Discover an unconventional zone defense that will stifle your opponents!
- Install the 21 half court defense either as a new base defense or as an alternative look to disrupt the opposition
- Take opponents that like to run slow-developing half court sets out of their typical game plan
- Learn drills to build the defensive IQ of your players so they can quickly recognize and counter offensive adjustments
with Raegan Pebley,
Texas Christian University Head Women's Coach;
2x Mountain West Conference Tournament Champions; over 200 career wins;
as a player, was a 2x All-Big 12 forward and played 2 seasons in the WNBA
In this video, TCU women's head coach Raegan Pebley takes you through her 21 half court defense, covering the critical teaching points for each position. She shows how to naturally trap within the defense and how players can move to take away passing angles to funnel opposing players to the middle of the defense. You'll see how to take away the high post pass and how to cover passes to other areas of the floor within the defense.
The 21 half court defense is easily disguised and forces your opponent to push the tempo of the game. It starts with a 2-1-2 look, and with rotations can look like a 1-3-1, or even a match-up zone. The ability to disguise your defense will disrupt the other team's offense and force them to play fast. Playing this defense in certain situations or out of time outs would be a great strategic move to throw off your opponents.
Teams with athletic players, or teams that generally have a high motor, can benefit from the ability to play fast. The 21 defense will force offensive players to rush the ball up the floor and compete outside of their comfort zone. The ability to pressure the basketball up top allows your defensive players in the back to be aggressive and get steals on passes to the wing or corners. Those turnovers will create fast break opportunities and speed up the game. Possessing that ability against teams that want to run slow half court sets will disrupt the game in your favor.
Another advantage of the 21 defense is that it allows your post player to be protected. Your post will be fronting everything down low since they'll always have weak side help. The interior is protected and allows for great rebounding position. Funneling the ball handler to the middle, and the ability to have weak side, helps limit the amount of possessions your post player will be faced with 1-on-1 situations.
Coach Pebley provides you with the necessary information to install the 21 half court defense. If you're looking for a different type of defense that will provide a fun and up-tempo option for your athletes, spread out opposing offenses, and help your team get into shape, then this video is worth a look!
48 minutes. 2018.