In the annuals of basketball coaching, it is written three ways to defeat a zone defense.

In the annuals of basketball coaching, it is written three ways to defeat a zone defense.
First, pass around it, create a shot.
Second, dribble penetrate, create a shot off the dribble or create a shot off the defensive collapse.
Finally, shoot over it.
Friday night, Allison McCormick and Andy Farmer showcased all three fashions in some manner.
McCormick’s hot-handed second quarter shooting sparked St. Mary’s-Colgan to a 47-33 victory over Southeast at the Southeast High School gymnasium.
Farmer’s career-best 15 points keyed the Panthers to a 47-30 victory in the CNC Conference opener for both schools.

Colgan girls, 47-33
McCormick, a 5-foot-7 junior guard, scored all nine of her points during a second quarter where the Panthers outscored the Lancers 19-6.
“I thought we really focused on our defense in the second quarter, forced some turnovers and were able to convert those possessions,” McCormick said.
Running the point, McCormick started to break the Southeast zone defense by creating her shots off the dribble.
She scored her first two buckets in the paint, the second on a one-handed running jumper in the lane and her third field goal came on a fast break lay-up.
A 11-2 run to end the quarter featured two McCormick assists and her 3-pointer in the final minute boosted the Colgan lead to 31-19 at the half.
“I like to distribute the ball, but the key was to make the defense commit to me first and I had to do that by making a few shots,” McCormick said. “After that, the defense was collapsing on me and it opened up my teammates for some open looks.”
Senior guard Lisa Elmer led Colgan with 18 points to move within 17 of 1,000 for her career.
Junior guard Ashley Werner had 12 and junior forward Alex Cedeno added eight for the Panthers (10-1 overall).
Southeast (1-10, 0-1) got 13 points from sophomore guard and Homecoming queen Mandy McGuire. Sophomore guard Chaney Fox added 10.

Colgan boys, 47-30
The Lancers 2-3 zone defense proved to be effective for a half, until Farmer found his shooting range.
“We have enough scorers on the floor, we know we can put points on the board, the key was being able to get the ball into the block,” Farmer said. “Stu Jeck one of the those players who can dribble drive and make a defense collapse and kick out for an open 3. Chris Smith did it tonight also, he gets the ball on the block, the defense collapsed, he kicks it out to me and hit an open 3.”
Farmer’s second 3-pointer of the game was a key shot that forced Southeast into extending its range, opening the passing lanes into the post and open lanes for dribble penetration.
“We spread them out after that and our depth wore them out from there,” Farmer said.
Added Colgan coach Wayne Cichon, “(Farmer’s) first 3-pointer before the half got us on track and then he hits another in the third. His play was a big spark plug for us tonight. On offense, on defense, he gave us a lot of effort, several guys gave us a great effort on defense and its indicative by holding (Southeast) to 14 points in the second half.”
Jeck, Colgan’s 6-1 senior guard, added 12 points and Chris Smith finished with eight as the Panthers improved to 7-3.
Southeast (9-4, 0-1) got eight points each from senior guard Ryan Martin and sophomore guard Jake Thompson.

St. Mary’s-Colgan girls 47, Southeast 33
ST. MARY’S-COLGAN (47) — Lisa Elmer 9 0-0 18, Ashley Werner 5 2-5 12, Breezie Trytek 0 0-0 0, Allison McCormick 4 0-0 9, Alex Cedeno 4 0-0 8, Katie Sloan 0 0-2 0. Totals 22 2-7 47.
SOUTHEAST (33) — Lauren Thompson 3 0-0 6, Kayla Thompson 2 0-0 4, Mandy McGuire 5 0-0 13, Chaney Fox 4 0-0 10. Totals 14 0-0 33.
St. Mary’s-Colgan    12    19    8    8    —    47
Southeast    13    6    12    2    —    33
3-point goals — McCormick, M.McGuire 3, Fox 2. Total fouls — St. Mary’s-Colgan 7, Southeast 9. Fouled out — None.

St. Mary’s-Colgan boys 47, Southeast 30
ST. MARY’S-COLGAN (47) — Chas Smith 1 2-5 4, Charlie Sloan 1 0-0 3, Stu Jeck 4 4-5 12, Reagan Kays 0 0-0 0, Chris Smith 3 2-4 8, Andy Farmer 5 3-3 15, Kelley Thompson 1 2-2 4, Jordan Smith 0 1-2 1. Totals 15 14-21 47.
SOUTHEAST (30) — Dalton Powell 1 0-0 2, Daniel Rank 1 3-3 5, Ryan Martin 2 4-5 8, Toby Ulery 1 0-0 2, Andrew Crumpacker 1 3-8 5, Jake Thompson 3 2-2 8. Totals 9 12-18 30.
St. Mary’s-Colgan    4    11    16    16    —    47
Southeast    9    7    8    6    —    30
3-point goals — Sloan, Farmer 2. Total fouls — St. Mary’s-Colgan 18, Southeast 18. Fouled out — None.