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Defenses in IHSA basketball having to relearn their craft with new emphasis on rules

<p>Hinsdale Central head girls basketball coach Tom McKenna &nbsp;| Sun-Times Media file photo</p>

Hinsdale Central head girls basketball coach Tom McKenna  | Sun-Times Media file photo

New rules are forcing area coaches to change their team's playing style on defense, according to High School Cube News.

The IHSA has presented a new point of emphasis for basketball referees this season.  

Officials locally and across the country are being told to call a foul on a defender if he initiates contact with an opponent who has the ball. Also, bumping the cutter also is a foul and should be called.

Pioneer Press polled some area coaches for their reactions.

Elmwood Park girls coach Kellye Stefanski: I understand why they wanted to make the change but I feel like it really puts the girls at a disadvantage. Everyone is taught in order to find your player you put a hand out. They’ve grown up using that skill and now they can’t use it. Now they get a foul called so they have to change their style.

Hinsdale Central girls coach Tom McKenna: We knew about it but until you actually see it, it’s kind of hard to believe. It’s been a real struggle for us because we play a pretty aggressive man-to-man [defense]. I think two of our three losses I can attribute to my failure to adjust to how strictly the game was being played. We fouled six kids out against [Lyons] and we’ve had games with 65-70 foul shots.

[Read more at High School Cube News]

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