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Heartland girls rely on offense

Heartland girls head coach Greg Veerhusen points out where the defense should shift, Jan. 30, 2018 (KHGI)

The Heartland girls are proving last year's state tournament appearance was no fluke as the Huskies have positioned themselves as one of the top teams in D1.

They're doing this despite losing their top two post players from last year's squad. A lack of height has forced Heartland to adjust their strategy as the season progresses.

"It makes it challenging," said head coach Greg Veerhusen, who is in his eighth season. "So what our offensive game plan is we'll try and make them guard all the way out to the 3–point line and the good thing is we have 5 girls on the court who can shoot the ball well."

The Huskies are putting up 53 points a game and have yet to score fewer than 40 once this year. Heartland's offense has been a key ingredient to their 13-5 record with two regular season games remaining.

"Biggest thing that we have to adjust to is teams taking our dribble drive away so we have to learn and we're still adjusting to that."

The Huskies made it to the Southern Nebraska Conference tournament final before losing to 20–1 Superior, 62–40. Two of their losses this season have come against the Wildcats.

Heartland is at Deshler (12-6) Tuesday then home to win-less Osceola Thursday, which wraps up the regular season.

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