith will be stressing the importance of good defensive stops. This will help his team win games, he said, because they don’t necessarily have a go-to shooter or an extremely hot offensive team.

“I just don’t know what the offense will give us, “ Smith said. “So we’re going to have to get defensive stops. Hopefully, if you ask them, they’ll tell you we’ve been working on defense more this year than the past two years I’ve been the head coach here.”

The Huskies jamboree starts at 6:30 p.m. in Nashua.

By Stephen Koenigsfeld [email protected]

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