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January 25, 2013

Saving her best for last, Keith is a coach on the court

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It's that experience that Knepp speaks about that has allowed the Cougars to jump from a combined nine wins in his first two years to nine wins last season to 14 wins in 18 games this season. Keith's progression has also helped the development of North Daviess' top two scorers, junior forward's Meghan Knepp and Sabra Smith.

"This is their third year together, so that chemistry allows her to know what kind of passes the prefer to receive," Knepp said. "She (Keith) knows where they like to catch the basketball. She knows what passes to get them and where to get them to shoot a higher percentage. She knows the difference between the two players, and she puts them in good situations. That chemistry has been huge for them this year."

Knepp insists that Keith has the green light to shoot the ball whenever she sees an opportunity, but often times Keith appears to be hesitant to shoot the ball. Whether it is a good shot from Keith or anyone else, the senior is constantly looking for the right shot on every possession.

"When I was younger, I wasn't the best shooter," Keith said. "I just got used to passing since I wasn't shooting very much. Now that I'm grown up, I've been shooting a little bit more this season. It's easier for me to pass than shoot, because when I was younger I got blocked a lot, because I was shorter. Right now it's easier to pass than shoot, because I know that they're open, and they will hit shots more than I will. I have a trust thing with them."

No matter who takes the shots for the Cougars, Keith will make sure the right player gets the ball in the right spot. After all, she knows best, just like another coach on the floor.

 

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