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February 8, 2014

North Daviess is a family affair

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While the Cougars’s offense has continued to improve with each game over the past two seasons, the defense is one thing that has never wavered. North Daviess has allowed 29.8 points per game, which is second in the state. North Daviess’ defensive prowess has always been pretty simple to Meghan Knepp, as least according to her father. Knepp recounted one conversation about how the early days helped the Cougars strengthen their defensive play.

“Dad we should be good at defense because we turned the ball over so much as freshman that is all we did the entire game is play defense,” Meghan said.

It was as if a light bulb turned on and the Cougars haven’t looked back since. Knepp is sure he’s not doing anything different, but the players are grasping the game much better. Over the past two seasons, the Cougars have won 32 games. It’s no coincidence that as the four seniors got better on the court, the team itself began to have more success and that dynamic meant more than just basketball games for Ron Knepp and his daughter, Meghan. Knepp says up front that coaching his daughter is not easy, but it’s so rewarding.

“I am harder on her than I am anyone,” Knepp said. “The thing we do that has worked extremely well is we leave it on the floor. There are times when she’s frustrated with me and I become dad, but most times she’s able to treat me as coach. When she comes home from practice, if she wants to talk about it she’ll bring it up and then I’ll talk, but if she doesn’t want to talk about it, then I won’t bring it up. There has to be a father-daughter relationship and that’s special. To be able to spend as much time with my child as much as I get, I’m very blessed to be able to do that. I spend more time with them than most parents do, because I have their attention for three hours after school every day. To do that with your daughter, that’s just special. I tell people, I am very fortunate, because I get to be her coach, but I also get to be her dad.”

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