John Bapst girls basketball coach facing Hermon team where he teaches

Chris Woodside teaches at Hermon High School.

He is also the JV boys soccer coach and assistant varsity coach there.

But he has been taking some good-natured ribbing this week because he is the first-year girls varsity basketball coach at Bangor’s John Bapst High School and his team will visit Hermon on Wednesday night at 7 for a game of unbeaten Class B North teams.

The 7-0 Crusaders and 8-0 Hawks were one-two in the Heal Points standings entering Tuesday night’s play. Neither team was in action but some of the teams chasing them were.

“It will be interesting. It will be a fun game,” said Woodside. “Hermon’s a phenomenal team. I’ve seen a lot of their games and Chris (Hermon coach Chris Cameron) has been to a lot of our games. They have great players across the board.”

Woodside has implemented an aggressive, pressing defense and it has continued to pay dividends.

The Crusaders have held six of their seven opponents to 42 points or less. And they have been able to grind out victories as four of their wins have been by six points or less.

“I’m very happy with the team,” said Woodside. “They have found ways to manufacture wins. In five of our seven games, we’ve been tied in the fourth quarter.

“We have played tough defense. I’m waiting for the offense to take the next step,” said Woodside.

Woodside said he expects Hermon to play a similar pressing style of defense against his Crusaders.

“They play very aggressive man-to-man defense and their guards get up underneath you. And if you get by the first layer of defense, Lauren Plissey will clean it up underneath,” said Woodside. “And they’re shooting over 50 percent from the floor which speaks tok the offensive stuff they run. They’re able to place the ball where they want.”

He said the team that is best able to execute their offense will win the game.

“And no matter what happens, both teams will practice on Thursday,” said Woodside.