Girls basketball coaches like addition of shot clock

Local area girls basketball coaches like the addition of the shot clock.

KIMBERLY (WLUK) -- At Wednesday night's Kimberly girls basketball league there was a sequence between Seymour and Hortonville in which three baskets were scored in 25 seconds.

Considering the recent approval of the 35-second shot clock by the WIAA, how much impact will the shot clock have when it's implemented in 2019-20?

"Coaches have wanted it for a while so it will be interesting," Kimberly girls basketball coach Troy Cullen said. "I think it will change the game quite a bit, a lot more than people think."

Adding a shot clock to high school basketball will speed up the pace of the game, preventing teams from stalling. The consistent flow the game will have is appealing.

"I think a lot of people have been looking forward to that because sometimes a game gets slowed down way too much," Cullen said. "I think it's going to be a good thing for us. We're going to work hard at getting certain sets at certain times; just getting the number of possessions in a game, I'm excited about that."

"Think it's definitely going to change the high school game," Appleton East girls coach Joe La Chapell said. "I'm pretty excited to have the shot clock. I like how the game is played with the shot clock; certainly at end-of-game situations.

"It's going to change the way we coaches have to manage our team. I think that it will be a positive for the game."

Because the shot clock won't be used the next two seasons, juniors and seniors will not get a chance to play with the shot clock, and Hortonville's Shay Frederick knows she will be missing out.

"I would love to play with the shot clock," said Frederick, who will be a senior next season. "I think that's one of the greatest things that are going to happen. For AAU we have shot clocks some games and I just love it. I think it's a great addition to high school basketball."

We will see, after the next two seasons.

Follow Doug Ritchay on Twitter @dougritchay

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