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Yesterday marked the first official practice for Adel-Desoto-Minburn Tigers varsity girls basketball team under new head coach Jacob Cleveland. With the changing of coaches comes a different philosophy of how the game should be played. The Raccoon Valley Radio Network initially spoke with Cleveland in late September upon being named the Tigers girls basketball coach. He shared that he’d like to see the ADM girls basketball team play fast this winter. “I really want us to get up and down the court in transition, get the ball to our point guard, and go,” Cleveland said, “I think if we can (score) into the 60’s and 70’s, I think that’ll be beneficial to us. With that being said, we want to make the other team very uncomfortable. My plan is to press (defensively).”

The ADM girls basketball team averaged just over 41 points per game during the Tigers 9-14 campaign last winter. The Tigers record was 5-0 last season when holding their opponent under 40 points scored, and ADM posted a 9-4 record when holding the opposition below 50 points. The Tiger girls basketball team starts the 2018-19 season in Adel on Monday, November 19, hosting the Norwalk Warriors in a nonconference contest. Norwalk topped ADM in last year’s meeting in Norwalk, 52-39.