Making shots from the outside is a key to burning any zone defense.
But Perry Meridian coach Brent Keck was less upset with the missed shots after his team's 51-28 loss to visiting Park Tudor on Tuesday in the first round of Marion County Tournament than he was with the inability -- or unwillingness -- to attack the defense.
"I don't think we did a good enough job attacking the seams," Keck said. "But Park Tudor does a great job of stretching you and taking you out of your comfort zone. Obviously they've done that to a lot of people."
There is no secret with Park Tudor coach Ed Schilling's choice of defense. The Class 2A top-ranked Panthers (9-1) play a 2-3 zone 100 percent of the time, forcing opponents to either make outside shots or attempt to navigate a muddled interior.
Perry Meridian (8-4) was unable to do either Tuesday, falling behind 26-7 at halftime on 2-of-20 shooting from the field. The Falcons were 0-of-11 from the 3-point line at the half and trailed 41-11 in the third quarter.
"We had quite a bit of time to prepare for this one so we had a chance to work on the sets maybe more than normal," Schilling said. "Our guys moved pretty well and covered. It was just one of those games."
Park Tudor junior Trevon Bluiett, who came into the game averaging 29.1 points, led the Panthers with 18 points and 14 rebounds and sat the entire fourth quarter.
Park Tudor will host 2A fifth-ranked Speedway (10-0) in a quarterfinal game tonight, a rematch of last year's regional championship won by Park Tudor.
"I kind of relate (the county tournament) back to when I was a college coach playing in a conference tournament," Schilling said. "You've got to be ready to play a team with a completely different style. You see how you are retaining stuff when you don't have two or three days to prepare."
Austin Shelton added nine points for two-time defending 2A state champion Park Tudor and Bryce Moore and Alex Mack each had six. The Panthers never trailed, jumping to leads of 10-0, 17-2 and 21-3.
"I think this is the most talent we've had overall as a team," said Bluiett, who was watched by Iowa assistant Sherman Dillard. "I think we're a longer and quicker team and that makes it harder for the offense to get into their sets."
Junior Anthony Hardy led Perry Meridian with nine points. Coming off a three-win season, the Falcons have been one of the surprise teams in the area this season.
"In order for us to compete with teams like that, we have to have winning plays," Keck said. "You have to play with a great deal of passion. I thought we got back on our heels a little bit, got to standing."