Homestead coach Rod Parker said he's liked to mix up his defenses this season.
But he opted to stay with a zone against South Side in the Class 4A Marion Sectional title game Saturday.
"We felt like we had to play zone just because they're very deep," said Parker, whose team won its 12th consecutive game, 48-42. "They can go eight or nine. We're not as deep in our roster. We need to protect foul trouble, and we really needed to control the tempo in the game.
"We figured their defense was going to try and initiate the up-tempo game, and we figured we'd slow it up with our defense a little bit. We did that. We forced them to pass the basketball, and that slowed them down."
The Archers shot only 33 percent. Brittany Johnson was limited to seven points on 2-of-10 shooting and had several nice passes unable to be finished by teammates for scores.
South Side rarely was able to push the tempo on offense.
It also didn't have as much success with its full-court pressure as it did in the first meeting, a 69-60 South Side victory.
Homestead had 20 turnovers. But, by my count, only five of those were forced by the full-court pressure. And there were at least three times when the Spartans were able to score easy baskets by getting the ball ahead against the press.
"That (press) kills everyone," Homestead senior point guard Jena Hamrick said. "We knew that's South Side's whole game is the press, and we knew if we could break the press, we had a chance to be in the game."