(Rental)-Attacking Zone Defenses With Continuity Offenses & Quick Hitters
Continuity Offense vs Zone Defense & Quick Hitters
As zone defenses become more relevant at all levels of basketball, coaches need to have answers on offense. One of the big reasons more programs are running zone defenses is that coaches simply don’t have enough answers to beat them.
California women’s head basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb took Cal to a Pac-12 conference championship and to the Final Four in 2013 by figuring out zone defenses. In this video, Coach Gottlieb offers you three unorthodox continuity offenses vs zone and five quick-hitters to create scoring opportunities in the paint versus a zone defense. Coach Gottlieb.
Continuity Offense vs Zone
Using on-court demonstration, Coach Gottlieb shows you Cal’s primary zone offense, “12.” This can be used against a 2-3 or 3-2 zone. This continuity offense vs zone uses a 1-4 flat alignment to overload the back of the zone and it picks on defenders with screens in an effort to create 2-on-1s. “12 Shooting” is an accompanying drill that Gottlieb uses to build confidence in passing and shooting in this continuity offense.
Gaps 4 is another continuity offense that spreads the floor and leaves the high post open. The offense is based on using basket cuts, ball reversals, and defensive reads to find advantageous situations. Teams that have bigger guards as well as a strong post player excel in the use of Gaps 4.
Gottlieb also shows you “13” which attacks the high post with perimeter players. Post players remain on the baseline in an attempt to open up the high post. The offense can create all sorts of opportunities to score with post-ups, high-low passes, and lobs.
Quick Hitters to Attack Zone Defenses
Gottlieb shares five of her favorite set plays for attacking the inside of zone defenses.
- West: designed to force a defense to decide whether to cover best shooter or best post
- Stack: attacks the rim by distorting the zone and opening up lobs and post flashes
- Wave: similar to Stack
- Flier: sets up best shooter for a 3-pointer and comes with a counter for an easy high post look
- Lakers Away: creates an advantage situation with quick ball reversal off of a pick and roll
Secondary Break Against Zone Defense
One of the best ways to beat a zone defense is to beat it down the floor. In this segment, Coach Gottlieb reviews how her “Blitz” transition offense flows right into 12 or Gaps 4. These principles allow you to continue to attack a zone without giving it a chance to get organized.
From continuity offense to quick-hitters and transition offense, Coach Gottlieb has you covered. Her innovative strategies of offense can help catapult you to success against zone defenses. Rent this continuity offense vs zone defense DVD today.
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