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Meurer back coaching at North KnoxPosted Thursday, November 20, 2008, at 9:10 PM
It would not be an understatement to say that coaching is in the blood of Steve Meurer.
After coaching high school girls basketball for 12 seasons, eight years at North Daviess and four more at Union (Dugger), Meurer had not been a varsity coach for the past two seasons, since resigning as head man at Union (Dugger) in 2006.
Although Meurer and his wife Tammy, the former volleyball coach of the Lady Bulldogs, both still teach at Union (Dugger) but now live in Knox County.
They both helped with the volleyball program at North Knox in 2007 and Tammy moved up to be in charge of the Lady Warriors this year.
Tammy's brother Tim Grove is the principal at North Knox High School.
"To be honest, the time away from being a head coach has been a good thing for our family," said Steve. "All of our kids are involved in so many activities that having the extra time to go to their games or events has been a positive."
Meurer said ideally he would have liked to have had another year away from coaching, but his brother-in-law can be pretty persuasive.
"The job was open and he asked me to do it," said Meurer. "Traditionally this has been a very good program and I am very fortuante to have this opportunity."
The Lady Warriors defeated Linton-Stockton 50-29 and Washington Catholic 46-38 last week on the road to open the season.
But Meurer doesn't have any visions of grandeur when it comes to staying undefeated, especially with their next game against defending sectional champion Vincennes Rivet, who won 19 of 23 games last year.
The Lady Patriots, ranked No. 3 in Class A, also have started the season 2-0. They are outscoring their opponents by 37 points per game.
"Rivet has a very good basketball team," said Meurer. "The (Chelsea) Meeks girl is a very talented player.
"They have a good mix of experienced players and they have a very good freshman class."
North Knox is two years removed from a 23-5 season that ended with a 52-36 loss to Heritage Christian in the semistate. Heritage Christian went on to win the '06 title and are three-time defending Class 2A state champs. That was the last of three consecutive sectionals by the Lady Warriors.
"It is an adjustment for the girls as well as myself," said Meurer. "We are getting used to each other.
"They are learning what to expect from me and I am learning about them."
In the win over the Lady Miners, Caroline Kirkwood scored a game-high 24 points. Guard Ashlee Primus hit half of North Knox's six 3-pointers.
"The Kirkwood girl is a player," said Meurer. "We are trying to get her to be more aggressive and not just settle for always shooting the jump shot.
"Ashlee is another kid that can shoot it. It is no secret that the 3-pointer is going to be our cup of tea."
He added they should have plenty of opportunities on the perimeter as well as in the post.
"We have some size and some girls that can post up," he said. "We should be able to score in the post and play inside out."
He added they will have to do a better job at the foul line. They missed 10 of 14 freebies againt the Lady Miners.
"You cannot shoot like that from the line and expect to win," said Meurer, a 1985 North Daviess graduate. "It comes down to taking care of the ball, making free throws, defending and rebounding.
"It is going to be interesting to see how this team comes together. It is a long season and there will be ups an downs. Hopefully there will be more ups than downs."
Area basketball fans will likely keep an eye on the Lady Warriors as they will be part of the local Class 2A Sectional that features Linton-Stockton, South Knox, Eastern Greene and Bloomfield.
B.J. Hargis is sports editor of the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext 12 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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